Fresh apples and pears, kiwi, persimmon, pomegranate—avoid the sweeter fruits. Spring is a good time of year to use “stored fruits” like figs, prunes raisins, or apricots in very small amounts (remember each dried fruit represents a whole raw fruit) cut up to flavor your dishes or as a snack.
By Amber Vitse, Ayurvedic Practitioner
(Editor’s Note: If you do not know your constitution, also known as your Dosha, take the test by clicking here).
- Wake before 7am, sleep before 10pm—Kaphas need less sleep but tend to sleep more! If awake between 3 and 6, this is the best time to meditate and exercise. Engage in vigorous exercise like the stronger yoga asanas, jogging if appropriate, sweat, sweat, sweat!! Of all the doshas, you can take the most.
- Use a body brush or loofah to exfoliate your skin vigorously
- Implement Abyangha—self massage. You may not need oil if your skin is very oily—some Kapha-Pitta types. If you are more dry, use a small amount of the warming oil (click here on Abyangha instruction if needed)
- Step into hot bath or shower with strong water flow, or even sauna to promote sweating.Vigorously dry yourself, stimulating blood flow
- Try not to eat breakfast before 10am. Try starting with a liver flush: juice of one lemon, 1 tbs. Olive Oil, ½ apple or pear, blend and drink. Add a dash of long pepper or cayenne if desired.
- Cleanse the teeth with spicy paste, brush the coating off the tongue or use scraper
- Dress in colors that stimulate Kapha mind: yellow, brown and red
Taking your herbs
A balanced Kapha should have one very large bowel movement at about the same time every day. If you are skipping days, or not having adequate bowel movements, Triphala can be used at night before bed: 2 capsules at once with warmed goat’s milk or spicy tea like a Yogi herbal chai or ginger. Drink plenty of fluids—water or herbal tea. Do not start the liver cleansers if your bowels are not moving regularly. Remain on the Triphala throughout the cleanse if you continue to have difficulties with sluggish bowels, hard faeces or difficult movements, or skipping days.
Start with 2 capsules in the morning with the liver flush or with tea. If feeling well, increase to 2 at night as well. If you are a sturdy person, not much bothers you, add 2 more between 2-4pm. If you are a sensitive person, keep the dose lower. If you have to limit it to once a day, taking it at night allows it to facilitate liver cleansing while you are sleeping—when the liver does most of its work and the body is fasting. After 2 weeks, move on to the Picrorrhiza.
Start in the same way, but take it as a food. Use the same tea, add a bit of raw honey, and a splash of goat’s milk if you want. These carry it into the tissues. This herb is a protector and rebuilder of liver tissue. You can work up to taking 2-3 capsules with each of 3 meals per day. Do this for 2 weeks, or continue for a month if you’d like.