Want an alternative to the allergies, excess mucus, and communicable viruses usually associated with the upcoming holiday season?

Take these traditional insights to heart.

Seasonal vata imbalance causes or aggravates many short-term illnesses. Literally translated as “wind,” the subtle energy Ayurvedic physicians call vata is dry, so to balance that, nurture yourself with warm, heated oils.

Dosha-specific oil, commonly used for self-massage, soothes inflamed nasal passages.  If you don’t have a special oil, just use sesame seed oil.

Other useful tips: give yourself a lymph massage or dry brush to move lymphatic fluid and boost your immunity. Herbal infusions can help relieve colds and allergies.

And don’t forget to use your neti pot!

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