Grishma Ritu is one of the six seasons (Ritu) in the Hindu calendar. It is also known as the Summer season, which typically falls between mid-April to late June. During this season, the temperature rises, and the sun shines brightly. It is the time when nature displays its full glory with lush green trees, blooming flowers, and colourful birds. People often dress in light and airy clothes to beat the heat. Grishma Ritu is also associated with festivals like Ganga Dussehra, Nirjala Ekadashi, and Vat Savitri Vrat. However, it is also the time when the scorching heat can cause health issues, so it is essential to stay hydrated and take necessary precautions. This year, Grishma Ritu began on 20th April 2023 and will end around late June 2023.
According to Hindu mythology, Grishma Ritu is associated with the fire element and is considered to be a time of purification and transformation. It is believed that the heat during this season represents the divine energy that has the power to burn away impurities and negativity, both in the external world and within oneself. The festival of Akshaya Tritiya, which falls during this season, is considered an auspicious day to start new ventures and seek blessings for success and prosperity. However, it is also a time when people offer prayers to Lord Shiva, who is believed to have the power to control the intensity of the heat and protect his devotees from its harmful effects.
Balancing Your Doshas: Managing Pitta & Vata Imbalances in the Summer Season
According to Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, Grishma Ritu is associated with the aggravation of the Pitta and Vata doshas. The increase in temperature during this season can cause an imbalance in the Pitta dosha, which is responsible for digestion, metabolism, and body temperature. Pitta imbalance can lead to issues like inflammation, acidity, skin rashes, and irritability. The dry and hot winds during Grishma Ritu can also aggravate the Vata dosha, which is responsible for movement, circulation, and nervous system function. Vata imbalance can cause issues like dehydration, fatigue, constipation, and joint pain. Therefore, it is essential to balance these doshas through proper diet, hydration, exercise, and self-care during this season.
The Effects of Grishma Ritu on Your Body: What You Need to Know?
Grishma Ritu can have several effects on the body due to the high temperatures and humidity levels. Some of the common effects of Grishma Ritu on the body include:
Dehydration: The high temperatures and humidity levels during Grishma Ritu can cause excessive sweating, leading to dehydration. It is essential to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids like water, coconut water, and lemon juice.
Heat stroke: Heat stroke is a severe condition that can occur when the body is exposed to high temperatures for an extended period. Symptoms of heat stroke include a high body temperature, rapid heartbeat, headache, and dizziness. It is crucial to seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
Skin problems: The heat and humidity during Grishma Ritu can cause various skin problems like rashes, acne, and fungal infections. It is essential to maintain proper hygiene and wear loose, breathable clothing to avoid such issues.
Respiratory problems: The dry and dusty weather during Grishma Ritu can cause respiratory problems like cough, cold, and allergies. It is essential to avoid exposure to dust & pollution and maintain good hygiene to prevent such issues.
Summer Rituals for a Balanced & Refreshed Body: Embracing Dinacharya in the Heat
According to Ayurveda, dinacharya refers to the daily routine that one should follow to maintain optimal health and well-being. The dinacharya varies according to the season, as each season has its own unique characteristics and impact on the body. Here are some guidelines for dinacharya to follow in the summer:
Wake up early: It is recommended to wake up early in the morning, preferably before sunrise, as the early morning hours are considered auspicious and beneficial for the body and mind.
Practice pranayama and yoga: It is beneficial to practice pranayama and yoga in the morning to help balance the body’s energies and enhance overall well-being.
Take a morning walk: A morning walk in the fresh air can help invigorate the body and mind and promote circulation.
Bathing ritual: It is recommended to take a cool shower in the morning to refresh the body and cool down the system.
Aromatherapy: The use of essential oils such as khas (vetiver) can help cool down the body and promote relaxation.
Wear light and breathable clothing: It is best to wear light, loose-fitting clothing made from natural fibres such as cotton or linen to help keep the body cool and comfortable.
Take an afternoon nap: Taking a short nap in the afternoon can help refresh the mind and body and promote overall well-being.
Avoid heavy, oily, and spicy foods: It is best to avoid heavy, oily, and spicy foods during the summer months, as they can increase heat in the body and cause digestive problems.
Stay hydrated: It is essential to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, coconut water, or other hydrating beverages throughout the day.
Bedtime routine: It is recommended to have a light dinner at least a few hours before bedtime and to go to bed early to ensure adequate rest and rejuvenation.
Overall, following these guidelines can help promote optimal health and well-being during the summer months, and help maintain balance and harmony within the body and mind.
Perfect Summer Treatments: Tattva Spa Massages
We at Tattva offer the perfect massages for summer. You can choose from a wide range of massage treatments but for summer, aromatherapy & swedish massage are best suitable for several reasons:
Aromatherapy massage involves the use of essential oils, which can be beneficial during the summer months. Essential oils such as peppermint and eucalyptus can help cool the body, while citrus oils like lemon and grapefruit can help uplift and energize the senses. Aromatherapy massage can also help soothe sunburned skin and relieve insect bites.
When you opt for Aromatherapy at Tattva Spa, your therapist will first inquire about your medical history, general health, sleep patterns, and lifestyle to tailor the massage to your needs. Depending on your health concerns, your therapist will choose the appropriate essential oils and may even involve you in the selection process. The therapy typically commences with three deep inhalations of the oil you have picked, which is then applied to your skin through a massage.
Swedish massage involves long, flowing strokes that can be both relaxing and invigorating. During the summer months, when the heat can leave you feeling sluggish, a Swedish massage can help increase circulation and boost energy levels. It can also help relieve muscle tension and improve flexibility, making it a great way to unwind after a day spent outdoors.
If you seek a massage that promotes relaxation, boosts circulation, and alleviates muscle tension, opt for Swedish Massage at Tattva Spa. It’s a perfect option for anyone who wants to unwind and alleviate stress as it usually involves gentle and soothing techniques.
Overall, both aromatherapy massage and Swedish massage can be a refreshing and revitalizing way to take care of yourself during the summer months. However, it’s always a good idea to consult with a massage therapist to determine which type of massage is best suited for your individual needs and preferences.
Stay Cool and Healthy: Essential Dietary Tips to Beat the Summer Heat
Summer season is a time when our body experiences excessive heat and dehydration due to high temperatures. It is important to follow a healthy & balanced diet during this season to maintain good health & avoid health problems. Here are some dietary recommendations to follow during Grishma Ritu:
Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water and fluids like buttermilk, coconut water, lemonade, and fruit juices to stay hydrated.
Eat Cooling Foods: Include foods with cooling properties like watermelon, cucumber, mint, and coconut in your diet.
Avoid Spicy and Oily Foods: Spicy and oily foods can increase body heat and cause dehydration. Avoid eating heavy meals and opt for light and easy-to-digest foods.
Include Herbs and Spices: Add herbs and spices like cumin, coriander, fennel, and cardamom to your diet as they have cooling properties.
Eat Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: Fresh fruits and vegetables like melons, cucumber, tomatoes, and lettuce are high in water content and help in keeping the body hydrated.
Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine: Alcohol and caffeine can dehydrate the body and cause health problems. Avoid consuming them during this season.
Practice Mindful Eating: Eat slowly, chew your food properly, and avoid overeating. It helps in proper digestion and prevents indigestion.
Remember to consult with a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian before making any significant changes to your diet.
Embrace the Summer Season with these Easy Lifestyle Changes
Grishma Ritu, the hot summer season in the Hindu calendar, can take a toll on our bodies and health. Therefore, it is essential to make some lifestyle changes during this season to maintain good health and well-being. Here are some lifestyle adjustments you can make during Grishma Ritu:
Avoid going out during peak hours: Avoid going out in the sun during peak hours between 11 am to 4 pm when the sun is at its strongest.
Take frequent showers: Taking a cool shower or bath can help reduce body heat and keep you fresh.
Limit physical activity: Reduce the intensity and duration of physical activity during Grishma Ritu. Exercise during cooler hours of the day, like early morning or late evening.
Keep your surroundings cool: Use curtains or shades to keep your house cool. Use fans or air conditioners to regulate the temperature.
By making these simple lifestyle changes, you can stay cool and healthy during Grishma Ritu. Remember to listen to your body and make adjustments to your routine accordingly.
Essential Tips for Hair and Skin Care in Grishma Ritu
During Grishma Ritu, the hot and humid weather can have adverse effects on your hair and skin. Here are some tips to take care of your hair and skin during this season:
Moisturize: Use a light moisturizer to prevent dryness and cracking of the skin. For smooth and hydrated skin during Grishma Ritu, opt for VILASA Purifying Day Cream, a lightweight formulation infused with the benefits of Basil, Lavender, and Frankincense. This cream can help prevent dryness and flakiness while promoting an even skin tone, improving skin elasticity, and enhancing your complexion’s radiance.
Protect from the sun: Use sunscreen lotion to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Cover your head with a hat or scarf to prevent your hair and scalp from sun damage.
Keep hair clean: Wash your hair regularly with a mild shampoo to remove dirt and sweat from the scalp. Avoid using hot water as it can strip your hair of its natural oils. Apply a leave-in conditioner to your hair to keep it nourished.
Avoid excessive heat styling: Limit the use of heat styling tools like straighteners and curlers, as they can damage your hair and cause split ends.
Use natural remedies: Apply natural remedies like aloe vera gel, cucumber juice, and rosewater to your skin to soothe and refresh it.
Exfoliate: Try the Aabha face & body scrub once a week to gently remove dead skin cells and stimulate cell renewal. This gentle exfoliating scrub can help even out your skin tone & leave you with a silky-smooth finish.
For healthy hair and to prevent split ends: It’s essential to regularly oil your hair. Give your scalp an oil massage at least once a week using VILASA Keshwardhak hair oil or VILASA Coconut oil. These oils are packed with nourishing ingredients that can help promote healthy hair growth and restore shine and vitality to your locks.