Infused water is making the rounds as the new refreshing drink that can provide you a whole lot of benefits and be refreshing. But did you know that the concept of infused water was there in traditional ayurvedic medicine ages ago? Water is considered as a powerful therapeutic tool in Ayurveda. In fact, in the ayurvedic tradition, there are many types of water that are described. Well water, pond water, rain water and so on. Each is considered to have a different therapeutic value. In Ayurveda, Water represents ‘soma’ which is the nourishing, cooling quality that is often associated with the moon’s energy. In India tradition, the moon-god is also referred to as ‘somanatha’. This cooling quality helps digest, cool and balance the fiery Pitta dosha, supports the watery Kapha and counteracts the dryness of Vata dosha. It nurtures, lubricates and also detoxifies when it flows out of the body as urine.
Water Benefits According To Ayurveda
Water, when properly absorbed by the body, has several healing qualities: -Eliminates fatigue (Shramnashana) -Enhances glow of skin -Prevents constipation -Increases stamina -Provides satisfaction -Helps
Cleansing or Detox Routine Using Ayurveda
Some people have unquenchable thirst even when they drink lots of water throughout the day. Usually, they also have dry and cracked skin. This indicates that the body is not able to get enough moisture. The Reason? This occurs when the person’s agni is low and the ama (toxins) block the microchannels (shrotas) which carry water to the cells. In order to cleanse the channels and enhance moisture absorption, ayurvedic texts recommend boiling the water for a certain amount of specified time, thus creating a therapeutic water called ushnodaka. Alternatively, another method using spices or herbs to water after boiling also works.
How Does Water Detox In Ayurveda Work?
When the water boils, it gets charged with heat molecules and attains a sharp, penetrating quality (sukshama). This quality enables the water to cleanse the body channels and penetrate into the deeper levels of the physiology. Adding spices to this adds an additional therapeutic effect by interacting with the
Infused Water For Your Dosha
An ayurvedic expert can design a therapeutic water recipe to give a specific benefit. One water recipe might enhance immunity while another might cleanse the skin or help with a prostate imbalance. You can also choose a spice-water recipe for your body type or imbalances. Following are Ayurveda infused water recipes you
Vata Balancing Water
Boil two quarts of water for 5 minutes. Take it off the heat and add 3 leaves mint 1/2 tsp. fennel seed 1/4 tsp. marshmallow root Place the water in a thermos and sip it throughout the day at a warm but not hot temperature.
Pitta Balancing Water
Boil two quarts of water for 2 minutes. Take it off the heat and add 1/4 tsp. fennel seed 2 rose buds 1 clove Store it hot inside a thermos, but before drinking pour it into a cup and let it cool to room temperature in summer. In winter, it can be had slightly warm
Kapha Balancing Water
Boil two quarts of water for 5 minutes. Take it off the heat and add 3 holy basil leaves 2 thin slices of fresh ginger 1/4 tsp. of cumin 1/2 tsp. of fennel Place the water and spices in a thermos, and sip the water at a hot or warm temperature throughout the day.
How Much Water Should You Drink?
There are many factors that influence this. One’s age, the amount of physical work, exercise, weather, diet, stress,
Drinking Water During Meals
Ayurvedic texts recommend sipping plain water at meals, but this is only because ayurvedic food already contains spices. Too much would overwhelm the body. On the