Diet for Spring
The Drava guna (liquid) of Kapha increases in this period which results into loss of appetite and poor digestion (Agnimandya). This season is aggravation of Kapha dosha only, which should be controlled by Ritu charya (seasonal lifestyle).
Cereals: Barley, Millet, Old Wheat
Pulses: Masoora (red lentils), Chana (chickpeas), Mung, (mung beans), Dew beans
Oils: Mustard oil, Safflower oil, Sesame oil
Milk Products: Takra (Buttermilk)
Vegetables: Karela (bitter melon), Brinjal, Raddish, Pumpkin, Moringa (Drum Stick) and dry vegetables, Elephant Foot Yam etc.
Non-vegetarian: Roasted Goat and Chicken.
Fruits: Lemon, Betel nut, Pomegranate, Jambul
Drinks: Oil, wine and Hot drinks, Asava and Arista.
Miscellaneous: Plenty of honey (never heated, even in tea)- the Katu Tikta and Kashaya rasas (pungent, bitter, astringent) should be accepted freely.
Smoking: After meals smoking is advised. (dhuma, medicated smoke inhalation, an ayurvedic treatment which has nothing to do with or even like smoking cigarettes or marijuana)
Exercises: Gymnastics, Sun Salutations and hard work as per ones capacity
Massage: Before bath massage the body with dry powder of Chandan (sandalwood), Ushira (Vetiveria zinzanioides) etc.
Hot bath: Hot water bath followed by application of scented plaster (Lepa) to the skin. Hot water is never poured above the collarbones, but the feet are always washed with hot water. The rest of the body warm water is used.
In the afternoon one must/should spend the time with his relations in the gardens surrounded by flowers.
The day time sleep is strictly prohibited.
Miscellaneous: To control the Kapha dosha, Shodhana Karma like Vamana (vomiting) is advised only under the supervision of a properly educated specialist, especially for Kapha dominant Prakriti.
Nasya (nasal drops) and Dhuma (smoking) also help for melting the Kapha, Anjana Kawal (colyrium on eyes) etc. should be practised during this ritu kala (season).