Ayurvedic Cleanse

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Heyo! I’ve been getting a string of questions from several of you around a common theme: An Ayurvedic Cleanse.

Let me ask, do you know why a cleanse is important? {have a think}

It’s important because we use our bodies every single day and without taking time to clean it and nourish it, it will start to break down in places. It’s kind of like a car. If we don’t give our cars oil changes, tune-ups, and repair small problems as they come up, the damages later would be very costly (and much worse). Same with our bods! We breathe things, see things, smell things, our skin absorbs things, we eat things, we get emotionally affected by things…and over time all those “things” stick on us and clog our bods and minds. As a daily habit, sleeping is good to restore the body and so is eating the right foods. But even with those two things in place, we still need to take time to cleanse at least once a year and/or as the seasons change because our body is in constant use!

The biggest reason for cleansing is to get rid of any ama that has built up over time AND to rebuild our agni (digestive fire) to a powerful state. Remember, mal-functiong agni is reponsible for 90% of all disease! That’s a mighty statement and GOSH is it true! Ama is – sticky, thick, white goo – a blockage which hinders our bodies, minds, and emotional well being. It’s basically a collection of old food-stuffs (old emotional-stuffs too!). We want to make sure our energy is running smooth and clear from head to toe so we can be our very best and brightest selves.

Time to clean it out. Alright, let’s do this. Below are instructions for a light kitchari cleanse and then a deeper kitchari cleanse with herbs, detox tea, and warm oils for massage.

Cleanse 1) A kitchari cleanse.

This simple kitchari cleanse can be done any time you need it! Simply commit to 3-7 days of eating a monodiet of kitchari. How do you know if you “need” it? Are you feeling any ickiness in your mind, body, guts, joints, mood, etc.,? Eat some kichari for a few days and you should start to feel better. Any anger, irritability, anxiety, worry, sadness, should start to lighten and dissipate. Any feelings of heaviness, bloating, indigestion, or constipation will go away. Any cloudiness of mind, confusion, uncertainty, or indecisiveness will start to gain clarity. Hooray!

How to do it?
• Make a nice batch of kitchari <—recipe! If you want one-stop shopping, you can buy the Ayurvedic Cleanse Kit from Banyan Botanicals
• Sip ginger tea in the morning. If you are hungry, have some kichari. If not, sip ginger tea and/or hot water (can add lemon) until you feel hungry.
• Have kitchari for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
• If your tongue is pink, add ghee to the top (vatas and pittas can have a nice amount of ghee, kaphas have less). If your tongue is not pink (yet, it will be soon), wait to add extra ghee until your tongue is pink.
• You can sip herbal (caffeine free) teas during the day and have as much water as you like
• If you are very hungry between meals, have a piece of fruit (banana, peeled apple or pear, berries) and some tea
• Be sure to fill up during meals and have as much kitchari as you like.
• Do this for 3-7 days. You can journal how you feel along the way!

After the cleanse (just as important as the cleanse itself!)
It is important to slowly rebuild agni to be good and strong. So don’t say, “Yay! My cleanse is over! I’m going out for steak and wine and chocolate cake!” No no no, don’t do that ;) If you eat normally right after the cleanse, agni won’t be strong enough and you will start building up ama right away. I suggest to have liquid soup with veggies the next day. Next day have soup with rice or noodles. Next day have rice and veggies. Next day you can start eating normally. See that? A little step-by-step process to eating normal again. HINT: Do this with ANY cleanse, even if it’s not this one. It’s really important!!

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Cleanse 2) The deeper cleanse is not quite panchakarma (more on that soon, too much for this post), but it’s about as good as you can get by doing it from home.

For this one the Deluxe Ayurvedic Cleanse Kit has everything you need. You can even download their little booklet on Ayurvedic Cleansing too. Or, you can compile your own items for the cleanse. This cleanse includes detox tea, herbs, and daily head to toe self massage with sesame oil.
• Follow the same instructions as above (they also have instructions) but you’ll be including massage, herbs, and the tea

When you are doing cleanses (even just a short one for 3 days), remember to RELAX. Make time and space for it. This is a cleanse for the mind and spirit and emotions just as it is for the body. If you cannot take off a day or two from work, be sure to unplug, unwind, and spend some time relaxing. Walks are good. Yoga is good. Intense exercise is not good. No tv or computer, books instead. Nice music, candles, warm socks, incense, sunsets, windows open…are all good things. NOURISH.

Yeah? What questions can I answer for you about cleansing? HAPPY AYURVEDIC SPRING CLEANING! XOXO!

14 Responses to Ayurvedic Cleanse

  1. Kari says:

    This is perfect I am pitta/pitta, and I feel like my pitta fires are all wonky. In one moment I feel like I am not digesting anything proper and in the next I start to feel that familiar burn. A cleanse might be just what I need. What is the best fruit for pitta to eat if I need a little snack?

    • Monica says:

      Hi Kari!!
      Best fruit for pitta is coconut! Avocado is also good. Other fruits for pitta are apples, pears, banana, just nothing too acidic or citrusy. Does that help? Coconut will turn your life into magic (maybe slight exaggeration). XO!

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  5. Joyeaux says:

    Thank you for this: I have a lot of massage clients needing this information at this time of year. I can actually FEEL the toxin build up in their muscles. It actually feels like their muscles are full of sticky, grippy gunk. It’s so crazy!!

    What is your take on juicing? I’m a vata/pitta so I get ungrounded easily but I really love being able to throw a bunch of things into the blender for quick nutrition….

  6. Marijana says:

    Hi Monica!!! Do you recommend vegetable juice for kapha / vata dosha ? I noted that my raw vegetables and fruits very cool for my body.

    • Monica says:

      Hi Marijana!!!
      Sure! Kaphas can have veggies in any way they can! I might suggest that vata/kapha adds ginger or black pepper or some kind of pungent spice to their juices though. Because, to your point, raw veggies are very cooling and vatas/kaphas already have cool/low agni. So we want to bring the fire UP to make it stronger. Pungent spices like garlic, ginger, black pepper, long pepper, cumin are all good to increase agni. Does this help answer your question? Enjoy the juicies!

  7. Bethany says:

    Hi, Monica – thank you so much for all of your wonderful info!!! I ran across your blog via Do You Yoga and am so happy I found it.
    About the ginger tea – I’ve been searching your blog for a “recipe”, but wasn’t able to find one. Do you use grated, fresh ginger or ginger slices or add anything to it? BTW, I am Vata/Pitta.
    Thanks again! Namaste.

    • Monica says:

      Hi Bethany!! OH! Ginger tea you can just buy – Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have them. Most grocery stores should have it in the tea section :) However, if you are making your own, you can shred some thin slices of fresh ginger into your tea OR grate it. However, fresh ginger is MUCH more heating than in tea form. Be mindful of that, especially if you are pitta, so that you don’t get overheated (i.e., red eyes, rash, etc.). :) Namaste!!

  8. danielle says:

    Great post, I needed this! Thank you :)

  9. Lois Kubota says:

    Nice job Monica. I have so many friends asking about cleansing these days. A three day cleanse will work for most everyone.

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