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What is Chilblains?

Chilblains or CHILL–blains is a skin condition caused by the inflammation of small blood vessels in the skin due to frequent contact with cold but not freezing air. These are very painful inflammation and are also known as pernio. Apart from pain, it can also cause severe itching, red patches, swelling and mostly affects hands and legs.

What are the Symptoms of Chilblains?

The symptom of Chilblains completely depends on the degree of intensity. Some of the common symptoms may include swelling or inflammation of the skin, burning sensation on the affected areas, one may develop small, itchy red areas on the skin of legs and hands. The person suffering from this condition can notice the changes in skin color. It may turn blue from red and may become more painful.

What are the Causes of Chilblains?

This condition is caused by the cold weather. Too much cold can trigger small blood vessels close to the surface of your skin to stiffens and the moment you warm up, these vessels would expand rapidly affecting blood to leak into adjacent muscles and tissues, which will lead to swelling. This disorder can be the response to cold exposure and rewarming.

When to see a Doctor?

In most cases, it doesn’t need any intervention from a doctor. However, if someone is experiencing severe pain then it is advisable to talk to a physician. Also, if the symptoms are staying more than two weeks and not improving then there is a possibility of an infection and need assistance. Patients with diabetes or poor circulation should be very cautious and if you see any complications visit a doctor.

Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Chilblains

Limiting exposure to cold can help in preventing this condition. Wearing adequate winter wear during cold weather is important. Trying to dress in layers of baggy clothing and water-resistant footwear is best. Additionally, try to cover all exposed skin during cold weather in case you are going out. Keeping hands and feet warm and dry is very crucial.

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Chilblains

Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Neem Oil | Triphala | Sesame seeds | Lemon juice | Turmeric
Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Not known.

Golden Soup

This is one of a kind of ginger carrot and pumpkin soup, ideal recipe for Vata season (winter). It offers a warm and hydrating break from harsh winters with the goodness of vitamins A,D, E, and selenium keeping your sight and mood bright.

Good for all Doshas but ideal for Vata.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Total Time: 15 Minutes
Serves: 2 person (400ml)


  • 2 tablespoons Ghee
  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • A pinch each of clove powder, black pepper powder
  • 6 carrots, chopped
  • ½ cup of pumpkin, chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • Any 2 Seasonal herb springs (thyme, basil or rosemary) for garnish


  1. Add ghee to a large soup pot and melt it over medium flame.
  2. Add ginger and spice blend to it and saute for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in the carrots, pumpkin and broth, bring it to a boil and simmer it for 20-25 minutes over low flame, till the pumpkin turns mushy.
  4. Transfer the soup to a blender to make the puree (If you prefer chunky puree use an immersion blender or a potato masher).
  5. Cook the soup for 1 more minute.
  6. Sprinkle some lemon zest and olive oil.
  7. Top it with any seasonal herb of your choice and serve hot.

Serving suggestions

(Optional) Add coconut milk at the end and serve immediately

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Carrot and Ginger Pickle

Carrot pickle is a side dish served with Indian meals for better digestion. It is made by fermenting carrots along with other seasonal vegetables and spices as per choice.

Good for Vata dosha.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Total Time:  2 Days to ferment
Serves: 2 Cup carrot Pickle and 4 cups Brine


  • 2 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 6 carrots, shredded
  • 1 beet, peeled and grated and its juice
  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into thin rounds
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • Filtered water


  1. First you need to sterilize the mason jar with boiling water.
  2. Add vinegar and salt to the clean and dry mason jar and stir.
  3. Next, stir in carrots, beet, ginger, and mustard seeds.
  4. Fill the jar with filtered water and cover it with a clean dish towel.
  5. Set aside for 2 days in a warm, dark place.
  6. Check the carrots if it is still not pickled, let stand for 1 more day.
  7. Close the lid and store it in the refrigerator.

Serving suggestions

Liquid brine can be used as a probiotic drink or added to smoothies.

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Mung Dal Payasam (Indian Lentil Pudding)

Payasam is a unique south Indian dessert from the southern green lands of Kerala. It is packed with nutrients. There are many varieties of payasam, mung dal payasam is made with mung dal, jaggery, coconut milk, ghee, and nuts.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes
Serves: 4 to 6 person


  • 1 ½ cup of split mung dal
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of jaggery or sugar
  • 1 cup of fresh coconut to make coconut milk
  • 2 T ghee (preferable cow’s ghee)
  • ½ t cardamom powder
  • 1 T your favorite nuts


  1. Dry roast mung dal for 4-5 minutes or until it turns golden brown then let it cool.
  2. Wash the mung dal, add it to the cooker along with 2 1/2 cups of water and take 2 whistles.
  3. To make coconut milk, Blend 1 cup coconut with 1 cup lukewarm water to a smooth paste.
  4. Strain the milk. Add another cup of water to the remaining coconut shreds and strain again.
  5. Add jaggery to cooked mung dal and cook for 10-15 minutes until it has a thick consistency.
  6. Add the coconut milk from a second extract and bring it to a boil.
  7. Now, lower the heat and add the milk from the first extract and let it cook for 3-4 minutes.
  8. For seasoning, melt ghee in a small pan and add cashews and raisins.
  9. Add dry fruits and cardamom powder to the cooked mung dal. Mix and serve.

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Green Gram Soup

This healing green gram or mung bean soup is an ideal pick for when you want to have a light and nutritious meal. The ghee and broth balance the dryness of the mung beans and the spices improve digestion.

Good for All dosha.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes
Serves: 2 person


  • 1 cup of whole green gram beans soaked (sprouted green gram is even better)
  • 1 Tablespoon ghee
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon each of cumin powder, coriander powder, black pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 6 cups of basic broth
  • 1 cup finely chopped leafy greens of your choice (spinach, collard greens etc.)
  • Cilantro to garnish


  1. Add the ghee to a large pot and melt it over medium-high flame.
  2. Add ginger and spices, stir and add the mung beans.
  3. Add the broth and cover.
  4. Bring it to a low boil then let it cook for 30 minutes over medium flame.
  5. Add the greens and cook for another 10 minutes.
  6. When the beans are soft garnish with cilantro and serve hot

Serving suggestions

You can also garnish with toasted coconut flakes and pumpkin seeds along with cilantro.

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What is Catarrh?

Catarrh is a medical condition in which excess mucus is produced in the nose, throat, or sinuses especially when a person has an infection.

What are the Symptoms of Catarrh?

  • Sore throat
  • Blocked or congested nasal passages
  • Experience pain in head or face
  • Reduced taste or smell
  • Sleeping difficulty
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Coughing
  • Feeling a lump in the throat
  • Hoarse voice
  • Congestion in throat

What are the Causes of Catarrh?

  • Weather changes
  • Irritating foods
  • Allergic or nonallergic rhinitis
  • Colds and Viruses
  • Sinus infection
  • Nasal blockage or growth
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GER)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy
  • Some medications

When to see a Doctor?

  • Visit a doctor if you experience catarrh that last for a month or more.
  • If catarrh is accompanied by fever, wheezing, shortness of breath, odorous mucus, or blood, please see a physician..

Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Catarrh

  • Use humidifier
  • Avoid triggers (If it is associated with allergies or irritants)
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Avoid contact with a sick person
  • Clean your living space often

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Catarrh

Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Honey | Tulsi | Vasaka | Yashtimadhu | Kantakari
Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Not known.