You, Your Skin and the Monsoon

You are what you eat – and the results of your food habits are there for you to see – on your skin. Let’s pull some ingredients off the kitchen shelf and make some home remedies for your skin!

You, Your Skin and the Monsoon
- Dr. Kristine Jerome

During Monsoon we might just experience more skin problems than usual. As the largest organ of our body, the skin reflects our state of health – our past, present and future. When we are in good health our skin is vibrant and the texture is smooth and glowing, when we are in poor health our skin is dull and flat – often with colour variation. When our body is not in harmony then we are prone to skin eruptions and disorders.

When Monsoon hits, our skin often reflects the season – we feel hot, sticky and wet and then our skin responds. According to Ayurveda, this is because of heat. Skin is connected to Pitta, the energy that creates heat in the body. So at this time we have heat on the outside and heat on the inside.

We can’t control the weather, but we can help our skin at this time and, indeed, anytime by what we put into our body and also what we put onto the body. How great is that?! Let your skin reflect who you are and want to be during any season.

Internally for all skin conditions:
• Avoid all incompatible foods like dairy and fruit together or meat and dairy together including seafood. This is a big step and an important one. During Monsoon – avoid chillies, tomatoes and yoghurt from your diet – this will help to balance the hot, sticky, wet components of the climate.
• Soak twenty black raisins overnight. Blend with water in the morning and drink on an empty stomach.

Soak the following ingredients overnight. Then blend and drink one third of the mixture three times a day until finished.
1 teaspoon of coriander powder
½ teaspoon of coriander powder
¼ teaspoon of black pepper (freshly ground)
10 black raisins
2 teaspoons of turmeric powder
3 rose petals (washed thoroughly, preferably fresh from a pesticide-free plant)
1-2 cups of water

Externally for acne or pimples:
Apply a thin layer of this paste to the area:
2 tablespoons of banana pulp (mash the banana)
¼ teaspoon of ghee
1 teaspoon of sesame seeds
2 almonds or ½ teaspoon of pine nuts
Water or milk to make a paste

Put everything in a blender and churn to a pulp. Apply to the area – make the application thick and leave on for half an hour. Rinse off with warm water. Do this daily before bed.