Dr Donn BrennanVata Season (October to December)

"Autumn brings up the qualities of Vata. So whereas in summer we may stay up late, now we ought to get to bed on time, have a good routine, relaxed meals and hot nourishing food. Oh, and if you are very Vata don't forget the hot water bottle and night socks!" - Dr. Donn Brennan

Recommended Ayurvedic Products for the Vata Season

Vata Churna

Vata Churna is good during the Vata season, especially for those with a Vata body-type. Churnas are blends of herbs and spices which may be sprinkled over food or used in cooking.

Vata Tea

Vata Herbal Tea is soothing and refreshing.

Raja's Cup

Rajas Cup Coffee Substitute: A warm and delicious beverage prepared with renowned Ayurvedic herbs. A great flavour and a powerful anti-oxidant too!


Ghee or Clarified Butter is highly prized in Maharishi Ayurveda. Ideal for cooking or instead of butter.

Massage Oil

Massage Oil: for the daily oil massage recommended by Maharishi Ayurveda, use sesame oil or MAP Vata Massage Oil.

Almond Energy

Almond Energy: an all-natural sumptuous drink which helps to strengthen body and mind. Delicious on cold winter evenings!

Throat Soothe

Throat Soothe and Throat Ease: to soothe the throat and freshen the breath.

Aroma Oils

Vata Blend - soothing and Peace at Night - for a refreshing sleep. (Use in conjunction with Nidra tablets.)

General Principles for Healthy Eating

  • Eat in a settled and quiet atmosphere. Do not work, read, or watch television during meals.
  • Always sit down to eat. Eat at roughly the same time every day.
  • Don't eat too quickly or too slowly.
  • Eat to about three quarters of your capacity.
  • Do not leave the table very hungry or very full.
  • Avoid taking a meal until the previous meal has been digested.
  • Take a few minutes to sit quietly after eating before returning to activity.

Proper Food Preparation

  • Food should always be fresh and of the best possible quality, preferably organic and not genetically engineered.
  • Food is best if warm and well-cooked.
  • Food should always look good and taste delicious.
  • Food prepared by a happy, settled cook in a pleasant environment will have the best effect.

Hot Water

Sipping a little hot water during the day is a great way to balance the doshas - especially Vata - and eliminate impurities from the tissues. Boil some water and keep in a vacuum flask and sip every half hour.

Sesame Oil Massage

Before bathing, take some warm ripened sesame oil, (or in the Kapha season you may prefer MAP Vata Massage Oil), and gently massage the body, paying special attention to the head, ears and feet. Use a circular motion over the joints, stomach and breasts, and longitudinal motions over the long bones and sternum. Leave for up to 20 minutes and lightly wash off. Soap is optional!

Ghee or Clarified Butter

Take 250g or more unsalted butter and melt slowly in a large pan. Gently simmer for 30-40 minutes. When the frothing has stopped and the ghee is clear and golden brown, remove from the heat and strain through muslin into glass jars. Ghee does not need to be refrigerated.


Ghee has many fine qualities according to Ayurveda. Used in cooking it enhances the sattva or pure quality in food. Also it acts as a digestive. It is good for both Vata and Pitta.

One Day Wonder

Revitalize from the stress of everyday life with the sumptuous treatments known as Panchakarma. Deeply relaxing, One Day Wonders effectively eliminate the harmful effects of stress and fatigue.

 Further Reading

  • Contemporary Ayurveda by Hari Sharma and Christopher Clark
  • A Woman's Best Medicine by Nancy Lonsdorf et al
  • Freedom from Disease by Hari Sharma


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