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How to do a Simple Spring Cleanse for

Your Constitution
Now is a great time to consider doing a simple Spring Cleanse. A cleanse is an easy way to buffer your health and
protect your well-being for the coming months and beyond.

An Ayurvedic Cleanse

Supports the elimination of toxins from the body


Increases energy and vitality
Supports healthy weight management
Relaxes the nervous system and calms the mind
Helps to reestablish one's natural state of balance
Promotes optimal health and well-being
Select your constitution for specific information on how to do a Spring Cleanse.

Spring Cleanse for Vata

Customer Service rep, Jennifer (Vata type), enjoys a gentle cleansing walk with her dogs.

A Gentle Spring Cleanse For VataPredominant Types


Your body is remarkably intelligent and incredibly hard working. Day in and day out, it processes all kinds of
inputs distinguishing whats good for you from whats not, doing its best to eliminate any harmful substances
alongside routine metabolic waste. But these days, our bodies are inundated with a never-ending barrage of
stressors: environmental toxins, processed foods, unresolved emotions, and psychological stress, to name a
few. Inevitably, in attempting to digest it all, we accumulate some degree of toxicity which, over time, can
build up in the system, deposit in the tissues, and compromise our health. But there is something you can do to give
your body a break. Actually, this is precisely the idea behind an Ayurvedic cleanse: to slow the flood so that the
body can rest, recuperate, and repair itself. And amazingly, when the deluge of inputs slows, your body will
immediately take advantage of the lull to do some very deep cleaning.
The practice of cleansing is considered a vital part of an Ayurvedic lifestyle, with great potential for improved
energy, strength, and immunity, as well as a renewed love of life. An Ayurvedic cleanse rests and resets the
digestive system, eliminates toxins, and simultaneously removes excess vata, pitta, and kapha from the body all
of which serve to promote improved balance and overall health.
Below, you will find everything you need to implement a simple, food-based cleanse at home this
spring. However, even a gentle cleanse like this one is not appropriate for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or

anyone who is extremely weak or debilitated. On the other hand, if you are considering becoming pregnant, it is
ideal for both partners to undertake a cleanse approximately three months prior to conception.

What To Expect
This particular cleanse is seven days in length, but plan on giving the process about two weeks for optimal
results. This timeframe allows for proper preparation before the cleanse and eases you slowly back into your
normal routine afterwards. A traditional Ayurvedic cleanse involves four distinct phases, each critically important
to your success:

1. Preparation
Three Days Prior To The Cleanse (longer, if possible)
For a few days leading up to your cleanse, focus on cleaning up your diet and habits to prepare the body for an
effective cleanse. You will want to eliminate (or at least dramatically reduce) your use of coffee, caffeine, tobacco
products, alcohol, and any recreational drugs. At the same time, reduce your intake of fast foods, processed foods,
meat, refined sugars, and sweets. During this time, eat as many simple, whole foods as possible (fruits, vegetables,
whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds).

2. Active Cleansing
Core Seven Days Of The Cleanse
This is the heart of the cleanse. During this time, you will eat a very simplified mono-diet of kitchari (basmati rice
cooked with split mung beans). This diet is substantive enough that you can maintain your essential responsibilities
but it simultaneously resets the digestive system, supports the elimination of toxins, and balances vata, pitta, and
kapha. During this seven day period, other cleansing practices such as abhyanga (Ayurvedic oil massage), gentle
exercise, and detoxifying herbs can enhance the efficacy of the cleanse. Further instructions detailing this phase of
the cleanse are below.

3. Reintroduction
Three Days Following the Cleanse (longer, if possible)
Even after you complete the seventh day of the cleanse, your body will still be processing the toxins that may have
been stirred into circulation. And, your digestive system will have become accustomed to a very clean diet and will
be somewhat sensitive to overly stimulating or processed foods. Therefore, a slow transition back to a more diverse
diet and back into your normal routine is critically important. This three-day period is a chance to buffer your
system and to rekindle youragni (digestive fire) so that it can handle more complex foods. Again, eat primarily
simple, whole foods, diversifying your menu very gradually. If possible, take this time to test the waters with foods
that are potentially aggravating like dairy, wheat, and soy ideally, reintroducing these foods one at a time and
giving yourself up to 24 hours to observe how your body responds.

4. Rejuvenation
Up to Three Months Following the Completion of the Cleanse
This is the final step in any Ayurvedic cleanse. Now that youve cleared your body of accumulated toxins and
imbalances, your tissues are primed to receive very deep nourishment. Rejuvenating foods and practices are
usually sweet and comforting, and most people find this phase of the cleanse quite enjoyable. If you received an
email about this cleanse, you will receive a second email in a few weeks detailing the rejuvenation process. If
youd like to know more now, click here.
Please Note: This timeframe is ideal, but if you dont have two weeks to give to a cleanse, you can shorten the
phases in proportion to one another. For example, you might do 1-2 days of preparation, 3-4 days of cleansing, 12 days of reintroduction, and 1-2 months of rejuvenation.

Planning and Preparation


The more completely you can clear your schedule for this process, the better. At a minimum, eliminate any
unnecessary obligations and give yourself as much unscheduled time to rest as possible. A menstruating woman
should schedule her cleanse around her cycle to ensure that she is not bleeding during the 7 days of active
cleansing. If her period comes unexpectedly, she can continue on the kitchari diet, but should suspend all other
practices (abhyanga, nasya, triphala, etc.) until her menstruation is complete.

Daily Routine During the 7-Day Active


Cleansing Phase
Freshly prepared foods are best for your cleanse, so youll want to cook your breakfast grains and kitchari fresh
each day at whatever time works best with your schedule. While it is acceptable to prepare all of your food for
the day first thing in the morning, youll want to avoid eating leftovers from previous days throughout the cleanse.

Morning Routine

Rise early so that you can complete your morning routine before breakfast
Upon waking, scrape your tongue and brush your teeth
Administer Nasya Oil (3-5 drops in each nostril)
Sip 8 oz. of hot water to cleanse the system and to awaken the digestive capacity
Perform Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Self Massage) with Organic Sesame Oil or Vata Massage Oil
For maximum benefit, let the oil soak in for about 20 minutes
Steam Bath, Sauna, or Improvised Sweat
If you have access to a steam room or sauna, let your oil soak in as you sit just long enough to break a sweat
Otherwise, you can warm your bathroom with a space heater and create a little steam with hot water from the
shower
It is important not to get chilled
Take a bath or shower
Take care not to slip on oily surfaces consider washing your feet first
When shampooing, it can be helpful to apply and massage shampoo into the hair before wetting it and, if
necessary, shampoo a second time
If you do not need to go out, it is fine to leave some oil in your hair
Use soap strategically (not all over the body)
Excess oil will rinse off with water
Use a designated towel to pat dry (this towel will become oily over time)
Gentle Exercise
Slow, gentle movements will support cleansing; more than that can be counterproductive
This is not a time to push yourself
Consider walking, tai chi, or qigong
Some gentle, Vata Pacifying Yoga (which is gentle enough for the cleanse) would also be perfect
Eat Breakfast
Rice Porridge or Kitchari as much as desired (do not overeat)

Throughout The Day

Eat kitchari throughout the day, as desired


Eat at least 3 meals per day
Have more than 3 meals per day, if desired allowing at least 3 hours between meals
It is best to avoid snacking, but if you need a little something extra, you can enjoy some fresh fruit or a few raw
nuts
It is very important not to feel deprived during your cleanse
Be sure to eat enough food and enough variety that you truly feel satisfied and at peace with this process
You can garnish your kitchari with Fresh Coriander Chutney or Sesame Seed Chutney

Try not to eat after 7pm


Drink plenty of of room temperature, warm, or hot fluids each day to ensure adequate hydration and to help flush
toxins as they are released (a good rule of thumb is to divide your weight in pounds by two and drink at least
that number of ounces each day: e.g. 150lbs 2 = 75 oz.)
Appropriate fluids include water, CCF Tea, Rehydration Tea, and Detox Tea drink as much of these as you like

Evening Routine

Triphala Tea
About a half hour before bed, steep teaspoon triphala powder in a cup of freshly boiled water for 10 minutes,
cool, and drink
Or, take 2 triphala tablets with a glass of water
Retire for the Night
Sleep is the bodys best time to detox so be sure to get plenty of rest during the cleanse

Making Supportive Lifestyle Choices

Keep your activities as quiet and mindful as possible.


Surround yourself with things that you find uplifting and nourishing.
Minimize stress and exposure to frantic or disturbing environments.
A cleanse can stir up unresolved emotions so it is important to be prepared for some emotional purging as well. If
intense emotions arise during or after your cleanse, greet your emotions with compassion, observe them with
detached awareness, and allow them simply to move through honoring yourself in the process.
REST as much as possible. You can ensure that the bulk of your energy is devoted to cleansing by minimizing the
number of resources that your body allocates elsewhere.

A New Beginning Transitioning Back Into


Your Normal Life
Toward the end of the cleanse, take some time to reflect on your life so that you can move forward with whatever
new intentions feel important to you at this time. One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself as you wrap up
your cleanse is to honor the effort youve made by slowly and gently easing back into a more diverse diet and a
more typical routine. Even after youve moved through a defined period of reintroduction, understand that it may
take some time two weeks, a month, or longer before you are able to fully appreciate the benefits of your
cleanse. The body is often still working to eliminate the toxins released during the cleanse, so this is completely
normal. It is really important to cultivate inner awareness and to listen to your body as you transition into a more
diverse, but healthy, diet and lifestyle. As you do this, you can move into the final phase of the process known in
Ayurveda as rasayana or rejuvenation a period of time to offer your tissues deep nourishment.

Recipes

These delicious recipes have been provided courtesy of Dr. Scott Blossom. Remember that your food will absorb
the energy of your mindset and state of being while cooking, so you can assist your healing process by bringing
good intentions and a sense of presence to your kitchen.

Rice Porridge
Vata Balancing Kitchari
Fresh Coriander Chutney
Sesame Seed Chutney
Cumin, Coriander, Fennel Tea for Vata and Pitta Imbalances
Alakananda Mas Rehydration Tea

Other Herbal Teas


Banyan Botanicals also carries a variety of masterfully blended organic teas for your tasting delight.

Shopping List

Herbs & Products


Organic Sesame Oil or Vata Massage Oil
Nasya Oil
Triphala Powder or Triphala Tablets
Tongue Cleaner
Brahmi / Gotu Kola (optional)
Detox Tea (optional)
Vata Digest (optional)

Groceries
Organic White Basmati Rice, ~3 lbs.
Organic Yellow Split Mung Beans or Organic Whole Mung Beans (available in the bulk section of most health
food stores) ~1.5 lbs.
Organic Ghee (Clarified Butter available at most health food stores)
Organic Roasted Sesame Seeds (optional)
Kombu or Wakame (optional) (available at most health food stores)

Vegetables such as
Carrots
Green Beans
Asparagus

Spices and Garnishes to Consider Having on Hand (for the above recipes)
Black Mustard Seeds
Black Pepper
Cayenne Pepper

Cilantro
Cumin Seeds
Coconut, Unsweetened and Shredded
Coriander Seeds
Fennel Seeds
Ginger Root, Fresh
Fresh Mint or Dried Peppermint
Hing (Asafoetida)
Lemons
Limes
Sea Salt
Sweeteners: Barley Malt, Maple Syrup, Raw Honey, and/or Turbinado Sugar
Turmeric Root, Fresh (optional)
Turmeric, Powdered

Or, save time and money with one of Banyans Cleanse Kits:

Kitchari Kit
7-day Supply of Organic Basmati Rice
7-day Supply of Organic Split Mung Dal
Kitchari Spice Mix
Organic Ghee

Ayurvedic Cleanse Kit


All of the above plus
Organic Triphala Tablets
Organic Sesame Oil
Detox Tea

Deluxe Ayurvedic Cleanse Kit


All of the above plus
Organic Chyavanprash
Organic Nasya Oil
Nasal Rinse Cup
Stainless Steel Tongue Cleaner

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Melody Mischke
Melody Mischke was first introduced to Ayurveda while traveling in India in her early twenties. As her interest in
the tradition deepened, she decided to attend the Ayurvedic Institute, where she had the profound honor of studying
under Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Claudia Welch, and a number of other inspiring teachers. As a Certified Ayurvedic
Practitioner and Yoga Teacher, Melody uses lifestyle practices, subtle therapies, diet, and herbs to help her clients
foster an ever-improving experience of wellness. At the core, she is guided by a deep desire to live her own life in

alignment with her truest inner nature, and to support others in doing the same. She currently resides in Evergreen,
Colorado with her husband, Erick, and their son.

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Additional Resources
Ayurvedic Cleansing
To download Banyans free Ayurvedic Cleanse E-booklet, a more in-depth resource, click here.
Ayurveda offers a number of different approaches to cleansing. Panchakarma is one of the better-known methods
and is a more extensive form of Ayurvedic cleansing than the gentle, food-based home cleanse discussed
here. While panchakarma offers profound benefits, it requires a more complete withdrawal from daily activity and
should only be performed under the guidance of an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner.

Spring Cleanse for Pitta

Banyan Ambassador, Maria (Pitta type), greets the morning sun.

A Gentle Spring Cleanse For PittaPredominant Types


Your body is remarkably intelligent and incredibly hard working. Day in and day out, it processes all kinds of
inputs distinguishing whats good for you from whats not, doing its best to eliminate any harmful substances
alongside routine metabolic waste. But these days, our bodies are inundated with a never-ending barrage of
stressors: environmental toxins, processed foods, unresolved emotions, and psychological stress, to name a
few. Inevitably, in attempting to digest it all, we accumulate some degree of toxicity which, over time, can
build up in the system, deposit in the tissues, and compromise our health. But there is something you can do to give
your body a break. Actually, this is precisely the idea behind an Ayurvedic cleanse: to slow the flood so that the
body can rest, recuperate, and repair itself. And amazingly, when the deluge of inputs slows, your body will
immediately take advantage of the lull to do some very deep cleaning.
The practice of cleansing is considered a vital part of an Ayurvedic lifestyle, with great potential for improved
energy, strength, and immunity, as well as a renewed love of life. An Ayurvedic cleanse rests and resets the
digestive system, eliminates toxins, and simultaneously removes excess vata, pitta, and kapha from the body all
of which serve to promote improved balance and overall health.
Below, you will find everything you need to implement a simple, food-based cleanse at home this
spring. However, even a gentle cleanse like this one is not appropriate for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or
anyone who is extremely weak or debilitated. On the other hand, if you are considering becoming pregnant, it is
ideal for both partners to undertake a cleanse approximately three months prior to conception.

What To Expect
This particular cleanse is seven days in length, but plan on giving the process about two weeks for optimal
results. This timeframe allows for proper preparation before the cleanse and eases you slowly back into your
normal routine afterwards.
A traditional Ayurvedic cleanse involves four distinct phases, each critically important to your success:

1. Preparation
Three Days Prior To The Cleanse (longer, if possible)
For a few days leading up to your cleanse, focus on cleaning up your diet and habits to prepare the body for an
effective cleanse. You will want to eliminate (or at least dramatically reduce) your use of coffee, caffeine, tobacco
products, alcohol, and any recreational drugs. At the same time, reduce your intake of fast foods, processed foods,
meat, refined sugars, and sweets. During this time, eat as many simple, whole foods as possible (fruits, vegetables,
whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds).

2. Active Cleansing
Core Seven Days Of The Cleanse

This is the heart of the cleanse. During this time, you will eat a very simplified mono-diet of kitchari (basmati rice
cooked with split mung beans). This diet is substantive enough that you can maintain your essential responsibilities
but it simultaneously resets the digestive system, supports the elimination of toxins, and balances vata, pitta, and
kapha. During this seven day period, other cleansing practices such as abhyanga (Ayurvedic oil massage), gentle
exercise, and detoxifying herbs can enhance the efficacy of the cleanse. Further instructions detailing this phase of
the cleanse are below.

3. Reintroduction
Three Days Following the Cleanse (longer, if possible)
Even after you complete the seventh day of the cleanse, your body will still be processing the toxins that may have
been stirred into circulation. And, your digestive system will have become accustomed to a very clean diet and will
be somewhat sensitive to overly stimulating or processed foods. Therefore, a slow transition back to a more diverse
diet and back into your normal routine is critically important. This three-day period is a chance to buffer your
system and to rekindle youragni (digestive fire) so that it can handle more complex foods. Again, eat primarily
simple, whole foods, diversifying your menu very gradually. If possible, take this time to test the waters with foods
that are potentially aggravating like dairy, wheat, and soy ideally, reintroducing these foods one at a time and
giving yourself up to 24 hours to observe how your body responds.

4. Rejuvenation
Up to Three Months Following the Completion of the Cleanse
This is the final step in any Ayurvedic cleanse. Now that youve cleared your body of accumulated toxins and
imbalances, your tissues are primed to receive very deep nourishment. Rejuvenating foods and practices are
usually sweet and comforting, and most people find this phase of the cleanse quite enjoyable. If you received an
email about this cleanse, you will receive a second email in about two weeks detailing the rejuvenation process. If
youd like to know more now,click here.
Please Note: This timeframe is ideal, but if you dont have two weeks to give to a cleanse, you can shorten the
phases in proportion to one another. For example, you might do 1-2 days of preparation, 3-4 days of cleansing, 12 days of reintroduction, and 1-2 months of rejuvenation.

Planning and Preparation


The more completely you can clear your schedule for this process, the better. At a minimum, eliminate any
unnecessary obligations and give yourself as much unscheduled time to rest as possible. A menstruating woman
should schedule her cleanse around her cycle to ensure that she is not bleeding during the 7 days of active
cleansing. If her period comes unexpectedly, she can continue on the kitchari diet, but should suspend all other
practices (abhyanga, nasya, triphala, etc.) until her menstruation is complete.

Daily Routine During the 7-Day Active


Cleansing Phase
Freshly prepared foods are best for your cleanse, so youll want to cook your breakfast grains and kitchari fresh
each day at whatever time works best with your schedule. While it is acceptable to prepare all of your food for
the day first thing in the morning, youll want to avoid eating leftovers from previous days throughout the cleanse.

Morning Routine

Rise early so that you can complete your morning routine before breakfast
Upon waking, scrape your tongue and brush your teeth
Administer Nasya Oil (3-5 drops in each nostril)
Sip 8 oz. of hot water to cleanse the system and to awaken the digestive capacity
Perform Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Self Massage) with Organic Sunflower Oil or Pitta Massage Oil
For maximum benefit, let the oil soak in for about 20 minutes
Steam Bath, Sauna, or Improvised Sweat
If you have access to a steam room or sauna, let your oil soak in as you sit just long enough to break a sweat
Otherwise, you can warm your bathroom with a space heater and create a little steam with hot water from the
shower

It is important not to get chilled


Take a bath or shower
Take care not to slip on oily surfaces consider washing your feet first
Use soap strategically (not all over the body)
Excess oil will rinse off with water
If you do not need to go out, it is fine to leave some oil in your hair
Otherwise, you may need to shampoo more than once to remove all of the oil
Use a designated towel to pat dry (this towel will become oily over time)
Gentle Exercise
Slow, gentle movements will support cleansing; more than that can be counterproductive
This is not a time to push yourself
Consider walking, tai chi, or qigong
Some gentle, Vata Pacifying Yoga (which is gentle enough for the cleanse) would also be perfect
Eat Breakfast
Seasoned Barley or Kitchari as much as desired (do not overeat)

Throughout The Day

Eat kitchari throughout the day, as desired


Eat at least 3 meals per day
Have more than 3 meals per day, if desired allowing at least 3 hours between meals
It is best to avoid snacking, but if you need a little something extra, you can enjoy some fresh fruit or a few raw
nuts
It is very important not to feel deprived during your cleanse
Be sure to eat enough food and enough variety that you truly feel satisfied and at peace with this process
You can garnish your kitchari with Fresh Coriander Chutney or Sesame Seed Chutney
Try not to eat after 7pm
Drink at least 12 cups (96 fl. oz.) of room temperature, warm, or hot fluids each day to ensure adequate hydration
and to help flush toxins as they are released
Ideally, most of your fluids should be taken between meals
Appropriate fluids include water, CCF Tea, Rehydration Tea, and Detox Tea drink as much of these as you like

Evening Routine

Triphala Tea
About a half hour before bed, steep teaspoon triphala powder in a cup of freshly boiled water for 10 minutes,
cool, and drink
Or, take 2 triphala tablets with a glass of water
Retire for the Night
Sleep is the bodys best time to detox so be sure to get plenty of rest during the cleanse

Making Supportive Lifestyle Choices

Keep your activities as quiet and mindful as possible.


Surround yourself with things that you find uplifting and nourishing.
Minimize stress and exposure to frantic or disturbing environments.

A cleanse can stir up unresolved emotions so it is important to be prepared for some emotional purging as well. If
intense emotions arise during or after your cleanse, greet your emotions with compassion, observe them with
detached awareness, and allow them simply to move through honoring yourself in the process.
REST as much as possible. You can ensure that the bulk of your energy is devoted to cleansing by minimizing the
number of resources that your body allocates elsewhere.

A New Beginning Transitioning Back Into


Your Normal Life
Toward the end of the cleanse, take some time to reflect on your life so that you can move forward with whatever
new intentions feel important to you at this time. One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself as you wrap up
your cleanse is to honor the effort youve made by slowly and gently easing back into a more diverse diet and a
more typical routine. Even after youve moved through a defined period of reintroduction, understand that it may
take some time two weeks, a month, or longer before you are able to fully appreciate the benefits of your
cleanse. The body is often still working to eliminate the toxins released during the cleanse, so this is completely
normal. It is really important to cultivate inner awareness and to listen to your body as you transition into a more

diverse, but healthy, diet and lifestyle. As you do this, you can move into the final phase of the process known in
Ayurveda asrasayana or rejuvenation a period of time to offer your tissues deep nourishment.

Recipes
These delicious recipes have been provided courtesy of Dr. Scott Blossom. Remember that your food will absorb
the energy of your mindset and state of being while cooking, so you can assist your healing process by bringing
good intentions and a sense of presence to your kitchen.

Seasoned Barley
Pitta Cooling Kitchari
Fresh Coriander Chutney
Sesame Seed Chutney
Cumin, Coriander, Fennel Tea for Vata and Pitta Imbalances
Alakananda Mas Rehydration Tea

Other Herbal Teas


Banyan Botanicals also carries a variety of masterfully blended organic teas for your tasting delight.

Shopping List

Herbs & Products


Organic Sunflower Oil or Pitta Massage Oil
Nasya Oil
Triphala Powder or Triphala Tablets
Tongue Cleaner
Brahmi / Gotu Kola (optional)
Detox Tea (optional)
Pitta Digest (optional)

Groceries
Organic White Basmati Rice, ~3 lbs.
Organic Yellow Split Mung Beans or Organic Whole Mung Beans (available in the bulk section of most health
food stores) ~1.5 lbs.
Organic Ghee (Clarified Butter available at most health food stores)
Organic Roasted Sesame Seeds (optional)
Kombu or Wakame (optional) (available at most health food stores)

Vegetables such as
Burdock Root
Zucchini
Green Beans

Spices and Garnishes to Have on Hand


Black Pepper
Cayenne Pepper (optional use only a pinch so as not to aggravate pitta)
Cilantro
Coconut, Unsweetened and Shredded
Coriander Powder
Coriander Seeds
Cumin Seeds
Fennel Seeds
Ginger Root, Fresh
Fresh Mint or Dried Peppermint
Lemons
Limes
Sage, Dried
Sea Salt
Sweeteners: Barley Malt, Maple Syrup, Raw Honey, and/or Turbinado Sugar
Turmeric Root, Fresh (optional)
Turmeric, Powdered

Or, save time and money with one of Banyans Cleanse Kits:

Kitchari Kit
7-day Supply of Organic Basmati Rice
7-day Supply of Organic Split Mung Dal
Kitchari Spice Mix
Organic Ghee

Ayurvedic Cleanse Kit


All of the above plus
Organic Triphala Tablets
Organic Sesame Oil
Detox Tea

Deluxe Ayurvedic Cleanse Kit


All of the above plus
Organic Chyavanprash
Organic Nasya Oil
Nasal Rinse Cup
Stainless Steel Tongue Cleaner

---

Melody Mischke

Melody Mischke was first introduced to Ayurveda while traveling in India in her early twenties. As her interest in
the tradition deepened, she decided to attend the Ayurvedic Institute, where she had the profound honor of studying
under Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Claudia Welch, and a number of other inspiring teachers. As a Certified Ayurvedic
Practitioner and Yoga Teacher, Melody uses lifestyle practices, subtle therapies, diet, and herbs to help her clients
foster an ever-improving experience of wellness. At the core, she is guided by a deep desire to live her own life in
alignment with her truest inner nature, and to support others in doing the same. She currently resides in Evergreen,
Colorado with her husband, Erick, and their son.

Spring Cleanse for Kapha

Banyan friend, Michelle (Kapha type), practices gentle morning yoga.

A Gentle Spring Cleanse for KaphaPredominant Types

Your body is remarkably intelligent and incredibly hard working. Day in and day out, it processes all kinds of
inputs distinguishing whats good for you from whats not, doing its best to eliminate any harmful substances
alongside routine metabolic waste. But these days, our bodies are inundated with a never-ending barrage of
stressors: environmental toxins, processed foods, unresolved emotions, and psychological stress, to name a
few. Inevitably, in attempting to digest it all, we accumulate some degree of toxicity which, over time, can
build up in the system, deposit in the tissues, and compromise our health. But there is something you can do to give
your body a break. Actually, this is precisely the idea behind an Ayurvedic cleanse: to slow the flood so that the
body can rest, recuperate, and repair itself. And amazingly, when the deluge of inputs slows, your body will
immediately take advantage of the lull to do some very deep cleaning.
The practice of cleansing is considered a vital part of an Ayurvedic lifestyle, with great potential for improved
energy, strength, and immunity, as well as a renewed love of life. An Ayurvedic cleanse rests and resets the
digestive system, eliminates toxins, and simultaneously removes excess vata, pitta, and kapha from the body all
of which serve to promote improved balance and overall health.
Below, you will find everything you need to implement a simple, food-based cleanse at home this
spring. However, even a gentle cleanse like this one is not appropriate for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or
anyone who is extremely weak or debilitated. On the other hand, if you are considering becoming pregnant, it is
ideal for both partners to undertake a cleanse approximately three months prior to conception.

What To Expect
This particular cleanse is seven days in length, but plan on giving the process about two weeks for optimal
results. This timeframe allows for proper preparation before the cleanse and eases you slowly back into your
normal routine afterwards.
A traditional Ayurvedic cleanse involves four distinct phases, each critically important to your success:

1. Preparation
Three Days Prior To The Cleanse (longer, if possible)
For a few days leading up to your cleanse, focus on cleaning up your diet and habits to prepare the body for an
effective cleanse. You will want to eliminate (or at least dramatically reduce) your use of coffee, caffeine, tobacco
products, alcohol, and any recreational drugs. At the same time, reduce your intake of fast foods, processed foods,
meat, refined sugars, and sweets. During this time, eat as many simple, whole foods as possible (fruits, vegetables,
whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds).

2. Active Cleansing
Core Seven Days Of The Cleanse
This is the heart of the cleanse. During this time, you will eat a very simplified mono-diet of kitchari (basmati rice
cooked with split mung beans). This diet is substantive enough that you can maintain your essential responsibilities
but it simultaneously resets the digestive system, supports the elimination of toxins, and balances vata, pitta, and
kapha. During this seven day period, other cleansing practices such as abhyanga (Ayurvedic oil massage), gentle

exercise, and detoxifying herbs can enhance the efficacy of the cleanse. Further instructions detailing this phase of
the cleanse are below.

3. Reintroduction
Three Days Following the Cleanse (longer, if possible)
Even after you complete the seventh day of the cleanse, your body will still be processing the toxins that may have
been stirred into circulation. And, your digestive system will have become accustomed to a very clean diet and will
be somewhat sensitive to overly stimulating or processed foods. Therefore, a slow transition back to a more diverse
diet and back into your normal routine is critically important. This three-day period is a chance to buffer your
system and to rekindle youragni (digestive fire) so that it can handle more complex foods. Again, eat primarily
simple, whole foods, diversifying your menu very gradually. If possible, take this time to test the waters with foods
that are potentially aggravating like dairy, wheat, and soy ideally, reintroducing these foods one at a time and
giving yourself up to 24 hours to observe how your body responds.

4. Rejuvenation
Up to Three Months Following the Completion of the Cleanse
This is the final step in any Ayurvedic cleanse. Now that youve cleared your body of accumulated toxins and
imbalances, your tissues are primed to receive very deep nourishment. Rejuvenating foods and practices are
usually sweet and comforting, and most people find this phase of the cleanse quite enjoyable. If you received an
email about this cleanse, you will receive a second email in a few weeks detailing the rejuvenation process. If
youd like to know more now, click here.
Please Note: This timeframe is ideal, but if you dont have two weeks to give to a cleanse, you can shorten the
phases in proportion to one another. For example, you might do 1-2 days of preparation, 3-4 days of cleansing, 12 days of reintroduction, and 1-2 months of rejuvenation.

Planning and Preparation


The more completely you can clear your schedule for this process, the better. At a minimum, eliminate any
unnecessary obligations and give yourself as much unscheduled time to rest as possible. A menstruating woman
should schedule her cleanse around her cycle to ensure that she is not bleeding during the 7 days of active
cleansing. If her period comes unexpectedly, she can continue on the kitchari diet, but should suspend all other
practices (abhyanga, nasya, triphala, etc.) until her menstruation is complete.

Daily Routine During the 7-Day Active


Cleansing Phase
Freshly prepared foods are best for your cleanse, so youll want to cook your breakfast grains and kitchari fresh
each day at whatever time works best with your schedule. While it is acceptable to prepare all of your food for
the day first thing in the morning, youll want to avoid eating leftovers from previous days throughout the cleanse.

Morning Routine

Rise early so that you can complete your morning routine before breakfast
Upon waking, scrape your tongue and brush your teeth
Administer Nasya Oil (3-5 drops in each nostril)
Sip 8 oz. of hot water to cleanse the system and to awaken the digestive capacity
Perform Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Self Massage) with Organic Sesame Oil or Kapha Massage Oil
For maximum benefit, let the oil soak in for about 20 minutes
Steam Bath, Sauna, or Improvised Sweat
If you have access to a steam room or sauna, let your oil soak in as you sit just long enough to break a sweat
Otherwise, you can warm your bathroom with a space heater and create a little steam with hot water from the
shower

It is important not to get chilled


Take a bath or shower
Take care not to slip on oily surfaces consider washing your feet first
When shampooing, it can be helpful to apply and massage shampoo into the hair before wetting it and, if
necessary, shampoo a second time
If you do not need to go out, it is fine to leave some oil in your hair
Use soap strategically (not all over the body)
Excess oil will rinse off with water
Use a designated towel to pat dry (this towel will become oily over time)
Gentle Exercise
Slow, gentle movements will support cleansing; more than that can be counterproductive
This is not a time to push yourself
Consider walking, tai chi, or qigong
Some gentle, Vata Pacifying Yoga (which is gentle enough for the cleanse) would also be perfect
Eat Breakfast
Seasoned Barley or Kitchari as much as desired (do not overeat)

Throughout The Day

Eat kitchari throughout the day, as desired


Eat at least 3 meals per day
Have more than 3 meals per day, if desired allowing at least 3 hours between meals
It is best to avoid snacking, but if you need a little something extra, you can enjoy some fresh fruit or a few raw
nuts
It is very important not to feel deprived during your cleanse
Be sure to eat enough food and enough variety that you truly feel satisfied and at peace with this process
You can garnish your kitchari with Fresh Coriander Chutney or Sesame Seed Chutney
Try not to eat after 7pm
Drink plenty of of room temperature, warm, or hot fluids each day to ensure adequate hydration and to help flush
toxins as they are released (a good rule of thumb is to divide your weight in pounds by two and drink at least
that number of ounces each day: e.g. 150lbs 2 = 75 oz.)
Ideally, most of your fluids should be taken between meals
Appropriate fluids include water, Ginger Turmeric Tea, Rehydration Tea, and Detox Tea drink as much of these
as you like

Evening Routine

Triphala Tea
About a half hour before bed, steep teaspoon triphala powder in a cup of freshly boiled water for 10 minutes,
cool, and drink
Or, take 2 triphala tablets with a glass of water
Retire for the Night
Sleep is the bodys best time to detox so be sure to get plenty of rest during the cleanse

Making Supportive Lifestyle Choices

Keep your activities as quiet and mindful as possible.


Surround yourself with things that you find uplifting and nourishing.
Minimize stress and exposure to frantic or disturbing environments.
A cleanse can stir up unresolved emotions so it is important to be prepared for some emotional purging as well. If
intense emotions arise during or after your cleanse, greet your emotions with compassion, observe them with
detached awareness, and allow them simply to move through honoring yourself in the process.
REST as much as possible. You can ensure that the bulk of your energy is devoted to cleansing by minimizing the
number of resources that your body allocates elsewhere.

A New Beginning Transitioning Back Into


Your Normal Life
Toward the end of the cleanse, take some time to reflect on your life so that you can move forward with whatever
new intentions feel important to you at this time. One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself as you wrap up
your cleanse is to honor the effort youve made by slowly and gently easing back into a more diverse diet and a
more typical routine. Even after youve moved through a defined period of reintroduction, understand that it may

take some time two weeks, a month, or longer before you are able to fully appreciate the benefits of your
cleanse. The body is often still working to eliminate the toxins released during the cleanse, so this is completely
normal. It is really important to cultivate inner awareness and to listen to your body as you transition into a more
diverse, but healthy, diet and lifestyle. As you do this, you can move into the final phase of the process known in
Ayurveda asrasayana or rejuvenation a period of time to offer your tissues deep nourishment.

Recipes
These delicious recipes have been provided courtesy of Dr. Scott Blossom. Remember that your food will absorb
the energy of your mindset and state of being while cooking, so you can assist your healing process by bringing
good intentions and a sense of presence to your kitchen.

Seasoned Barley
Kapha Reducing Kitchari
Fresh Coriander Chutney
Sesame Seed Chutney
Ginger Turmeric Tea
Alakananda Mas Rehydration Tea

Other Herbal Teas


Banyan Botanicals also carries a variety of masterfully blended organic teas for your tasting delight.

Shopping List

Herbs & Products


Organic Sesame Oil or Kapha Massage Oil
Nasya Oil
Triphala Powder or Triphala Tablets
Tongue Cleaner
Brahmi / Gotu Kola (optional)
Detox Tea (optional)
Kapha Digest (optional)

Groceries
Organic White Basmati Rice, ~3 lbs.
Organic Yellow Split Mung Beans or Organic Whole Mung Beans (available in the bulk section of most health
food stores) ~1.5 lbs.
Organic Ghee (Clarified Butter available at most health food stores)
Organic Roasted Sesame Seeds (optional)
Kombu or Wakame (optional) (available at most health food stores)

Vegetables such as

Burdock Root
Zucchini
Green Beans
Leafy Greens (Kale or Collard Greens)
Onion

Spices and Garnishes to Consider Having on Hand (for the above recipes)
Bay Leaves
Black Mustard Seeds
Black Pepper
Cayenne Pepper
Cilantro
Coconut, Unsweetened and Shredded
Coriander Powder
Coriander Seeds
Cumin Seeds
Fennel Seeds
Ginger Root, Fresh
Lemons
Limes
Fresh Mint or Dried Peppermint
Oregano
Sage, Dried
Sea Salt
Sweeteners: Raw Honey (best choice for kapha), and/or Turbinado Sugar
Turmeric Root, Fresh (optional)
Turmeric, Powdered

Or, save time and money with one of Banyans Cleanse Kits:

Kitchari Kit
7-day Supply of Organic Basmati Rice
7-day Supply of Organic Split Mung Dal
Kitchari Spice Mix
Organic Ghee

Ayurvedic Cleanse Kit


All of the above plus
Organic Triphala Tablets
Organic Sesame Oil
Detox Tea

Deluxe Ayurvedic Cleanse Kit


All of the above plus
Organic Chyavanprash

Organic Nasya Oil


Nasal Rinse Cup
Stainless Steel Tongue Cleaner

---

Melody Mischke
Melody Mischke was first introduced to Ayurveda while traveling in India in her early twenties. As her interest in
the tradition deepened, she decided to attend the Ayurvedic Institute, where she had the profound honor of studying
under Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Claudia Welch, and a number of other inspiring teachers. As a Certified Ayurvedic
Practitioner and Yoga Teacher, Melody uses lifestyle practices, subtle therapies, diet, and herbs to help her clients
foster an ever-improving experience of wellness. At the core, she is guided by a deep desire to live her own life in
alignment with her truest inner nature, and to support others in doing the same. She currently resides in Evergreen,
Colorado with her husband, Erick, and their son.

Spring Cleanse for VataPitta and Pitta-Vata Types

Customer Service rep, Shawn (Pitta-Vata), making some time to journal.

A Gentle Spring Cleanse for Vata-Pitta and


Pitta-Vata Predominant Types
Your body is remarkably intelligent and incredibly hard working. Day in and day out, it processes all kinds of
inputs distinguishing whats good for you from whats not, doing its best to eliminate any harmful substances
alongside routine metabolic waste. But these days, our bodies are inundated with a never-ending barrage of
stressors: environmental toxins, processed foods, unresolved emotions, and psychological stress, to name a
few. Inevitably, in attempting to digest it all, we accumulate some degree of toxicity which, over time, can
build up in the system, deposit in the tissues, and compromise our health. But there is something you can do to give
your body a break. Actually, this is precisely the idea behind an Ayurvedic cleanse: to slow the flood so that the
body can rest, recuperate, and repair itself. And amazingly, when the deluge of inputs slows, your body will
immediately take advantage of the lull to do some very deep cleaning.
The practice of cleansing is considered a vital part of an Ayurvedic lifestyle, with great potential for improved
energy, strength, and immunity, as well as a renewed love of life. An Ayurvedic cleanse rests and resets the
digestive system, eliminates toxins, and simultaneously removes excess vata, pitta, and kapha from the body all
of which serve to promote improved balance and overall health.
Below, you will find everything you need to implement a simple, food-based cleanse at home this
spring. However, even a gentle cleanse like this one is not appropriate for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or
anyone who is extremely weak or debilitated. On the other hand, if you are considering becoming pregnant, it is
ideal for both partners to undertake a cleanse approximately three months prior to conception.

What To Expect
This particular cleanse is seven days in length, but plan on giving the process about two weeks for optimal
results. This timeframe allows for proper preparation before the cleanse and eases you slowly back into your
normal routine afterwards.
A traditional Ayurvedic cleanse involves four distinct phases, each critically important to your success:

1. Preparation
Three Days Prior To The Cleanse (longer, if possible)
For a few days leading up to your cleanse, focus on cleaning up your diet and habits to prepare the body for an
effective cleanse. You will want to eliminate (or at least dramatically reduce) your use of coffee, caffeine, tobacco
products, alcohol, and any recreational drugs. At the same time, reduce your intake of fast foods, processed foods,
meat, refined sugars, and sweets. During this time, eat as many simple, whole foods as possible (fruits, vegetables,
whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds).

2. Active Cleansing
Core Seven Days Of The Cleanse
This is the heart of the cleanse. During this time, you will eat a very simplified mono-diet of kitchari (basmati rice
cooked with split mung beans). This diet is substantive enough that you can maintain your essential responsibilities
but it simultaneously resets the digestive system, supports the elimination of toxins, and balances vata, pitta, and
kapha. During this seven day period, other cleansing practices such as abhyanga (Ayurvedic oil massage), gentle
exercise, and detoxifying herbs can enhance the efficacy of the cleanse. Further instructions detailing this phase of
the cleanse are below.

3. Reintroduction
Three Days Following the Cleanse (longer, if possible)
Even after you complete the seventh day of the cleanse, your body will still be processing the toxins that may have
been stirred into circulation. And, your digestive system will have become accustomed to a very clean diet and will
be somewhat sensitive to overly stimulating or processed foods. Therefore, a slow transition back to a more diverse
diet and back into your normal routine is critically important. This three-day period is a chance to buffer your
system and to rekindle youragni (digestive fire) so that it can handle more complex foods. Again, eat primarily
simple, whole foods, diversifying your menu very gradually. If possible, take this time to test the waters with foods
that are potentially aggravating like dairy, wheat, and soy ideally, reintroducing these foods one at a time and
giving yourself up to 24 hours to observe how your body responds.

4. Rejuvenation
Up to Three Months Following the Completion of the Cleanse
This is the final step in any Ayurvedic cleanse. Now that youve cleared your body of accumulated toxins and
imbalances, your tissues are primed to receive very deep nourishment. Rejuvenating foods and practices are
usually sweet and comforting, and most people find this phase of the cleanse quite enjoyable. If you received an
email about this cleanse, you will receive a second email in a few weeks detailing the rejuvenation process. If
youd like to know more now, click here.
Please Note: This timeframe is ideal, but if you dont have two weeks to give to a cleanse, you can shorten the
phases in proportion to one another. For example, you might do 1-2 days of preparation, 3-4 days of cleansing, 12 days of reintroduction, and 1-2 months of rejuvenation.

Planning and Preparation


The more completely you can clear your schedule for this process, the better. At a minimum, eliminate any
unnecessary obligations and give yourself as much unscheduled time to rest as possible. A menstruating woman
should schedule her cleanse around her cycle to ensure that she is not bleeding during the 7 days of active
cleansing. If her period comes unexpectedly, she can continue on the kitchari diet, but should suspend all other
practices (abhyanga, nasya, triphala, etc.) until her menstruation is complete.

Daily Routine During the 7-Day Active


Cleansing Phase
Freshly prepared foods are best for your cleanse, so youll want to cook your breakfast grains and kitchari fresh
each day at whatever time works best with your schedule. While it is acceptable to prepare all of your food for
the day first thing in the morning, youll want to avoid eating leftovers from previous days throughout the cleanse.

Morning Routine

Rise early so that you can complete your morning routine before breakfast
Upon waking, scrape your tongue and brush your teeth
Administer Nasya Oil (3-5 drops in each nostril)
Sip 8 oz. of hot water to cleanse the system and to awaken the digestive capacity
Perform Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Self Massage) with Organic Sunflower Oil or Pitta Massage Oil (both seasonally
appropriate)
For maximum benefit, let the oil soak in for about 20 minutes
Steam Bath, Sauna, or Improvised Sweat
If you have access to a steam room or sauna, let your oil soak in as you sit just long enough to break a sweat

Otherwise, you can warm your bathroom with a space heater and create a little steam with hot water from the
shower
It is important not to get chilled
Take a bath or shower
Take care not to slip on oily surfaces consider washing your feet first
When shampooing, it can be helpful to apply and massage shampoo into the hair before wetting it and, if
necessary, shampoo a second time
If you do not need to go out, it is fine to leave some oil in your hair
Use soap strategically (not all over the body)
Excess oil will rinse off with water
Use a designated towel to pat dry (this towel will become oily over time)
Gentle Exercise
Slow, gentle movements will support cleansing; more than that can be counterproductive
This is not a time to push yourself
Consider walking, tai chi, or qigong
Some gentle, Vata Pacifying Yoga (which is gentle enough for the cleanse) would also be perfect
Eat Breakfast
Rice Porridge, Seasoned Barley or Kitchari as much as desired (do not overeat)

Throughout The Day

Eat kitchari throughout the day, as desired


Eat at least 3 meals per day
Have more than 3 meals per day, if desired allowing at least 3 hours between meals
It is best to avoid snacking, but if you need a little something extra, you can enjoy some fresh fruit or a few raw
nuts
It is very important not to feel deprived during your cleanse
Be sure to eat enough food and enough variety that you truly feel satisfied and at peace with this process
You can garnish your kitchari with Fresh Coriander Chutney or Sesame Seed Chutney
Try not to eat after 7pm
Drink at least 12 cups (96 fl. oz.) of room temperature, warm, or hot fluids each day to ensure adequate hydration
and to help flush toxins as they are released
Ideally, most of your fluids should be taken between meals
Appropriate fluids include water, CCF Tea, Rehydration Tea, and Detox Tea drink as much of these as you like

Evening Routine

Triphala Tea
About a half hour before bed, steep teaspoon triphala powder in a cup of freshly boiled water for 10 minutes,
cool, and drink
Or, take 2 triphala tablets with a glass of water
Retire for the Night
Sleep is the bodys best time to detox so be sure to get plenty of rest during the cleanse

Making Supportive Lifestyle Choices

Keep your activities as quiet and mindful as possible.


Surround yourself with things that you find uplifting and nourishing.
Minimize stress and exposure to frantic or disturbing environments.
A cleanse can stir up unresolved emotions so it is important to be prepared for some emotional purging as well. If
intense emotions arise during or after your cleanse, greet your emotions with compassion, observe them with
detached awareness, and allow them simply to move through honoring yourself in the process.
REST as much as possible. You can ensure that the bulk of your energy is devoted to cleansing by minimizing the
number of resources that your body allocates elsewhere.

A New Beginning Transitioning Back Into


Your Normal Life
Toward the end of the cleanse, take some time to reflect on your life so that you can move forward with whatever
new intentions feel important to you at this time. One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself as you wrap up
your cleanse is to honor the effort youve made by slowly and gently easing back into a more diverse diet and a
more typical routine. Even after youve moved through a defined period of reintroduction, understand that it may

take some time two weeks, a month, or longer before you are able to fully appreciate the benefits of your
cleanse. The body is often still working to eliminate the toxins released during the cleanse, so this is completely
normal. It is really important to cultivate inner awareness and to listen to your body as you transition into a more
diverse, but healthy, diet and lifestyle. As you do this, you can move into the final phase of the process known in
Ayurveda as rasayana or rejuvenation a period of time to offer your tissues deep nourishment.

Recipes
These delicious recipes have been provided courtesy of Dr. Scott Blossom. Remember that your food will absorb
the energy of your mindset and state of being while cooking, so you can assist your healing process by bringing
good intentions and a sense of presence to your kitchen.

Rice Porridge
Seasoned Barley
Pitta Cooling Kitchari
Fresh Coriander Chutney
Sesame Seed Chutney
Cumin, Coriander, Fennel Tea
Alakananda Mas Rehydration Tea

Other Herbal Teas


Banyan Botanicals also carries a variety of masterfully blended organic teas for your tasting delight.

Shopping List

Herbs & Products


Organic Sunflower Oil or Pitta Massage Oil
Nasya Oil
Triphala Powder or Triphala Tablets
Tongue Cleaner
Brahmi / Gotu Kola (optional)
Detox Tea (optional)
Vata Digest (optional)
Pitta Digest (optional)

Groceries
Organic White Basmati Rice, ~3 lbs.
Organic Yellow Split Mung Beans or Organic Whole Mung Beans (available in the bulk section of most health
food stores) ~1.5 lbs.
Organic Ghee (Clarified Butter available at most health food stores)
Organic Roasted Sesame Seeds (optional)
Kombu or Wakame (optional) (available at most health food stores)

Vegetables such as
Burdock Root
Green Beans
Zucchini

Spices and Garnishes to Consider Having on Hand (for the above recipes)
Black Pepper
Cayenne Pepper (use only a pinch so as not to aggravate pitta)
Cilantro
Coconut, Unsweetened and Shredded
Coriander Powder
Coriander Seeds
Cumin Seeds
Fennel Seeds
Ginger Root, Fresh
Lemons
Limes
Fresh Mint or Dried Peppermint
Sage, Dried
Sea Salt
Sweeteners: Barley Malt, Maple Syrup, Raw Honey, and/or Turbinado Sugar
Turmeric Root, Fresh (optional)
Turmeric, Powdered

Or, save time and money with one of Banyans Cleanse Kits:

Kitchari Kit
7-day Supply of Organic Basmati Rice
7-day Supply of Organic Split Mung Dal
Kitchari Spice Mix
Organic Ghee

Ayurvedic Cleanse Kit


All of the above plus
Organic Triphala Tablets
Organic Sesame Oil
Detox Tea

Deluxe Ayurvedic Cleanse Kit


All of the above plus
Organic Chyavanprash
Organic Nasya Oil
Nasal Rinse Cup
Stainless Steel Tongue Cleaner

---

Melody Mischke
Melody Mischke was first introduced to Ayurveda while traveling in India in her early twenties. As her interest in
the tradition deepened, she decided to attend the Ayurvedic Institute, where she had the profound honor of studying
under Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Claudia Welch, and a number of other inspiring teachers. As a Certified Ayurvedic
Practitioner and Yoga Teacher, Melody uses lifestyle practices, subtle therapies, diet, and herbs to help her clients
foster an ever-improving experience of wellness. At the core, she is guided by a deep desire to live her own life in
alignment with her truest inner nature, and to support others in doing the same. She currently resides in Evergreen,
Colorado with her husband, Erick, and their son.

Spring Cleanse for PittaKapha and Kapha-Pitta


Types

Customer Service rep, Elizabeth (Pitta-Kapha), is uplifted by puppy love.

A Gentle Spring Cleanse for Pitta-Kapha


and Kapha-Pitta Predominant Types
Your body is remarkably intelligent and incredibly hard working. Day in and day out, it processes all kinds of
inputs distinguishing whats good for you from whats not, doing its best to eliminate any harmful substances
alongside routine metabolic waste. But these days, our bodies are inundated with a never-ending barrage of
stressors: environmental toxins, processed foods, unresolved emotions, and psychological stress, to name a
few. Inevitably, in attempting to digest it all, we accumulate some degree of toxicity which, over time, can
build up in the system, deposit in the tissues, and compromise our health. But there is something you can do to give
your body a break. Actually, this is precisely the idea behind an Ayurvedic cleanse: to slow the flood so that the
body can rest, recuperate, and repair itself. And amazingly, when the deluge of inputs slows, your body will
immediately take advantage of the lull to do some very deep cleaning.
The practice of cleansing is considered a vital part of an Ayurvedic lifestyle, with great potential for improved
energy, strength, and immunity, as well as a renewed love of life. An Ayurvedic cleanse rests and resets the
digestive system, eliminates toxins, and simultaneously removes excess vata, pitta, and kapha from the body all
of which serve to promote improved balance and overall health.
Below, you will find everything you need to implement a simple, food-based cleanse at home this
spring. However, even a gentle cleanse like this one is not appropriate for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or

anyone who is extremely weak or debilitated. On the other hand, if you are considering becoming pregnant, it is
ideal for both partners to undertake a cleanse approximately three months prior to conception.

What To Expect
This particular cleanse is seven days in length, but plan on giving the process about two weeks for optimal
results. This timeframe allows for proper preparation before the cleanse and eases you slowly back into your
normal routine afterwards.
A traditional Ayurvedic cleanse involves four distinct phases, each critically important to your success:

1. Preparation
Three Days Prior To The Cleanse (longer, if possible)
For a few days leading up to your cleanse, focus on cleaning up your diet and habits to prepare the body for an
effective cleanse. You will want to eliminate (or at least dramatically reduce) your use of coffee, caffeine, tobacco
products, alcohol, and any recreational drugs. At the same time, reduce your intake of fast foods, processed foods,
meat, refined sugars, and sweets. During this time, eat as many simple, whole foods as possible (fruits, vegetables,
whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds).

2. Active Cleansing
Core Seven Days Of The Cleanse
This is the heart of the cleanse. During this time, you will eat a very simplified mono-diet of kitchari (basmati rice
cooked with split mung beans). This diet is substantive enough that you can maintain your essential responsibilities
but it simultaneously resets the digestive system, supports the elimination of toxins, and balances vata, pitta, and
kapha. During this seven day period, other cleansing practices such as abhyanga (Ayurvedic oil massage), gentle
exercise, and detoxifying herbs can enhance the efficacy of the cleanse. Further instructions detailing this phase of
the cleanse are below.

3. Reintroduction
Three Days Following the Cleanse (longer, if possible)
Even after you complete the seventh day of the cleanse, your body will still be processing the toxins that may have
been stirred into circulation. And, your digestive system will have become accustomed to a very clean diet and will
be somewhat sensitive to overly stimulating or processed foods. Therefore, a slow transition back to a more diverse
diet and back into your normal routine is critically important. This three-day period is a chance to buffer your
system and to rekindle youragni (digestive fire) so that it can handle more complex foods. Again, eat primarily
simple, whole foods, diversifying your menu very gradually. If possible, take this time to test the waters with foods
that are potentially aggravating like dairy, wheat, and soy ideally, reintroducing these foods one at a time and
giving yourself up to 24 hours to observe how your body responds.

4. Rejuvenation
Up to Three Months Following the Completion of the Cleanse
This is the final step in any Ayurvedic cleanse. Now that youve cleared your body of accumulated toxins and
imbalances, your tissues are primed to receive very deep nourishment. Rejuvenating foods and practices are
usually sweet and comforting, and most people find this phase of the cleanse quite enjoyable. If you received an
email about this cleanse, you will receive a second email in a few weeks detailing the rejuvenation process. If
youd like to know more now, click here.
Please Note: This timeframe is ideal, but if you dont have two weeks to give to a cleanse, you can shorten the
phases in proportion to one another. For example, you might do 1-2 days of preparation, 3-4 days of cleansing, 12 days of reintroduction, and 1-2 months of rejuvenation.

Planning and Preparation


The more completely you can clear your schedule for this process, the better. At a minimum, eliminate any
unnecessary obligations and give yourself as much unscheduled time to rest as possible. A menstruating woman
should schedule her cleanse around her cycle to ensure that she is not bleeding during the 7 days of active
cleansing. If her period comes unexpectedly, she can continue on the kitchari diet, but should suspend all other
practices (abhyanga, nasya, triphala, etc.) until her menstruation is complete.

Daily Routine During the 7-Day Active


Cleansing Phase
Freshly prepared foods are best for your cleanse, so youll want to cook your breakfast grains and kitchari fresh
each day at whatever time works best with your schedule. While it is acceptable to prepare all of your food for
the day first thing in the morning, youll want to avoid eating leftovers from previous days throughout the cleanse.

Morning Routine

Rise early so that you can complete your morning routine before breakfast
Upon waking, scrape your tongue and brush your teeth
Administer Nasya Oil (3-5 drops in each nostril)
Sip 8 oz. of hot water to cleanse the system and to awaken the digestive capacity
Perform Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Self Massage) with Organic Sesame Oil or Kapha Massage Oil (both seasonally
appropriate)
For maximum benefit, let the oil soak in for about 20 minutes
Steam Bath, Sauna, or Improvised Sweat
If you have access to a steam room or sauna, let your oil soak in as you sit just long enough to break a sweat
Otherwise, you can warm your bathroom with a space heater and create a little steam with hot water from the
shower
It is important not to get chilled
Take a bath or shower
Take care not to slip on oily surfaces consider washing your feet first
When shampooing, it can be helpful to apply and massage shampoo into the hair before wetting it and, if
necessary, shampoo a second time
If you do not need to go out, it is fine to leave some oil in your hair
Use soap strategically (not all over the body)
Excess oil will rinse off with water
Use a designated towel to pat dry (this towel will become oily over time)
Gentle Exercise
Slow, gentle movements will support cleansing; more than that can be counterproductive
This is not a time to push yourself
Consider walking, tai chi, or qigong
Some gentle, Vata Pacifying Yoga (which is gentle enough for the cleanse) would also be perfect
Eat Breakfast
Seasoned Barley or Kitchari as much as desired (do not overeat)

Throughout The Day

Eat kitchari throughout the day, as desired


Eat at least 3 meals per day
Have more than 3 meals per day, if desired allowing at least 3 hours between meals
It is best to avoid snacking, but if you need a little something extra, you can enjoy some fresh fruit or a few raw
nuts
It is very important not to feel deprived during your cleanse
Be sure to eat enough food and enough variety that you truly feel satisfied and at peace with this process

You can garnish your kitchari with Fresh Coriander Chutney or Sesame Seed Chutney
Try not to eat after 6pm
Drink plenty of of room temperature, warm, or hot fluids each day to ensure adequate hydration and to help flush
toxins as they are released (a good rule of thumb is to divide your weight in pounds by two and drink at least
that number of ounces each day: e.g. 150lbs 2 = 75 oz.)
Ideally, most of your fluids should be taken between meals
Appropriate fluids include water, CCF Tea, Ginger Turmeric Tea, Rehydration Tea, and Detox Tea drink as
much of these as you like

Evening Routine

Triphala Tea
About a half hour before bed, steep teaspoon triphala powder in a cup of freshly boiled water for 10 minutes,
cool, and drink
Or, take 2 triphala tablets with a glass of water
Retire for the Night
Sleep is the bodys best time to detox so be sure to get plenty of rest during the cleanse

Making Supportive Lifestyle Choices

Keep your activities as quiet and mindful as possible.


Surround yourself with things that you find uplifting and nourishing.
Minimize stress and exposure to frantic or disturbing environments.
A cleanse can stir up unresolved emotions so it is important to be prepared for some emotional purging as well. If
intense emotions arise during or after your cleanse, greet your emotions with compassion, observe them with
detached awareness, and allow them simply to move through honoring yourself in the process.
REST as much as possible. You can ensure that the bulk of your energy is devoted to cleansing by minimizing the
number of resources that your body allocates elsewhere.

A New Beginning Transitioning Back Into


Your Normal Life
Toward the end of the cleanse, take some time to reflect on your life so that you can move forward with whatever
new intentions feel important to you at this time. One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself as you wrap up
your cleanse is to honor the effort youve made by slowly and gently easing back into a more diverse diet and a
more typical routine. Even after youve moved through a defined period of reintroduction, understand that it may
take some time two weeks, a month, or longer before you are able to fully appreciate the benefits of your
cleanse. The body is often still working to eliminate the toxins released during the cleanse, so this is completely
normal. It is really important to cultivate inner awareness and to listen to your body as you transition into a more
diverse, but healthy, diet and lifestyle. As you do this, you can move into the final phase of the process known in
Ayurveda as rasayana or rejuvenation a period of time to offer your tissues deep nourishment.

Recipes

These delicious recipes have been provided courtesy of Dr. Scott Blossom. Remember that your food will absorb
the energy of your mindset and state of being while cooking, so you can assist your healing process by bringing
good intentions and a sense of presence to your kitchen.

Seasoned Barley
Kapha Reducing Kitchari
Fresh Coriander Chutney
Sesame Seed Chutney
Cumin, Coriander, Fennel Tea
Ginger Turmeric Tea
Alakananda Mas Rehydration Tea

Other Herbal Teas


Banyan Botanicals also carries a variety of masterfully blended organic teas for your tasting delight.

Shopping List

Herbs & Products


Organic Sesame Oil or Kapha Massage Oil
Nasya Oil
Triphala Powder or Triphala Tablets
Tongue Cleaner
Brahmi / Gotu Kola (optional)
Detox Tea (optional)
Kapha Digest (optional)
Pitta Digest (optional)

Groceries
Organic White Basmati Rice, ~3 lbs.
Organic Yellow Split Mung Beans or Organic Whole Mung Beans (available in the bulk section of most health
food stores) ~1.5 lbs.
Organic Ghee (Clarified Butter available at most health food stores)
Organic Roasted Sesame Seeds (optional)
Kombu or Wakame (optional) (available at most health food stores)

Vegetables such as
Burdock Root
Zucchini
Green Beans
Leafy Greens (Kale or Collard Greens)
Onion

Spices and Garnishes to Consider Having on Hand (for the above recipes)
Bay Leaves
Black Mustard Seeds
Black Pepper
Cayenne Pepper (use only a pinch so as not to aggravate pitta)
Cilantro
Coconut, Unsweetened and Shredded
Coriander Powder
Coriander Seeds
Cumin Seeds
Fennel Seeds
Ginger Root, Fresh
Lemons
Limes
Fresh Mint or Dried Peppermint
Oregano
Sage, Dried
Sea Salt
Sweeteners: Barley Malt, Maple Syrup, Raw Honey (best choice for excess kapha), and/or Turbinado Sugar
Turmeric Root, Fresh (optional)
Turmeric, Powdered

Or, save time and money with one of Banyans Cleanse Kits:

Kitchari Kit
7-day Supply of Organic Basmati Rice
7-day Supply of Organic Split Mung Dal
Kitchari Spice Mix
Organic Ghee

Ayurvedic Cleanse Kit


All of the above plus
Organic Triphala Tablets
Organic Sesame Oil
Detox Tea

Deluxe Ayurvedic Cleanse Kit


All of the above plus
Organic Chyavanprash
Organic Nasya Oil
Nasal Rinse Cup
Stainless Steel Tongue Cleaner

---

Spring Cleanse for VataKapha and Kapha-Vata


Types

Community Director, Erin (Vata-Kapha), enjoying a bowl of kitchari.

A Gentle Spring Cleanse for Vata-Kapha


and Kapha-Vata Predominant Types
Your body is remarkably intelligent and incredibly hard working. Day in and day out, it processes all kinds of
inputs distinguishing whats good for you from whats not, doing its best to eliminate any harmful substances

alongside routine metabolic waste. But these days, our bodies are inundated with a never-ending barrage of
stressors: environmental toxins, processed foods, unresolved emotions, and psychological stress, to name a
few. Inevitably, in attempting to digest it all, we accumulate some degree of toxicity which, over time, can
build up in the system, deposit in the tissues, and compromise our health. But there is something you can do to give
your body a break. Actually, this is precisely the idea behind an Ayurvedic cleanse: to slow the flood so that the
body can rest, recuperate, and repair itself. And amazingly, when the deluge of inputs slows, your body will
immediately take advantage of the lull to do some very deep cleaning.
The practice of cleansing is considered a vital part of an Ayurvedic lifestyle, with great potential for improved
energy, strength, and immunity, as well as a renewed love of life. An Ayurvedic cleanse rests and resets the
digestive system, eliminates toxins, and simultaneously removes excess vata, pitta, and kapha from the body all
of which serve to promote improved balance and overall health.
Below, you will find everything you need to implement a simple, food-based cleanse at home this
spring. However, even a gentle cleanse like this one is not appropriate for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or
anyone who is extremely weak or debilitated. On the other hand, if you are considering becoming pregnant, it is
ideal for both partners to undertake a cleanse approximately three months prior to conception.

What To Expect
This particular cleanse is seven days in length, but plan on giving the process about two weeks for optimal
results. This timeframe allows for proper preparation before the cleanse and eases you slowly back into your
normal routine afterwards.
A traditional Ayurvedic cleanse involves four distinct phases, each critically important to your success:

1. Preparation
Three Days Prior To The Cleanse (longer, if possible)
For a few days leading up to your cleanse, focus on cleaning up your diet and habits to prepare the body for an
effective cleanse. You will want to eliminate (or at least dramatically reduce) your use of coffee, caffeine, tobacco
products, alcohol, and any recreational drugs. At the same time, reduce your intake of fast foods, processed foods,
meat, refined sugars, and sweets. During this time, eat as many simple, whole foods as possible (fruits, vegetables,
whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds).

2. Active Cleansing
Core Seven Days Of The Cleanse
This is the heart of the cleanse. During this time, you will eat a very simplified mono-diet of kitchari (basmati rice
cooked with split mung beans). This diet is substantive enough that you can maintain your essential responsibilities
but it simultaneously resets the digestive system, supports the elimination of toxins, and balances vata, pitta, and
kapha. During this seven day period, other cleansing practices such as abhyanga (Ayurvedic oil massage), gentle
exercise, and detoxifying herbs can enhance the efficacy of the cleanse. Further instructions detailing this phase of
the cleanse are below.

3. Reintroduction
Three Days Following the Cleanse (longer, if possible)
Even after you complete the seventh day of the cleanse, your body will still be processing the toxins that may have
been stirred into circulation. And, your digestive system will have become accustomed to a very clean diet and will
be somewhat sensitive to overly stimulating or processed foods. Therefore, a slow transition back to a more diverse
diet and back into your normal routine is critically important. This three-day period is a chance to buffer your
system and to rekindle youragni (digestive fire) so that it can handle more complex foods. Again, eat primarily
simple, whole foods, diversifying your menu very gradually. If possible, take this time to test the waters with foods
that are potentially aggravating like dairy, wheat, and soy ideally, reintroducing these foods one at a time and
giving yourself up to 24 hours to observe how your body responds.

4. Rejuvenation
Up to Three Months Following the Completion of the Cleanse
This is the final step in any Ayurvedic cleanse. Now that youve cleared your body of accumulated toxins and
imbalances, your tissues are primed to receive very deep nourishment. Rejuvenating foods and practices are
usually sweet and comforting, and most people find this phase of the cleanse quite enjoyable. If you received an
email about this cleanse, you will receive a second email in a few weeks detailing the rejuvenation process. If
youd like to know more now, click here.
Please Note: This timeframe is ideal, but if you dont have two weeks to give to a cleanse, you can shorten the
phases in proportion to one another. For example, you might do 1-2 days of preparation, 3-4 days of cleansing, 12 days of reintroduction, and 1-2 months of rejuvenation.

Planning and Preparation


The more completely you can clear your schedule for this process, the better. At a minimum, eliminate any
unnecessary obligations and give yourself as much unscheduled time to rest as possible. A menstruating woman
should schedule her cleanse around her cycle to ensure that she is not bleeding during the 7 days of active
cleansing. If her period comes unexpectedly, she can continue on the kitchari diet, but should suspend all other
practices (abhyanga, nasya, triphala, etc.) until her menstruation is complete.

Daily Routine During the 7-Day Active


Cleansing Phase
Freshly prepared foods are best for your cleanse, so youll want to cook your breakfast grains and kitchari fresh
each day at whatever time works best with your schedule. While it is acceptable to prepare all of your food for
the day first thing in the morning, youll want to avoid eating leftovers from previous days throughout the cleanse.

Morning Routine

Rise early so that you can complete your morning routine before breakfast
Upon waking, scrape your tongue and brush your teeth
Administer Nasya Oil (3-5 drops in each nostril)
Sip 8 oz. of hot water to cleanse the system and to awaken the digestive capacity
Perform Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Self Massage) with Organic Sesame Oil or Kapha Massage Oil (both seasonally
appropriate)
For maximum benefit, let the oil soak in for about 20 minutes
Steam Bath, Sauna, or Improvised Sweat
If you have access to a steam room or sauna, let your oil soak in as you sit just long enough to break a sweat

Otherwise, you can warm your bathroom with a space heater and create a little steam with hot water from the
shower
It is important not to get chilled
Take a bath or shower
Take care not to slip on oily surfaces consider washing your feet first
When shampooing, it can be helpful to apply and massage shampoo into the hair before wetting it and, if
necessary, shampoo a second time
If you do not need to go out, it is fine to leave some oil in your hair
Use soap strategically (not all over the body)
Excess oil will rinse off with water
Use a designated towel to pat dry (this towel will become oily over time)
Gentle Exercise
Slow, gentle movements will support cleansing; more than that can be counterproductive
This is not a time to push yourself
Consider walking, tai chi, or qigong
Some gentle, Vata Pacifying Yoga (which is gentle enough for the cleanse) would also be perfect
Eat Breakfast
Rice Porridge, Seasoned Barley or Kitchari as much as desired (do not overeat)

Throughout The Day

Eat kitchari throughout the day, as desired


Eat at least 3 meals per day
Have more than 3 meals per day, if desired allowing at least 3 hours between meals
It is best to avoid snacking, but if you need a little something extra, you can enjoy some fresh fruit or a few raw
nuts
It is very important not to feel deprived during your cleanse
Be sure to eat enough food and enough variety that you truly feel satisfied and at peace with this process
You can garnish your kitchari with Fresh Coriander Chutney or Sesame Seed Chutney
Try not to eat after 7pm
Drink plenty of of room temperature, warm, or hot fluids each day to ensure adequate hydration and to help flush
toxins as they are released (a good rule of thumb is to divide your weight in pounds by two and drink at least
that number of ounces each day: e.g. 150lbs 2 = 75 oz.)
Ideally, most of your fluids should be taken between meals
Appropriate fluids include water, CCF Tea, Ginger Turmeric Tea, Rehydration Tea, and Detox Tea drink as
much of these as you like

Evening Routine

Triphala Tea
About a half hour before bed, steep teaspoon triphala powder in a cup of freshly boiled water for 10 minutes,
cool, and drink
Or, take 2 triphala tablets with a glass of water
Retire for the Night
Sleep is the bodys best time to detox so be sure to get plenty of rest during the cleanse

Making Supportive Lifestyle Choices

Keep your activities as quiet and mindful as possible.


Surround yourself with things that you find uplifting and nourishing.
Minimize stress and exposure to frantic or disturbing environments.
A cleanse can stir up unresolved emotions so it is important to be prepared for some emotional purging as well. If
intense emotions arise during or after your cleanse, greet your emotions with compassion, observe them with
detached awareness, and allow them simply to move through honoring yourself in the process.
REST as much as possible. You can ensure that the bulk of your energy is devoted to cleansing by minimizing the
number of resources that your body allocates elsewhere.

A New Beginning Transitioning Back Into


Your Normal Life
Toward the end of the cleanse, take some time to reflect on your life so that you can move forward with whatever
new intentions feel important to you at this time. One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself as you wrap up

your cleanse is to honor the effort youve made by slowly and gently easing back into a more diverse diet and a
more typical routine. Even after youve moved through a defined period of reintroduction, understand that it may
take some time two weeks, a month, or longer before you are able to fully appreciate the benefits of your
cleanse. The body is often still working to eliminate the toxins released during the cleanse, so this is completely
normal. It is really important to cultivate inner awareness and to listen to your body as you transition into a more
diverse, but healthy, diet and lifestyle. As you do this, you can move into the final phase of the process known in
Ayurveda as rasayana or rejuvenation a period of time to offer your tissues deep nourishment.

Recipes
These delicious recipes have been provided courtesy of Dr. Scott Blossom. Remember that your food will absorb
the energy of your mindset and state of being while cooking, so you can assist your healing process by bringing
good intentions and a sense of presence to your kitchen.

Rice Porridge
Seasoned Barley
Kapha Reducing Kitchari
Fresh Coriander Chutney
Sesame Seed Chutney
Cumin, Coriander, Fennel Tea
Ginger Turmeric Tea
Alakananda Mas Rehydration Tea

Other Herbal Teas


Banyan Botanicals also carries a variety of masterfully blended organic teas for your tasting delight.

Shopping List

Herbs & Products


Organic Sesame Oil or Kapha Massage Oil
Nasya Oil
Triphala Powder or Triphala Tablets
Tongue Cleaner
Brahmi / Gotu Kola (optional)
Detox Tea (optional)
Vata Digest (optional)
Kapha Digest (optional)

Groceries
Organic White Basmati Rice, ~3 lbs.
Organic Yellow Split Mung Beans or Organic Whole Mung Beans (available in the bulk section of most health
food stores) ~1.5 lbs.
Organic Ghee (Clarified Butter available at most health food stores)
Organic Roasted Sesame Seeds (optional)

Kombu or Wakame (optional) (available at most health food stores)

Vegetables such as
Burdock Root
Zucchini
Green Beans
Leafy Greens (Kale or Collard Greens)
Onion

Spices and Garnishes to Consider Having on Hand (for the above recipes)
Bay Leaves
Black Mustard Seeds
Black Pepper
Cayenne Pepper
Cilantro
Coconut, Unsweetened and Shredded
Coriander Powder
Coriander Seeds
Cumin Seeds
Fennel Seeds
Ginger Root, Fresh
Lemons
Limes
Fresh Mint or Dried Peppermint
Oregano
Sage, Dried
Sea Salt
Sweeteners: Barley Malt, Maple Syrup, Raw Honey (best choice in cases of excess kapha), and/or Turbinado
Sugar
Turmeric Root, Fresh (optional)
Turmeric, Powdered

Or, save time and money with one of Banyans Cleanse Kits:

Kitchari Kit
7-day Supply of Organic Basmati Rice
7-day Supply of Organic Split Mung Dal
Kitchari Spice Mix
Organic Ghee

Ayurvedic Cleanse Kit


All of the above plus
Organic Triphala Tablets
Organic Sesame Oil
Detox Tea

Deluxe Ayurvedic Cleanse Kit


All of the above plus
Organic Chyavanprash
Organic Nasya Oil
Nasal Rinse Cup
Stainless Steel Tongue Cleaner

---

Spring Cleanse for VataPitta-Kapha

Banyan Ambassador, Nadya (Vata-Pitta-Kapha), relaxeing in nature.

A Gentle Spring Cleanse for Tridoshic


Types
Your body is remarkably intelligent and incredibly hard working. Day in and day out, it processes all kinds of
inputs distinguishing whats good for you from whats not, doing its best to eliminate any harmful substances
alongside routine metabolic waste. But these days, our bodies are inundated with a never-ending barrage of
stressors: environmental toxins, processed foods, unresolved emotions, and psychological stress, to name a
few. Inevitably, in attempting to digest it all, we accumulate some degree of toxicity which, over time, can
build up in the system, deposit in the tissues, and compromise our health. But there is something you can do to give
your body a break. Actually, this is precisely the idea behind an Ayurvedic cleanse: to slow the flood so that the
body can rest, recuperate, and repair itself. And amazingly, when the deluge of inputs slows, your body will
immediately take advantage of the lull to do some very deep cleaning.
The practice of cleansing is considered a vital part of an Ayurvedic lifestyle, with great potential for improved
energy, strength, and immunity, as well as a renewed love of life. An Ayurvedic cleanse rests and resets the
digestive system, eliminates toxins, and simultaneously removes excess vata, pitta, and kapha from the body all
of which serve to promote improved balance and overall health.
Below, you will find everything you need to implement a simple, food-based cleanse at home this
spring. However, even a gentle cleanse like this one is not appropriate for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or
anyone who is extremely weak or debilitated. On the other hand, if you are considering becoming pregnant, it is
ideal for both partners to undertake a cleanse approximately three months prior to conception.

What To Expect
This particular cleanse is seven days in length, but plan on giving the process about two weeks for optimal
results. This timeframe allows for proper preparation before the cleanse and eases you slowly back into your
normal routine afterwards.
A traditional Ayurvedic cleanse involves four distinct phases, each critically important to your success:

1. Preparation
Three Days Prior To The Cleanse (longer, if possible)
For a few days leading up to your cleanse, focus on cleaning up your diet and habits to prepare the body for an
effective cleanse. You will want to eliminate (or at least dramatically reduce) your use of coffee, caffeine, tobacco
products, alcohol, and any recreational drugs. At the same time, reduce your intake of fast foods, processed foods,
meat, refined sugars, and sweets. During this time, eat as many simple, whole foods as possible (fruits, vegetables,
whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds).

2. Active Cleansing
Core Seven Days Of The Cleanse

This is the heart of the cleanse. During this time, you will eat a very simplified mono-diet of kitchari (basmati rice
cooked with split mung beans). This diet is substantive enough that you can maintain your essential responsibilities
but it simultaneously resets the digestive system, supports the elimination of toxins, and balances vata, pitta, and
kapha. During this seven day period, other cleansing practices such as abhyanga (Ayurvedic oil massage), gentle
exercise, and detoxifying herbs can enhance the efficacy of the cleanse. Further instructions detailing this phase of
the cleanse are below.

3. Reintroduction
Three Days Following the Cleanse (longer, if possible)
Even after you complete the seventh day of the cleanse, your body will still be processing the toxins that may have
been stirred into circulation. And, your digestive system will have become accustomed to a very clean diet and will
be somewhat sensitive to overly stimulating or processed foods. Therefore, a slowtransition back to a more diverse
diet and back into your normal routine is critically important. This three-day period is a chance to buffer your
system and to rekindle your agni (digestive fire) so that it can handle more complex foods. Again, eat primarily
simple, whole foods, diversifying your menu very gradually. If possible, take this time to test the waters with foods
that are potentially aggravating like dairy, wheat, and soy ideally, reintroducing these foods one at a time and
giving yourself up to 24 hours to observe how your body responds.

4. Rejuvenation
Up to Three Months Following the Completion of the Cleanse
This is the final step in any Ayurvedic cleanse. Now that youve cleared your body of accumulated toxins and
imbalances, your tissues are primed to receive very deep nourishment. Rejuvenating foods and practices are
usually sweet and comforting, and most people find this phase of the cleanse quite enjoyable. If you received an
email about this cleanse, you will receive a second email in a few weeks detailing the rejuvenation process. If
youd like to know more now, click here.
Please Note: This timeframe is ideal, but if you dont have two weeks to give to a cleanse, you can shorten the
phases in proportion to one another. For example, you might do 1-2 days of preparation, 3-4 days of cleansing, 12 days of reintroduction, and 1-2 months of rejuvenation.

Planning and Preparation


The more completely you can clear your schedule for this process, the better. At a minimum, eliminate any
unnecessary obligations and give yourself as much unscheduled time to rest as possible. A menstruating woman
should schedule her cleanse around her cycle to ensure that she is not bleeding during the 7 days of active
cleansing. If her period comes unexpectedly, she can continue on the kitchari diet, but should suspend all other
practices (abhyanga, nasya, triphala, etc.) until her menstruation is complete.

Daily Routine During the 7-Day Active


Cleansing Phase
Freshly prepared foods are best for your cleanse, so youll want to cook your breakfast grains and kitchari fresh
each day at whatever time works best with your schedule. While it is acceptable to prepare all of your food for
the day first thing in the morning, youll want to avoid eating leftovers from previous days throughout the cleanse.

Morning Routine

Rise early so that you can complete your morning routine before breakfast
Upon waking, scrape your tongue and brush your teeth
Administer Nasya Oil (3-5 drops in each nostril)
Sip 8 oz. of hot water to cleanse the system and to awaken the digestive capacity
Perform Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Self Massage) with Organic Sesame Oil or Kapha Massage Oil (both seasonally
appropriate)
For maximum benefit, let the oil soak in for about 20 minutes
Steam Bath, Sauna, or Improvised Sweat
If you have access to a steam room or sauna, let your oil soak in as you sit just long enough to break a sweat

Otherwise, you can warm your bathroom with a space heater and create a little steam with hot water from the
shower
It is important not to get chilled
Take a bath or shower
Take care not to slip on oily surfaces consider washing your feet first
When shampooing, it can be helpful to apply and massage shampoo into the hair before wetting it and, if
necessary, shampoo a second time
If you do not need to go out, it is fine to leave some oil in your hairUse soap strategically (not all over the body)
If you do not need to go out, it is fine to leave some oil in your hair
Excess oil will rinse off with water
Use a designated towel to pat dry (this towel will become oily over time)
Gentle Exercise
Slow, gentle movements will support cleansing; more than that can be counterproductive
This is not a time to push yourself
Consider walking, tai chi, or qigong
Some gentle, Vata Pacifying Yoga (which is gentle enough for the cleanse) would also be perfect
Eat Breakfast
Rice Porridge, Seasoned Barley or Kitchari as much as desired (do not overeat)

Throughout The Day

Eat kitchari throughout the day, as desired


Eat at least 3 meals per day
Have more than 3 meals per day, if desired allowing at least 3 hours between meals
It is best to avoid snacking, but if you need a little something extra, you can enjoy some fresh fruit or a few raw
nuts
It is very important not to feel deprived during your cleanse
Be sure to eat enough food and enough variety that you truly feel satisfied and at peace with this process
You can garnish your kitchari with Fresh Coriander Chutney or Sesame Seed Chutney
Try not to eat after 7pm
Drink plenty of of room temperature, warm, or hot fluids each day to ensure adequate hydration and to help flush
toxins as they are released (a good rule of thumb is to divide your weight in pounds by two and drink at least
that number of ounces each day: e.g. 150lbs 2 = 75 oz.)
Ideally, most of your fluids should be taken between meals
Appropriate fluids include water, CCF Tea, Ginger Turmeric Tea, Rehydration Tea, and Detox Tea drink as
much of these as you like

Evening Routine

Triphala Tea
About a half hour before bed, steep teaspoon triphala powder in a cup of freshly boiled water for 10 minutes,
cool, and drink
Or, take 2 triphala tablets with a glass of water
Retire for the Night
Sleep is the bodys best time to detox so be sure to get plenty of rest during the cleanse

Making Supportive Lifestyle Choices

Keep your activities as quiet and mindful as possible.


Surround yourself with things that you find uplifting and nourishing.
Minimize stress and exposure to frantic or disturbing environments.
A cleanse can stir up unresolved emotions so it is important to be prepared for some emotional purging as well. If
intense emotions arise during or after your cleanse, greet your emotions with compassion, observe them with
detached awareness, and allow them simply to move through honoring yourself in the process.
REST as much as possible. You can ensure that the bulk of your energy is devoted to cleansing by minimizing the
number of resources that your body allocates elsewhere.

A New Beginning Transitioning Back Into


Your Normal Life
Toward the end of the cleanse, take some time to reflect on your life so that you can move forward with whatever
new intentions feel important to you at this time. One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself as you wrap up

your cleanse is to honor the effort youve made by slowly and gently easing back into a more diverse diet and a
more typical routine. Even after youve moved through a defined period of reintroduction, understand that it may
take some time two weeks, a month, or longer before you are able to fully appreciate the benefits of your
cleanse. The body is often still working to eliminate the toxins released during the cleanse, so this is completely
normal. It is really important to cultivate inner awareness and to listen to your body as you transition into a more
diverse, but healthy, diet and lifestyle. As you do this, you can move into the final phase of the process known in
Ayurveda as rasayana or rejuvenation a period of time to offer your tissues deep nourishment.

Recipes
These delicious recipes have been provided courtesy of Dr. Scott Blossom. Remember that your food will absorb
the energy of your mindset and state of being while cooking, so you can assist your healing process by bringing
good intentions and a sense of presence to your kitchen.

Rice Porridge
Seasoned Barley
Kapha Reducing Kitchari
Fresh Coriander Chutney
Sesame Seed Chutney
Cumin, Coriander, and Fennel Tea
Ginger Turmeric Tea
Alakananda Mas Rehydration Tea

Other Herbal Teas


Banyan Botanicals also carries a variety of masterfully blended organic teas for your tasting delight.

Shopping List

Herbs & Products


Organic Sesame Oil or Kapha Massage Oil
Nasya Oil
Triphala Powder or Triphala Tablets
Tongue Cleaner
Brahmi / Gotu Kola (optional)
Detox Tea (optional)
Kapha Digest (optional)

Groceries
Organic White Basmati Rice, ~3 lbs.
Organic Yellow Split Mung Beans or Organic Whole Mung Beans (available in the bulk section of most health
food stores) ~1.5 lbs.
Organic Ghee (Clarified Butter available at most health food stores)
Organic Roasted Sesame Seeds (optional)
Kombu or Wakame (optional) (available at most health food stores)

Vegetables such as
Burdock Root
Zucchini
Green Beans
Leafy Greens (Kale or Collard Greens)
Onion

Spices and Garnishes to Consider Having on Hand (for the above recipes)
Bay Leaves
Black Mustard Seeds
Black Pepper
Cayenne Pepper
Cilantro
Coconut, Unsweetened and Shredded
Coriander Powder
Coriander Seeds
Cumin Seeds
Fennel Seeds
Ginger Root, Fresh
Hing (Asafoetida)
Lemons
Limes
Fresh Mint or Dried Peppermint
Oregano
Sage, Dried
Sea Salt
Sweeteners: Barley Malt, Maple Syrup, Raw Honey (best choice in cases of excess kapha), and/or Turbinado
Sugar
Turmeric Root, Fresh (optional)
Turmeric, Powdered

Or, save time and money with one of Banyans Cleanse Kits:

Kitchari Kit
7-day Supply of Organic Basmati Rice
7-day Supply of Organic Split Mung Dal
Kitchari Spice Mix
Organic Ghee

Ayurvedic Cleanse Kit


All of the above plus
Organic Triphala Tablets
Organic Sesame Oil
Detox Tea

Deluxe Ayurvedic Cleanse Kit


All of the above plus
Organic Chyavanprash
Organic Nasya Oil
Nasal Rinse Cup
Stainless Steel Tongue Cleaner

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