Ayurveda Skin & Body Care

4 Benefits of An Ayurvedic Facial

Ayurvedic Facial

Ayurvedic therapies have a unique way of approaching each client differently for the next. If you have dry, aging, combination or sensitive skin an Ayurvedic facial treatment will be the best thing for you. Unlike other beauty therapies, an Ayurvedic facial is known to be the best for any skin type. It is not only the herbal ingredients that makes sure your skin does not erupt, but it also thoroughly cleanses your skin, making it smooth and soft. There are 4 main reason why everyone should enjoy this Ayurvedic technique.

1. Makes your Skin Glow

Outside of having each facial customized to your skin type, in general Ayurveda make your skin glow. The herbal and natural ingredients ensure your skin is well-nourished and in return radiates. Ayurveda offers many herbal blends that cover all aspects of skin care.  For example a facial using lentils, rose or saffron packs, it will keep your lighten your skin and keep it glowing for a long time.

2. Removes Dryness and Supports Aging Skin

Since herbal packs, steams and moisturizing oils are often used in Ayurvedic facials. Those suffering from dry and aging skin problems will benefit in more ways than one. The Ayurveda approach ensures dryness is balanced and your skin stays hydrated. The continued use of proper Ayurvedic skin care practices and products at home is the best way to see long-term results.


3. Treats Pimples and Acne Scars

Ayurvedic facial massage supports the reduction of acne and acne scars. If you have blemishes that leave a dark patch on your skin, a massage with specific oils and packs that suit your skin type can heal this problem. The facial skin is delicate, using harsh products can make your acne worse. Ayurveda offers gentle and natural ingredients, working with your skin's ph harmoniously,  thus creating the desired healing effect.

4. Enhance Overall Well-Being

Besides the fact that an Ayurvedic facial massage is profoundly relaxing it is essential to start a practicing in pay attention to all the muscles and marma points in the face. Our face has numerous marma points that affect the body as a whole. Marma points, which are similar to  acupoints of Chinese medicine, are the vital energy point located on the surface of the body. We have 11 vital marma points on our face, and the stimulation of these points help with everything from stress management to the release of toxins. A massage activating these points helps enhance overall well-being.

 

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The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease.

 

Dinacharya, Daily Self Care

DInacharya

Dinacharya is the Ayurvedic daily ritual of self-care. According to Ayurveda, routine plays a significant role in health. A healthy life can best be maintained by creating daily regimen according to each constitution.  Governing all daily actions such as the time you wake up in the morning, the time you eat,  time you begin daily body purification, to the time one goes to sleep is all a part of Dinacharya.

Ayurvedic Dinacharya has been a practice used for thousands of years and has many benefits. It cleanses the body and prevent the buildup of toxins, it helps to keep the senses and mind clear, and is very nourishing. Repeating a routine every morning sets your day and gives you a feeling of stability and steadiness. It promotes a healthy organization of the energy channels and the seating of prana in the body, creating calmness in mind, limiting stress, and cuts down on decision fatigue.

The new science of Circadian Medicine is suggesting that our genes have lost their ability to hear the natural circadian cycles of nature.  In our modern high-tech world, this is becoming a more and more of a challenge, and some people are starting to have symptoms of a “nature deficit disorder.” Modern scientists are only now beginning to understand exactly how important it is for the body to stay in rhythm with nature, while Ayurveda has been rooted in the importance of a connection with nature for millennia. This current research may revolutionize modern medicine as we know it, and Ayurvedic practices can be a foundation for this research to grow.

It is the goal of this article to help you understand the meaning of Dinacharya or Ayurvedic daily routine and support you to designed and maintain a program that reconnects you to your natural rhythms. At first, it may seem overwhelming, but you can take things gradually and ease your way into the routine.

Starting the day right is the most important aspect of Dinacharya. It is said, you will have the best health if you wake up before sunrise and excrete waste shortly after.  During the hours of sleep and in the morning the body is in it’s natural purification time. Dinacharya practices work in harmony to support this rhythm. First thing in the morning Ayurveda suggest tongue scrapping, oil pulling , nasya applications and to drink a warm glass of water with a fresh squeezed lemon or lime to support this process.

Next, to provide a sense of alertness and freshness, one should then rub the body with oils and take a bath. After your shower put on comfortable clothes, exercise and practice yoga for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Light exercise is necessary each day to keep the digestives system high by creating internal heat. It’s best to exercise according to what is correct for your constitution and to be aware not to over exercise. Afterward, rest comfortably on your back with arms and legs outstretched and breath from the lower abdomen, calming the central nervous system.

Self- enhancing practice daily are considered crucial in Ayurveda. The do not have to be difficult but taking 10-20 minutes for meditation, pranayama, yoga, journaling, prayer or other activities that bring well-being to your spirit and mind supports health immensely The more time you allow for these types of practices, the greater you will benefit.

Eat regular meals daily! Irregular meals and excessive snacking can weaken the digestive fire. The natural course of the day sets our digestive system. Having scheduled eating times is essential, with lunch being the largest meal of the day between 12-2pm. When the sun is at its highest, our digestive system is also at its highest, so naturally, this is when the largest meal should be eaten, it is also the best time to eat raw foods and animal proteins.  If possible have dinner before sunset, as the digestion system is set to go to sleep as the sun sets. Breakfast should be before 9 am and something simple and easy to digest. Remember to favor warm, cooked, light meals based on the seasons and on the doshas you want to balance.

It is best to go to bed by ten o’ clock. Keep this regular bedtime as it lets the body know that it is time to wind-down and recuperate. To promote healthy sleep, drink a warm glass of warm cow’s milk or almond milk with cardamom or nutmeg shortly before bed. You can enjoy this while listening to relaxing music, stay away from stimulating conversations, music and television at least one hour before sleep. This suggested regimen follows the flow of energy within the body and its relation to the external environment. It is necessary at all times to remain aware of the flow in natural order to get the maximum benefit from your daily routine.

Check out our video 10 things to do before 10 am for Dinacharya tips!

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The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease.

 

Ayurvedic Haircare Tips

Ayurvedic Hair Care Tips

The traditional Indian health care system, Ayurveda, has a holistic approach to overall well-being. Hair and scalp are considered to be a reflection of our health, and many factors are involved in hair growth and hair loss. Some of these include age, diet, hormones, seasonal changes, and climates. Trauma, stress and anxiety also affect growth because they reduce the blood and oxygen supply to the scalp, which is essential to healthy hair. This is why Ayurveda considers hair and scalp care to include more than just the application of ‘beauty’ products, and consider these things when caring for your hair. 

In addition to keeping a healthy diet and lifestyle, Ayurveda recommends weekly scalp massage as one of the most beneficial treatments for maintaining beautiful hair and alleviating or reducing the symptoms of common hair problems, like psoriasis, dandruff, premature graying and baldness. Scalp massage has multiple benefits like increasing the oxygen supply to the brain. It improves circulation of cerebrospinal fluid, the life-giving sap, which stimulates brain development, relaxes the nerves and muscles, reduces fatigue and loosens the scalp.

For dry and sensitive skin, massage 1 tsp warm sesame, olive, coconut or jojoba oil into scalp for 10 minutes. Wrap head in hot towel and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Practice this massage at least once a week for dry skin or dandruff. The best time to do the massage is early morning or before bed; avoid doing it right after a meal when the blood supply is needed for digestion. For oily skin, with head down, dry brush hair 50 times from roots to end to spread natural oils.

You can also use classical Ayurvedic infused herbal oils like Bhringraja oil, Neelibhringadi oil, Mahabhringraja oil and Brahmi-Amla oil. Its important to buy only high quality Ayurvedic oils to ensure benefits. Buy Infused oils

Adding specific essential oils to the massage can strengthen and revitalize the hair and scalp while encouraging growth. Add 2 or 3 drops of the suggested oils to a weekly scalp massage.

  • Vata dosha: Someone who is creative, tendency to worry, energetic. Best essential oils: Patchouli, Basil, Lavender, Sage
  • Pitta dosha: A person who likes challenges, tendency toward anger, cannot skip meals. Best essential oils: Ylang-ylang, Lavender, Rose, Sandalwood
  • Kapha dosha: Your personality is detail oriented, thoughtful, resistant to change. Best essential oils: Eucalyptus, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary. Buy Essential oils 

Herbal support can also be beneficial. Fenugreek is an Ayurvedic herb that is thought to work with hair growth by increasing the dilation of the blood vessels of the scalp. It also has a unique mixture of constituents that contribute to healthy shining hair and well-nourished scalp. Take 1 tsp of fenugreek seeds and soak in hot water for 10 mins and drink daily.  Indian Goose Berry or Amala is known to enrich hair growth and hair pigmentation. Washing with a decoction of the herb or preparing a hair pack can be beneficial as it strengthens the root of the hair and maintains its color. Eating the fruit Amala can also be a benefit. For dandruff and skin lesions use neem for its antiviral, anti fungal, anti-dandruff and antibacterial properties. 

Aloe vera is another option for haircare. It has high anti-inflammatory properties prevent hair loss and is beneficial in alopeciamoreover the herb is very effective for the stimulation of hair growth. Use the suggested Aloe vera hair pack. 

Instructions:

  •  With a sharp knife or gardening scissors cut fresh aloe vera stem.
  •  Using knife slowly slice the aloe vera so the middle of the aloe vera is exposed.
  • Scrape the gel off (I usually don’t mind having some of the green stem in the gel mix, so don’t stress if you are not scraping it perfectly, its all about using the most of the plant)
  • First brush, then wet your hair. Apply the fresh gel on your scalp and massage it slowly. Then apply the rest of the Aloe on your hair and comb through it with your fingers to make sure it is covering all parts of the hair.
  • Leave for about 10 minutes and rinse off.
Aloe Vera Hair Pack

On a side note, remember some basic general guidelines for healthy hair; avoid very hot or very cold water to wash hair, sleep without any tight barrettes or hair ties, and avoid as much chemical products and hair dyes as possible.

 

 

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The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease.

Why and How to Perform Daily Self Oil Massage (Abhyanga)

Ayurveda is a natural approach to health and wellness that originated in India. It is a traditional form of medicine that utilizes herbs, nutrition, yoga, lifestyle routines and body treatments to provide balanced health. Ayurvedic massage is an ancient practice that can be easily incorporated into your daily routine and can provide you with a multitude of benefits. Understanding these advantages will allow you another choice when it comes to your long-term approach to health and wellness.

Abhyanga (warm oil application) serves to calm the nervous system, strengthen the joints and connective tissue, and stimulate the internal organs. One of the best things about Abhyanga is that by doing this healing practice several times a week, you are paying close attention to your physical body lovingly and attentively.  We all could benefit from more self-love, and this self-massage is an excellent way to practice this and reap some serious health benefits as well.

Daily self Massage helps increase the flow of blood and vital nutrients to joints, restoring fluids to areas requiring motion, such as the ankles, knees, hips, and wrists. It relaxes your muscles and relieves stress and tension at the same time, help improve range of motion and flexibility in joints, and helps increase the flow of blood and vital nutrients to joints.

Ayurvedic massage improves blood circulation to all areas of the body, and increases the number of red blood cells and helps injured tissues to heal. Increased blood circulation also contributes to lower blood pressure and increase the effectiveness of heart function. Ayurvedic massage may also help increase metabolism by eliminating waste products from the body and increases the flow of lymph fluids through the body; it is also known to help relieve symptoms of hypertension in some.

Abhyanga helps you relax and offers the pampering that many of us enjoy after a hard week at work, or during stressful situations. In addition to providing relief of tension, it gives you a sense of calm as blood and lymph fluids flood through the body, strengthening your mind and immune systems. Helping you over come fatigue Abhyanga nourishes and soothes the nervous system and promotes undisturbed sleep curing insomnia, leading to increasing vigor and vitality in your everyday life.

Ayurvedic oils massage loosens the deep seated toxins from joints and tissues and releases them into the system where they are eliminated. Besides this, accumulated toxins from the skin are also released to give you healthy and clearer skin. In Ayurveda, application of oil through massage can be looked at as an equivalent to injecting "medicines" into the body. The massage helps the blood to absorb most of the oil content directly to the blood stream and support overcoming illness.

It's best to choose the type of medicated oil that is appropriate for your Ayurvedic constitution or imbalance. An Ayurvedic Practitioner can suggest this, or you could only use raw sesame oil. Apply the warm oil all over your body 15-30 minutes before a hot bath or shower, allowing the oil to penetrate into the deeper tissues and joints quickly.

  • First begin by running hot water over the bottle or set the bottle in a bowl full of hot water, gently warming the oil.

  • Squeeze about a tablespoon of the warm oil into your hand and apply to the scalp, vigorously working the oil in the scalp. Use your fingertips in small circular motions to massage the head and scalp.

  • With the same oil on your head, move to your face and ears, massaging with a lighter touch.

  • Move to the neck and with an open hand, massage both the front and the back of the neck, more rapidly, creating friction.

  • Apply more oil and use this same technique and vigorously massage your arms straight up and down.

  • At the shoulders, elbows and wrists use a circular motion and then continue with the whole arm straight up and down to tie it together.

  • Then move to your chest and stomach, apply more oil if needed and use gentle circular motions, when covering the breastbone use straight up and down motions.

  • After applying a bit more oil to your hands gently reach around to the back and spin and massage them without straining.

  • Move to your legs and buttocks and repeat the same as your arms, long rapid up and down strokes over the whole leg and small circular motions at the hips, buttocks, knees, and ankles.

  • After massaging your legs, it is important to spend more time on your feet. Using the open part of your hand massage vigorously band and forth over the soles and the top of your feet. Then use your finger tips and create small circular motions all over the foot.

  • Let the medicated oil at least sit for 15 minutes, but no longer than 45 minutes. Rinse off in warm bath or shower.

  • Remember to practice self-love through out the massage, allowing the body to absorb nurture and care.

 

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The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease.

 

Ayurvedic Bath, Sacred and Healing.

For as long as our civilization can recall, bathing has been a sacred activity. In ancient Greece, water was regarded as a gift of health from the gods themselves. In Rome, ruins of hot and cold sunken baths can still be seen. Napoleon’s wife, Josephine Bonaparte’s bathtub is said to retain its musk perfume, more than 150 years after it was built.

In India, bathing has always been accorded the status of a sacred activity, used for healing. Ancient Ayurvedic texts speak of therapeutic baths with rose petals, honey, milk and turmeric, preceded by a luxurious warm oil, full-body massage and followed by the application of rich herbal paste and floral waters on the skin. These Ayurvedic baths were designed to restore balance in body, mind and spirit.

Ayurveda sees bathing as a therapeutic activity. A daily bath, especially in the morning is an important part of an Ayurvedic daily routine. A bath relaxes tense muscles, opens clogged pores, moisturizes the tissues and clears bad moods. It adds a tremendous healing dimension to your day, and life. Ayurvedic medical texts report many benefits from the healing bath, some of these are; it helps relax the mind and balances the emotions, it helps remove sweat, dirt and environmental toxins from the skin, it enhances physical energy levels and improves metal clarity.

Enjoy these benefits daily, by simply adding an Ayurvedic bath to your daily routine.

Herbal bath recipe:

3 tablespoons of green gram powder
1/2 tablespoon of turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon of ginger powder
2 tablespoon of rose petals
1 tablespoon of raw organic honey
1/2 cup of almond milk or 1 tablespoon of almond oil
5-7 drops of rose, lavender or geranium pure essential oils

Tips for enhancing the bathing healing experience:

Do not bathe in a hurry, take your time.
Practice deep breathing in your bath.
Try to relax, so that both mind and body benefit.
Use natural gentle aromatherapy in the room, not artificial and harsh fragrances, as it adds to the toxic overload in the body.
Make sure your bath water is pure and clean.
After you towel off, spritz your body with rose water and apply dosha specific warm oils.

 

 

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The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease.