Ayurvedic medicine has a rich history, originally transmitted through oral tradition, and later recorded in Sanskrit in the four sacred texts called the Vedas. This ancient practice of Ayurveda is all about connecting with ourselves and staying in harmony and balance with the natural world. Ayurvedic rituals are not just about preventing diseases rather than just treating them; It’s also about how to live a state of vigor and energy. In India, more than 90 percent of the population uses some form of Ayurvedic medicine. While it is becoming more and more common here in the West, it is still considered an alternative medicinal treatment.
The theory behind this drug is that all areas of life affect one’s health. Here in the Western world, we believe in using targeted tactics – generally, prescription drugs – to treat specific diseases. Ayurveda looks at the body as a whole. Like traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda is all about the connection of the mind, body, and spirit.
The aim of daily Ayurvedic rituals is to return the body to its original healthy state; Health should support true luminous beauty. At the heart of Ayurveda OjasOur life force, the core of our health and well-being. They are our honey, the sap of the tree that is our body. Ojas gives us the power to thrive. When our OGA is strong, our bodies are rigid and resilient, our skin is clear and glowing, and our hair is shiny and healthy. Ojas also allow us to flow with love and compassion.
However, the modern world has its influence on Oga. Constant stress, processed foods, technology, over-expansion, and too much information drains the ojas and dries them out. When we regain it – with meditation, healthy food, and tune with the universe – we become radiant.
Rid the body of waste products and toxins Ogas help thrive, as detoxification allows the system to nourish. The goal of daily Ayurvedic practices is to improve your health. When your body is free of toxins, it is able to obtain the health benefits from nourishing foods, face masks, and body oils. Instead of promoting a ruthless, holistic approach to detoxification, Ayurveda uses various small daily or weekly practices to help ensure that your body always gets rid of toxins and processes waste efficiently.
Ayurvedic self-care practices
Slowly incorporate these practices into your day. You can start with something small like incorporating fresh products into your diet, massaging your feet before bed, or brushing your skin in the morning. These Ayurveda additions to your daily routine will help you keep your body constantly in rhythm and balance. Once you know your body, you can adjust certain practices.
1. Scraping the tongue
Scraping your tongue every morning can give you clues about how well your digestive system is working. If your tongue is very covered, it usually means that there is a lot of toxicity or toxicity in your system. With this Ayurveda morning routine, you can gauge how well your system is getting rid of toxins.
To scrape the tongue:
+ Use a stainless-steel tongue scraper (which you can find online or at most health food stores) or a spoon. Gently scrape the back or base of the tongue forward until you have scrapped the entire surface, usually with seven to fourteen strokes. This removes any bacteria. Scraping stimulates the stomach and digestive enzymes to wake up and begin working.
+ Rinse your mouth and continue the oil pulling as the next Ayurvedic morning ritual.
2. Oil pulling
During the night, while you sleep, your body builds toxins while it is at rest and cleansing. Oil pulling allows these toxins to be released. As an Ayurvedic ritual, the oil should be withdrawn first thing in the morning, before consuming anything you drink or eat. Coconut, sunflower, and sesame oil work well, but coconut oil has the added benefit of whitening your teeth.
To practice oil pulling:
+ Take a spoonful of the oil and swirl it in your mouth for fifteen to twenty minutes (this is the recommended time period, but sometimes I do it for a few minutes just to feel the refreshing effect of coconut oil and whitening the teeth).
+ It is important to keep the oil in your mouth and not to swallow it. It’s also wise to spit it out in the toilet or trash can, as it may clog the sink.
+ After you’ve finished pulling the oil out, brush your teeth or rinse your mouth well.
3. Dry brushing
The skin is our largest organ and is responsible for 25% of the body’s ability to detoxify, yet we tend to focus our beauty and self-care routines on the face and hands when the whole body deserves to be revered and respected. In addition to being an Ayurvedic ritual practice, Brushing the skin for the whole body It has been used for ages in Scandinavia, Russia, Japan, Greece, and by the Cherokee tribe (using dried corn kernels), to name a few. Brushing the skin helps rid the body of dead skin, and stimulates the lymphatic system and blood circulation, which helps the kidneys and liver to secrete the excess hormones that accumulate in the organs.
Over time, dry scrubbing can prevent cellulite and help regenerate collagen, and in the short term, it energizes and energizes you. Since you are shedding dead skin, you are also requiring a release that no longer serves you. Dry brushing is an Ayurvedic ritual to be done before bathing or showering; Your skin must be dry.
To practice dry brushing:
+ Using a natural-bristled body brush (I like one that has copper to help balance electromagnetic fields), start at the foot and work up toward the torso.
+ Using long strokes toward your heart, brush each body part six times.
+ Use the brush until it feels a little bit painful but it’s fine – like when you get a very deep stretch.
+ To increase the detoxifying effects, follow with a cold bath.
In the West we consider massage a special treatment, but for many in India, massage is a regular part of life and Ayurveda self-care. Babies and young children are massaged daily, and when they are a little older, they are taught to massage their family members. A woman gets a daily massage for forty days after giving birth. Once you get used to the benefits of massage for health and beauty, you will not be able to do without it. Luckily for our conservative, Ayurveda is self-massage, or Abianga, To be just as beneficial as a massage for someone else.
Set aside some time a week, or daily if you can, to practice Abianga, and you’ll soon notice the benefits of popular Ayurveda rituals, including glowing, glowing skin; Improve blood circulation relieve joint stiffness. And expel toxins from the body. It is also a great way to get to know your body better. Use sesame, sunflower, or almond oil for the massage. It feels extra luxurious if you pre-warm it in a pot of hot water.
To do self-massage:
+ Apply the warm oil generously to your body, starting at your extremities. Use long strokes on your arms and legs and circular motions on your joints. Massage clockwise to release tension, and include areas such as your neck and under your arms to target the lymph nodes.
+ Massage the abdomen and chest in wide circular motions in a clockwise direction. Follow the intestinal pathway on your stomach, moving up on the right side, then down on the left.
+ Apply the oil to the crown of chakra, and work outward in circular motions.
+ Dip your fingertips in the oil and massage your ears.
+ Massage your feet (but be sure to wipe off the oil before walking).
+ Throughout the course of the massage, send loving intentions to your members and show your body gratitude for everything it does for you.
+ Give yourself enough time for the oil to soak into your skin before dressing.
If you don’t have time for a full massage, you can always take a teaspoon of shea butter and massage your feet before bed. This acts as a form of acupressure, and shea butter helps moisturize dry skin. At the same time, you honor your feet – which is your foundation – and how much you do for you throughout the day.
5. Take a shower
In ancient times, bathing was considered a healthy gift from the gods themselves. Making baths a regular Ayurvedic ritual can be a therapeutic activity. Almost every evening, after I take care of my business, my daughter and my animals, I’ll take a shower in the shower. Bathing is the perfect way to nourish yourself on your own and create a little bit of sanctuary for yourself. Baths are antiseptic and can boost physical and mental energy, remove negativity, and relax your body and mind. It’s also a great way to soak up in depths Therapeutic medicine of essential oils And other beneficial ingredients for the skin.
One of my favorite relaxing baths of all the doshas is the magnesium bath. Most of us lack magnesium due to depleted foods from soil stress. Magnesium is essential for healthy skin and hair, aids sleep, and can promote a deep feeling of calm and well-being.
+ 1 cup magnesium flakes
+ 10 drops of relaxing essential oil (I like chamomile or lavender)
+ Fill the tank with water at a temperature that is ideal for you. Add magnesium and essential oil before you go in. Soak for 20 minutes or more.
ExirpTed with permission from Full beauty of Shiva Rose (Craftsmen Books). Copyright © 2018.