Your daily shower is an important aspect of maintaining personal hygiene and good health. Tips and tricks like showering in lukewarm water, avoiding long and frequent showers, using mild soaps, and applying hydrating oils or lotions immediately post-shower should be taken care of. Ayurveda suggests, to avoid bathing soon after a meal, as it weakens digestion.
Chakras are the energy centers in our body located along the spinal cord through which energy flows. Chakra means wheel in Sanskrit. So, a chakra is similar to a whirling, vortex-like, powerhouse of energy. There are seven major chakras in our body and many more minor ones. The seven chakras[.....]
According to ayurveda, the first line of treatment involves basti or enema using herbal oils or decoctions to help counter vata imbalance and improve motor symptoms. Next, purgation therapy is used to treat the pitta imbalance which causes mental symptoms like anxiety, mania. The last step involves shirodhara, nasya followed by oil massages to help correct the gait.
Ghee or clarified butter is a rich source of ready energy enriched with vitamins. It can give you an antioxidant boost, keep you guts healthy, help your heart by lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and may even help you lose weight. The ancient science of ayurveda considers it an ideal fat that protects you from diseases, promotes longevity, lubricates tissues and keeps your body flexible, improves digestion and can treat inflammatory swellings and blisters when applied to skin.
In the 1st trimester, stick to light, semi-solid foods (porridge with rice, pulses) and more of fluids (milk with honey, ghee) followed by an increased intake of cereals, protein-rich foods during 2nd trimester and a diet high in fat, protein (meat soups) during 3rd trimester. Try herbs like ashwagandha, gokshura with milk+ghee; oil massage to promote a smooth pregnancy.
A detox of your body wouldn’t be complete without purifying your blood. To ensure blood health, you'll also need to cleanse your kidneys and liver. Natural blood purifiers like cabbage, lemon, and garlic can do exactly this for you. Pectin-rich fruits such as apples, pears, and guavas, fiber-rich foods like oats, and good old water also flush toxins from your blood and body. Together these can be your A-list of natural blood purifiers!
Did you know that Ayurveda has skin care remedies to match any commercially available cosmetics from the 21st century? These natural treatments are gentle on the skin and nourish the body, helping skin heal and replenish itself, keeping it looking supple and youthful, and slowing aging. So why not rustle up a homemade exfoliating powder or a nourishing fruit cream or face pack instead of using something out of a jar?
The Ayurveda approved lifestyle or dinacharya isn’t as complicated as you think. A simple set of rules, from rising pre-dawn to winding down with a routine, can change how strong you feel inside and out. Support the mind and body with exercise, meditation, and a healthy diet or aahara and you’ll be on your way to a new and improved you.
Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic technique that involves swishing an edible oil in your mouth. It can reduce plaque, treat gum disease, kill bacteria, eliminate bad breath, and relieve dry mouth. Furthermore, Ayurveda considers it to be a rejuvenating treatment that can invigorate your mind, enhance your senses, and help disorders like asthma and migraines.
The harsh, toxic environment that we live in today has inevitably thrown our bodies off balance, so much so that a healthy diet and exercise regimen alone might not be enough to set our bodies straight. Ironically, a technique from the ancient Indian medical science Ayurveda may just be the answer to this modern-day plight. Try snehana (oleation) therapy – it might be able to bring back balance to your body and calm your mind with a relaxing massage or pichu treatment.
Troubled by heel pain? While a fall or a tumble may cause your heel to hurt, it could also be because the band of tissue at the bottom of your foot is inflamed – a condition known as plantar fasciitis. The good news is simple things like wearing supportive shoes, a few foot exercises, and some good old-fashioned rest and ice can take care of it. You could also try some Ayurveda or osteopathy. So, there's no reason heel pain should stop you from taking the next step in your life!
Instill medicated oil into the nasal passage or pour it on the thyroid region or head to stimulate the thyroid. Massage your head with castor oil for gout. Also, massage points on the feet linked to the throat chakra. Eat neem, corn to cure hypothyroidism and milk, walnuts, ghee, bananas for hyperthyroidism. Apply a paste of water lettuce to treat goiter-related swelling.
Massage lightly (but regularly!) with ayurvedic oils like narayan oil, bala oil or even plain warm sesame oil twice a day upward from foot to groin. To relieve swelling and itching, simply soak a cloth with apple cider vinegar or witch hazel decoction and apply to the affected area. Try salves or supplements containing herbal extracts such as gotu kola or butcher's broom.
Amla or the Indian gooseberry is a popular herbal remedy that’s rich in antioxidants and can work a world of wonders on your system. But did you know that it could have some side effects too – for instance, if you are pregnant or a diabetic who is hoping to make the most of the blood sugar regulating properties of amla. Get on top of these side effects and possible drug interactions so this otherwise powerful remedy doesn't mess with your body.
Load up on blueberries rich in anthocyanins and leafy greens, tomatoes, and guavas rich in carotenoids to prevent cataract. If you follow Ayurveda, have 1 tbsp triphala mixed with milk, twice daily. Walk 2 miles thrice a week to lower your risk for age-related macular degeneration by 70% and do simple eyeball rotation exercises. And get your kids to spend some time outdoors away from phone screens to lower their risk for myopia.
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