Ayurveda 101 + 5 Beauty Remedies

Ayurveda is the oldest method of using science and earth for healing and medicine. It’s known for being the original practice of holistic healing. Ayurveda is based on historic practices primarily founded in India and is often referred to as the “Mother of All Healing”.

The primary focus of ayurvedic healing is balance and maintenance of your mind body and spirit. It identifies 3 basic energies called doshas that exist within you and literally everything. The doshas are vata, pitta, and kapha. There are a handful of online quizzes that can tell you which of the 3 or combination thereof, apply to you. Knowing your dosha provides you with specific tools and practices to live your best life, down to skin care and diet.

So why are we talking about it now?

Ayurvedic remedies and herbs have slowly started to become a trend in the hair and beauty industry. Many have gone back to these traditions to grow their hair, cure hair loss, treat acne, and many other ailments. I became familiar with ayurvedic practices back in 2012 when I was first diagnosed with lupus. I’m allergic to the only known medication to help with flares, and I didn’t want to be jacked up on pain meds managing my pain. When my hair started falling out last summer from post partum, stress, and the lupus, I decided to revisit the practice.

Since then I’ve adapted some of the oils into my routine and created my own Ayurvedic Hair Growth Oil. For those interested in making their own oil, you can visit the link here for my DIY recipe and play with it to create your own. If you’re not a DIY person, my oil will be available for sale soon!

If you’re interested in adding some Ayurveda practices in your routine check out a few of their basic beauty tips.

  1. For inflamed acne, use neem oil to spot treat. I tried this in December and found the smell to be a bit off putting, however effective.

  2. Oils such as Alma, Brahmi, Bhringraj, and coconut are just a few oils that are traditionally known for their hair growth properties. Many with alopecia have found using these oils have helped regrow their hair. I use Brahmi and Bhringaraj in my hair growth oil mix and have seen amazing results.

  3. Orange peels can be dried, then powdered and used to make a facemask. The peels of orange contain tons of Vitamin C and antioxidants that brighten the complexion.

  4. Turmeric and Sandalwood are used a lot in skin care. Find an organic soap bar or make your own. They have great properties that aid in clearing acne and evening skin tone.

  5. Rose water is used heavily for numerous things in the ayurvedic world. It’s a great natural toner, skin brightener and moisturizer. Rose oil is also great for improving your mood and combating stress. I’ve made my own organic rose water for toner and can attest to its natural benefits. My skin was smoother, brighter, and it aided in fading my hyperpigmentation.

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