Having originated in India, Ayurveda is an holistic approach to medicine, health and wellbeing to help you cleanse yourself and restore balance to your mind, body and spirit.
Ayurvedic practices span from herbal medicines and meditation to diet, exercise and personal care habits, all of which can be easily incorporated into your daily wellness routine to benefit your overall health.
Read on to discover more about the basic ayurvedic principles and learn 4 easy ways you can embrace Ayurvedic medicine and work it into your day.
1. Dry body brushing
Far greater than a passing beauty and wellness trend, dry body brushing, or garshana, is a personal care ritual that promotes lymphatic drainage and can help to remove cellular waste product and toxins that have built up within the body. It can also work to boost your energy levels and leave you with health, soft and supple skin.
To enjoy the Ayurvedic practice of dry body brushing, simply take a dry body brush (we love the Hydrea Vegan Dry Body Brush) and, starting at the soles of your feet, brush upward in long, quick strokes. Slowly work your way up your body, ending with your chest and neck. Then, hop into the bath or shower to remove any dead skin cells.
2. Oil pulling
Oil pulling, also known as kavala or gundusha, is a traditional Ayurvedic technique that can improve your oral and overall health by removing toxins from the body and bacteria that may have built up in the mouth overnight.
To try oil pulling, swish a tablespoon of oil around your mouth for 20 minutes a day. Beyond pulling toxins, oil pulling can have benefits including fresher breath, cavity prevention, reduced gum inflammation, and teeth whitening.
Top tip: Healthy oils, such as sesame oil, can also be incorporated into other aspects of your lifestyle, namely your diet. Used sparingly in meals, organic sesame oil can deliver benefits including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
3. Ayurvedic lip balm
Another way to incorporate healthy oils into your daily rituals, Ayurvedic lip balms are rich in cold pressed organic sesame seed oil, rich cacao butter and organic castor oil alongside plant, fruit and root extracts. Formulated to keep the lips soft, supple and healthy, an Ayurvedic lip treatment is a simple way to nourish the lips and energise the mind.
4. Eat for your body shape
One of the key principles of Ayurvedic medicine is the idea that each body is unique and should be treated accordingly.
In Eat Right for Your Shape, author Lee Holmes provides a range of dietary and lifestyle tips to help you establish a balanced diet based on fresh, seasonal whole foods and produce that's tailored to suit your particular needs. The book also includes yoga poses and meditation techniques that can help you achieve balance between your mind, body, and soul.
Incorporating Ayurvedic practices into your daily health and wellness practice can have significant positive effects on your physical and mental wellbeing.
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