If you're a lover of all things health and wellness, then you may have come across the term Ayurveda. Wondering what it means? Ayurveda medicine actually originated in India over 3000 years ago! This ancient medicinal practice encourages the use of herbs, dietary considerations and practices in order to achieve wellness. One of the key understandings of Ayurveda medicine is that everything around us is connected. This includes our bodies, our health and the universe. Using these principles, physicians can then individually prescribe certain treatments, herbs, exercise and lifestyle changes that can target illnesses. Ayurveda places a huge emphasis on personalised treatments and considers all elements of your life when discovering the source of an illness.
How can you incorporate Ayurvedic practices into your everyday life?
According to Lee Holmes' book Eat Right For Your Shape, "the practice of Ayurveda has three main objectives: to prevent disease, to encourage well being and to promote longevity". In order to reach this balance, Ayurveda recommends eating nourishing foods, detoxifying the body, practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation and eliminating anything in your life that blocks your emotional or physical transformation. As Ayurveda has such a flexible approach to wellness, there are a variety of ways you can incorporate it into your everyday life. These include eating a flavourful diet, getting enough sleep and improving your digestion. Ayurveda also encourages the practice of daily meditation or yoga to relax the mind.
Which Ayurvedic products do I recommend?
Dr Tungs Oil Pulling Concentrate
Dr Tungs Oil Pulling Concentrate $24.95, is made using an ancient Ayurvedic formula that's based on a blend of 24 herbs and botanicals. This natural concentrate works to strengthen the gums and detoxify the mouth. It's a fantastic addition to any teeth cleaning routine! Simply place a tablespoon of the formula into your mouth and swish around for 5-15 minutes. For the cleanest mouth, I also recommend the Dr Tung's Tongue Cleaner $9.95. It applies gentle pressure to holistically clean and stimulate the immune system.
Eat Right for Your Shape
For an in depth understanding of the Ayurvedic lifestyle and your dosha body type, I recommend reading Lee Holmes' book Eat Right for Your Shape $34.95. This book focuses on a holistic approach to eating as it teaches which foods work best for your body shape. It's filled with Ayurvedic recipes, yoga moves and meditation techniques that can easily be incorporated into your daily life. I love this book because it promotes a healthy balance of the mind, body and soul!
Maharashi Ayurveda Toothpaste
Containing 15 potent Ayurvedic herbs, the Maharashi Ayurveda Toothpaste $9.95, is a healthy way to clean your teeth. Rich in natural herbs including Neem, Clove Oil and Peppermint, this toothpaste has a unique dark colour. It's a great choice for cleaning teeth, promoting healthy gum health and leaving you with minty fresh breath!
Hurraw Ayurvedic Organic Lip Balm
If you love Hurraw! lip balms as much as I do, then you need to try their new Ayurvedic range! There are three flavours available; Kapha, Pitta and Vata. Each are based on the three doshas recognised in Ayurvedic medicine. Everybody falls under a different dosha, so you can choose the lip balm that suits your body type. They also smell amazing and feel ultra moisturising on the lips!