Ayurvedic Beauty Regime

Ayurvedic Beauty Regime

My first post on Ayurvedic Beauty has changed! I was going to firstly post some information on masks using traditional Ayurvedic herbs and oils.. listing recipes and benefits but then someone mentioned a treatment that I should try called Oil Pulling.  I began to study this treatment and was actually really amazed at what people were saying about the results (thickens hair, detoxing, gum diseases cured) so I’m trying it myself and will be posting more as the experience moves forward. Today is day one!

3 weeks into Oil Pulling and no hair improvement but my breath is fresher my teeth are whiter no huge difference yet, I’m shooting for 4 months!

“Fasting is the first medicine.” – Ayurvedic Text

Tea Recipes:

Vata Tea: Equal parts ground ginger, cardamom and cinnamon.

Pitta Tea: Equal parts ground cumin, coriander, fennel and rose petals.

Kapha Tea: Equal parts ground ginger, cinnamon and fenugreek with a pinch of clove.

For each recipe, boil the water and add the spices. Turn off the heat and let steep for a few minutes, sweeten as desired with honey or pure maple syrup.

Almond Drink:  20 almonds, 2 dates, 2 cups milk, 1 tbsp essential fatty acids or melted ghee, 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup, 1 pinch each cardamom, cinnamon, ginger & nutmeg powders, 1 pinch  saffron

Directions: Soak almonds for at least 6 hours, blanch in hot water and peel. Discard peels, place all of the almonds in the blender with ½ cup of the milk or water and grind to a fine paste. Add remaining ingredients and blend for 2 minutes. Serve and enjoy!  

Variations: ½ tsp. vanilla extract, a pinch fennel powder, a pinch turmeric powder, ½ tsp. rose water, 1 tsp. ashwagandha, shatavari or maca powders.

Ayurvedic benefits: Excellent for Vata and Pitta. Kapha can enjoy this in moderation. The ingredients are strengthening and rejuvenating for all dhatus (tissues) of the body. This drink is especially restorative in fall and winter or after periods of exertion. Enjoy for breakfast or as a snack. Thanks to Life in Balance!

 

Ayurvedic Cures for Hair:  Add 6-8 drops of lemon juice to an egg. Beat well and apply on your hair followed by washing with an herbal shampoo.

Amla, shikaki powder mixed with curd is a good conditioner and proves beneficial.

Massaging with aroma oils once a week this reduces hair fall out and makes them soft and silky. Rosemary, cedar, chamomile, geranium, lavender, lemon, rose, ylang-ylang good for your skin and hair, whatever the type, they’re suitable for hair or skin that is dry, too oily, or a combination or just right!

Mix curd, lemon and mustard oil, apply gently on hair and wash your head after about half an hour.

Add few leaves Hibiscus (China rose) to a glass of water. Heat it. The juice of a lime should be squeezed in the sieved mixture and it should be applied to the hair before shampooing.

Take amla (100gm), shikaki (100gm), brahmi booti (10gm), shilajit (1/2 gm), anaarchhilka (20gm), bhringraj (10 gm). Soak them overnight in an iron utensil. Blend and make a paste. Apply well into the scalp. Keep it for 1-2 hours and wash it off with warm water.

The oil from the amla, prepared by boiling dry pieces of amla in coconut oil, is a hair tonic for enriching hair growth and prevent hair loss.

Rinse hair with lemon juice or vinegar

Soak a towel in hot water and squeeze lightly. Cover your hair with this for 10 minutes and do try this for almost a week.

Squeezed lemons can be soaked overnight and the water can then be used to clean the hair.

Dry peels of lemon and oranges should be used. This will maintain soft and silky hair and also removes dandruff from the scalp.

Two tablespoons of fenugreek (methi) seeds soaked overnight in water. The softened seeds should be grounded into a fine paste in the morning and applied over the scalp & left for half an hour and then washed thoroughly. This is highly affective to remove dandruff.

Mustard oil:boiled with henna (mehndi) leaves is useful for the healthy growth of hair.

Thanks goes to Ayurvedic-Medicines for this insightful information!

Just some regular hair treatments

Oily Hair Mask: 2 tsp fullers earth,  juice of one lemon, 3 tsp distilled water, 3 oz of beer. Mix ingredients well add to hair and leave on for 15 to 30 minutes.

Chemically Treated Hair Conditioner:  1 tsp honey, 1 egg yolk, 1/2 tsp papaya, 1/2 or less of a banana.  Blend well hand mixer or blender apply to scalp cover hair with shower cap or towel leave for 10 to 30 minutes.

Rinse well you can wash and condition if you like, this applies to all recipes rinse rinse rinse

Ant-dandruff mask: 1tsp neem powder, 1/4 tsp black pepper powder, 1tsp fennugreek methi, 1 egg, 2 tbsp fullers earth, pinch of camphor.  Blend well hand mixer or blender apply to scalp cover hair with shower cap or towel leave for  15 to 30 minutes.

Hair Loss Treatment:  Onion 1 raw organic onion, that your going to puree into a paste. At this point you can do one of two things strain the onion juice from the plant matter or just put the puree right on your scalp, allow to sit for 15 minutes and rinse. I’ve heard many wonderful reviews of this recipe but it takes time, give yourself a few months to see results.

Fragrant Facial Mask:
2 tablespoons oatmeal (superfine regular oatmeal ground in a blender)
2 teaspoons goat milk powder
½ teaspoon clay—multani mitti clay (yellow clay from India), or plain white kaolin clay
1 teaspoon rose petal powder, 1 teaspoon sandalwood powder
2 drops rose attar (essential rose oil from India infused in a sandalwood base)

Mix all dry ingredients in a small jar with a tight-fitting lid. Take half of the dry powder and mix in 1 ounce of warm water; to this, add one drop of rose attar. Apply with a brush or the fingers. Allow the application to remain on the skin for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

Almond Milk Cleanser: 20 whole almonds, 1 cup water
2 ounces rose hydrosol or lavender hydrosol, 4 drops geranium essential oil, 1 ounce vegetable glycerine.  Soak the almonds overnight and peel them. Blend in blender with the water and until liquefied; strain to remove residuals. Add the hydrosol to the almond milk, then the geranium essential oil, and then the vegetable glycerin. Shake vigorously before use. If kept refrigerated in an airtight container, this cleanser can last up to two weeks.

Exfoliant/Scrub: 1 part rice bran powder, 1 part chickpea powder
¼ part hibiscus powder, ¼ part rose powder, ¼ part sandalwood powder, ¼ part coriander powder.  Mix the ingredients together. When ready to use, take the amount needed and add a few drops of water to moisten before applying with circular movements to face and neck. Thanks to Care to make a difference!

Adapted from Perfect Weight by Deepak Chopra, M.D. (Three Rivers Press, 1994).

Ayurvedic oil massage helps strengthen and balance your whole body, improves circulation and vitality, and rejuvenates your skin.

This massage uses sesame oil, and it is recommended as part of any daily routine because it rejuvenates and revitalizes the physiology.

It produces a youthful influence for the skin and helps to balance.

1. Start with cold-pressed sesame oil, available from your health food store. Ideally, the oil should be “cured” before using (by heating slowly to the boiling temperature of water, 212 degrees F, and cooling). The oil should be warmed each time you use it.

2. Use the open part of your hand (rather than your fingertips) to massage your entire body. In general, use circular motions over rounded areas (joints, head) and straight strokes over straight areas (neck, long bones). Apply moderate pressure over most of your body and light pressure over your abdomen and heart.

3. Start with your head. Pour a small amount of oil on your hands and vigorously massage it into your scalp. With the flat part of your hands, use circular strokes to cover your whole head. Spend more time massaging your head than other parts of your body.

4. Next, massage your face and outer ears, remembering to apply a small amount of oil as you move from one part of your body to the next. Massage this area more gently.

5. Massage the front and back of your neck and the upper part of your spine. At this point you may want to cover the rest of your body with a thin layer of oil to give maximum time for the oil to soak in.

6. Vigorously massage your arms, using a circular motion on your shoulders and elbows and long, back-and-forth strokes on your upper arms and forearms.

7. Now massage your chest and stomach. Use a very gentle, circular motion over your heart and abdomen. You can start in the lower right part of your abdomen and move clockwise, ending up at the lower left part. This gently massages your intestines.

8. Massage your back and spine. You may have trouble reaching your entire back.

9. Massage your legs, vigorously, making circular motions over your hips, knees, and ankles. Use long, straight strokes over your thighs and calves.

10. Finally, massage the bottoms of your feet. As with your head, this important area of your body deserves more time. Use the palm of your hand to massage your soles vigorously.

11. Follow your oil massage with a warm bath or shower, using a mild soap. If you’re not up to making your own massage oils you can purchase amazing organic essential oil and plant infused massage oils.

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