Considered by many as the sister science of yoga, Ayurveda was developed by the sages of India as a wisdom designed to allow us to live to our full potential.
The two main principles of Ayurveda are: the body and the mind are connected, and the mind can heal and transform the body. So what exactly is Ayurveda and how does one practice and live by it? Here are some of its aspects:
- Meditate to balance the body and mind
- Understand your body type
- Eat a nutritional fresh diet
- Sleep plenty to allow the body to repair itself
- Live in the present, connect to your body, make wise life choices
- Daily oil massages. Yes please.
- Moderate exercise / Yoga
When we live a well balanced and healthy lifestyle, it will shine out from our skin, hair, nails and mood. If you need help with skin care and want natural solutions, here are some Ayurvedic tips on how to achieve beautiful glowing skin.
1. Veg out on veggies.
Eat lots of watery vegetables like lettuce and cucumber. Combine three different vegetables and eat with olive oil and lemon juice. This type of diet will keep your skin hydrated.
2. Go nutty.
Vata is drying by nature so all foods that have natural healthy fats in them will prevent an imbalance. Nuts and seeds are a great way to add healthy oils to your diet. They contain Omega-3s and fibre.
3. Put the kettle on.
Stay hydrated all day with herbal teas. Make your own ginger and lemon tea to wake you up in the morning and fire up your metabolism, which is important for glowing skin.
4. Get moving!
Exercise not only keeps our joints supple and strong, it keeps us slim and improves your circulation. This will give you that rosy healthy blush in your cheeks.
5. Sleep like a baby.
Get at least seven hours sleep and allow the body and skin to restore itself.
6. Rubdown at sunset.
Get someone or give yourself a massage with some apricot oil or coconut oil to keep the skin hydrated and help to drain the lymphs.
Treat your body well and it will treat you well in return. Seek and maintain a connection with your body and your thoughts so you can stay balanced. Be kind to yourself, eat and drink well, and treat yourself to a massage every once in a while!