Ayurvedic Remedies To Complement Your Beauty Routine
Ayurveda is an ancient science of natural medicine that originated in India 5000 years ago. Made up of powerful remedies, elixirs, rituals and self-care practice, it puts focus on mind-body connection and aims to promote physical, emotional and spiritual balance.
Ayurveda has also found its place in modern wellness, proving to be the ultimate antidote to the stress and busyness of everyday life. Small changes like languid body massage, improved oral care and hair oiling can turn otherwise mundane activities (like showering) into something meaningful; improving your skin, mood and in some cases, physical health.
So here we’ve compiled some beginner Ayurvedic practices to try at home, courtesy of Uma Oils founder Shrankhla Holecek (whose family has supplied essential oils to Indian royals for thousands of years). Simple but transformative, try working these small rituals into your beauty routine and see what changes.
In Ayurvedic tradition, tongue scraping is a simple practice with huge health benefits. According to the team at Uma Oils, it removes the impurities on the tongue (things like food, bacteria, toxins and fungi) that might otherwise turn into a more serious health problem. It’s also great at reducing build-up and bad breath. Try using the Black Chicken Remedies Copper Tongue Cleaner each morning as soon as you wake up.
If you’re already applying moisturiser or body oil at nighttime after you shower, try adding to the experience with abhyanga — the Ayurvedic term for full-body oil massage. Known to promote deep relaxation, you can use any organic body oil, but we’re big fans of Uma Oils Absolute Anti Aging Body Oil. Rich in moringa, frankincense and sandalwood, the grounding blend will soothe your mind and lull you into a state of sleepiness.
Like tongue scraping, oil pulling is a dental hygiene practice that almost captures bacteria and toxins in the mouth, preventing growth and plaque formation. In Ayurvedic tradition, oil pulling is carried out in the morning before brushing the teeth, so try swishing it around for 15 minutes before spitting it out. You could just use coconut oil, or you could try Black Chicken Remedies Oral Swishing Oil — it’s got hemp and peppermint for fresher breath.
Hair-oiling, typically practiced before taking a shower, harnesses the regenerative powers of natural oils by working them into the scalp and hair for moisture and nourishment. In Ayurveda, the scalp is a sacred part of the body, and the act of massaging it works to exfoliate, moisturise and improve overall health. The Ayu’s Ceremony Hair Oil is an Ayurvedic-inspired potion that uses jasmine, ylang ylang, coconut, argan and camellia oils to nourish and calm, promoting stronger, more lustrous strands.