From charcoal toothpaste to yoni ‘facials,’ there doesn’t seem to be anything wellness guru’s won’t do in the name of self-care. Health and wellness trends have swept through the internet and social media. Even if we don’t participate, we’ve admittedly been intrigued by what others are doing to improve their state of health. But as consumers begin to recognize that these trends are not a ‘one size fits all’ standard of health, they begin to turn to reputable, science-backed forms of alternative healing. This is where Ayurveda, Sanskrit for “science of life,” steps in.With a system of medicine as ancient as Ayurveda, it’s hard to ignore the abundance of ancient wisdom that it comes with. Now that people are becoming more aware of mind-body connection and the importance of approaching health holistically, Ayurveda is starting to go through a renaissance. Ayurveda’s aim is to help you understand your personal constitution and its relationship to the laws of nature in order to promote a harmonious balance of the mind, body, and soul. Modernly, we know this as self-care
Ayurveda is special because it recognizes that there is no singular recipe to maintaining balance within your body. There’s no one special herb, no magic ingredient, and no one practice to solve your health and wellness woes. It requires a complete understanding of your mind and body, and provides tools you can use to guide you in this process.
If there is one thing in life that’s constant, its change. We are always adjusting our internal environment to changing variables in our external environment. One of the most powerful applications of Ayurveda is known as Dinacharya. Dinacharya suggests that we follow the rhythm of the day because having a routine invites health, clarity and stability into our lives. This is one of the most nurturing and grounding things you can do for yourself because adopting healthy habits will positively contribute to the quality of your life. Here are some simple Ayurvedic techniques approved by Ayurvedic experts here at M.S Skincare that can help you enhance your self-care in your modern life.
Hot Lemon Water
Waking up and drinking a hot cup of lemon water can help kick your body into gear to prepare for the rest of the day by flushing your system and aiding in digestion. It is simple, effective and delicious.
Yoga or meditation sets the tone for the rest of the day. Waking up and lounging around makes for a sluggish morning. Getting up and moving around, whether it's with yoga or even by meditating (which requires mental focus and can therefore help clarify your mind), intentional movement in the morning gets your system circulating.
Self massage is another excellent Ayurvedic treatment that can help you boost circulation and keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Also known as Abhyanga, self-massage is easy to implement, doesn’t take up a lot of time and leaves you feeling soothed and relaxed.
This is a simple way to remove toxins from the surface of your tongue. It can help remove bad bacteria, prevent bad breath, and promote overall oral health. This can also enhance your ability to taste food, which can help you eliminate the need to add extra sugar, salt, or excessive spice to the food to make it more flavorful.
Keeping your internal mind body connection balanced among the chaos of our modern world is key to staying agile in its fast pace. We move, people are walking in and out of our lives, things are always changing. The least we can do is treat ourselves with love and compassion so we can move gracefully through life, and the science of Ayurveda continues to be a tried and true way of doing so.