Ancient remedies are as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago. More so with the increasing knowledge that artificial and chemical ingredients can be detrimental, not only to the skin but for general wellbeing. What is put on the skin is absorbed, as the skin is the largest organ of the body. Skin is an outer protective covering which protects the face, body and scalp.
One of the main reasons that Ayurvedic skin care products and protocols are taking the spa and beauty worlds by storm is the availability of numerous potent skin rasayanas in the Ayurvedic herbal treasury.
Treating Pigmentation with our Vegetable Peel Mask
Our Vegetable Peel Mask masterfully targets the signs of hyper-pigmentation we all recognize as brown spots, darker, dusky markings, freckling and other discolourations. In addition, it offers remarkable results in minimising the appearance of scarring (acne, chicken pox etc) and boost suppleness and skin smoothness.
“While wrinkles, dehydration and loss of firmness are still major concerns, pigmentation is an ever-growing complaint for many women.” comments Yasmin.
This specialized Ayurvedic mix of active herbs features key ingredients of Wheat, Barley and Jambul.
Shining hair and sparkling eyes: Indian women are associated with beauty traits beloved worldwide and the Ayurvedic beauty formulations and rituals are a time-tested and totally natural solution.
Beautification became and is a daily ritual, Dinacharya – for cleansing, healing skin problems, covering up imperfections and oral hygiene.
There is a traditional ritual for every stage and age of life which has become a family tradition, passed down from generation to generation.
As a child I was influenced by stories my mother told me of her grandmother and mother instructing the kitchen to brew specific oils for hair and body, herbal applications and brews for congested chests, pastes for pimples and lotions to keep the skin soft and subtle.
In Ayurvedic medicine, metals such as gold, silver, and gemstones all possess healing energy. Whether a copper bracelet for helping to relieve arthritis pain or gold water for stamina, these natural elements have great potential in both alternative and conventional medicine.
According to this belief system, copper, gold, silver and iron in Ayurvedic medicine play a vital role in maintaining well-being.
There is a possibility of toxins within even pure metals; so, in Ayurvedic medicine all the healing metals, including copper, gold, silver, and iron, are purified before use. The metal is usually heated and then treated with a natural substance, such as oil, buttermilk or ghrita (medicinal clarified butter).
Treating Oily Skin the Ayurvedic Way
The skin performs many vital roles as both a barrier and a regulating influence between the outside world and the controlled environment within the body. The physical toughness of the skin prevents the easy entry of harmful chemicals and invading organisms such as bacteria and viruses into the body. It also provides resistance to shocks for the more sensitive tissues underneath.
Skin type in Ayurveda is individualised. A simple body type categorises the skin into three main types – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Vata is ruled by air and ether and is generally a dry skin, Pitta, a combination and sensitive skin, and Kapha has towards oiliness.
The Power of Ayurvedic Oils
Oils (both herbal and base oils) have been relied upon for thousands of years, forming a fundamental part of Ayurveda.
Oil is traditionally used in Ayurvedic healing in a variety of ways including raw consumption, cooking, massage, bathing, gargling, basti (colon nourishment) and nasya (nasal passage nourishment).
Turmeric … it’s the spice of life …
It’s known as nature’s miracle worker for its profound anti-oxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory properties which lie in the curcumin (extracted from the root, Turmeric’s main active). However, there’s much more to this rich yellow spice to make an awesome and flavoursome dish.
It has been used for over 5,000 years as a condiment and textile dye. And, while modern medical science is only now waking up to the tremendous ability of Turmeric, Ayurveda realized its potential long, long ago.
For annoying prickly heat concerns, skin irritations and inflammations, the Conch Shell Powder is a real saviour. Known in Sanskrit as Shankha Bhasma, Conch Shell Ash is traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicines to treat many ailments. It is rich in calcium, iron and magnesium. Use as you would any body powder, sprinkling onto troublesome body areas (such as under the breasts, arms etc) and gently pat in.
We have often been asked how to use our cleanser and toners for optimum results. The demo in the video shows how to apply cleanser and remove with moist cotton round and the appropriate OmVeda Toner for your skin type.
We wanted to let you know about Sarsaparilla as it is an amazing plant. The root is packed with Vitamins including A, B-complex and D and chock-a-block with Minerals like iron, manganese, copper, zinc and iodine. It contains detoxifying, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
Internally, the Sarsaparilla root has been used for ailments and concerns such as arthritis, headaches, digestive disorders and, in addition, taken as a general tonic. It is also considered effective in promoting healthy kidneys, clean the blood, relieve joint pain and rheumatism and reduce fever.