AYURVEDIC BEAUTY ROUTINES

Apr 02, 2015

by ANN HOLADAY - ACCORDING TO AYURVEDA & YOGA | in AYURVEDA YOGA AND BEAUTY

 

 

NASYA: - “Panchakarma” treatment -  Administration of medicines through the nose - fine powder of herbs, medicine, medicated oils or juice of herbs. The aim is to eliminate toxins accumulated in the head, neck, brain, ear, nose and the throat. Also used as a beauty treatment, e.g. Kumkumadi taila nasya for acne.

 

CLEANSING:- (udvartana): Oil massage (abhyanga):  Herbal steaming (swedana):  Masks and packs (lepam):  Toners and moisturizers:  Foot bath:  Nail bath

 

SKIN


ACNE AND PIMPLES:- are caused by Pitta aggravation and are often brought on by the consumption of alcohol, smoking, excessive consumption of tea and coffee, white flour, white sugar, fried and spicy food, chemical medicines and pollution.


Treatment - Regular massage with a paste of wheat or barley flour mixed with rose water or milk.


Internal Treatment: regular intake of half a cup of aloe vera juice or 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel twice daily to reduce pittaand purify the blood. In case of constipation, take one teaspoon of triphala powder at bedtime.

 


 

External application (lepam): A paste made with powdered cumin seeds and water applied over the pimples gives relief. Remove the application after an hour. Thoroughly wash the face at night before bed and apply a tablespoon of coriander juice mixed with a pinch of turmeric powder. 


 

BLACKHEADS:-

Face massage:  with coconut oil Steam by holding the head over boiling water containing:- (200 gms fresh rose petals, 5 gms sandalwood powder and 10 gms of black powdered pepper boiled in 2 litres of water) 


After steaming - remove the blackheads with the help of a blackhead extractor.  On trouble spots, pat on a 1:1 mixture of honey and cucumber juice or buttermilk. Wash off the mixture after 10 to 15 minutes. 


Herbal Face Pack - White sandal powder - 10 gms Rose water. Mix sandalwood powder with rose water. The paste is applied evenly on the skin and dried and then rinsed with water. 

 

 

 

PREMATURE AGING - is caused by vata aggravation.

Manifested by: Cold and dry foods: excessive worry: anxiety: stress and tension: excessive physical work: irregular sleeping and eating habit: excessive exposure to sunlight, chemicals and cosmetics. Vata increases with age and wrings oil out of skin, muscles and joints, causing dryness. Vata affects two protein fibers – collagen and elastin which give the skin its elasticity and resilience. 


Prevention - Regular internal use of milk, honey, yogurt and warm vegetable soups to balance vata.


Nourishing mask - Powdered almonds - 4 tablespoons Fresh cream - 4 teaspoons (use more if necessary) Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon. Mix into a paste. Apply all over the face and neck. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water, using fingertips in a circular motion to massage the face.

 

Toning -  Rosewater with a few drops of vitamin E or wheat germ oil.


Moisturizer -  Daytime moisturizer: Honey 1tbsp + Vit E oil 1 tbsp Nighttime moisturizer: clarified butter or unsalted white butter.

 

 

HAIR


DANDRUFF - massage with - Powdered camphor - 4 gms, Coconut or neem oil - 20 ml 

Warm the oil and add camphor while it is still warm and cover the pot. Store the mixture in a clean glass bottle. Massage solution into the scalp before going to bed at night. Leave overnight and wash in the morning. 1part lemon juice 2 parts coconut oil.

Combine and massage into the roots of hair regularly. Wash with warm water after three or four hours. The mixture can be left on the hair overnight and washed out with herbal shampoo. 


Combination treatment -  Bhringaraja oil: external application Bhringaraja powder (churna): twice orally every day.

 

 

 

FRIZZY HAIR - is caused by vata aggravation or can be inherited.

 

Treatments:- Regular oil massage: Heat corn oil or olive oil to body temperature and massage into scalp. Mix half a cup of natural, non-flavoured yogurt with a tablespoon of henna. Apply to hair, including the roots. Wash off with lukewarm water after 2 or 3 hours. This is effective when applied regularly.

 

 

GREASY HAIR - is common in Kapha types.

Beauty treatment Henna - 2 teaspoons Fenugreek seeds powder - ½ a teaspoon Neem powder -1 teaspoon Amla powder - 1 teaspoon Yogurt – 1 teaspoon.     Make a paste of the ingredients. Apply to the hair and wash after two hours. The paste can be used once a week or once in two weeks.

 

 


PREMATURE GREYING - Grey before the age of 35 is caused by: Pitta aggravation.

Manifested by: smoking, excessive intake of tea, coffee, alcohol, meats and fried, oily, greasy, spicy, sour and acidic foods. 


Solutions: Green leafy vegetables, salads, milk, fruits and sprouts, high protein intake, milk, buttermilk, yeast, wheat germ, soybean and vitamin A 

Maintain regular bowel movement; avoid constipation.  


Treatment - Vigorous massage of the scalp with fingers for 10 to 15 minutes daily after a good shampoo.  


Internal - Turmeric (1 part) Amla (1 part) + Neem leaves (1 part) Grind to make a powder. Take 1 teaspoonful twice a day with water.

 

External application Henna - 2 teaspoons curds - 1 teaspoon Fenugreek seeds - 1 teaspoon Coffee - 1 tablespoon Juice of mint leaves - 2 tablespoons juice of holy basil (tulsi) - 1 tablespoon Make a paste of all the ingredients. Apply and leave on the hair for two hours. Wash off with a gentle shampoo.

 

 

EYE CARE


ROUTINE CARE - Soak two tablespoons of triphala (Ayurvedic cleanser and detoxifier) in one cup of water at night. In the morning, strain and use the sieved water for washing the eyes. Triphala: Amla + Harad + Bahera fruits.


Tired and Red eyes - Caused by Pitta aggravation.

Manifested by: stress, smoky and polluted atmosphere, excessive staring at TV or computers, fatigue, insufficient or irregular sleep.

 

Solutions: Rosewater: Put two drops in each eye twice daily – once in the morning and once at bedtime. Cucumber slices: Lie down in a comfortable position. Place the cucumber slices on closed eyes and relax.


 

 

WRINKLES & PUFFINESS - Caused by: Vata aggravation and loss of moisture.

Manifested By: Sign of aging, stress, overexposure to TV or computers, fatigue and insufficient and/or irregular sleep. 


Beauty treatments Puffiness: Dissolve one teaspoon of salt (preferably sea salt) in one cup of lukewarm water. Soak two small cotton pads in this solution. Apply to the eyelids until the pads cool. Rinse with cold water. Gently massage your eyes in the same direction as the lines – horizontally, never up and down.



 

DARK CIRCLES - Solutions Increase your water intake to at least eight glasses per day. Beauty treatments Scrub and grate a potato and fill two gauze squares (the two-inch size) with it. Apply these to the under eye areas. Relax for about half an hour. Then, wash the area with cool water and use a moisturizer. Internal: Take one tablespoon of triphala with one tablespoon of ghee daily. 

 

 

HANDS AND FEET



Nourishing hand lotion - Lanolin – 3 tablespoons Ghee - 1 tablespoon Sesame oil - 6 tablespoons Chamomile oil or any other essential oil of choice - 10 drops Mix and use as a lotion.


Smooth and shiny nails - Almond oil – 20 ml Lavender oil or – 5 drops Sandalwood oil – 3 drops Bathe your nails in this mixture of essential oils.


BRITTLE NAILS

Treatment - Soak your nails in 200 ml of lukewarm water with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice for 10 to 15 minutes. Take your fingers out of the solution and gently scrub with a brush. Soak again briefly for about five minutes and pat dry. Massage with lukewarm olive oil gently for about 5 minutes. You may do this procedure twice a week. The oil massage may be done regularly once a day. 


FOOT BATH - Soak your feet in a bath with two tablespoons of sandalwood powder or five drops of essential oil of sandalwood.


CRACKED FEET - Cause by: Pitta and Vata aggravation.

Manifested By: Excessive walking in tight shoes, walking barefoot on rough surfaces, not maintaining foot hygiene, and excessive exposure to sun or water. Beauty treatments Soak feet in lukewarm water. Scrub while soaked in water, then pat dry. Prepare a paste of nutmeg with milk and apply on the cracks at night before going to bed. Wear socks in bed. Prepare a cream using bee’s wax and coconut oil. Fill in the cracks at night before retiring. Wear socks.



FOOT INFECTIONS - Cause by: Pitta and Kapha aggravation. 

Manifested By: Improper foot hygiene and wearing covered sandals or shoes that prevent proper ventilation, especially in rainy seasons. Solutions Coconut oil – 100 ml Camphor powder – 1 tbsp Heat the oil slightly (do not boil). Take it off the fire and, while the oil is still warm, mix the camphor powder in it. Store in a clean glass bottle. Apply on the affected skin twice a day.


According To Ayurveda & Yoga - Ann Holaday

 

 

 

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