Be Healthy. Be Happy. Naturally.
Fasting is the greatest remedy - the physician within" - Philippus Paracelsus
There is a so much contradictory information available about fasting that it can be difficult to decide which, if any, method to try. What may be good for one person can actually be detrimental to another. Fortunately, because Ayurveda recognizes the uniqueness of each individual, there are tools we can use to help us choose what will be most beneficial for us at any given time.
Ayurveda has a long tradition of utilizing fasting from food as a vital practice for maintaining and regaining health. In our society, fasting is often viewed as a type of denial or deprivation, but you can instead choose to see fasting as a gift to yourself: a much needed rest from the constant barrage of foods and experiences you take into your body. Welcome to the Ayurvedic approach to fasting.
This time of year we are barraged with constant images, messages, expectations and advertising to get us to do more, buy more and be more. After all, it is ‘the most wonderful time of the year.” Often though, we end up feeling overwhelmed, anxious or insecure. Not very jolly feelings, are they?
Here are my favorite ways for staying balanced, calm and content. They are actually variations on the same theme: be mindful and present. Pretty simple, right?
Ayurvedic medicine provides us with a simple guideline when it comes to skincare: if you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. The skin is considered an organ in Ayurveda and absorbs and digests whatever you apply to it, directly into your blood stream and liver. When you choose your cosmetics and body care products, be sure to read the ingredients. Eliminate any products containing man-made chemicals and avoid anything with which you are not familiar, until you research the ingredient. There are many companies that now make wonderful, healthy products. Or you can be adventurous and create your own.
Beautiful skin is the result of your whole body being healthy. This is accomplished by living in harmony with nature, practicing good habits, and eating well. Fortunately, there are several easy and nourishing routines you can add to help keep your skin looking dewy, soft and radiant.
Abhyanga –Ayurvedic Oil Massage, is wonderful for keeping yourself in balance. The skin is a major producer of endocrine hormones and contains thousands of nerves that are connected to every part of the body. This warm oil massage works to sooth both the nervous and endocrine systems. It rejuvenates the skin, tones muscles, eliminates impurities, promotes youthfulness, relaxes you and just feels good. It's pretty wonderful.
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