Ayurvedic medicine is one of the most ancient forms of medical practice. The word Ayurveda translates to "knowledge of life". I have been intrigued with these practices for a while now. I was introduced to the concept in the late 90's when I discovered an amazing Ayurvedic skin care line, which ultimately inspired creating my own line of clean, non-toxic skin care products.
The goal of Ayurvedic medicine is to align the body synergistically. It is quite different from Western medicine in the sense that you are never treating a single symptom, but rather a bigger picture. This is done through the use of proper nutrition, herbs, oils, and staying close to the natural rhythms of the earth.
If you’ve never visited an Ayurvedic specialist before, I highly recommend it! A good specialist will be able to determine how your body is doing, which systems are depleted or over-active, and what you can do nutritionally and with supplements to realign it all. They can tell you which foods to avoid, what to add in, and what types of daily rituals you can incorporate into your routine for optimal energy, health, and a solid immune system.
Here are a few ways you can incorporate Ayurvedic practices into your daily routine:
- Following the natural rhythms of the day mean rising early, going full steam mid-morning through mid-afternoon, and reigning it all in as the sun sets. This is also true with the seasons: winter is a time for rest, learning, and nesting. Summer is a time for getting stuff done and playing!
- It is good practice to eat your largest meal of the day at lunch.
- Eat warming, heavier foods in the winter months. Bone broth, hearty stews, slow-cooked root vegetables, and chai are some good examples.
- Eat cooling foods in the warmer months. Fruit, fresh salads, and dishes with coconut milk are very cooling. Avoid spicier foods this time of the year.
- Dry-brushing your body is an excellent way to detox the body by promoting circulation and stimulating the lymphatic system. It moves away dead skin cells, clears clogged pores, and allows your skin to breathe. Frequent facial exfoliation is a must for those struggling with acne breakouts or cystic acne.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
― Benjamin Franklin