15 Sep Ayurvedic Remedies for Skin and Hair Care
In my 2 decades of experience with Ayurveda and reading all about it, I have arrived at one conclusion. It most likely came about in a time when humans had little means other than nature to derive from answers to all of life’s problems – including medicinal. For the latter they had to depend upon plants, a system of nourishment, a way of life and a sense of being one with nature such that nature itself became the biggest healer.
And in doing so, over time our ancients discovered and formulated a whole range of plants, processes and derivatives for most (if not all) of life’s problems. Going forward, besides other conclusions they arrived at, they found that the body’s constituents consisted of seven parts, namely plasma, blood, muscle, fat, bone, marrow / nerve, and reproductive tissue. In Sanskrit, they are rasa, rakta, mamsa, medas, asthi, majja, and shukra.
Of all our medical issues and conditions which I have been treating in Pune, skin and haircare stand out as they are most visible to the world, and as per Ayurveda where they prevail, could be indicative of deeper malaise in other parts of the body. Hair and skin as per Ayurveda consists of rasa or plasma, asthi or bone and rakta or blood. The first two are nourished and supplied essential nutrients by the last, i.e., blood or rakta. Essentially what it means is that any anomaly in hair or skin growth has a lot to say about the quality of blood and the state of the tissues and bones. Genetics too play a part in skin and hair-care as we inherit all our traits in this respect from our parents and those before them. A common ancestry can be one of the reasons people have a certain kind of hair and skin with medication of any kind likely to have a limited role to play.
Life-styles and the environment around us too play their part in making the hair and skin the way they are. With the earth experiencing some of the warmest climates and the sun raining down the worst of UV rays on us, we are left with no option to take more care. The first thing that comes to mind in the name of hair and skin care are tins and cans full of creams, lotions, potions and what not. Most are chemicals with everything but nourishment. That’s when you need to turn the clock around and do just what our predecessors did. Go natural; go organic, go chemical-free! That incidentally is exactly what me and my team does at Recova Life in Pune. Going natural and chemical-free!
Today we list out a set of easily-available plant extracts which if used judiciously, consciously and with the right kind of advice, can do wonders to the skin and hair of most people- provided the problem is just that…skin deep! And even if it is, you could always come to us, Recova Life in Pune!
- Milk in its most natural state – Milk, in its rawest of state is an excellent cleanser given that it goes deep into the skin, clears all the pores at the surface and flushes out all the toxins. What is left of the skin is freshness, radiance and an essential softness.
- Coconut milk – If your skin looks a tad too dry, try applying a spoonful (quantities depend upon one’s needs) of coconut milk. Like natural milk, this too is a deep-cleaning agent which cleans on the surface and goes deep within. What you get is clean skin with a natural glow!
- Fresh Amla juice – A rich, rich source of Vitamin C (and this was discovered by modern science. Our ancients just knew it!), it is an acknowledged detoxifier which helps cleanse the skin inside-out. With the toxins gone, your skin shines, retains its tone and keeps wrinkles at bay for a long, long time.
- Methi (cumin) seeds – It is one of the best friends your hair can ever have! A thick paste massaged judiciously on the scalp can do wonders by bringing back glow and bounce to hair otherwise gone lifeless!
- Blending oils – They help create the perfect anti-dandruff hair-oil! Natural oils which contain a healthy dose of extracts of neem, amla and Aloe Vera is said to be the perfect cure for dandruff, splitting hair and resultant hair-loss. The blend where applied regularly does the trick and does it pretty fast!
Apply some honey, Honey! – Ayurveda has a special place for honey. Applied externally on the skin it is an excellent treatment for sores brought about by scorching heat. Additionally, being an antiseptic it hastens the process of healing and is of special use to cure sun and heat-related conditions including sunburns.
- Rosewater to the rescue! – India has every reason for one’s skin to get aggrieved. From some serious changes in climates (sometimes overnight) to variations in foods to even differing lifestyles, everything can irritate your skin. Add to that pollution of ever kind. Ayurveda, like the omnipresent parent, has a remedy for skin irritated by these reasons! Gulab Jal or rose water! Applied liberally before bedtime, it gives relief to most irritated and aggrieved skin types. To enhance its soothing effect, one can also blend it with cucumber juices.
- Turmeric water! – Turmeric is known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. A glass of warm water with a teaspoon of turmeric is known to be a good cure of acne!
So folks, this is Dr Madhura Bhide of Recova Life signing off for the day! Do try the above remedies for unblemished skin and awesome, bountiful hair for an appearance that makes people remember you for a long time! Remember, it’s about looks. And how you look, matters!
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This article is meant solely to provide information about remedies under Ayurveda and is not meant to be used for diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease.
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