Ayurveda Treatment Methods

A Guide Line To Ayurveda Treatments & Principles

AROMA THERAPY AND ITS AYURVEDIC APPLICATION



Aromatherapy means "treatment using scents". It is a holistic treatment for the body using pleasant smelling oils such as rose, lemon, lavender and peppermint. In other words recognizing the power of plants and using it for regeneration, revitalizing and healing forms the crux of aromatherapy. The essential oils are added to the bath or massaged into the skin, inhaled directly or diffused to scent an entire room.


The two precepts central to aromatherapy are:
·    the power of the sense of smell, and
·    the relationship between human beings and plants


Single Essential Oils

Essential Oils are extracted from plants by various processes; normally by distilling the plant matter & extracting all the volatile properties. They can be extracted from many types of plants & from different parts of the plant. One oil may come from the leaves; e.g. Eucalyptus while others from the root, e.g. Ginger. Each has unique properties, which can be utilized very effectively by the human body to aid health & prevent diseases. A few products with their usages are listed below:

a.       Basil (Ocimum Sanctum)

Beneficial for alleviating mental fatigue, spasms, rhinitis, and as a first aid treatment for wasp stings and snake bits. It may also help when there is a loss of smell due to chronic nasal catarrh.

b.       Bergamot (Citrus Bergamia)

The oil is extremely useful in the treatment of digestive problems such as colic, gastric spasms and sluggish digestion. CAUTION: Because begamot is a photosensitiser it should never be used on the skin before going into strong sunlight, since pigmentation can occur.


c.    Black Pepper (Piper Nigrum)

It is a very important stimulant in the treatment of certain digestive disorders, such as painful defecation, constipation, loss of appetite. It helps cold and can be used as a sexual tonic.

Synergy Blends

A few products with their usages are listed below:

a.       Deep Sleep: Lavender, Sweet Marjoram and Roman Chamomile. This calming and relaxing synergy makes one go into slumber in no time.

b.       Foot Relaxant: Reffermint, Rosemary, Lavender, Teat Tree. These unique synergies relax the tired feet and also help athletic foot.

c.        Meditation & Spirituality:  Frankincense, Myrrh, Galbanum and spikenard. This synergy provokes deep thought, inner reflections and going within. Provides emotional strength.


Bath and Massage Oils

a.       Energizing Massage Oil: Give the body and mind a workout with this power packed blend containing Rosemary, black pepper and lemongrass essential oils.

b.       Relaxing Massage Oil: A soothing and calming blend of pure essential oils includes lavender, howood and clary sage.

c.        Sensual Massage Oil: An arousing blend containing sandalwood, rosemary, clove and ylang ylang essential oils to help you savor the pleasure of intimate moments.

Carrier Oils

Anything that "carries" an essential oil into the body is known in Aromatherapy as a carrier. Aromatherapy carrier oils, unlike those used in cooking, have not been heated, refined, bleached or re-colored, oil of which destroy the natural properties. These cold pressed, unrefined oils are best as they retain all their natural, vital and beneficial properties which, although not as powerful as the essential oils, are still desirable in a treatment. A whole body massage will require about 10-15 ml. of carrier oil and only 4-6 drops of essential oil.

a.       Almond Sweet: Sweet Almond Oils is one of the most used carrier oils and is excellent for the protection of the skin, being emollient, nourishing and softening.

b.       Apricot Kernel / Peach: These oils are similar to each other and are rich in vitamins. Natural moisturizers, are excellent for feeding the skin, and are immediately absorbed.

c.        Grape seed: Mostly available as a refined oil, Grape seed is very fine, light, odorless and colorless. It penetrates the skin leaving a smooth finish.

d.       Hazelnut Oil: Useful as base for oily, combination skins, acne. Tones and tightens skin, helps maintain firmness and elasticity. Strengthens capillaries so might be useful against thread veins. Helps cell regeneration, stimulates circulation.


Botanical Oils

It elaborates the senses with the nuances and mysteries of plant essences that have been used in personal, healing and ritual celebrations for thousand of years. This collection honors old customs and modern research in the art and science of Ayurveda and Aromatherapy. The three perfumes take their name from Ayurveda's basic energies or functional principles, which are present, in varying degrees, in everything and everybody. In Ayurveda

a.       Vata is the bodily Ether & Air principle. It is the energy of movement. It is an uplifting and inspiring blend with Cardamom, Armoise, Clove Bud, Ginger, Lavender, Patchouli and Ylang Ylang.

b.       Pitta is the principle of Fire & Water the energy or digestion and metabolism. This most potent of aphrodisiacs includes Mysore Sandalwood, Ambrette Seed, Franincense, Coriander, Geranium and Angelica.

c.        Kapha is the principle of Water & Earth the energy of lubrication and structure. A sophisticated blend with the warm, rich summer scents of Indian Jasmine, French Ylang Ylang, Madagascar Vanilla, Grapefruit, Peppermint and Caraway.


Exotic Absolutes & Oils

a.       Jasmine Absolute (Grandiflorum): Used in the treatment of nervous disorders such as apathy, depression and nerve debility as it is both sedative and uplifting.

b.       Neroli (Citrus Aurantium): Helpful in the treatment varicose veins, broken capillaries, and irritated patches. Benefits in nerve related disorders such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia. It is used extensively in the manufacture of colognes and toilet waters.

c.        Rose Absolute (Rosa Centifolia): Its therapeutic effects are similar to those of rose otto, but caution is needed on a sensitive skin because of the way in which it is produced.

d.      Rose Otto (Rosa Damescena): Effective in healing cuts, wounds and other skin problems. It helps in debility and depression. Indicated for women's problems, including irregular periods, PMS, womb impurities and sterility.





Aromatherapy




Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person's mood, cognitive function or health.
The effectiveness of aromatherapy is yet to be scientifically proven, however some evidence exists that essential oils may have therapeutic potential.[1]
Since some essential oils such as tea tree[2] have demonstrated anti-microbial effects, it has been suggested that they may be useful for the treatment of infectious diseases. Evidence for the efficacy of aromatherapy in treating medical conditions remains poor, with a particular lack of studies employing rigorous methodology[3].


History

Aromatherapy may have origins in antiquity with the use of infused aromatic oils, made by macerating dried plant material in fatty oil, heating and then filtering. Many such oils are described by Dioscorides, along with beliefs of the time regarding their healing properties, in his De Materia Medica, written in the first century.[4] Distilled essential oils have been employed as medicines since the invention of distillation in the eleventh century,[5] when Avicenna isolated essential oils using steam distillation.[6]
The concept of aromatherapy was first mooted by a small number of European scientists and doctors, in about[weasel words] 1907. In 1937, the word first appeared in print in a French book on the subject: Aromathérapie: Les Huiles Essentielles, Hormones Végétales by René-Maurice Gattefossé, a chemist. An English version was published in 1993.[7] In 1910, Gattefossé burned a hand very badly in a laboratory explosion. The hand developed gas gangrene, which he successfully, and intentionally, treated with lavender oil.[citation needed]
A French surgeon, Jean Valnet, pioneered the medicinal uses of essential oils, which he used as antiseptics in the treatment of wounded soldiers during World War II.[8]


Modes of application


The modes of application of aromatherapy include:
Aerial diffusion: for environmental fragrancing or aerial disinfection
Direct inhalation: for respiratory disinfection, decongestion, expectoration as well as psychological effects
Topical applications: for general massage, baths, compresses, therapeutic skin care


Materials



Some of the materials employed include:
Essential oils: Fragrant oils extracted from plants chiefly through steam distillation (e.g. eucalyptus oil) or expression (grapefruit oil). However, the term is also occasionally used to describe fragrant oils extracted from plant material by any solvent extraction.
Absolutes: Fragrant oils extracted primarily from flowers or delicate plant tissues through solvent or supercritical fluid extraction (e.g. rose absolute). The term is also used to describe oils extracted from fragrant butters, concretes, and enfleurage pommades using ethanol.
Phytoncides: Various volatile organic compounds from plants that kill microbes[citation needed]. Many terpene-based fragrant oils and sulfuric compounds from plants in the genus "Allium" are phytoncides[citation needed], though the latter are likely less commonly used in aromatherapy due to their disagreeable odors.
Herbal distillates or hydrosols: The aqueous by-products of the distillation process (e.g. rosewater). There are many herbs that make herbal distillates and they have culinary uses, medicinal uses and skin care uses[citation needed]. Common herbal distillates are rose, lemon balm and chamomile.
Infusions: Aqueous extracts of various plant material (e.g. infusion of chamomile)
Carrier oils: Typically oily plant base triacylglycerides that dilute essential oils for use on the skin (e.g. sweet almond oil)
Vaporizer (Volatized) Raw Herbs: Typically higher oil content plant based materials dried, crushed, and heated to extract and inhale the aromatic oil vapors in a direct inhalation modality


Theory



Aromatherapy is the treatment or prevention of disease by use of essential oils. Two basic mechanisms are offered to explain the purported effects. One is the influence of aroma on the brain, especially the limbic system through the olfactory system[citation needed]. The other is the direct pharmacological effects of the essential oils.[9] While precise knowledge of the synergy between the body and aromatic oils is often claimed by aromatherapists, the efficacy of aromatherapy remains unproven. However, some preliminary clinical studies of aromatherapy in combination with other techniques show positive effects.[10][11]
In the English-speaking world, practitioners tend to emphasize the use of oils in massage. Aromatherapy tends to be regarded as a complementary modality at best and a pseudoscientific fraud at worst.[12]


Popular uses

Lemon oil is uplifting and anti-stress/anti-depressant. In a Japanese study, lemon essential oil in vapour form has been found to reduce stress in mice.[13] Research at The Ohio State University indicates that Lemon oil aroma may enhance one's mood, and help with relaxation.[14]
Thyme oil


Efficacy


Some benefits that have been linked to aromatherapy, such as relaxation and clarity of mind, may arise from the placebo effect rather than from any actual physiological effect. The consensus among most medical professionals is that while some aromas have demonstrated effects on mood and relaxation and may have related benefits for patients, there is currently insufficient evidence to support the claims made for aromatherapy.[16] Scientific research on the cause and effects of aromatherapy is limited, although in vitro testing has revealed some antibacterial and antiviral effects.[17] [18] There is no evidence of any long-term results from an aromatherapy massage other than the pleasure achieved from a pleasant-smelling massage.[19] A few double blind studies in the field of clinical psychology relating to the treatment of severe dementia have been published.[20][21] Essential oils have a demonstrated efficacy in dental mouthwash products.[22]
Skeptical literature suggests that aromatherapy is based on the anecdotal evidence of its benefits rather than proof that aromatherapy can cure diseases. Scientists and medical professionals acknowledge that aromatherapy has limited scientific support, but critics argue that the claims of most aromatherapy practitioners go beyond the data, and/or that the studies are neither adequately controlled nor peer reviewed.
Some proponents[who?] of aromatherapy believe that the claimed effect of each type of oil is not caused by the chemicals in the oil interacting with the senses, but because the oil contains a distillation of the "life force" of the plant from which it is derived that will "balance the energies" of the body and promote healing or well-being by purging negative vibrations from the body's energy field. Arguing that there is no scientific evidence that healing can be achieved, and that the claimed "energies" even exist, many skeptics reject this form of aromatherapy as pseudoscience.


Safety concerns


In addition, there are potential safety concerns. Because essential oils are highly concentrated they can irritate the skin when used neat, that is undiluted.[citation needed] Therefore, they are normally diluted with a carrier oil for topical application. Phototoxic reactions may occur with citrus peel oils such as lemon or lime.[23] Also, many essential oils have chemical components that are sensitisers (meaning that they will after a number of uses cause reactions on the skin, and more so in the rest of the body). Some of the chemical allergies could even be caused by pesticides, if the original plants are cultivated.[24][25] Some oils can be toxic to some domestic animals, with cats being particularly prone.[26][27]
Two common oils, lavender and tea tree, have been implicated in causing gynaecomastia, an abnormal breast tissue growth, in prepubescent boys, although the report which cites this potential issue is based on observations of only three boys (and so is not a scientific study), and two of those boys were significantly above average in weight for their age, thus already prone to gynaecomastia.[28] A child hormone specialist at the University of Cambridge claimed "... these oils can mimic estrogens" and "people should be a little bit careful about using these products."[29]
As with any bioactive substance, an essential oil that may be safe for the general public could still pose hazards for pregnant and lactating women.
While some advocate the ingestion of essential oils for therapeutic purposes, licensed aromatherapy professionals do not recommend self prescription due the highly toxic nature of some essential oil. Some very common oils like Eucalyptus are extremely toxic when taken internally. Doses as low as one teaspoon has been reported to cause clinically significant symptoms and severe poisoning can occur after ingestion of 4 to 5 ml.[30] A few reported cases of toxic reactions like liver damage and seizures have occurred after ingestion of sage, hyssop, thuja, and cedar.[31] Accidental ingestion may happen when oils are not kept out of reach of children.
Oils both ingested and applied to the skin can potentially have negative interaction with conventional medicine. For example, the topical use of methyl salicylate heavy oils like Sweet Birch and Wintergreen may cause hemorrhaging in users taking the anticoagulant Warfarin.
Adulterated oils may also pose problems depending on the type of substance used.




The Benefit of an Aroma ~ Inhaling Essential Oils

Essential oils that are inhaled into the lungs offer both psychological and physical benefits. Not only does the aroma of the natural essential oil stimulate the brain to trigger a reaction, but when inhaled into the lungs, the natural constituents (naturally occurring chemicals) can supply therapeutic benefit. Diffusing eucalyptus essential oil to help ease congestion is a prominent example.

If not done correctly and safely, however, the use of essential oils can have severe consequences.



The Benefit of Physical Application



Essential oils that are applied to the skin can be absorbed into the bloodstream. The constituents of essential oils can aid in health, beauty and hygiene conditions. Since essential oils are so powerful and concentrated, they should never be applied to the skin in their undiluted form. To apply essential oils to the skin, essential oils are typically diluted into a carrier such as a cold pressed vegetable oil, also known as a carrier oil. Common carrier oils include sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil and grapeseed oil. A more detailed definition of Carrier Oils is found on the What are Carrier Oils page. A detailed list of carrier oils and their properties can be found on the Carrier Oils Used in Aromatherapy properties page.



Other Benefits


In addition to therapeutic benefit at the emotional and physical level, essential oils are helpful in other applications. Essential oils can be used in household and laundry cleaners. Some oils act as a natural insect repellent and pesticide. You may recall using citronella candles during the summer to keep mosquitoes away. Citronella essential oil is the ingredient in the candles that is responsible for repelling the mosquitos. Visit the Essential Oil Uses page for additional information on ways that you can use essential oils.



Healing Aromas: Ayurveda and Aromatherapy



Essential oils are used in ayurvedic therapeutic formulations for their yogavahi value--their ability to help transport the healing wisdom of herbs and herbal oils to the cells and tissues of the body. They play the same important role in transdermal formulations and skin care that spices do in cooked preparations and compound herbal formulations that we eat.

Beyond their role as yogavahis, many essential oils are important for their own healing wisdom. The oils help create balance through the sense of smell, and many offer targeted benefit for different subdoshas. The rose, for example, is renowned in ayurveda for its ability to pacify Pitta dosha, and in particular Sadhaka Pitta, the subdosha of Pitta that governs the emotional heart. Sandalwood is another aroma that helps pacify Sadhaka Pitta. Lavender helps pacify Prana Vata, the subdosha of Vata that governs the mind and nervous system, and thus helps promote restful sleep.

Like herbs, aromas need to be combined carefully for synergistic results. If used incorrectly, aromas can actually create imbalance and lead to irritation, headaches and the like.

Essential oils can be added to massage oils, facial oils, bath water and liquid cleansers, in homemade facials and masks and in floral waters and mists. Our aromatherapy Bath Salts are a convenient, relaxing way of enjoying aromatherapy. They can also be blended for a specific dosha and worn in personal aroma lockets or diffused in your home. To balance Vata dosha, pick from calming or warming essential oils such as ylang ylang, amber, sweet orange, frankincense, clove and rose geranium. For Pitta, choose from cooling or soothing aromas such as rose, sandalwood, fennel, mint, jasmine and vetiver. For balancing Kapha, choose from invigorating or warming oils such as rosemary, tulsi, eucalyptus, lemon, basil, juniper and coriander.

For a special treat to pamper your senses and enhance mind-heart-spirit harmony, try the unique Sacred Essence blend from Shankara. Rare, extremely precious essential oils of white rose (rosa alba), white lotus (nelumbo nucifera), rose absolute (rosa damascena), blue lotus absolute (nelumbo nucifera), frangipani (plumeria rubra), jasmine absolute (jasminum grandiflorum), nag champa (michela champaca) and sandalwood mysore (santalum album) combine to create an unforgettable balancing experience.

Essential oils are potent, so exercise great care in blending and use. Never apply essential oils directly to the skin--instead, mix the recommended amounts in a base oil or in water. Test all oils for sensitivity, and consult your physician before using essential oils if you are pregnant or nursing or have a medical condition.



Ayurvedic Aromatherapy


Aromatherapy, the therapeutic use of essential oils, is one of the most popular techniques of natural medicine practiced today. It is widely available, pleasant, and easy to use. Everything in your kitchen and bathroom has an aroma that affects you in many ways. The smell of cinnamon can make your mouth water or bring back the memory of grandma's apple pie. Lavender bath salts calm your nervous system as you soak in the tub. Aromas are added to candles, soaps, lotions and massage oils, so oftentimes you are practicing aromatherapy even when you don't realize it.



AN ANCIENT TRADITION



The first form of aromatherapy utilized different kinds of burning Woods, and the use of smoke in the form of incense has survived in almost all cultures.

The Egyptians used aromatics 5,000 years ago for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. The Greeks used olive oil to absorb the odor from flower petals and herbs. Arab physicians perfected the method of distilling essential oils and brought them to Europe. By the 16th century, the women of the household made all kinds of remedies for home use. The new sciences of chemistry and pharmacology, however, reduced these practices to superstition, thus discouraging the use of aromatherapy until the beginning of the 20th century, when a succession of French chemists started to research the healing properties of essential oils. The first and foremost among them, Rene Maurice Gattefosse, turned his attention to the use of oils in dermatology after he discovered how lavender oil healed his burned hand. He coined the word "aromatherapy" in 1928 and published a book by the same title in 1937.

In the eastern cultures of India and China, however, the tradition remained unbroken. Vaidyas, ayurvedic physicians, treated Indian royalty with dried and fresh herbs, floral waters and aromatherapy oil massage.


THERAPEUTIC USES

Smelling: The most important pathway for aromas is through the sense of smell. When we smell essential oils, the vapor stimulates our olfactory nerve. This is the only nerve in the body that directly contacts the environment and goes all the way to the brain. All of our other senses involve several nerves and synaptic junctions before the impulses reach the brain. The olfactory nerve stimulates the limbic system, which is connected to the areas of the brain that process emotions, desires, appetites and memories, as well as the endocrine glands which regulate hormone levels in the body. For this reason, aromas have a subtle but very powerful influence on our mind and body. They can be very effective in the treatment of stress. Scents of vanilla, orange blossom, rose, chamomile and lavender have a noticeable calming effect. Lavender, sandalwood and nutmeg oils also help reduce the ill-effects of stress. Patchouli oil helps reduce anxiety, lifts the mood and increases bliss. Maharishi Ayurveda offers a great variety of therapeutic aroma blends from Calming to Refreshing, from Cooling to Stimulating. They contain pure essential oils, undiluted with a carrier oil. Put them in a room or car diffuser, wear them in an aroma locket, or light one of our aroma candles to relax, uplift your mood or improve your sleep.
Massage: Aromatherapy massage is another widely used ayurvedic technique. When you receive, or give yourself a massage, you not only inhale the essential oils but your skin absorbs them as well. They penetrate the tissues and find their way into the bloodstream where they are transported to the organs and systems of the body. Essential oils have different rates of absorption so it is best not to shower directly following a massage to ensure maximum effectiveness. Maharishi Ayurveda incorporates aromatherapy into its massage oils. To balance your dosha or to adjust to the seasons try the Relaxing, Cool Sensation or Invigoration aroma massage oils. The M•SPA Youthful Skin Massage Oil is also rich in aromas and balances all the three doshas.
Bath: Aromatic baths are also popular forms of aromatherapy. The large surface of the warm water in the tub instantly vaporizes the essential oils, sending their particles to your brain. Soaking alone relaxes your muscles and your whole physiology, so you enhance the effect of the aromas. Try a few drops of Muscle Rest Aroma oil if you are sore from working out. The Maharishi Ayurveda therapeutic bath salts combine aromas with natural salts, which are also known to relax muscles. Add bath salts right before you enter the tub to enjoy the full potency of their essential oils. They come in seven different combinations such as Relaxing, Rejuvenating and Energizing.
Skin and Hair Care: Most personal care items are scented with aromas, often with synthetic ones. Maharishi Ayurveda uses only pure essential oils in soaps, shampoos, creams and lotions. The smell of roses, jasmine or neem in soaps can enliven your shower. The Rose and Lavender Waters help tone your skin and uplift your spirit. The aromas in the M•SPA Youthful Skin Cream and the Youthful Skin Advanced Lipid Support relax your entire physiology when you put them on. They also get absorbed in your bloodstream through your skin. For this reason, whatever product you use, make sure it contains only natural essential oils and ingredients. Artificial aromas and perfumes will not provide the same benefits and can cause skin irritation or allergies.
Aromatherapy has so many applications that even if you have a busy schedule you can still enjoy its benefits, by lighting an aroma candle as you cook or bathe, or use a car diffuser while you commute to work. Essential oils take up little room, go a long way, yet their effect is very powerful.






Ayurvedic: benefits, recipes, aromatherapy, and skin care



Learn about the concepts of Ayurveda, the science of life that utilizes nature to influence, remedy and heal. Aromatherapy treats various ailments using essential oils extracted from plant parts.



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The ancient word “ayurveda” (the science of life) is actually an amalgamation of two Sanskrit words, “ayus” meaning life or long lived and “veda” meaning knowledge or wisdom. In the modern days, due to the invasion of unprecedented diseases, upsurge of pollution and various health complications resulting from them, this centuries-old health care system is steadily gaining popularity in the various parts of the globe. Gradually people are familiarizing themselves with the immeasurable benefits of ayurveda and making it a part of their daily routine.
The basic concept of ayurveda is based on the notion that the entire universe is composed of the five great elements or Panchamahabhuta, which are water (jal), air (vaayu), earth (prithvi), fire (agni or teja) and space (akash). These, considered as the fundamental energies of life, act in a unified manner for emergence, nourishment and degeneration of the human body which is a part of the universe.


According to ayurveda, human body is a combination of the three ‘faults’ or ‘doshas’- vata, pitta and kapha that are incessantly working on the human body at all times.
Vata (or the elememt of air and space) is responsible for all sorts of movements like respiration, circulation, impulses, absorption, elimination and various responses. Thus vata controls the basic human body functions. Individuals with this ‘dosha’ are prone to diseases of the heart and the neurological system.

Pitta (or the element of fire) is the heat energy. It is responsible for generating body heat which in turn regulates metabolism- the transformation of natural or outside elements into inside or body elements. The individuals with this ‘dosha’ are vulnerable to diseases of the digestive and the metabolic systems.

Kapha (or the element of earth and water) works on the bulk of the material as well as the fluid part. Water is essential for life sustenance and earth builds the structure. Thus kapha influences the construction of the bones, tissues, muscles, fluids and fats. Individuals with kapha have good body formation but are slow in activities. They suffer from diseases affecting the chest area.

Benefits:

Originating in the Vedic traditions of India and being practiced for more than five thousand years, ayurveda represents, in a holistic way, the science of life and longevity. This classic Indian medicine harmonizes the mind, body and soul and arms the individual with the power to better adapt to his surroundings, retain his health, thwart diseases and fight imbalances in mind and body. Ayuvedic therapeutics implement the goodness of mother nature’s vast ocean of wealth to fortify general health, boost the immune system, detoxify the body, enhance mental and physical abilities, improve management of diseases and illnesses, step up healing processes, maintain resiliency of the vital organs, decelerate aging and rejuvenate skin, radiate confidence and have a positive outlook towards life. It helps the individual familiarize with his own body and understand its various responses in a multitude of situations thus balancing the mind and the body to counteract the detrimental effects of nature. It is nowadays being considered as alternative medicine that has the power to influence, remedy and heal.

Recipes:

Eating a healthy diet to maintain a healthy body is one of ayurveda’s tips. Here are some ayurvedic recipes that are appetizing as well as healthy. (Some of the ingredients mentioned below can be found at the Indian grocery stores.)

1. Lassi-

Ingredients:

2 parts plain yogurt

2 parts water

2 pinches cumin seeds powdered

1 pinch black salt

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or mint or cilantro

Mix them together and serve cold. This helps in digestion and is especially good for individuals with constipation and gas problems. The best time to have it is after a meal or late in the afternoon.

2. Kheer-

Ingredients:

1 gallon milk

½ cup Gobindobhog or Basmati rice

1 ½ cup sugar (or to taste)

10 chopped dates

6-7 cashews

6-7 pistachios

10-12 raisins

2 bay leaves

Boil the milk. Add the rice after rinsing it with water. Add all the other ingredients except sugar. Keep on boiling for 30 minutes or so with occasional stirring until it reaches a thick consistency. Check the rice if it’s tender and then add sugar. Adding sugar after rice is tender and not before is very crucial. Boil for 5 more minutes, cover and remove from oven. Cool and serve.

3. Paneer-

Ingredients:

1 gallon milk

2 lemon

Bring milk to boiling. Squeeze the juice from the two lemon and stir. Chunks of milk solids will start floating in a clear greenish yellow liquid. Remove from heat. Strain the solids from the liquid. Squeeze all the liquid from them, cool and let dry. Press them together hard and cut them in cubes. This is paneer. Fry and add in any vegetarian dish. The clear water is extremely good for people with constipation.

4. Mung dal-

Ingredients:

1 cup mung beans (split)

1 table spoon turmeric powder

1 pinch salt

Fry mung beans without oil for 10 minutes until you get the aroma. Add 3 times water, salt and turmeric powder. Cover and boil for 20 minutes or till the beans get tender. This is good for digestion.

5. Ghee rice-

Ingredients:

1 cup Basmati rice

3 cups water

1 table spoon ghee

Boil water and add the rice. Add ghee and stir. Boil for 15 minutes. Drain any excess water. Remove from heat, cover and let it cool down. Serve hot with any kind of side dish.

Some other recipes for:

Meditation:

5 parts Sandalwood oil

3 parts Frankincense

2 parts Myrrh

Put the ingredients in a diffuser and put it in your room where you intend to meditate.

Muscle Pain Relief:

2 parts lavender oil

2 parts rosemary oil

Mix the oils and gently rub over the muscle in circular motion.

Minor Burns:

2 drops lavender oil

Immediately apply ice cold water. Then apply 2 drops undiluted lavender oil.

Cold:

2 drops lavender oil

2 drops rosemary oil

2 drops eucalyptus oil

Pour into warm bath water and soak your body.

Headache:

5 parts Lavender oil

3 part Peppermint

1 part Roman Chamomile

Pour the oils in warm tub water, soak, inhale deeply and relax.

Promote sleep:

4 drops lavender oil

Add 4 drops lavender oil to 1 teaspoon milk. Pour into warm bath water and soak or put them in a diffuser at bedtime.

Ease Cough:

2 drops Eucalyptus oil

2 drops Lavender oil

Boil a pot of water and add 2 drops eucalyptus oil and 2 drops lavender oil, immediately cover the pot and head with a towel and inhale for 3 minutes. Keep your eyes closed.

Stress Relief:

3 parts ylang ylang

2 parts Lavender oil

1 part Sandalwood oil

Pour then in warm bath water and soak or put them in a diffuser at bedtime.

Aromatherapy:

The word aromatherapy actually means the use of essential oils (many of which have magnificent aromas) found in various plant parts like flowers, seeds, fruits, leaves, bark or wood in a curative manner. Aroma or essence is found everywhere and it influences our mood in a wide variety of ways. Aromas of some spices like cinnamon and cardamom in the kitchen water the mouth while lavender scented candles around the tub soothe the nervous system. Rose petals in bathing water improve the skin texture, dried citrus fruits freshen the indoor air and sandalwood powder alleviates stress. Aroma of ginger in tea eases cold symptoms and meditating with the use of incense in a dimly lit room and a restful environment calms the mind and sets the mood.

The term aromatherapy was coined only recently when it has been practiced in the far east for centuries. The method of oil extraction from the specific plant parts though is extensive labor demanding with plentiful knowledge and expertise, it is highly rewarding. Only a few drops of coconut oil is needed to massage the head for headache relief while brushing with just a little twig of neem every morning is enough to make your teeth sparkle for the entire day.

Practitioners use ayurvedic aromatherapy to protect the vital force, life or prana, improve respiration and blood circulation, regulate digestion and metabolic activities, deflect diseases and increase resistance and tolerance, skin care, mood enhancement and most importantly boost longevity. Massaging with essential oil alone or in combination has been known to act on the ‘vata’ ‘dosha’ which takes its toll on the body as we age resulting in dry, wrinkled skin, imbalances in body and mind.

Beneficial or therapeutic uses of the essential oils:

1. Massage- is the key to longevity. When we massage ourselves or receive a massage with essential oils, the oils lubricate the skin and are absorbed by the body. Different oils have different penetration capabilities. They enter through the pores in the skin, seep through the tissues and reach the bloodstream which helps them reach the various organs of the body. The exhilarating aroma of the oils refreshes and relaxes the mind, rejuvenates the skin and cools down the body. The best place to massage is in full sunlight, which helps in better absorption of the oils. Bathing immediately after a massage is not recommended, but massage after a bath can be done when the skin is most receptive.

2. Smell- Fragrances enter the human body through the nasal pores and stimulate the olfactory nerves. These nerves then carry the impulses to the brain thus energizing it which in turn does its job of arousing the whole body. This influences the hormone levels of the body that regulate desires, passions, urges, emotions and memories. The subtle effect of the oils thus can control the senses and the body responses accordingly. Aromas have been known to be extremely effective in stress management (sandalwood, lavender), mood settings (jasmine incense) and mind refreshment (dry citrus fruits).

3. Bath- Nothing can be compared to the soaking of the whole body in a tub full of lukewarm water with a few drops of essential oils in it after a full day of work. Aromatic candles with lavender scent can also be added to the scenario. The vapors penetrate the skin and reach the brain, where they stimulate the nerves and send down a cool, revitalizing and relaxing sensation all throughout the body.

4. Skin and hair care- Since time immemorial, nature has played an important role in man’s life in medicine to heal his illnesses, in the magic rites to work his will upon the world and especially in a woman’s life to beautify her body and looks. Thousands of herbs have beneficial effects on the skin, eyes and hair apart from the use in medicine. Herbs, being natural, are always safe for delicate human skin and hair. A lot of synthetic products for skin and hair care flood the shelves in the stores. But the best way to treat yourself is to indulge yourself with Mother Nature’s beautiful gifts. The skin is prone to damage due to frequent exposure to environmental extremes, pollution and chemicals. This makes it vulnerable to infections, itching and allergies. It is therefore necessary to provide the skin with essential nutrients and moisturizers to keep it properly toned. Here are some of the ayurvedic ways to treat your body to make it look good longer:

a) Crab apple- Make a paste. Apply all over the face and neck. Leave for 20 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water. It is a rich source of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) which tone, soften and moisturize dull and dry skin.

b) Sandalwood powder- Add a few drops of water to half a table spoon of the powder. Apply the paste all over the face, neck (in upward and outward direction) and hands. Avoid eye area. Let dry. Wash with tepid water. This reduces wrinkles and fine lines while fighting acne and blemishes.

c) Lemon juice, flour, turmeric powder- Make a paste. Plain yogurt can be used in place of lemon juice. Apply all over the face except eye area. Let dry. Rinse. The acids in the lemon juice treat dark spots on the face clearing the complexion. Turmeric brightens the look. (lemon juice might cause a tingling sensation)

d) Wheatgerm oil- Massage your face with the oil. Leave it on for 1 hour before washing with tepid water. Natural vitamin E, a powerful anti-oxidant, in this oil prevents skin damage caused by UV rays and environmental pollution. It is particularly suitable for softening dry and rough skin.

e) Milk- is an excellent cleanser.

f) Honey- is a good natural moisturizer and hair conditioner.

g) Amla and lemon juice- Cut 5-6 amla (found in Indian grocery stores) in small pieces. Boil in 2 cups of water till slightly thick in consistency. Use it to shampoo. The protein and the ascorbic acid in amla have 20 times more Vitamin C than orange juice that enhances hair growth and pigmentation. It is an excellent hair tonic. Squeeze the juice from 2 lemons. Apply to wet and clean hair. Do not rinse. The juice is a natural conditioner.

h) Shikakai- (found in Indian grocery stores) Boil 2-3 pods in water. Apply to wet hair after shampooing. Leave for 2-3 minutes. Rinse. It is excellent to remove dandruff.

i) Rice powder- It is an excellent natural exfoliating agent. It gives over-stressed skin a new vitality and healthy radiance.

j) Potato and cucumber slices- Close your eyes and put 2 slices on top of the eyelids. The natural juices remove dark circles around the eyes.

k) Rose petals- Add rose petals in your tub and soak your body in the sweet aroma. The chemicals in the petals act as a classic toner.

l) Multani mitti or fuller’s earth- Take 1 table spoon mitti. Make a paste with 3 tablespoon water and a pinch of turmeric powder. Apply to face and neck. Let dry. Wash face after about 20-30 minutes. This is a unique anti-wrinkle pack containing valuable herbs and skin rejuvenating ingredients to give you smooth clear complexion.

Add a little bit of ayurveda in your life and it goes a long way. Squeeze in just a few seconds of your time and make life enjoyable and healthy. Light a candle after you are back from office, burn an incense while you cook, make a potpourri with dried citrus fruits and cinnamon and put it beside your couch, keep a sandalwood piece in your car and see how your mind is cleansed and life is changed for the better.



Use Aromatherapy The Ayurveda Way


How Aromas Affect the Doshas


Aromatherapy, the use of specific essential aromatic oils, is an Ayurvedic treatment for correcting imbalances in the doshas. This therapy works by penetrating into the memory and breaking the pattern of imbalance that lives there. In this way aromatherapy heals the memory of trauma and disease, quickly, effortlessly, and pleasurably.

o Vata is calmed by warm, sweet, sour smells such as basil, orange, rose geranium, and clove. Vata tends to be fearful when out of balance, and aromatherapy cul¬tivates positive vata emotions of joy and inventiveness.

o Pitta is balanced by sweet, cool aromas such as sandal wood, rose, mint, cinnamon, and jasmine. With aromatherapy pitta's irritability and anger are replaced with creativity and enthusiasm.

o Kapha responds to pungent aromas such as juniper, eucalyptus, camphor, clove, and marjoram. These fragrances stimulate kapha out of its cynicism and apathy and toward extroversion, sociability, and energy.



Use of  Aromatherapy


There are many ways you can easily and simply use the above combinations of aromatic essential oils to stabilize each dosha and its predominant emotions. You can place a few drops of the oils into a special ring made to be placed over a light bulb; this disperses the fragrance as long as the bulb is on. You can use a special diffuser, which uses candle power to heat water containing the oils. You can make a spray with a combination of the oil, water, and lecithin (to get the oil and water to mix).

Smell owes its potency to the fact that, unlike other senses, it is directly connected with the emotion-generating areas in the brain. When you inhale an aroma, its molecules stimulate two tiny membranes deep in your nose. They stimulate receptors that trigger an electric signal to the limbic system and the hypothalamus. These ancient parts of the brain activate, control, and integrate parts of the nervous system, endocrine system, and many body functions including heart rate, respiration, temperature, blood sugar levels, waking, sleeping, and sexual arousal. They are also the seat of your most basic emotions-such as pleasure, anger, sadness, and fear-and are involved in memory.


Aromatherapy Affect the Doshas

Aromatherapy, the use of specific essential aromatic oils, is an Ayurvedic treatment for correcting imbalances in the doshas. This therapy works by penetrating into the memory and breaking the pattern of imbalance that lives there. In this way aromatherapy heals the memory of trauma and disease, quickly, effortlessly, and pleasurably.

o Vata is calmed by warm, sweet, sour smells such as basil, orange, rose geranium, and clove. Vata tends to be fearful when out of balance, and aromatherapy cul¬tivates positive vata emotions of joy and inventiveness.

o Pitta is balanced by sweet, cool aromas such as sandal wood, rose, mint, cinnamon, and jasmine. With aromatherapy pitta's irritability and anger are replaced with creativity and enthusiasm.

o Kapha responds to pungent aromas such as juniper, eucalyptus, camphor, clove, and marjoram. These fragrances stimulate kapha out of its cynicism and apathy and toward extroversion, sociability, and energy.

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