Ayurveda is a pristine science of bringing your body, mind and soul in harmony that was born in India. In fact, it is one of the oldest forms of medical literature that has stood the test of time for more than 5000 years. This ancient healthcare system focuses on life, longevity and your overall well-being – be it physical, mental or spiritual. In his book, ‘Ayurvedic Home Remdies’, Dr. Vasant Lad explains. ‘As a science of self-healing, Ayurveda encompasses diet and nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, rest and relaxation, meditation, breathing exercises and medicinal herbs, along with cleansing and rejuvenation programs.”
Simply put, it is a holistic approach to a healthier and longer life – the kind that our ancestors lived. It is based on three key concepts which are Nidana (the diagnostic measures), Ahar (food that acts as internal medicine) and Kaya Chikitsa (body treatment). If you’re new it or are still figuring it out, we’ve unearthed some hidden secretes of Ayurveda that can help you tread the healthy way. For all those who are looking to make a move towards a healthier lifestyle, start here.
1. For long and strong hair:According to Ayurveda, hair loss is usually caused due to the functions of the pitta dosha which governs our metabolism and digestion. Another reason could be certain hormonal imbalances that cause hair loss in men and women. The nutrients we eat support the hair follicles. To balance the pitta dosha, you should include cool and sweet foods like buttermilk, coconut oil, cinnamon and fruits such as melons, grapes and pomegranates. You may have not known this but coconut water is rich in calcium which promotes hair growth, so drink up.
Also, bhringraj is considered as the king of herbs and the oil extracted from it is a one-stop solution for all your hair woes. You can make a paste with fresh Bhringraj oil and use as a paste or massage the oil in your scalp. It works are a great natural conditioner, stops hair fail and strengthens to roots to boost hair growth.(Hair Growth: 7 Natural Tips to Make Your Hair Grow Faster)
2. For flawless, glowing skin:Say no to chemicals because there are several Ayurvedic herbs that can improve your skin texture naturally. Chandan or sandalwood is considered be one of the best Ayurvedic skin soothers. It has a cooling and calming effect on your skin and can be used to improve skin tone, treat acne and do away with blemishes. You can prepare a paste of one teaspoon of sandal wood powder with one teaspoon of turmeric and few drops of rose water for a quick and refreshing face mask. You should also load up on iron-rich foods like carrots, beetroot juice or pomegranate juice that act as natural blood purifiers and impart a natural glow to your skin.(7 Superfoods for Beautiful Skin)