This week, I’m joined by Eminé Rushton, founder of This Conscious Life to share her 5 Ayurvedic health tips. Hopefully, you will find these tips easy to incorporate into your daily routine.
Ayurvedic Health Tips
Ayurveda is a natural and holistic system of medicine that has been practiced for over 5,000 years. The word itself translates as ‘the knowledge of life’ – Ayu meaning life and Veda meaning science, knowledge, and wisdom. By promoting a balance between mind and body and spirit, Ayurveda aims to support health, while preventing and treating illness using natural therapies. These include herbs, yoga, meditation, and lifestyle adjustments.
The Three Doshas
According to Ayurveda, we are all made up of three different energies or doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha – which govern all our mental and physical processes. Although we are made up of a combination of all three doshas, we usually have one or two doshas that are more dominant. The doshas relate to the five universal elements ;
1, Vayu (air)
2. Jala (water),
3. Akash (space)
4. Teja (fire)
5. Prithvi (earth)
Vata is composed of Space and Air, Pitta of Fire and Water, and Kapha of Earth and Water.
Eminé is a holistic facial therapist, author, and editor. She runs a seasonal living course, The Clearing with her husband, and they also create a unique seasonal harvest box, The Offering four times a year. Not only that, but she is also co-author of Sattva The Ayurvedic Way to Live Well. Eminé is a believer in Low Cost, Low Waste living which involves foraging for food, along with repurposing, mending, crafting, and making.
Here are Eminé’s 5 Ayurvedic health tips to help you feel calmer, rebalance, and enhance health and wellbeing.
5 Ayurvedic Health Tips
I take Shatavari almost every day as it helps balance, not only my menstrual cycle but my skin, sleep, and mood. Known as the Women’s Herb, Shatavari literally means 100 (shat) roots (vari.) Vari can also mean husband, leading us a little closer to this asparagus-like root’s phallic significance – giving it the nickname, ‘she of 100 husbands.’
This natural adaptogen is wonderfully rejuvenating for all women as it’s calming and balancing. Shatavari promotes natural fertility, a healthy libido, a smoother menstrual cycle, and a better mood. It is a particularly wonderful bolstering herb for the female body during menopause as it has also been shown to possess Phyto-oestrogenic properties. (This is a plant source rich in natural oestrogen). As well as that, there are no known contraindications or negative interactions with normal hormonal medications such as the contraceptive Pill or HRT.
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2. FACE MAPPING
I trained as a facial therapist eight years ago, while working as Wellbeing Director at Psychologies magazine. Subsequently, I then went on to study Ayurveda and learned about face mapping. This is a wonderful technique – helping us match up the skin’s visible symptoms with the underlying root cause.
In Ayurveda, every part of the face is linked to a bodily organ, and also the associated dosha (the dominant, personal constitutional type.) Normally, the symptoms we see and their location upon our faces are also related to potential underlying emotional causes and triggers too.
The forehead is linked to Vata, if you are prone to deep dehydration lines across your forehead this is a sign of Vata imbalance. For Pitta, imbalances more commonly show up around the nose and cheeks. High colour, redness, and a blotchy nose (tending towards rosacea) are all signs of a Pitta imbalance. Kapha is associated with the chin, jaw, neck, and the area around the mouth – where skin tends to be oily. Kapha imbalance signs can be colds, coughs, overly oily, or seeping conditions and an excessive accumulation of mucus.
3. DRINK WARM WATER
Our digestive systems are very warm – so when we drink cold water, we disrupt the heat that our digestive systems need to function at their optimal level. If we’re eating hot food and drinking ice-cold water, we have a disconnect. Especially when the stomach is receiving hot & cold together, they tend to hinder each other. Rather like eating lots of raw food alongside lots of cooked food (which is not advised in Ayurveda). I sip warm water with my meals and drink warm water before eating if I feel thirsty. In Ayurveda, water is always consumed at room temperature, or warmer, and sipped regularly in moderate amounts. Find out Why I Love a Berkey Water Filter!
4. EAT THE SEASON
Eating seasonal food was once the only choice we had –before anything was imported, stored, and preserved. We obviously ate only what was growing in the here and now. Whenever we eat soggy tasteless tomatoes in January or sour, flaccid strawberries in November, our bodies are left wanting – in flavour, nutrition, experience. Ayurveda doesn’t recognise a way of eating that is not intrinsically bound to the time of year – but it goes beyond the season.
In Ayurveda, we take the quality of each day into account and seek to warm and energise ourselves. When the weather is cold, damp and heavy, and cool, we relax, whereas we hydrate ourselves when it is blisteringly hot, sunny, and bright. When we eat food that is close to home and grown in season, it’s also in tune with the qualities of the day and our body’s own dosha. Then we have a beautiful harmony of untainted, whole food nourishment rich in ‘prana.’ Prana is our life-force, vital energy – that balances restores and vitalises us, every day. Read How to Balance Your Hormones with items from your Pantry for more inspiration!
5. OIL’S WELL
Oil is so important in Ayurveda. Ghee – clarified butter – is used to carry the goodness of herbs into the seven tissues of the body. It does especially when eaten, but it’s also used topically in a range of different Ayurvedic treatments.
Likewise, daily Abhyanga (warm oil massage) is recommended, whereby every part of the body, from scalp to soles of the feet, are stroked and oiled. An undoubtedly beautiful practice that keeps skin, joints, and tissues supple!
Body oils are chosen to match the dosha of the individual. Vata benefits from grounding golden warmth, so sunflower is often recommended. For pitta, who need cooling and calming, coconut oil is a good choice. While Kapha benefits from warmth and a little pungency, sesame oil makes the perfect option.
Sattva Book Review
Sattva: The Ayurvedic Way to Live Well, by Eminé and Paul Rushton
Eminé and Paul are very inspiring. I had heard a lot about Ayurvedic living but never really understood what it meant. This book explained it so simply and was a real joy to read! Whether you want to live a truly holistic lifestyle or just incorporate some tips into your everyday life, Sattva explains it beautifully. I’m inspired after finding out I’m Kapha to live my life according to my dosha!
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