Ayurveda is a medical science deeply focused on healing and maintaining the quality and longevity of life. It combines science with psychology, spirituality, and philosophy. In Ayurveda, the cornerstone of health means achieving a mind-body balance.
It gives specific guidelines, practices, recipes and remedies to help you achieve this balance, and within that, the guidelines vary for each individual person according to their body type, the time of year, and season.
If you use oils in your diet or beauty routine, switch your meals up according to the seasons, practice yoga or meditation, take herbs to heal common ailments, drink herbal tea, dry brush to exfoliate your skin, or scrape your tongue, you’re already practicing Ayurveda!
Let’s dive deeper…
How You May Be Practicing Ayurveda Already
1. Your Morning Routine
No matter what your morning routine looks like, the fact that you even have a morning routine is a way of practicing Ayurveda.
In Sanskrit, your daily routine is called your “dinacharya” or “to be close to the day”. This means being in touch with the natural cycles of earth, such as waking up when the sun rises or going to sleep when it sets.
It gets much deeper than that, but according to Ayurveda, the way you start your day is how you’ll feel for the rest of the day.
If you begin your day in a rush, you’ll feel nervous and restless for the rest of the day. If you start slow and tired, you’ll feel lazy and heavy for the rest of the day. If you overexert yourself too much at the beginning of the day, you’ll feel burnt out for the rest of the day.
2. Your Morning Practices
Have you tried any of these practices?
- Oil pulling: This is when you swish around oil in your mouth first thing in the morning to remove toxins, kind of like using mouthwash.
- Tongue scraping: To remove toxic buildup, you scrape your tongue with a tongue scraper, like brushing your tongue with your toothbrush.
- Abhyanga: This is a self-oil massage to stimulate your lymphatic system, like when you apply lotion.
- Dry Brushing: This is when you brush your skin with a dry brush to remove dead skin cells, similar to using a loofah.
If you’ve tried or practice any of the above, you’re already practicing Ayurveda! If you haven’t tried these yet, I’ll be sharing more on how you can start using them in your routine in a future post.
3. Herbal Tea and Remedies
If you drink herbal tea or take herbal supplements, you’re practicing Ayurveda. Given how dehydrating caffeine can be and the risks of pharmaceutical drugs, many people are switching to more herbal teas, supplements, and home remedies. I love that people are finally turning back to nature to cure their imbalances.
Fun fact: Ayurveda was the first health system to use herbs for medicinal benefits, and modern Herbology is based on Ayurveda.
Compared to pharmaceutical drugs and their risks/side effects, there are no risks, for example, of adding too much ginger to your food, because it’s all-natural. Our bodies are able to recognize the ginger and process it to help our bodies.
Each herbal tea has a multitude of benefits as well. Whereas pharmaceutical drugs are usually intended for one purpose, most herbs have numerous.
For example, ginger tea is not only medicinal for arthritis, but also a powerful aid for improving digestion and reducing inflammation. Fennel tea relieves gas, bloating, and constipation while also detoxifying the liver. Peppermint tea relieves nausea, vomiting, and stomachaches, while also cooling the body
Herbal teas are a large part of the Ayurvedic diet and are viewed as medicine. Teas area great way of consuming herbs because their benefits are enhanced when steeped in hot water. Herbal teas are also an amazing alternative to caffeinated black tea or coffee, which dehydrate the body and put your adrenals in overdrive.
Ayurveda recommends making your own tea with common spices or buying loose-leaf tea to avoid potential pesticides and chemicals in bagged tea. Make sure to always avoid plastic tea bags because the plastic leaches into the hot water, and always buy organic.
There are many other ways you’re probably practicing Ayurveda without knowing it, so stay tuned for part two where we talk about oils in your foods, oil on your skin, dry brushing your skin, and tongue scraping.
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Wherever you are in your health and wellness journey, stay the course. Take care of yourself. Put your health first. Learn as much as you can, and put what you learn into practice.
Wishing you all the love, health and happiness,
Forever in your corner,