We’re a few days away from starting another year under the sun! Christmas allows us to reflect on the past 12 months, and we would be lying if we said that 2023 was completely perfect. After countless wins and losses; challenges and opportunities, let's pause to congratulate ourselves for making it this far. We survived, lived, and evolved! As we cascade into the new year with renewed spirits and new resolutions in several realms of our lives, we often forget to focus on the most integral one: our holistic well-being! Success and happiness are dependent on a nourished mind, body, and soul. Sprucing up our goals, let’s add a few to enrich our lives:
Let 2024 be filled with
- Good vibes and Positivity
- Good health and overall well-being
A healthy, holistic approach to addressing several mental and physical functionalities is one of the keys to wholesome living in this fast-paced era. In addition to alleviating stress and anxiety, and promoting deep relaxation and peaceful sleep, alternative naturalistic modalities like aromatherapy and ayurveda have been shown to improve one's quality of life significantly, almost giving them a fresh perspective. By aligning your mind and body, you will be surprised to find that your physical and mental functions are connected.
Striving towards glowing from the inside out, read on to know more about elevating your being!
Ancient Wisdom, Modern Detox: Thrive and Flourish by Indulging in an Ayurvedic Cleanse
Translating to the “science of medicine,” Ayurveda is said to be one of the world’s oldest modalities of traditional healing. Originating in India about 3,000 years ago, Ayurvedic medicine fosters “whole-body” or holistic healing, which integrates one’s physical, mental, and spiritual health.
From treating ailments by consuming natural ingredients known to have therapeutic properties to following robust practices like having an active lifestyle, following a strict traditional diet, or going on a complete cleanse, aka, detox in today’s terms, ayurvedic medicine strives towards harmonizing one’s mind, body, and soul as one element affects the functioning of the other.
Ayurvedic botanicals have long been a popular topic, but let's discuss cleansing our systems naturally. Daily, our bodies work tirelessly to digest everything we consume, separating the good from the bad, such as environmental toxins or processed foods. Both disrupt many processes in our bodies, resulting in lingering diseases. Consequently, a cleanse reinforces balance by regulating physical and emotional functions.
Categorized into two aspects, namely, 'Dina Charya' or daily rituals, and 'Ritu Charya' or seasonal regimes, an authentic Ayurvedic cleanse follows structured specifications to ensure overall health. While accommodating varying environmental factors like eating habits, exercise schedules, and wake-up and rest hours, this practice maintains congruence between both bona fide regimes.
As we all know, the present-day stress-imbued lifestyles do not always allow us to make healthful choices. From poor nutrition to a lack of movement, or heightened possibility of negative emotions like sadness or stress, our Doshas or energy systems, namely, Vata, Pita, and Kapha (each Dosha is associated with particular qualities, functions, and elements) governing our physiological and psychological functions within the body according to constitution type are majorly disrupted, which affects your metabolic fire or ‘Agni’, thereby causing recurring illnesses and symptoms, manifesting in the form of fatigue, constipation, eczema, etc.
By extending rest and break periods to our bodies, eradicating built-up toxicity, and allowing them the time and space to recover and heal, Ayurvedic Cleansing enables us to reinstate harmony and remove the cause completely, while purifying our doshas, and renewing our energy and vitality for life.
Now, now! Pledging to harmonize your health, and revitalize your being, are you eager to know more about this exercise?
Types of Cleansing Methods in Ayurveda
There are mainly four main types of cleansing methods that aim to fortify one’s Agni and re-establish the body’s natural balance, which is as follows:
- Panchkarma: Ayurveda’s characteristic cleansing process, ‘Panchakarma’ constitutes an intense, deep cleanse that purifies the body of amassed Doshas and excessive toxins, through either of the following processes:
- Vamana- Emesis
- Virechana- Purgation
- Basti- enema
- Nasya- Nasal cleansing
- Raktamokshana- Bloodletting
- Abhyanga: Using warm herb-infused oils like sesame or coconut oil, this exercise involves massaging yourself (or from a licensed professional) at least once a day/ It helps in preventing premature aging, draining the lymphatic system, enhancing your hair and skin health and calming the nervous system.
- Svedana (Sweating Therapies): To achieve this, techniques such as steam therapy or herbal steam baths can be undertaken to induce sweating, and allow toxins to be removed from the body.
- Dietary Cleansing: Deep-rooted in ancient traditions, the Ayurvedic approach stresses the importance of dietary modifications and fasting to eradicate toxins or ‘ama’ from the body. This inculcates eating light, easily digestible foods and avoiding heavy or processed foods. Moreover, as diets are formed following a person’s Dosha type, some of the mainstay items that cause the accumulation of toxins in the body and should be abstained at all costs include alcohol, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, and red meat.
While this period of Ayurvedic cleanses is supplemented with herbal remedies, practitioners even incorporate mindfulness or meditation practices to calm your mind. Ensuring the high efficacy of this program that can take place in a structured naturopathic center or home, a complete detox involves four phases, namely,
- Preparation- This first step is characterized by modifying your diet and lifestyle.
- Active Cleansing- The core time, this phase involves consuming a mono-diet of grains, khichari, vegetables, and lots of detoxifying juices, while following numerous coherent lifestyle practices.
- Reintroduction: This phase involves diversifying your diet by gradually re-introducing light, whole foods before going back to a diet that also involves certain staples like wheat, dairy, and soy.
- Rejuvenation: This period involves offering deep nourishment to your tissues and promoting relaxation to your system.
Well, well! Now that we have an in-depth understanding of Ayurvedic cleansing, here’s an essential fact: the age-old practice of aromatherapy, which encompasses an adjunctive part of Ayurveda is often used interchangeably, and can further expedite and enhance the above process. Read on to know more!
Healing Aromas for Holistic Purity: How are Aromatherapy and Ayurveda Interrelated?
Aromatherapy, as we are well aware, is an alternative healing tradition that uses essential oils derived from plants, herbs, and botanies to awaken our senses, heal our bodies, and balance our mind frames by embracing synergy to the core. Here’s how it can elevate your process of Ayurvedic cleansing:
- Relaxes the Mind- Certain calming essential oils like chamomile, lavender, or sandalwood can be used to calm one’s nerves during practices like Abhyanga or meditation.
- Boosts Detoxification: Gifted with detoxifying properties, essential oils like lemon, grapefruit or juniper support the body’s natural detox processes when incorporated in massage oils or diffused during cleansing.
- Harmonizing Doshas: It is a widely known fact that some essential oils help to balance one’s Ayurvedic Doshas, namely, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. For instance, soothing oils like peppermint can balance Pitta.
- Uplifting mood: Aromatherapy helps enhance one’s spirits by stimulating one’s limbic system. For example, lemon and rose are believed to promote well-being and relaxation.
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- Lavender Essential Oil: Transporting you to a haven of serenity and harmony, this aromatherapy oil promotes deep relaxation, reduces stress, improves mood, fosters sleep, and boosts circulation, thereby balancing one’s anxiety-prone Vatta Dosha.
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Boasting powerful, therapeutic aromas, this antimicrobial oil relieves respiratory distress, alleviates migraines and headaches, eases muscle and joint pains, and reduces stress- all manifestations that may occur when you completely change your body’s patterns during a cleanse, giving rise to a stagnated flow of energy (prana) in Ayurveda.
- Tea-Tree Essential Oil: Revered for its soothing bliss, this healing concoction is known for its anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and antiseptic properties. Your naturalistic skin and haircare accomplice, this multi-purpose wonder helps to shrink acne and pimples, cleanses your scalp, improves circulations, and eradicates impurities, thereby balancing one’s Kapha and Pitta Doshas.
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Here’s wishing all our readers a Rejuvenated, Healed Happy New Year!