Ayurvedic Herbs for Hair

Ayurvedic Herbs for Hair

In an Ayurveda, leaves, roots and flowers of herbs can be used externally to benefit the skin, hair and other parts of the body. Because our skin is a digestive organ, these herbs are absorbed into the body and have an effect on the dhatu (tissue systems) and srotamsi (tissue channels) of the body. Thusly, all the Ayurvedic herbs listed below should not be self-administered and Ayurvedic herbs should only be taken under-advisement of your Ayurvedic Counselor/Practitioner/Doctor and approved by your Primary Care Physician. This list of Ayurvedic herbs is only meant to educate you on the various herbs traditionally used in Ayurvedic hair care.

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Ayurvedic Hair Care

Ayurvedic Hair Care

According to Ayurveda, the state of our hair has more to do with what we put in our body than what sort of products we put on our hair. In Ayurveda, hair is considered a waste product of asthi dhatu or the bone tissue system. Asthi dhatu determines the health of our hair. Thusly, our hair health begins inside our body.

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What Does Beauty Mean to Me?

What Does Beauty Mean to Me?

This is a tough question and even as I write this, I don't know entirely what I want to say. As women we are forced into this categories. We're girlie girls or tomboys, sluts or virgins, skinny chicks or fat girls. We're forced into specific categories and then we struggle to live into that categorical box. But we are so much more than these narrow definitions of what it is to be a woman. 

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Ayurvedic Massage Oil

Ayurvedic Massage Oil

According to Ayurveda, the Ayurvedic massage oils used in Abhyanga are designed to deeply penetrate the skin to nourish the body, mind and spirit. When you apply Ayurvedic massage oil to your skin, it helps to provide a protective coating between you and the stresses of everyday life. Ayurvedic massage oil is very revered in Ayurveda. In fact the Sanskrit the word for "oil" sneha, is also the same word for "love." Thusly when we practice Abhyanga using our Ayurvedic massage oil, we are practicing at treatment of love.

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How to Develop a Positive Mental Attitude: Conquering Fear

How to Develop a Positive Mental Attitude: Conquering Fear

When we’re children it’s so much easier to conquer certain fears and in general many fears don’t even exist yet because you haven’t become jaded. You still look at the universe as benevolent and good. You haven’t allowed heartache and disappointment to overtake your worldview. You’re blissfully unaware or conversely you’re only aware of the brighter side of life.

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Ayurvedic Skin Care Products

Ayurvedic Skin Care Products

Our skin is our largest organ. It is also a digestive organ. Because of this, Ayurvedic skin care suggests that it is important to be as mindful about what you put on your skin as you are with what you put in your mouth. Use an herbal cleanser or ubtan on the face and body as well as oils on the face and body.

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Ayurveda Meditation - My Struggles with Developing a Meditation Practice

Ayurveda Meditation - My Struggles with Developing a Meditation Practice

Meditation while being the hardest thing for me to remain dedicated to, is the thing that has helped me grow the most. It's funny how the thing we resist the most is the thing we need the most. I know I'm not alone in this and that there are many of you out there who want to have a regular meditation practice but don't know where to begin, can't motivate yourself to stay committed to your practice or for any number of reasons. 

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Ayurvedic Practices

Ayurvedic Practices

Ayurvedic practices are all about rituals, both daily and seasonally. The daily Ayurvedic practices are called Dinacharya also referred to as the Ayurvedic daily routine. This includes general hygiene habits as well as spiritual practices like yoga, pranayama and meditation. The seasonal Ayurvedic practices are called Ritucharya also referred to as the Ayurvedic seasonal routine. This includes eating seasonally appropriate foods as well as modifying the Dinacharya practices according to the season.

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Benefits of Ghee

Benefits of Ghee

Ghee is so important to Ayurvedic cooking and medicine. Ghee is believed to penetrate deep into the vital tissues of the body. It is used both internally and externally. Internally, ghee cleanses the dhatus or bodily tissues and helps to eliminate excess dosha. Externally, it calms skin inflammation and swelling, nourishes tissues and promotes calmness and serenity.

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How to Develop a Positive Mental Attitude: Dropping the Victim Mentality

How to Develop a Positive Mental Attitude: Dropping the Victim Mentality

For a while I was asking myself, "why does this always happen to me?" It was easy to fall into this victim mentality like everything was happening to me rather than with me. However, when I began looking at it through the lens of what it could teach me, I realized I hadn't recognized what I needed to learn.

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Five Prana Ayurveda Dosha Test

Five Prana Ayurveda Dosha Test

When people begin learning about Ayurveda the first question they most often have is “which dosha am I?” Seeing an Ayurvedic professional is the best way to determine your dosha. However, online dosha tests can be a good place to start when trying to determine your dosha.

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Ayurvedic Herbs List

Ayurvedic Herbs List

In an Ayurveda, we call the spice cabinet our pharmacy. Many of the spices we utilize in Ayurvedic cooking have been studied for their benefits on health and wellbeing. Even the Western medical world is beginning to understand the correlation between our digestive health and our overall health. The gut-brain connection is the cornerstone of the Ayurvedic view of health. In fact in Ayurveda, disease begins to manifest in the body when our digestive health is imbalanced. However, there are herbs that are used medicinally in Ayurveda as part of a herbal protocol recommended by an Ayurvedic professional.

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How to Develop a Positive Mental Attitude: Prajnaparadha

How to Develop a Positive Mental Attitude: Prajnaparadha

Prajnaparadha - incorrect belief, believing in separateness, duality, "other", forgetting our divinity, that we are a soul having a human journey, that we are a human 'being' living on this earth feeling pain, love, happiness, regret, grief and all the other emotions that are part of every human journey.

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Ayurvedic Skin Care

Ayurvedic Skin Care

Our skin is our largest organ. It is also a digestive organ. Because of this, Ayurvedic skin care suggests that it is important to be as mindful about what you put on your skin as you are with what you put in your mouth. Use organic products whenever possible and look for skin care that is all-natural and made with ingredients you know and can pronounce.

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Ayurvedic Body Type

Ayurvedic Body Type

Each and every one of us is made up of a unique combination of the three dosha of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The makeup of the three dosha will determine what Ayurvedic body type we will have. No one Ayurvedic body type is better than another. You are perfect exactly as you are. Knowing your Ayurvedic body type allows you to not try and reach unattainable goals for your body.

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