Updated from June 18, 2013. It has been a long time since I have followed these ayurvedic tips. Now, I am revisiting them slowly and making them part of my daily life. I shall keep you posted. But, before going, I request you to go through the entire article and please try make them a part of your life as well.
Have you ever tried Ayurveda in your daily routine? I did it. It had started with one day my mom telling me to wash my eyes with the triphala infusion. She had seen it on some program which imparts these ayurvedic tips for healthy living. And, once it starts, the tips just keep on coming.
But then how many things can you incorporate? So, I just left it at that. Here I am listing a few steps which have been extremely beneficial for me and do not take much of effort or time. And, their benefits are too good to pass up. I have been doing these things on and off for the past one month or more. And, I can talk about the benefits I have seen in my skin or hair or body!
Triphala Eye Wash
Every morning right after I get up, I wash my eyes with the triphala infusion. And, the results?
Brighter eyes, clearer eyes, whites are more prominent, eyes do not get dry, they do not get tired of staring at the laptop, and the best is yet to come – lesser finer lines under the eyes 😀 The infusion hydrates the skin around the eyes and keeps it moisturized so there are lesser wrinkles and fine lines. Of course, moisturizer and sunscreen do their part as well!
How to make infusion?
Take 1/2 tbsp of triphala powder in a glass and dissolve it in glassful of water. Leave it overnight. Strain in the morning and use it as eyewash. You can cup your palms and do it or you can use an eye wash cup which is way easier and better. It does stain the washbasin so take care!
Almond Oil Nose Drops
You have to do this before gong to sleep. Just a drop of almond oil in each of your nostrils and you are good to go. Results?
Amazingly this helps with headaches, helps you sleep better, greases your air pipe and the nostrils, cleanses them and the list goes on. But, the main thing is deep and calm sleep for me and lesser headaches.
How to use?
Get a bottle of Badam Rogan and a dropper from the pharmacy. And, that is it. Keep them by your bedside and do not forget to use them.
This has to be the more time consuming and difficult of all these ayurvedic tips. You have to swish a tea spoon full of coconut oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes. Having oil in your mouth might take some getting used to. So, may be start this routine with just a minute and work your way up as and when you feel comfortable. But, i would definitely advise you to try it out. Results?
I am not sure if I really saw any benefits till now but I think its a routine which does not show the benefits immediately or even in the long run. The benefits are more internal and not visible. It sure does make my teeth more white and cleanse out the cough and phlegm from the body. Swishing for 20 minutes surely makes me feel wide awake but I doubt if it was supposed to be one of its benefits 😀
How to do it?
Traditionally, sesame oil is used for this method. You can also use coconut oil and I prefer that because of the taste. Put a tea spoon of oil in your mouth and keep swishing it around your teeth and gums for 15-20 minutes or as long as you can manage. Once you are done, rinse your mouth and brush your teeth. It must be done on empty stomach first thing after you wake up.
So, what happens is that the oil mixes with your saliva and attracts the germs around your mouth and from your food and air pipe cleansing it internally. As the oil pulls more germs and bacteria, it turns watery and foamy. So, do NOT under any circumstances swallow it accidentally. If you are not able to hold it, rinse your mouth. This is a detox ritual according to ayurveda.
The oil pulls all the toxins. It is extremely helpful for people with respiratory issues as it helps clean the mucus canal and improves sinusitis issues and if you are suffering from cold, you can do this to get rid of the phlegm. It is also great to maintain the healthy teeth and gums and oral care. It helps prevent bad breath. And, the ultimate side effect of this routine is bright and glowing skin. You can see the results in just a week or even less.
Till then, ciao.