Saturday, November 26, 2011

Ayurvedic ways to moisturize in the fall

Recently I was able to attend a very interesting ayurvedic workshop about "Vata season" which is the fall. In Ayurveda there are three doshas or energies (vata, pitta, kapha) which make up all that exists within ourselves. The doshas are based on the 5 elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth). Vata is the dosha relating to air or wind and this is the govorning force within the body that moves...breath, circulation, and the vital energy force..prana. See this site to determine your dosha.

Vata types tend to get dry skin in the fall. The best oil to use if you are a vata type is sesame oil. Yep, sesame oil from the grocery store. Preferably, organic. This is a very warming oil. Warm your sesame oil by placing a jar of it in a bowl of hot water. Here are some great uses of sesame oil:
-After a shower, use the oil all over your body like you would a lotion. I like to add essential oils to this as well like lavender or rose.
-Using a dropper at 4-5 drops of oil (or warm ghee) to each nostril. This helps lubricate and clean the sinuses and is said to improve voice, vision, and mental clarity.
-Massage the warm oil onto the soles of your feet before bedtime to induce a good night's rest. You can also add some oil to the crown of your head.
-Gargle with the oil in the morning and before bed. Also, swish this all around your mouth. Once you discharge the oil from your mouth, massage your gums with your finger. This strengthens the teeth, gums and jaw and is said to improve your voice and to remove wrinkles from the face.

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