The idea of leading an Ayurvedic lifestyle may seem like a lot of work, but it is easier than it seems.
The best thing about Ayurveda is its simplicity, how easy and quick it is to acquire these wellness habits will amaze you. Ayurveda is meant to be implemented by everyone. It is something you have to mold to fit your lifestyle, not the other way around.
Even the smallest changes will have a big impact on your health, mood and well-being.
Here are 5 easy ways to implement Ayurveda into your daily life:
Practice Tongue Scraping
Ayurveda holds that the tongue shares a direct connection to several of the body\’s vital organs, including the heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, spleen, and stomach. What’s more, Ayurveda teaches that the tongue reflects the health and well-being of these organs, so regularly inspecting the tongue is an excellent way to gauge your overall health.
Many systems of medicine, including Ayurveda, use tongue diagnosis as a window into the internal workings of the body. This is one reason doctors have you stick out your tongue.
Different parts of the tongue are related to the lungs, the heart, the stomach, the liver, the spleen, the kidneys, and the intestines. A tongue scraper gently removes toxins from the tongue itself and simultaneously stimulates, massages, and cleanses the associated organs and deep tissues.
Because the tongue reflects the health of so many vital organs, systemic imbalances (and improvements) are reflected on the surface of the tongue. Using a tongue scraper daily allows you to take note of any significant changes that may indicate variations in your own internal state of balance.
Give Yourself An oil Massage Before Showering
Abhyanga is a unique body massage technique rooted in Ayurveda. It might be fascinating for you to know that ‘Abhyanga’ is derived from Sanskrit root word ‘Sneha’ which means love, which gives an insight into the significance of this technique.
The daily practice of Abhyanga is meant to provide your body and skin with the self-love and nourishment that it deserves. Unlike other body massage techniques, the focus here remains on the skin instead of going deep into the muscles. The pressure remains light and soothing.
There are many benefits to this practice. It releases muscle tension, promotes lymphatic drainage, and leaves a smooth skin from head to toe. Essential oils are often used during Abhyanga to enhance the overall experience of the Ayurveda massage.
Another feature of Abhyanga is that it is a form of self-massage. You can simply massage a suitable Ayurvedic oil gently into your skin, by yourself.
For an enjoyable self-massage, follow these tips:
- Make sure the oil is warm but not too hot.
- Consider using an electronic oil warmer. It’s convenient and portable.
- Use an old towel to catch the oil stains.
- Take your time on each body part.
- After massaging your soles with oil, be careful when walking. The oil could make you slip.
- Use a clean towel when you get out of the shower.
- Do an abhyanga self-massage daily for optimal results.
Drink Warm water With Lemon In The morning
Drinking a warm glass of lemon water first thing in the morning is one of the easiest ways to improve your overall health. This must be done before you ingest any other liquid or food.
Just squeeze one half of a fresh, organic lemon into a glass of warm, pure water. The water cannot be overly hot or ice cold. From an Ayurvedic perspective, warm liquids and foods fire up the digestive system when they hit the tongue. Cold items stop digestion dead in its tracks. Therefore, make sure that the water is warm. It gets your digestive system ready to tackle any oncoming food and liquids.
Lemon juice helps balance the pH levels in the stomach and can possibly reduce indigestion and stomach/digestive tract aches throughout the day. Once processed in the body, lemon juice is alkaline. The citric acid of the lemons does not produce acidity once it is completely metabolized by our digestive system. The citric acid alkalizes in the bloodstream and then balances the overall pH levels.
Drinking lemon water in the morning can gradually ease the pain felt from joint inflammation and arthritis. Finally, the lemon juices in the water boost energy and can improve one\’s mood, due to the positive reactions produced as everything is processed through the stomach.
Try Oil pulling
The name oil pulling is derived from the process itself, which involves using natural oils and gargling the oral cavity. The oil has a great effect as it cleanses the mouth by pulling out various toxins and keeps the mouth free of various diseases like gingivitis, bad breath etcetera. Apart from being a preventive measure, it is also known to have curative properties.
The process of oil pulling uses oils like mustard, coconut, and sunflower as a mouthwash to help clean the mouth naturally instead of using chemical-based mouthwashes.
Oil pulling involves swishing the oil in your mouth for a period of between five minutes and 15 minutes. The oil has great properties that eliminate toxins from the teeth and gums. After the swishing is complete, the individual must spit the oil out and this removes the toxins too.
Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic practice that helps improve oral hygiene. The world pulling refers to how the practice results in toxins being pulled from the mouth. Oiling pulling involves the use of an oil like coconut oil or sunflower oil as a mouthwash. It is just like how you would use a commercial mouthwash. The difference is that instead of using a chemical-based mouthwash, you are using a natural oil which is safer.
Use Essential Oils
Aromatherapy is one of the complementary therapies which use essential oils as the major therapeutic agents to treat several diseases. The essential or volatile oils are extracted from the flowers, barks, stem, leaves, roots, fruits and other parts of the plant by various methods.
It came into existence after the scientists deciphered the antiseptic and skin permeability properties of essential oils. Inhalation, local application and baths are the major methods used in aromatherapy that utilize these oils to penetrate the human skin surface. Once the oils are in the system, they re modulate themselves and work in a friendly manner at the site of malfunction or at the affected area. This type of therapy utilizes various permutation and combinations to get relief from numerous health conditions like depression, indigestion, headache, insomnia, muscular pain, respiratory problems, skin ailments, swollen joints, urine associated complications etc.
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