All-natural Skin, Hands and Feet, Hair and Eye Care


Inner Beauty- Discover Natural Beauty and Well-Being with the traditions of Ayurveda

Ayurveda emphasizes beauty from within, a beauty that come  from health and well-being, not from cosmetics or anything that tries to cover up the true you.  Because healthy skin and beauty go hand in hand. Indian women are encouraged to care for their complexion from a very young age. Simple, all-natural beauty treatments that emphasize balance and serenity have been passed down by Indian women from generation to generation.  These easy routines for caring for your skin, hands and feet, hair, and eyes all help to balance the doshas and increase vitality, or ojas.

Ayurvedic skin care begins with abhyanga, a therapeutic self-applied oil massage that nourishes the skin,  because looking good depends on feeling good, giving yourself a massage every day may be the best beauty secret we have.  The combination of the gentle motion of the massage and the healing powers of herb-infused oils is optimum for stimulating the dosha energies to carry on their natural function and retain balance, as well as for toning the skin and its underlying muscles and tissue.  If using oils feels strange to you, start practicing abhyanga with a light oil like almond or sunflower, and focus on the soothing effects of the massage.  Abhyanga is traditionally a daily massage for the face and entire body, but if you do not have enough time for the full routine, focus on the head, face, hands and feet for maximum results.

Abhyanga self-massage is traditionally performed with oils prepared from medicinal herbs that balance the doshas.  While these herb-infused oils are readily available from specialty shops and from the resources listed in the book, it is also easy to make your own simple infused oil by combining a base oil with readily available culinary herbs, spices and flowers, many of which you might already have in your own kitchen.

Abhyanga Massage Oil

VATA Abhyanga Oil

1 cup ghee or sesame base oil.  1/4 cup mixed herbs: turmeric-root powder, fresh ginger, lotus root, fresh basil, cloves, and fresh orange peel in any combination.  Essential oils(optional): jasmine, basil, orange, rose

PITTA Abhyanga Oil

1 cup ghee, coconut, or sunflower base oil.  1/4 cup mixed herbs: turmeric-root powder, licorice root, and lemongrass in any combination.  Essential oils(optional): saffron, sandalwood, coriander, lime

KAPHA Abhyanga Oil

1 cup canola or mustard seed oil.  1/4 cup mixed herbs: turmeric-root powder, whole black-pepper corns, fresh ginger, fresh lemon peel, and cloves, in any combination.  Essential oils(optional): patchouli, lemon, eucalyptus,  cardamom

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the oil gently until it is beginning to boil but not smoking.
  2. Stir in the herbs and remove from the heat.
  3. Cover and let the herbs steep in the oil for 1 day or up to 2 days.  Strain the oil through a coffee filter or a double layer of cheesecloth into an airtight container.
  4. Add 5 to 8 drops of single or mixed essential oil, if desired.

Inner Beauty- Discover Natural Beauty and Well-Being with the traditions of Ayurveda




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