The world is gradually waking up to the invincible Indian text that is Ayurveda. Translating into modern language as the ‘science of longevity’, Ayurveda is being relied upon by leading cosmetic companies in the world in their efforts to go natural.
Balance of Ayurveda: Vata, Pitta and Kapha
According to Ayurveda, all the activities of mind and body are governed by three psycho-physiological energies known as Vata, Pitta and Kapha. When these three elements are in perfect balance within us, we enjoy good health. If any of these energies within us is out of balance, disorders result.
Each of these principles is also associated with a season. Winter is the season when Vata becomes off balance within most people. Because the winter months are dryer, rougher and cooler than summer, spring and fall, Vata often manifests itself in hair breakage, chapped lips and dry skin.
Ayurveda has a vast range of treatments. The good thing about natural beauty care is that the treatments and recipes have both an aesthetic role and a medicinal purpose.
Almonds & Ayurveda
If a mango is considered the king of fruits, almonds definitely lead the pack amongst dry fruits. Almonds are some of the oldest and most common nuts in the world. Almond falls into ayurveda treat by either eating them directly, or using the oil extracted from the nut in body pastes and fase masks. Almonds are also very valuable in ayurveda for their ability to balance the mositure levels of the skin, or the Vata.
Skin & Hair
Almonds are good for your heart because they have plety of plant steorls, healthy fats, fiber and Vitamin E. In addition to helping internal heart health, almonds also have the power to remedy a range of skin problems, no matter your age. The nutrients found in almond oil help banish wrinkles, ease acne outbreaks, and create an overall glowing complexion.
In addition to hair, almond oil massages have wonderful benefits for hair problems. The oil and its nutrients combat hair loss and dandruff, and some even believe it helps you retain your hair color longer.
Sweet almond oil is the best massage oil for those with a Vata imbalance. Almond oil helps balance the Vata (what western medicine might call a pH balance in the skin). It does this by seeping down into the different layres of skin and releasing its moisturizing properties. Would-be brides are always recommended to incorporate almonds into their pre-matrimonial beauty regime.
Skin Diseases & Scars: Almond Powder, Milk and Paste
According to Ayurveda texts concerning treatments of skin diseases, almonds are effective in treating diseases like eczema and psoriasis. A few leaves of the wild almond plant powdered with water applied to affected parts helps cure many skin disease symptoms. In addition, almond milk can act as an astringent. Applied to the face after washing, the mild removes excess residue and impurities left behind, leaving your skin glowing and with a better tone.
Creating a paste of five almonds soaked overnight and mixed with a teaspoon of rose water applied on the skin regularly will make your skin appear noticeably younger and even help smoothen out wrinkles. Ayurveda also prescribes using almond powder for scars from cuts and acne as well as deep chicken pox scars. To get rid of scars, powder some almonds and mix them with milk cream, turmeric and sugar to make a paste. Use this paste regularly for at least two months.
Almonds & Bridal Beauty
Many beauty tips on various Indian matrimonial sites suggest tricks with almonds to beautify a bride’s appearance. Since almond treatments are natural and do not leave any side effects, they are very popular for brides everywhere in India, whether they have a traditional Hindu matrimony, or are a part of another religion.
Four of the most common bridal beauty treatments with almonds are:
1. To get rid of blemishes and make the skin softer, mix almond oil with lemon juice and honey. Blend it into a face mask and use it once a week.
2. Mix a couple drops of almond oil with your regular moisturizer to apply all over your body right after a shower. This to keeps flakiness at bay, and eases inflammation and rashes. Almond oil is compatible with all skin types, so you don’t have to worry if you have sensitive skin.
3. Indians are obsessed with the idea of Rapunzel-like long hair. Almond oil is great for hair because it moisturizes without leaving behind a greasy feeling. When the oil sits on the scalp, it smooths the cuticles and follicles, while adding shine to the lower shaft of the hair. To get the Rapunzel-like hair, apply almond oil to make it stronger so it can grow as long as possible without breakage.
4. To deal with chronic back acne and pimples, take 5 or 6 unpeeled almonds and soak them in water. Once they are soaked through, pound them into a paste with marigold petals. Work the paste into the skin of your back and let it sit for at least 5 minutes. Rinse the paste off with water. For best results, repeat two times a week for three months.