We often explore ways to boost health and find wellness practices to integrate into our daily routines. One such healing philosophy is Ayurvedic medicine, used by millions in India and around the world. The term “Ayurveda” is a blend of words which mean “knowledge of a long life” or “the Science of Life“, and experts teach healthy living along with therapeutic measures that relate to physical, mental, social and spiritual harmony. Reenita Malhotra Hora is a master of the subject and is also a wonderful author here on Feelgood Style! Ayurveda is increasingly gaining popularity in the west, with ayurvedic based spa treatments, especially with the healing arts and roots lovingly intertwined with yoga exercise. Actually, very recently I was reading that “Ayurvedic Yoga” is applying Ayurveda to the practice of Yoga which emphasizes the healing aspects of Yoga. Curious about the subject? Well I am, so here is a little interview we recently did on the topic of healing with Ayurveda:
- Vata (comprised of air/space) – highly energetic, quick thinking, creative individuals who are physically lighter and fleet of foot.
- Pitta (comprised of fire/water) – intense, passionate and highly intelligent individuals of a medium structure and athletic build.
- Kapha (comprised of water/earth) – calm, grounded, ‘long term oriented’ individuals with a dense bone structure and more solid physique.
2. For this season what are a few simple Ayurvedic treatments for heat stoke or sunburn this summer?
Aloe Vera, Aloe Vera, Aloe vera! Eat it or drink it to quell internal inflammation and apply it on your burns for almost instant relief. Another wonderful ‘skin coolant’ is a mixture of crushed cucumber with half a teaspoon of turmeric added to it. This makes a wonderful body scrub that cools inflammation in the skin. And if you are very hot from inside then, nutritionally, go for bitter green vegetables. Kale, collard, seaweed, watercress…the more bitter, the better!