The word Ayurveda can be broken down into two root words, one being Ayus which means “life cycle” and Veda which means “knowledge”. Looking at just these two root words and their definitions alone, you may be able to form an idea of what Ayurveda is potentially about – maybe it is some sort of education on life, perhaps a knowledge of life?
If that is what you have guessed, then you are on the right track! Ayurveda is a traditional healthcare and medicinal system (some may even call it a science) that provides information on various aspects of the human life; some aspects may reflect on human spirituality, physicality, and the mind. This healthcare system was founded in India and has been so influential and important that it has successfully remained intact in India for thousands of years. In fact, Ayurveda is still used today in India along with many other countries across the world.
As you may have already guessed, Ayurveda – an ancient healthcare system – cannot be summed up in just a few passages. Nevertheless, as a brief introduction to Ayurveda, we will look at two important principles. The first principle focuses on the mind-body connection. Essentially, each part of your body correlates to another part and they are not seen as separate functioning entities, especially your mind and body; everything is connected, it is a holistic take on the human body. In Ayurvedic medicine it is important to recognize that each body part can impact another aspect of the body, either in a positive or negative way. For instance, what you put on your skin can impact another part of your body.
The second principle claims that each human body is unique and is composed of various types of elements. In fact, in Ayurveda it is understood that humans are made up of space, fire, air, water, and earth. However, each individual is born with specific levels of each element. Nevertheless, as we grow older – due to various factors – these levels can be altered and we may find ourselves to be imbalanced. In Ayurveda, it is important to recognize and remove the toxic factors out of your lifestyle and bring your body back to its original state of balance. If a balance exists, then you can potentially prevent future illnesses and remain healthy.
There are multitude of things you can do to achieve this balance throughout your life. You can integrate things or change various aspects of your current lifestyle to better your health. Of course, as we have just learned, the path to balance and optimal health will differ from person to person; an individualized treatment will require further research and professional help. However, if you are just curious and want to try a few Ayurvedic methods at home, there are some universal practices that can be used by all! These universal practices can easily be integrated in your lifestyle and can help you keep your whole body healthy (mind and all). First and foremost, you can begin your path to balance by maintaining a healthy and organic diet. Some Ayurvedic diets suggest consuming spices (such as turmeric, ginger, cinnamon), beans/legumes, roots, seasonal vegetables and fruits, water, teas, and nuts. Essentially, you should try to integrate a diet that is colourful and organic.
Another way to promote balance and health in your body can be through your skin. For instance, in Ayurveda, body massages are deemed to be very beneficial! It is suggested that body massages can decrease the signs of aging, nourish/soften the body, bring relief, increase circulation, and more. You can conduct a body massage on a daily basis and you can do the massage all by yourself. Take out some time in your day and rub something moisturizing on your limbs. For the massage, you can use an oil, lotion, or you can even use Maple Organics Skin Therapy Balm. Our Balm can be a good fit for a massage for many reasons. It feels good on your skin and it has a smell that is very soothing. Moreover, the Skin Therapy Balm contains many great ingredients, such as Neem (which can promote healthy skin, assist your immune system, and wound healing) and Kokum (can help regenerate skin cells, restore elasticity, aids in cell oxygenation, and more).
Hair/scalp massage is another beneficial and universal Ayurvedic practice. A scalp massage can be relaxing and therapeutic, but it can also help with circulation, brain functioning, relieving stiffness, headaches, and is good for your scalp/hair. Overall, this practice can leave you feeling rejuvenated, beautiful, and refreshed. You can also use Maple Organics Rejuvenating Hair Oil for this massage! Just pour a bit of oil on to your hands and massage your scalp from the sides to the top of your head.
Lastly, regular exercise is seen as another vital aspect and should be integrated into your lifestyle as well. For instance, meditation, yoga, or even simple breathing exercises can help refresh your mind and body. Essentially, these activities can help bring some harmony to your body and reduce stress. Also remember to rest properly as well, sleeping is an important factor towards your balance; having a good night of sleep can help keep you strong and well!