A simple daily ritual to boost your mood and enhance your glowing skin
Carving out space in the mornings, even if it's for ten minutes, allows you to deeply listen to what is going on for you in that moment. Deepening the practice of pause and silence in the morning to connect with yourself will ultimately bring light into your day - allowing you to show up for yourself, your family, your community and your work.
As I slowly moved through my morning rituals last week when I was feeling a little heavy, I discovered it was dry body brushing and self-massage (abhyanga) which improved my mood the most. I became immediately uplifted and ready to take on the day without the heavy anchor of this sluggish energy. There is no greater expression of self-care than lovingly anointing ourselves from head to toe with warm oil. Abhyanga can give a deep feeling of stability and warmth.
In addition to feeling good, regular massage and loving touch detoxifies the body's tissues, increase circulation, calms the mind, and enhances immune function.
As we delve deeply into our own daily rituals, we are naturally drawn to practices which enhance our overall wellbeing and joy.
This beautiful age old Ayurvedic ritual - Abhyanga - described as a self massaging practice; enhances the complexion and the glow of the skin. It is match made in heaven for dry body brushing as it tones the muscles and acts as a natural moisturiser.
Abhyanga is the anointing of the body with oil. Often infused with herbs and usually warm, the oil is massaged into the entire body before bathing and is one of the most effective ways of slowing down the skin’s ageing process.
In the tradition of Ayurveda, the three doshas - Vata, Pitta, and Kapha - are derived from the five elements. Also known as mind-body types, the doshas express unique blends of physical, emotional, and mental characteristics.
Everyone is their own unique mixture of all three doshas.
So what is my dosha you ask?
It’s easy to find out your dosha, you can consult your local Ayurvedic practitioner or take a test HERE which literally takes about three minutes to complete.
Here, I share with you a simple guide for a natural oil to suit your dosha, which will in turn benefit your body, mind and environment.
When you smell essential oils, they are carried directly to the area of your brain that influences your emotions, memories, desires and creativity.
Vata Dosha - elemental force of Air and Ether
Overall skin type: You are normal to dry. Practice 4-5 times a week using organic sesame or sweet almond oil.
The cold, dry, quick and irregular nature of Vata is balanced by using sweet, warming and grounding scents.
Essential oils: sweet orange, geranium, ylang ylang, lavender or rose.
Pitta Dosha - elemental force of Fire and Water
Overall skin type: You have combination, sensitive skin. Practice 3-4 times a week using an organic coconut or sunflower oil.
The hot, sharp and intense nature of Pitta is balanced by using cooling, soothing and calming botanicals.
Essential oils : use jasmine, sandalwood, lemon balm, clary sage or chamomile.
Kapha Dosha - elemental force of Water and Earth
Overall skin type: You are normal to oily. Practice 1-2 times a week using an organic safflower, jojoba or grape seed oil.
The cool, heavy and slow nature of Kapha is balanced by using stimulating, warming and cleansing aromatics.
Essential oils: use lavender, bergamot, lemongrass, grapefruit or geranium
Shine on beauties!