Ayurveda Beauty Therapy
A few therapies from the compendia of Ayurveda for enhancing beauty and skin
Aromatherapy categories different oils for different benefits. The oils of jasmine, chamomile, rose etc are with cooling properties. Pine, clove, thyme etc have warming properties. Cypress, lemon etc are good for drying effect. Rose, geranium etc are good for skin lubrication. There are some oils with neutral effects. These are good for normal skin.
Like herbs essential oils can also be used for correcting the imbalances caused by the three doshas. Though the essential oils are not orally taken, many of them are derived from edible herbs such as cardamom, coriander, ginger, basil, marjoram etc. While the herbs have invaluable edible and medicinal properties ranging from flavour to health, the oils derived from them have cosmetic and medicinal properties.
Essential oils are put into various uses.
Aromatherapy ensures healing and preventing and helps blood circulation and toxin discardation from the body.
Take a plastic bucketful warm water (do not use metal bucket as the quality of the oil will diminish when contacted with metals) and drip 8-10 drops of suitable oil in it. Close the door and soak-wash the body for 15 to 20 minutes. Clean the bucket well after the bath in a way no particles of oils are remained in it. In case of sensitive skins (fair or dry skin) dilute the essential oil in base oil before mixing in the warm water.
In a bucketful of warm water (rosemary or peppermint in most cases) put the legs knee-deep for 15 minutes. Thereafter dry them by patting and wrap with a warm towel for 10 minutes. This is good for arthritis, insomnia, impaired circulation, muscular disorders etc.
Add 8-10 drops of oil in steaming water in a glass container or plastic container and cover the head with a blanket or thick cloth and inhale the steam. Or drip 8-10 drops on a handkerchief or small towel, hold it close to the nose and exhale deeply. Inhalation is good for insomnia, sorethroat, cough, cold and headache. The inhalation may cause precipitation in some asthmatic patients. Such patients should not avail inhalation.
Soak cotton towel in 200 ml warm water added with 10-12 drops of essential oil and squeeze out the water and wrap on the affected portion. Thereafter wrap it with plastic sheet or pre-warmed towel. Let it remain for 15-20 minutes. This type of application is beneficial to headache, menstrual cramps, sprains, bruises etc.
General Recipes for Beauty Treatment
Choose the oil congenial to the type of skin. There are four types of skin – dry skin, oily skin, combination skin and normal skin.
Dry Skin: Tends to chap and is scaly in winter. Wrinkles set in faster and ages easily.
Oily Skin: Oil marks are detectable if a tissue paper is dabbed on the skin in warm conditions. This skin is acne-prone.
Combination Skin: The areas around eyebrows, nose and chin are oily. Rest of the facial skin is normal to dry.
Normal Skin: Not oily and not dry. Does not wrinkle easily and is proneless to acne. No crowfeet, no laughter lines, no frown lines.
Dirt and grime are ought to have settled in the skin. They should be removed safely without causing any harm to the protective acid mantle present on the skin. If non-scented cleansing milk available in beauty stores is used naturally no harm will be there to the acid mantle. Or make a paste of ground almonds, aloe veria gel, cider vinegar, mineral water and 6 drops of lavender oil. Apply it up and down direction and wipe out with wet and sterile cotton wool and scrub thereafter. For dry skin frequent scrubbing may cause ageing of the skin. Take care.
Toner or astringents help remove leftover, if any, of cleanser and scrubber. The astringents have alcohol content which tempts excessive drying. This may cause darkening of the skin. To avoid such eventuality use the following, instead of astringents:
10 ml rose water mixed with one drop of rose oil and one drop of chamomile. This is for normal to dry skin. 10 ml organge flower water mixed with one drop of neroli and one drop of orange oil. This is for normal to oily skin.
Steam helps open the pores of the skin to discard the toxins from the body. Steam also helps stimulate the sebaceous gland and the skin for retaining its suppleness. Ensure steam is not directed towards eyes, genitals and cardiac region. As a precaution, place slices of cucumber on the eyes or cover the eyes with cotton wool soaked in milk or rose water.
Moisturizer is made of essential oils mixed with the base oils. This mixture is then massaged on the skin. Generally more than 4 essential oils are not mixed with base oil. 5 to 6 drops of essential oil mixed with 10 ml base oil are advised for facial massage. Moisturizer is used to make the skin supple and prevent ageing.
Lavender, jasmine, rose, neroli, lemon, frankincence etc are the essential oil generally used to mix with base oil. Sesame, apricot kernel, jojoba, almond etc are the base oils used. This is for normal skin
Geranium, sandal, rose, chamomile, patchouli, juniper berry, hyssop etc are the essential oils, while jojoba, olive, almond, avocado, wheat germ etc are the base oils. This is for dry skin.
Cypress, orange, lemon, chamomile, ylang ylang, marjoram, lavender etc are the essential oils. Almond, carrot, borage seed, hazelnut, aloe vera gel etc are the base oils. This is for oily skin.
Facial mask follows moisturizing.
Normal Skin: Mixture of multani mitti (fultzer), yolk of one egg, one teaspoon water, one drop of sandal, one drop of rose and two drops of geranium.
Dry Skin: Mixture of one egg yolk, one primrose capsule, one teaspoon of almond, one drop of rose, one drop of calamine, 2 drops each of carrat and sandal.
Oily Skin: Mixture of multani mitti, orange peel powder, one drop of rosemary, one drop of lavender, some yeast and little water.
Facial therapy should be followed regularly.