Monday, February 18, 2013

My favorite ayurvedic beauty secret

Who doesn't want to look young and vibrant........? 

The earliest signs of aging are typically in your skin. One of the easiest ways to shed 10 years from your appearance is by improving the quality of your skin. Ayurveda offers some of the most powerful tools for creating radiant skin and reversing the common signs of aging.

Ayurveda is the traditional medical system of India and the oldest surviving healing system in the world “Ayu” means life and “veda” means knowledge, so ayurveda is the science of life.: 

I want to share four of my favorite ayurvedic beauty secrets that I employ on a regular basis. They are simple, effective and inexpensive.

A sandalwood face mask will give your face an instant lift, the natural way. Sandalwood detoxifies the skin by removing impurities directly as it dries on the skin. It also removes toxins by increasing circulation in the skin, leaving it glowing and feeling tighter. Sandalwood also has an alluring fragrance.

To make your own sandalwood face mask
use about 5 teaspoons of sandalwood powder and slowly mix in water until you have a thick paste. If you have a tendency toward acne or rashes, add 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder. If you tend to have dry skin, you can add some castor or almond oil to the paste. You can apply the mask for 1 hour on a weekly basis for regular skin care, or leave it on overnight every few months for a deep skin cleaning.

This daily oil massage provides several benefits by reducing stress and removing the accumulation of toxins (digestive and environmental) from your skin. The accumulation of toxins causes premature aging. Doing this simple massage on a daily basis or a few times a week will markedly improve the texture and elasticity of your skin. 

For the majority of people  the best oil to use is organic,  sesame oil. But if you tend to produce a lot of body heat, get rashes easily or are susceptible to inflammatory conditions, then organic coconut oil is a better choice.

The massage can take anywhere between 5 minutes and 30 minutes depending on the time you have available.

 Place a quarter-cup of oil in a small plastic bottle. Heat up the oil by running it under hot water in the sink.

 Once the oil is warm, begin massaging your scalp and face.

 Afterwards, move to the arms – use long strokes on your long bones and circular strokes over your joints.

 Massage the chest and abdomen. Use clockwise, circular motions over the abdomen and heart.

 Next, reach around and rub oil up and down your back. 

Then, massage your hips and legs using the same long strokes on your long bones and circular strokes over your joints. Finally, massage your feet. Your feet and scalp are the two most important areas to massage to help reduce stress, so spend a little extra time on both of these areas.

Nasya is the administration of oil through the nostril. Nasya removes the toxins from the head resulting in more clarity of the mind, reduced stress, and prevention of wrinkles in the face. It is regularly used in ayurveda to treat stress, headaches, anxiety, sleep disorders, sinusitis, colds, allergies and depression. It has gained popularity in America for its wrinkle-fighting abilities.

The two most common oils used for nasya are sesame oil and ghee (clarified butter). Apply a small amount in the nostrils and then breathe in while intermittently pinching the nose so that the oil goes up into the nasal passages. The ideal times for doing nasya are first thing in the morning and a few hours before bedtime.

Youthful Skin 
 Premature aging of the skin can be caused by the accumulation of toxins in the body, which ultimately deposit in the skin. This is a result of undigested food that accumulates in the stomach overnight due to poor digestion or excessive stress. The key to maintaining a youthful complexion is  this is a result of undigested food that accumulates in the stomach overnight due to poor digestion or excessive stress.the key to maintaining a youthful complexion and to improve digestive  system.

The recipe is below
Boil 4-5 cups of water in the morning. Add the following ingredients to the water and continue to let it boil for about 5 minutes longer with the lid on.

·         ½ teaspoon of whole cumin seeds
·         ½ teaspoon of whole coriander seeds
·         ½ teaspoon of whole fennel seeds

Strain out the seeds and pour the tea into a thermos. Drink small sips of the tea throughout the day. If the tea is too strong, reduce the amount of seeds to a quarter teaspoon for two weeks and then increase it back to a half teaspoon.

Follow these four ayurvedic beauty secrets for at least three months and you will see signs of younger, radiant skin.

Please remember - Food  acts like medicine which helps you to keep your body young, healthy and fit.


  1. Sunita Wagle Wow! Usha Nayak Great Article..Nandinii S Nair congrats on becoming a model!! looking fresh and beautiful!

  2. Nandinii S Nair i m a regular model fr payment is in compliments & becoming a better person,each day.

    Nandinii S Nair my personal note................regular exercise is a must,atleast 5 days a week.& TOGA ia the best,fr all ages.a proper diet,adequate amt of sleep & regular skin need fr expensive beauty treatments at branded parlours & abv all,nothing like a warm,sincere SMILE 2 brighten up yr face