The unique combination of Ayurveda and Aromatherapy :
Ayurveda is the oldest surviving holistic medicine system in the world. Derived from its ancient Sanskrit roots – ‘ayus’ (life) and ‘ved’ (knowledge), it literally means “the knowledge or science of life” and offers a rich, comprehensive outlook to a healthy life. Its origins go back nearly 5000 years to when it was expounded and practiced by the same spiritual rishis, who laid the foundations of the Vedic civilisation in India, by organising the fundamentals of life into proper systems.
The main source of knowledge in this field are the Vedas, the divine books of knowledge, and more specifically the fourth of the series, namely Atharvaveda that dates back to around 1000 BC. Of the few other treatises on Ayurveda that have survived from around the same time are the Charaka Samhita and the Sushruta Samhita which concentrate on internal medicine and surgery respectively. The Astanga Hridayam is a more concise compilation of earlier texts that was created about a thousand years ago.
Health promotion, beauty management and healing in ayurveda rely on freeing the body of toxins, restoring cellular nutrition, facilitating complete elimination and re-establishing the balance of the ‘doshas’ (Life forces). Diet and lifestyle are two things that help achieve good health and beauty. As Ayurveda relates to every aspect of the mind, body and the soul, it considers beauty as an intimate part of the human personality.
The rejuvenation therapy in ayurveda teaches ways to become naturally beautiful, which is not just limited to the physical body but extends to the mental and spiritual conditioning of the person. Happiness, sadness and relaxation are the aspects that are reflected by the face and by the body and can’t be disguised with cosmetics and have to be tackled if one has to achieve lasting beauty.
Ayurvedic medicine is widely practiced in India, where nearly 80 percent of the population uses it exclusively or combined with conventional (Western) medicine. It is also practiced in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Pakistan.
According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, which included a comprehensive survey of CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) use by Americans, more than 200,000 U.S. adults had used Ayurvedic medicine in the previous year.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using naturally extracted essences of aromatic plants to promote the health and well being of your body, mind and emotions. These essences called Essential Oils contains the vital life force of fragrant plants.
Aromatherapy oils come from different parts of the plant like the root, leaf, flower or fruit. From their chemical analysis, we know that these oils have a lot of organic compounds which unite in a delicate, complex balance to produce a wide range of olfactory and therapeutic qualities. Eucalyptus oil, for example, has about 250 compounds and the Australian Tea tree oil has about 40.
Aromatherapy oils can be used in different ways. In Skin and beauty care products, they are generally mixed with therapeutic Carrier Oils for massage. These Aromatherapy combinations basically have 2 modes of action :
- act by penetrating into the skin tissue and stimulate blood circulation to the face skin cells, encourage cell regeneration, fight infections, remove toxins and calm irritated or inflamed skin. Some oils can relieve muscle tension and soothe sore muscles. Some other oils have specific effects like astringent effect, reduce scar marks or skin discoloration.
- act on the sense of smell which is directly connected to deeper centres of the brain which control mood, emotions, mental strength, memory and stress response. An example of how this could affect facial beauty is the relaxing effect of some oils on facial muscles which helps to reduce lines on the face.
Aromatherapy oils are potent and hence care has to be taken that the right blends of right quality oils are used in the right proportions. Aromatherapy works with your body in a very natural, holistic way. By gently activating your body’s own healing energies, aromatherapy helps to restore the balance to your body, mind and spirit. It complements Ayurvedic therapies very well.