Ayurveda, the ancient art of healing

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I first travelled to India in 1995. Things were very different back then.

My next trip was in 1999 for an entire year. This is where I met my mate Dipika from Amrita Ayurveda, and we were pretty much inseparable from the day we met.

Back then I was trying to understand the universe and Dipika was possibly doing the same.   She was finalising her studies as a Naturopath and I was fascinated in all things natural and healthy. There are two subjects that have fascinated me my whole life, health and the human body and creative arts, (this is where makeup fits in.)

In the past as soon as I would enter a humid climate my skin would ooze oil and my face would become covered in pimples. Not a pretty site.

As much as I loved the tropics and hot climates I would look really nasty.  I loved winter for this reason.

This all changed with Ayurveda.

Dipika and I went to visit Master pulse reader, Vaidya Pankaj Naram in Mumbai in early 1999. Everyone was talking about his ability to read your pulse and within seconds assess your state of health and wellbeing both emotionally and physically. He would give insight into your personality, current and past health challenges and even tap into your misspent youth. Nothing was a secret.

We travelled about 50km by rickshaw and train to get there, so in those days that took about 3 hours. I remember many trips coming home late at night in the darkness on very unpredictable roads through the county side.

Excited by the experience ahead of us we sat in on each others consultations. I vividly recall him reading Dipikas pulse and saying “You have a very rare pulse as a healer” I don’t remember anything else because all I could think about was that I wanted him to say the same to me.

See you can’t listen and think at the same time.

He took my pulse and said to me…. “You are extremely creative” All I could think was, yeah right, what do I do that’s creative? I’d temporarily suspended my love of singing dancing, makeup and creativity so it seemed completely irrelevant to me at the time.

I can tell you without a word of a lie my body temperature dropped within days of starting the Ayushakti Ayurved protocol.  Before then I was hot, bothered and greasy and after a few days the sweat still ran down my back and legs but it was different. It was extraordinary really. My core temperature dropped and over a period of time my skin improved and I have never looked back.

To read more about Ayushakti Ayurved click here

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My greatest home remedy for breakouts

Ok so I was going to say I don’t share this with just anyone but really I’llimages-3 share it with anyone who will listen.

This is one of  the greatest home remedies I have come across for irritated skin or break outs.

If you are someone who is vaguely open to trying something a little different you won’t regret it.

A word of caution however, don’t wear white or anything you particularly care about when doing this. I usually do it in the shower so I avoid this problem.

Remedy for facial redness or pimples

Ingredients:

  • Turmeric (yes the bright yellow stuff you add to curry)
  • Water

Complicated hey?

You can use milk instead of water but I prefer the abrasiveness you get with just water.

Directions:

  • When standing in the shower take about a teaspoon of turmeric in the palm of one hand.
  • Wet the other hand and drip a few drops of water into the turmeric.
  • Mix it together and add water until you get a thick paste. You don’t want it to be watery.
  • Then just massage it over your face for a minute or so. When you’ve had enough rinse it off.

Don’t’ forget the next step ……I repeat… Don’t forget the next step!

  • Take a good cleanser and wash your face thoroughly to remove the yellow.

In the morning your face will have healed significantly, without fail. It’s my fail proof remedy for crazy breakout acne skin.
Western medicine has recently discovered the 2000 year old, well know facts about turmeric. You can’t get too much of this stuff into you.

If you’re not into organic food but you choose to eat something for its medicinal value then at least be sure those items are organic.  If not you may miss out on the very benefits you are looking for due to chemical processing and fillers added.

Again for redness, pimples, swelling and aches or any inflammatory reaction try taking 1 tsp of turmeric mixed into a cup of water morning and night. This stuff is amazing. It calms down the body, it reduces inflammation and swelling, it is an antiseptic and antibiotic.  Try it for a week and see if you feel any benefit and let me know how you go. I really love to hear back from you.  There are so many remedies for common challenges in our own kitchen

Turmeric

 

 

Beauty from the inside

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If you’ve ever wanted to know how to look 10 years younger without the facelift then listen up.

It all starts from the inside.

I’m here to tell you, there’s no quick fix for long lasting beauty.  Sure there’s some tricks but if you want to look good when you roll over for your morning kiss ya gotta go a little deeper.

Now I’ve done this a few times so if you’re going to try and tell me its ridiculous and you can’t do it, well (you may be right) but it can be done.

So you don’t start gently you just start. You give yourself a week. Everytime that little voice appears that tries to tell you you want an ice-cream or coffee you stop for a moment and ask, “Hang on who is that talking because I’ve already decided I’m gonna do this thing”  and tell that voice to bugger off.

 

Mung Bean Soup by Ayushakti Ayurved

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

* 1 cup whole mung beans
* 1 1/2 tablespoon organic coconut oil or organic ghee (Indian clarified butter)
* 1 tsp coriander seeds
* 1/2 tsp black pepper
* 2-3 Bay leaves
* 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
* 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
* 6 cups water
* 1/2 cup fresh coriander
* 1/8 tsp each of fennel see, hing, cinnamon, cardamon
* 1 teaspoon turmeric
* 1 can of organic unsweetened whole coconut milk- optional
* 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste

Directions:

1. Soak mung beans in water overnight.

2. Rinse and cook in fresh water for about 40 minutes or until soft. Set aside

3. Warm coconut oil or ghee in a large pot. Add all the spices until fragrant.  Add garlic and ginger and saute until soft.

4. Add the mung beans to the spices. Stir well to combine all the ingredients and cook for a further 5 minutes.

5. Add optional coconut milk and stir well to combine and heat through. Add salt, taste, and adjust seasonings before serving.

The first 5 days it’s mung been soup ONLY, no rice or veg.

The next 2 days you can add some vegies, no potato, stick to zucchini and pumpkin. The last 3 days you can add in a small amount of rice.

This serves to build your digestion again slowly.

Now think about this for a moment. If your body eliminates some waste or toxins, those cells are then very receptive to both nutrition and other nasties. The last thing you want to do at the end of a mini detox is eat crap because your body will soak it right up.

To take it up a notch you can cut our your cups of tea and introduce hot ginger tea.  This can be sipped all day long or 30 mins before eating to activate digestion and again 30 minutes after eating so you’re not diluting your digestive juices.

I hate to be really crude but if you don’t go to the toilet every day what exactly do you think is happening to food in your digestive tract at those temperatures? That stuff needs to get out. Every day!
So how does this affect how you look? You’re processes of elimination are enhanced and accelerated. Our skin, eyes, tongue and energy shows the result of this.

If you enjoy this recipe and would like some more resources try out these sites www.amritaayurveda.com.au

Get on it. Lets do it. Let me know how you go.

Skin detox

Beauty-treatments-in-45-minutes-or-lessFunny thing happens to me when I’m unhealthy…..  my skin clears up.

I either have to be super clean or considerably unhealthy for good skin.

Just moderately healthy doesn’t work for me.

The first works because there’s nothing for the skin to eliminate so it is glowing and beautiful and the latter because
the body is trying to survive the toxic invasion. It doesn’t have the time to purify through the skin. It has to focus
on the big jobs like liver rejuvenation and brain cell recovery.

It’s not rocket science girls.

Want glowing clear skin and don’t want to have to depend on finding the unhealthy balance?  Then try this routine.

My tried and trusted, quick but not so easy solution for perfect skin.  Ideal when you only have days before a significant event.

  • No sugar (or sugary things – including substitutes like honey, maple syrup, you know it)
  • No dairy (at all – this is the secret)
  • No wheat (rye, spelt and all alternatives fine)

Within 3 days you will see an improvement and if you can stick at it for 10 days your digestion, organs and skin will love you for it.

So how did a beauty blog turn into a health blog?

Unless you have naturally beautiful skin then unfortunately the best makeup will only look as good as your skin texture underneath.

The best products look the best on beautiful skin and as much as a great product can help… beauty really does come from the inside.