Ayurveda, Yoga, and Essential Oils: A Holistic Approach to Health

Are you looking for a more holistic approach to your health?

Have you heard of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic practices?

In today’s guide, we’ll be exploring how adding traditional Ayurvedic practices to your daily routine may help you feel better from the inside out.

As you explore rituals like yoga, meditation, grounding, and using essential oils, you’ll start to radiate health and positivity.

To start, let’s go over a brief introduction to Ayurveda before we get to eight simple practices you can easily work into your daily routine.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a traditional form of medicine that focuses on getting to the root of a health issue instead of simply relieving the symptoms associated with it.

It also prioritizes connecting your mind, body and soul to create inner balance. This helps ensure that your body is running optimally and in perfect harmony.

When your body enters this state, positive side effects are more likely to surface, as you’ll see next.

What are the Health Benefits of an Ayurvedic Lifestyle?

Ayurvedic medicine helps people heal from the inside out, which can lead to:

  • Increased life expectancy
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Better blood pressure and cholesterol management
  • Diabetes prevention

It may also help people control their weight, and it even promotes natural detoxification.

So if indigestion, unpleasant skin issues, or stubborn weight gain are plaguing you, an Ayurvedic approach may be able to provide you with much-needed natural relief.

But what exactly does Ayurvedic medicine look like in the real world?

How to Make Ayurvedic Practices Part Of Your Life

Fortunately, there are several easy ways to do this:

#1: Get Up Before the Sun and Drink This

Staying up too late and not getting enough sleep each night are two ways you may be throwing your body out of sync.

Do this long enough and being too sleepy will be the least of your concerns.

To follow Ayurvedic balancing principles, you should get up before the sun so you can allow your body to adjust to the natural rhythms found in nature.

And once you are up, it’s also a good idea to sit in silence for a few minutes before enjoying a warm cup of water, honey and ginger.

The silence helps your body adjust to being awake while the warm water mixture helps wake up your digestion and kickstart your metabolism.

Splashing your face with cool water each morning can also shift your energy from sleepy to awake.

#2: Remove Harmful Toxins from Your Mouth

Oil pulling and tongue scraping are two natural ways to help rid your body of harmful germs and toxins lurking in your mouth.

The tongue scraping will help strip away any food particles left over from the night before while the oil pulling may help attract toxins between your teeth and gums like a magnet.

These two simple Ayurvedic practices can be done in just a few minutes each morning which means there’s no excuse not to try them.

Same goes for this next tip.

#3: Use Aromatherapy Daily

Essential oils are packed with many of the same medicinal herbs traditionally used in Ayurvedic healing.

When inhaled through an essential oil diffuser and by way of aromatherapy, essential oils may provide the following benefits:

  • Headache relief
  • Emotional relief (i.e., alleviation of anxiety, depression and grief)
  • Improved digestion
  • Relief from dry, irritated, or inflamed skin
  • Congestion and asthma relief
  • Nausea relief

All of this may contribute to a balanced body and mind.

Another Ayurvedic approach here is using essential oils, mixed with a carrier oil this time, to practice self-massage. This is especially nice on your feet after a long day.

Essential Oils for Muscle Pain

Not only is this relaxing for your mind and body, it can also help unlock tension and stored buildup from all over your body.

Include aromatherapy and massage in your daily routine and you may be able to see positive improvements in no time.

The next two practices also have this same mind/body connection.

#4: Practice Yoga and Meditation Regularly

The benefits of yoga and meditation have long been studied and research continues to show that both can help:

  • Significantly improve anxiety and depression
  • Reduce somatic symptoms (i.e., physical symptoms such as fatigue and pain)
  • Slightly lower BMI
  • Improve fitness levels
  • Combat cognitive decline
  • Improve back pain

This research also showed that yoga and meditation have a positive impact on your immune system and central nervous system, which controls both your body and mind.

If you’re interested in learning how to use aromatherapy in your yoga practice, be sure to visit this guide when you’re done here.

#5: Eat Slowly and Mindfully

Be honest: how many times have you rushed through eating a meal?

Whether you’re having a busy day at the office or you woke up too late, you’re doing a disservice to your health eating this way.

Ayurvedic principles suggest eating slowly, chewing your food thoroughly and eating in silence so all of your focus and attention is on one thing.

This simple practice may help you understand when your body is truly full so you don’t unknowingly overeat.

But if you’re too busy catching up on work, watching TV while you eat or wolfing down your food, you may miss these important signals.

And that can throw your whole body out of whack, cause weight gain and may even lead to indigestion. Yikes!

#6: Practice Grounding Your Feet in Nature

How often do you get the chance to walk barefoot outside?

Grounding, also called Earthing, is the traditional Ayurvedic practice of physically connecting your body to the Earth.

Since most of our time in the modern world is spent inside, this practice may hold more health benefits today than it did back then.

Just a few minutes of being outside with your toes in the grass or sand has the potential to help you recharge so you’re:

  • Re-balanced
  • Centered
  • Less tense and stressed
  • More mindful

Just like you would charge your phone or laptop, you can do the same for yourself by recharging your own batteries with grounding.

If you take a barefoot hike in nature you’ll also be adding movement to your day — and that’s our next topic.

#7: Get Moving Every Day

With Ayurvedic teachings, it’s all about balancing different energies throughout your body.

One way most of us unknowingly create stagnant energy is by sitting for too long.

Not only does this hurt your circulation, it can throw off your other energy doshas.

Moving throughout your day can help combat this issue.

So try to get your heart rate up for 20–30 minutes each day. Whether that’s going for a walk, practicing yoga or lifting weights, just make sure you enjoy it so it becomes a habit.

Essential Oils for Yoga

It’s also crucial to take walking breaks throughout your day– especially if your job is sedentary or you’re in and out of a car.

The idea is to keep moving your body so your energy can flow properly instead of becoming stagnant and stale.

This last practice may also help improve your circulation and get your energy flowing in the right direction.

#8: Use a Dry Brush Before You Shower

Dry brushing is just as it sounds: a way to lightly brush your skin while it’s dry to remove dead skin cells and increase circulation.

But making this a daily practice may also lead to:

  • A possible reduction in cellulite
  • Brighter, smoother skin
  • Improved muscle tone
  • Better fat distribution
  • Fewer clogged pores

And all of these perks are possible from just a few minutes of brushing right before you shower or bathe.

Now it’s time for the big question…

Which Ayurvedic Principles Will You Try First?

We hope today’s guide showed you just how easy it is to get started with Ayurvedic practices.

Instead of getting overwhelmed trying to add all eight practices to start, consider picking one or two that will have the most impact first.

Both aromatherapy with essential oils and yoga are two great places to begin. They each have the power to help both your body and mind.

Plus, since you can use aromatherapy to elevate your yoga practice, you’ll be able to cross off two rituals in one.

And if you’re interested in learning more about Ayurveda and the energy doshas within your body, be sure to check out this guide next.

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