Okay, so we don’t mean nude. We simply mean bare, as in back to basics. You know: natural, homeopathic, traditional and alternative.
If you’re trying to live a “cleaner” lifestyle, these words may be a large part of your vocabulary. And, if you’re new to the idea of making a change to a healthier, simpler outlook, it’s easy to get started. Small, simple changes can have a really big impact.
Two popular avenues for exploring a more traditional path to health and wellness are Ayurveda and Aromatherapy.** These practices each have a long history of tradition dating back centuries and seek to help you find balance. Ayurveda (pronounced ah-yer-vey-duh) is an ancient holistic approach to self-care. The word origin traces back to Sanskrit where it is broken down into 2 basic words – (ayur) life and (veda) knowledge. Can’t get much more basic than that.
Let’s talk about herbology (don’t let the “ology” part scare you, the science is simple). Ayurvedic practitioners take a “whole body” approach that promotes a balance between the various organs and systems of the body through the use of foods and natural herbs.** Simple, right?
Ayurvedic practice may include sipping specially formulated teas, adding certain spices to foods, or enjoying tinctures or salves made with natural ingredients in an effort to help you find balance in your life through maintaining health and happiness.**
Licorice Root is an important tonic herb in Ayurvedic practice.** This aromatic, sweet root herb is frequently used as a flavoring, a tea, or a tonic, and it is frequently mixed with other herbs (sometimes, simply to cover up a bad taste).**
The use of turmeric is also very prevalent in Ayurveda. Turmeric is a spice that can be a little bit on the bitter side. It is also astringent and pungent, with the ability to add a bit of heat to your recipe. In Ayurveda, the heating quality of turmeric is believed to help balance well-being.**
Sweet, spicy Ginger is very popular and widely used in Ayurveda. Besides being a delightful culinary ingredient, Ginger Root, which contains gingerols and zingiberene also supports a healthy digestive system.** The art of Ayurveda employs several different methods to enjoy this warm, delicious spice. Ginger tea is easy to brew and quite enjoyable before or after a meal. This makes sense since Ginger Root is utilized for occasional stomach upset. You could also nimble slivers of dried ginger or you could use raw ginger to flavor your vegetables or grains while they cook and strain out the ginger before serving. Did you know that Ginger also supports comfortable joint movement?**
Now let’s talk about Aromatherapy. If you’ve ever inhaled a familiar aroma and suddenly found yourself daydreaming about a happy memory, you’ve already got a basic understanding of aromatherapy. Scents have the ability to elicit strong emotions. The ancient art of Aromatherapy utilizes highly concentrated oil extracts to bring about different moods and reactions – calming, soothing, invigorating or even energizing.
Because many air fresheners contain undesirable chemicals to create and disperse scents, you may want to opt for a more natural aromatherapy option. We love diffusing a scent for an entrancing experience.
As if ginger wasn’t already amazing enough, this remarkable root is considered to have rejuvenating qualities. Ginger root essential oil is said to bring about a grounding effect with its sweet, warm and spicy essence.
In the mood for something that stimulates your senses and brings about a feeling of balance? You may like the sharp citrus scents of grapefruit, lemon or lime. These types of essential oils stimulate, warm and cleanse and are thought to bring balance to those who feel sluggish.
And, if you’re looking for a whole mind-body experience with aromatherapy, you can always add a few drops of essential oil to your bath or opt for an aromatherapy massage with a mixture of essential and carrier oils.