Take care of YOU this Woman's Day
By Rippan Sandhu
Wednesday 8 March is International Women's Day. It’s a day which celebrates the achievements of women: social, economic, cultural and political. We’d add good health to this list because that underpins your ability to reach everything else.
We are renowned for taking care of others and often forgetting to take care of ourselves in the process. Just like the safety message in the aeroplane where you are advised to put your oxygen mask on before assisting others, you need to prioritise your health and wellbeing. Ultimately, putting yourself first is the selfless thing to do.
So let’s take March, Women’s Month, as your launch-pad to focus on rejuvenating your body and soul. We’ve shared 3 tips below to help you do just that.
“Women’s health is most closely connected to the cycles of nature.” Dr John Douillard, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.
You can easily apply the power of Ayurveda to help you feel good and live better. Ayurveda has been supporting women’s health for thousands of years and is there to help you too. Healing happens when you work on your inner and outer beauty. Your healing can start today here.
Ayurvedic herbs and oils
Shatavari, a type of asparagus, is often called the magic herb. This reproductive tonic benefits all stages of womanhood,
from menarche through to menopause: menstruation, ovulation, fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, and menopause.
Use Shatavari to build your vitality and immunity, as well as nourishing and calming your nerves.
Indian Winter Green, Gandapura, is an aromatic shrub native to India. The oil from the shrub has been used for thousands of years in the treatment of chronic rheumatism and joint aches. If you suffer rheumatic problems this important Ayurvedic remedy has anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. Massaging the oil on your lower abdomen can also aid digestion and relieve menstrual and menopausal problems.
The word camphor, Kapoor, probably brings to mind mothballs. Kapoor is a naturally sourced perfumed substance from camphor laurel. It’s official term, cinnamonum camphora, makes it sound more attractive! It has a long list of health benefits including digestive, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, decongestant, and even aphrodisiac. Its beauty benefits are also numerous helping with itching, burn scars, acne, cracked heels, as well as encouraging hair growth and treating hair loss.
To help you sleep, drink a glass of milk with a pinch of edible camphor before going to bed.
Many Ayurveda beauty treatment therapies use Kapoor, and it is one of the ingredients in our enriching Hydrating Face Pack. For a revitalising home made astringent, you can mix a tablespoon with 1 cup of rose water and half a cup of witch-hazel.
Staying active and energised
• It’s the end of a busy day and all you can think about is getting home, flopping on the couch with a bowl of salty chips on your lap. Right? Wrong! Why not energise your body and mind by trying one of these three suggestions instead.
• Take a leisurely walk around the block focusing on your breathing through your nose as you go. This drives more prana (life force) into the body. Sit quietly and drink a restorative cup of herbal tea. Don’t be tempted to read or look at any electronic devices while you drink your tea. Just sit calmly and drink your tea mindfully.
• Indulge in a self-massage as this will help improve the energy flow throughout the body.