Ayurveda is a word I've seen mentioned a LOT recently, especially in relation to natural skincare and makeup. But what is it, and what does it mean? Eve from Eve Organics is here to share her knowledge, and give you three easy ways to incorporate Ayurveda into your life!

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‘Ayurveda’ literally means ‘science of life’, and it’s been the guiding philosophy on health & wellness in India for thousands of years. Ayurveda posits that there are three ‘doshas’ – vata, pitta and kapha, and we are all a unique combination of all three (usually with one predominant). Our unique combination of the three doshas is our mental & emotional blueprint, called our ‘prakriti’, which literally translates to ‘essential nature’.

The basic principle of Ayurveda is that the body and mind are intricately connected in ways that directly affect our health, and the balance of our doshas. This is, of course, not a novel idea – we now know thanks to science that our emotional states can influence our physical state, and vice versa – one of the major examples of which is meditation. But meditation is just one of many ways that Ayurveda can help you to restore mental and physical equilibrium. Here are a few easy ways to incorporate ayurvedic principles into everyday life:

Eat more colourfully

Ayurveda is essentially about balance. Ayurvedic practitioners divide food into 6 ‘tastes’ – sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent; and the aim is to include all 6 tastes at each meal. An easy way to do this is to introduce more variety into your meals – cook with more anti-inflammatory spices (think cumin, turmeric, ginger), try new herbs, and aim to make your meal ingredients colourful. Colour is literally an indicator of the nutrients and antioxidants our food contains – so ensuring that you eat the colours of the rainbow is a sure-fire way to make sure you’re getting not just a variety of tastes and flavours, but all the vitamins and minerals you need for good health. (Note that we’re talking about real colour here – like red tomatoes, green peppers and yellow squash – not artificial colours!).

Incorporate touch into your self-care routine
It really is incredible what skin-to-skin contact can do for our health – and it doesn’t have to involve another person! The simple act of massaging a body oil into your legs, or applying a nourishing treatment to the roots of your hair can lower stress hormones, slow breathing and re-connect you with your body in a powerful way. Massage is an essential part of Ayurveda, and it’s extremely good for us – it increases the circulatory and lymphatic systems, helps the body to detoxify, and soothes the senses. If you don’t know where to start, just do something small – like massaging some lotion into your hands or feet before bed. Try Mokosh’s Sesame & Frankincense Body Oil, or Captain Blankenship’s Peppermint & Avocado Foot Balm.

Take a walk

I guarantee that if you take a walk (with the dog, with a friend, or by yourself on your lunch-break) every day for a week or two, you literally won’t be able to stop. Walking is so good for you for so many reasons – it’s such an underrated form of exercise. According to ayurvedic practitioners, walking is a ‘tridoshic’ activity – that is, it balances out the three doshas and clears the mind, without putting excessive strain on the body.

Do you have any Ayurvedic principles you follow in your daily routine? Comment below – I’d love to hear them! And if you're interested in reading more about ayurveda and how to determine your own prakriti, check out Deepak Chopra's work.

Kelsey xx
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