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Ayurveda-What Does This All Mean And What Are The Benefits?

If you are wanting to learn more about ayurveda and the benefits of using these herbs in your formulations, then read on. If you are like me, you want to learn more about why some skincare companies are using these ingredients and what can this mean for you skin or hair products.

I want to start with where or when this began, so let's explore together.

Ayurveda is a traditional system of medicine that originated in India over 5,000 years ago. The term "Ayurveda" is derived from the Sanskrit words "ayus," meaning life, and "veda," meaning knowledge or science. Ayurveda is considered to be the oldest system of medicine in the world and focuses on promoting good health and preventing and treating illness through a holistic approach that integrates the body, mind, and spirit.

In Ayurveda, each person is seen as a unique individual, with their own unique constitution and balance of energies, known as doshas. The three doshas are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, and each person has a unique combination of these energies that determines their physical, mental, and emotional characteristics.

Ayurveda uses a variety of treatments and therapies, including herbal medicines, massage, dietary changes, yoga, meditation, and lifestyle modifications, to restore balance and promote good health. Ayurvedic practitioners aim to treat the root cause of illness, rather than just the symptoms, and focus on promoting overall well-being and vitality.

We now know where it started and how this can be incorporated into our lives but it still leaves the question about formulating these (or some because there are many to choose from) into our skincare and hair care products. Let's find out more...

Here are some of the benefits I found when using ayurveda ingredients:

  1. Natural and Safe: Ayurveda herbs are natural, safe, and free from harmful chemicals. They are gentle on the skin and hair, making them suitable for all skin types.

  2. Anti-inflammatory: Ayurveda herbs have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation and redness on the skin. This makes them beneficial for treating skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

  3. Anti-aging: Ayurveda herbs are rich in antioxidants that help fight free radicals, which can cause premature aging. They help to keep the skin looking youthful, plump, and radiant.

  4. Moisturizing: Ayurveda herbs are also known for their moisturizing properties. They can help hydrate the skin and hair, leaving them soft, smooth, and supple.

  5. Scalp health: Ayurveda herbs are beneficial for maintaining scalp health. They can help reduce dandruff, promote hair growth, and prevent hair loss.

  6. Aromatherapy: Many Ayurveda herbs have a pleasant aroma that can provide aromatherapy benefits. They can help relax the mind, reduce stress, and promote a sense of calm.

Overall, Ayurveda herbs offer a range of benefits for skin care and hair care formulations, making them a popular choice for natural and holistic beauty products.

But there is still more to learn. How about what are considered ayurveda herbs? Here are a few that I found that are most commonly used in skincare and hair care products:

  1. Turmeric: Turmeric is a bright yellow spice that has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is used in Ayurveda to treat a variety of conditions, including skin problems, digestive issues, and inflammation.

  2. Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha is a popular Ayurveda herb that is used to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and boost energy levels. It is also used to improve cognitive function and to support adrenal health.

  3. Brahmi: Brahmi is an Ayurveda herb that is used to improve cognitive function, memory, and concentration. It is also used to reduce stress and anxiety.

  4. Neem: Neem is a bitter-tasting Ayurveda herb that is used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne, eczema, and psoriasis. It is also used to support immune system function and to promote detoxification.

  5. Tulsi: Tulsi, also known as holy basil, is a sacred Ayurveda herb that is used to promote respiratory health, reduce stress and anxiety, and support immune system function. It is also used to promote healthy digestion and to treat skin problems.

  6. Triphala: Triphala is an Ayurveda herb blend that is made up of three fruits: amla, haritaki, and bibhitaki. It is used to support digestive health, improve immune system function, and promote overall wellness.

As you can see, we are use a few of these ingredients in our skincare masks. We also use Reetha & Shikakai, which is other ayurvedic herbs, in our shampoo. I hope this has started you on the path to creating more holistic products.

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