Ayurveda – Beauty Comes From Within (Part 4)

Ayurveda is a world where beauty has a different meaning than that we are usually used to.”

Even in a world where thousands and thousands of cosmetic products are being manufactured every day, Ayurveda believes only in nature’s beauty and healing powers.

Before you go out and spend your money on expensive skincare products, why don’t you take a look at the natural ingredients below!

#1. Turmeric

Turmeric, also known as ‘haldi’ in India, is an herb that is now widely used around the whole world. It is considered to be one of the most powerful herbs by Ayurvedic practitioners. However, apart from being used in tasty Indian curries, it also has several health benefits.

Let’s have a look at the health benefits of turmeric:

  • Tetrahydrocurcumoids (THC) are biologically active compounds that can be found in turmeric. Numerous studies have shown that these compounds have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The active compounds can help to rejuvenate the skin and protect it from damage from free radicals. Free radicals are unstable atoms that can damage cells and cause ageing. Turmeric can also relieve skin itching and eczema for people with a predominance of Vata while it can purify the skin for those with Pitta and Kalpha dosha. Research has also indicated that these compounds found in turmeric are more effective than some anti-inflammatory drugs as they can reduce acute inflammation. Moreover, these compounds have excellent healing powers.
  • Heart disease is one of the major causes of death in the United States. However, scientists have found that turmeric can protect us against heart diseases by improving our blood flow.
  • Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a protein found in the brain that promotes neurons’ growth and survival. Studies proved that lower levels of BDNF could lead to medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and depression. However, compounds in turmeric can increase the brain levels of BDNF and help to preserve our brain function.

Tip: Turmeric is a great natural exfoliator. Apply a face mask made up of turmeric and yogurt thrice a week and you will see the difference!

#2. Honey

Honey is a sweet food substance produced by honeybees. In the Ayurvedic scriptures, honey is known as ‘madhu’ and it was considered as a gift with healing powers in Vedic times. In Ayurveda, honey is seen as one of the essential ingredients.

What Are Different Types of Honey as per Ayurveda?

  • Makshikam
  • Bhraamaram
  • Kshoudram
  • Pauthikam
  • Chathram
  • Aardhyam
  • Ouddalakam
  • Daalam

Now, let us review some of its health benefits:

  • Honey has anti-bacterial properties and can help in healing wounds. It acts as an antiseptic and pain reliever. It is also like a cooling balm which helps in the quick recovery from burns.
  • Antioxidants are compounds found in food that can help to protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals. Studies have found that they are associated with lower risks of strokes and some types of cancers. And, fortunately, honey is a rich source of antioxidants.
  • LDL cholesterols are often referred to as the ‘bad’ cholesterol as an increase in the LDL cholesterol levels can lead to health problems such as heart attacks and strokes. Rest assured as honey can reduce the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol.
  • Anaemia is a condition that is affecting many children in the world. As a parent, you have the choice to help your children if they are suffering from his disease and the solution is honey! Honey is said to be excellent for the build-up of hemoglobin as it contains iron, manganese and copper. Ayurvedic practitioners suggest that all those who are anemic should consume honey.
  • Due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, honey can help to maintain healthy gums and teeth. Ayurveda highly recommends the application of honey as it can make your teeth clean and prevent tooth decay and premature tooth loss. It is also recommended to gargle with honey and water as it can prevent inflammation of the gums.
  • Insomnia is a type of disorder that makes it hard to sleep and sometimes, even counting sheep do not help. But, let me tell you that honey is the solution. The hypnotic qualities of honey can provide you with a good night’s sleep. 
  • Many of us know that ginger tea is a remedy for cough. But what about honey? Several studies have shown that honey is more effective than some common cough medications.

Will you now go and search for the turmeric that you have left somewhere on a shelf? Will you add honey to your list of groceries? Please share your comments!

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