Ayurvedic healing is one of the most ancient systems of natural medicine known to man. Ayurveda means ‘science of life’ in Sanskrit, the ancient language of India where ayurvedic medicine was born and still has great influence today. Ayurvedic medicine has its roots in early Indian writings which contained hymns relating to treating ill health and both Hinduism and Buddhism have influenced its development over time.
In more recent times ayurvedic medicine has become known and practiced outside of South East Asia and is now a very popular branch of what is termed ‘alternative medicine’. As more and more people try and move away from chemical based pharmaceuticals or fail to find relief through prescription medicine, the natural alternatives, such as ayurvedic medicine, gain in popularity. Plants and herbs are the main basis for ayurvedic medicine which is best known for its applications of internal and external medicines but also includes amongst others, surgery and aphrodisiacs.
Skilled ayurvedic practitioners can be found almost everywhere for treatment and advice but many of the remedies are very simple and can be prepared at home for relief from many common complaints.
Simple Ayurvedic Home Remedies
Take half to 1 tablespoon daily of sesame oil for the relief of constipation. This dosage can be increased for more severe cases.
2.) Acne and spots
Here are three different ayurveda home remedies for acne.
a.) Mix together 2 tablespoons of rosewater with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and apply directly to the problem area. As lemon juice is a powerful astringent some people find that it irritates the skin. If so, discontinue use. A slight stinging on application is normal.
b.) Mix together water and oatmeal to form a paste. Apply this directly to the problem area and leave in place for up to 20 minutes. Rinse away with warm water. Oatmeal is easily available at our homes which makes this a very simple remedy.
c.) Apply crushed mint leaves and their juice directly onto acne areas. Rinse off with warm water after 10 minutes.
3.) Common cold
Here is a simple ayurvedic remedy for colds. Apply warmed sesame oil onto the chest area directly before sleeping.
For loose coughs, crush grape-seeds with a pestle and mortar and mix with a little honey to take internally.
Mix together one tablespoon of milk and half a tablespoon of ground ginger. Use a dropper to place a one drop in each nostril.
Make a paste from almonds, cinnamon and clove mixed with water. Apply mixture directly to forehead and leave in place for a while before rinsing with lukewarm water.
Grind a few sesame seeds finely and add to water (boiled and cooled) and honey to make a drink for upset stomach.
Finely grind ginger, black pepper, dried mint, asafetida, coriander seeds, anise seeds, fennel, cumin and salt. Mix well and add 1 teaspoon of the powder to water to make a drink to be taken after meals.
7.) Hairfall and healthy hair
The leaf juice of the plant Bhringaraj mixed with sesame or coconut oil is said to prevent baldness, stimulate hair regrowth and prevent greying hair. This ayurvedic mixture can be applied directly to the head or mixed in with your normal shampoo.
Rub juice from the Bhringaraj plant directly onto the gums.
These are just a few of the many thousands of simple home remedies used in ayurvedic medicine.
As with most alternative and natural remedies you care to mention, they have not been scientifically proven through rigorous clinical tests although many scientific findings are starting to suggest strongly that there is provable credibility to many of the treatments. Interestingly, sesame oil and sunflower oil, both used extensively in ayurvedic medicine, contain large amounts of a substance called linoleic acid which studies have shown may inhibit the development of cancer cells.