Ayurveda, the science of Life
To live life joyfully, be graceful in all situations and the cultivation of wisdom are surely the qualities of an enlightened person.
An ancient healing system which has its roots in India, Ayurveda has been written down for at least 5000 years although it has been taught orally since time immemorial. Ayurveda quite literally translates as the ‘science of life’ – ‘Ayu’ meaning life and ‘Veda’ meaning science. As a medical science its aim is to heal, prevent disease, and increase longevity.
I fell in love with Ayurveda for its wisdom, simplicity and its ability to help restore balance and vitality whose absence can be felt, but not proven. An example of what I mean is that after my children were born, I began to suffer with various ailments. I would treat one and another would appear. My GP did every test but could find nothing physically wrong. Eventually I was diagnosed with IBS and, after contracting the Epstein Barr virus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The doctor suggested a low dose of antidepressants, which was when I turned Ayurveda.
I was astonished that within weeks my vitality was restored. Every single one of my IBS symptoms disappeared, along with my chronic back pain and fatigue. I was so impressed with the effectiveness of the therapies, I decided to become an Ayurvedic Practitioner.
The best part is that Ayurveda starts in the kitchen which I find so empowering. It means that food is not only for eating, but also to be used as medicine to treat imbalances and ailments. Examples are –
- warm nourishing massages using oils like Sesame, Coconut or Almond to bring the body back into balance, alleviate sinus, gum disease, nourish dry skin or ease aches and pains;
- heavenly scrubs using milled chickpeas, herbs and spices to help with weight loss, detoxification or skin disorders;
- massages using poultice bags filled with rice, fresh herbs, milk or spices to alleviate pain, arthritis, insomnia, stiffness, mucus and asthma;
- spices and herbs like turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper have become my arsenal against anything from the common cold, intestinal parasites, indigestion and cuts to headaches, anemia, aches and pains.
Ayurvedic remedies are completely safe to use on infants and children too. My 5 year old son suffered from recurring ear infections all his life but he has not had a single one since I’ve started using Ayurvedic therapies. The moment he has an earache, I reach for the warm Sesame oil and do a soothing Karna Purana (filling his ear with the oil) and accompanying massage using marma points (similar to acupressure points in Chinese medicine). This also helps him to sleep well and eases headaches and nasal congestion.
As a mother, it is a great relief to know that I can treat many of my family’s ailments from my kitchen (so to speak) and I would like to empower other mothers to do the same by running workshops through local mums and tots groups or family centres. If you would like me to visit your group, please contact me.