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Ayurveda

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Ayurveda

India is a country where traditions have existed side by side with modern technological advances. In fact, the character of modern India is firmly rooted in a rich cultural past. This feature is evident in our ancient herbal healing system of Ayurveda, which continues to provide remedies to our ailments. India's herbal beauty aids are also a part of her social and cultural heritage. Many of the present beauty treatments have been handed down from generation to generation. These have been tried and tested through centuries of popular usage. Today, Ayurveda has found a prominent place in modern cosmetic care. Treatments that were lost in the mists of time have been revived and viewed in the light of modern scientific techniques. Today, along with the Indian philosophies of Yoga and Meditation, the world is looking at the holistic system of Ayurveda for health and beauty solutions. In fact, the interest in Ayurveda has prompted scientific  research in many countries, to assess it in scientific terms.

 

Established 5000 years ago, by the great sages of India, Ayurveda is the oldest and most organized system of herbal healing in the world. Literally, Ayurveda means, "The Science of Life." Indeed, it is not merely a system of healing, but an entire way of life, which aims at helping man live in harmony with nature and also in harmony with himself. Ayurveda has never been more relevant than it is now, in terms of counteracting the degenerative processes, environmental pollution, toxic build-up and mental stress, all of which have become undesirable features of modern life.

 

Ayurveda is a holistic system of healing, which aims at activating the body's natural healing processes. Ayurveda is based on the theory of "Tridosha", somewhat like the "humours" of the Greeks. The three "doshas" represent combinations of the five elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether (or space), giving rise to the three basic constitutions of the human body. The three "doshas" are Vata (a combination of Air and Ether); Pitta (a combination of Fire and Water) and Kapha (a combination of Earth and Water). The three doshas not only determine individual constitution, but our physical form and other attributes, our mental make-up and even individual metabolic processes. Most constitutions, however, result from the combination of two "doshas", with one being more predominant. All traits and even individual metabolism can be classified under the 3 doshas. However, most of us belong to dual dosha types and have traits of both the doshas, although traits of one dosha may be more prominent.

 

According to Ayurveda, disease is the manifestation of negative influences and imbalances caused by a metabolic unbalance of the doshas. This is true of skin and hair problems too. When one dosha becomes predominant, an imbalance occurs. For example, in a constitution of Vata-Kapha, if Vata becomes excessive, the Kapha is reduced. When Vata is reduced through treatment, Kapha increases and a balance is restored. The aim in Ayurvedic treatments, therefore, is to restore the equilibrium, not only through herbal medication, but also through the diet and lifestyle. Over centuries of practical usage, Ayurveda has identified foods, herbs, minerals and other natural substances that help to balance an aggravated dosha.

 

In Ayurvedic healing, the elimination of toxins and wastes is an important part of the treatment, so that tissues are cleansed, pure and healthy. This not only promotes metabolic functions, but also activates the natural healing process, by opening the channels of both body and mind. Apart from alleviating physical complaints, such treatments have helped in reducing mental stress and stress-related problems. There is overall improvement in cellular functions, especially in the regeneration of new cells and in revitalising the entire system. Ayurvedic treatments, therefore, are not only for those who are ill, but for all those who wish to come closer to a state of perfect health. Similarly, Ayurvedic formulations for the skin and hair help both general care and maintenance, as well as the treatment of specific problems. Although mentioned in ancient texts, the ingredients are still popular in India.

 

Ayurvedic texts contain the details of a staggering number of plant products, minerals and other natural substances, along with their medicinal properties, their methods of collection and extraction, as well as specific combinations of complementary herbs. The specific processing methods and the well-known combinations enhance the efficacy of the treatment. In Ayurvedic prescriptions, the complementary herbs also increase the effectiveness of the main herb. An example of a popular combination of herbs is Chawanprash, which has more than 50 different herbs. Trifala is another popular combination, which contains 3 herbs. Most of the herbs that are used in Ayurvedic treatments are available only in India. Some are available in other Asian countries.

 

India has a great deal to offer the rest of the world, in terms of her herbal heritage of Ayurveda. With the current "total well-being" concept sweeping the world, Ayurveda is poised to become the healing system of the future.

Aromatheray

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Ayurveda & Aromatheray

The use of essential oils to care for the body and treat ailments, is known as aromatherapy. Like herbal therapy, aromatherapy is a branch of natural healing, but there is a basic difference. Herbal therapy involves the use of the entire herb, while in aromatherapy, the essential oils are used. The curative action of a herb is also different from that of its essential oil. Essential oils are present in a large number of plants. The term "essential oil" is misleading, because they are not really oils, like coconut oil, sesame seed oil, olive oil, almond oil, mustard oil and other "pressed" oils. In fact, even in consistency, they are more like water than oil. Essential oils are very complex in nature and constitute the volatile and aromatic part of the plant. They are like the life-force of the plant. Apart from their medicinal properties, essential oils have been valued for their fragrances too. The fragrance of rose, sandalwood, jasmine, lavender and so on is due to their essential oils.

 

The use of essential oils has existed since the ancient times, going back 4000 years. The ancient Egyptians used them in their embalming process and also added them to cosmetic preparations. In India, it has been a part of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of herbal healing. Ancient Indian texts contain records of essential oils, their medicinal usage and even their cosmetic benefits. The ancient women of Indian used many of these to beautify and perfume themselves. Essential oils form the ingredients of many Ayurvedic prescriptions and formulations, along with herbal extracts. Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia, in fact, contains vast information on the properties of thousands of plants, their methods of extraction and their practical applications.

 

Aromatherapy massage has greater efficacy, because essential oils are absorbed more efficiently by the skin. They also bring about a greater degree of relaxation. The point worth noting is that aromatic oils were used to treat psychosomatic and psychological problems during the ancient times, as the aromas were said to influence the nervous system and induce relaxation. The fragrances of rose, sandalwood, lavender, orange flower, Brahmi, etc., have been used since the ancient times for their natural sedative and calming effects. Brahmi is a popular ingredient in hair oils, as its aroma has a calming effect on the nerves. It has been incorporated in hair tonics to control stress-related hair loss. Therefore, Aromatherapy has acquired great relevance today, as stress is considered a contributory factor in many diseases and even in skin and hair problems, like acne, pigmentation, skin sensitivity, dandruff, hair loss.

 

The specific healing actions in massage are in terms of cleansing and decongestion, improvement of blood and lymphatic circulation, rejuvenation, reduction of muscular tensions, reduction of mental stress and so on. It must be mentioned however, that essential oils have to be used with caution, as their action can be highly potent when applied directly on the skin. For massage, they are diluted with other oils, like almond, olive or sesame seed oils, which are called "carrier" oils. Two or three essential oils can be used in combination with such carrier oils, to achieve specific cures or benefits. 

 

We have incorporated essential oils in formulations, like creams, lotions and tonics for skin, hair and body treatments. Sandalwood, for instance, has been a popular ingredient in India. The oil of sandalwood is used as a fixative in some of the world's best perfumes. It has many curative actions too. It is a natural antiseptic and also helps to soothe inflammatory and eruptive conditions. It has a protective action too. It has been added to liquid moisturizers, sunscreens, rich body shampoos, skin fresheners, after-shave preparations and even baby-care products.

 

Similarly, oil of rose has its origin in India. It was a favourite cosmetic of the Mughal queens, due to its powerful tonic properties. Oils of basil, Margosa and mint have been in popular usage in India. Basil is stimulating and has been added to bath oils, body shampoos, and hair cleansers. Mint and Margosa too have been incorporated in skin tonics and in ointments and lotions for problem skin, to eliminate toxins and relieve skin congestion.

 

 

Shahnaz Husain's Aromatherapy Bar, which is based on Ayurveda, comprises of several formulations, like anti-stress bath oil, muscle relaxant oil, Shapeace, as well as anti-cellulite oil. Shapeace is not for massage. It has to be applied locally on specified parts of the body, to bring about relaxation and tranquility of mind. The Anti-Stress bath oil contains essential oils of basil and cinnamon, while the Muscle Relaxant oil helps to remove muscular tension and promote blood circulation. The Anti-Cellulite oil is for the treatment of cellulite. Like the other oils, it is a combination of carrier oils and essential oils. It helps to stimulate blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, aiding the removal of toxins and wastes. It keeps the skin soft and smooth by improving texture and preventing infections and dehydration. The carrier oils in the formulation are olive, almond and sesame seed oils, while it has essential oils of neem, ashwagandha, shankhpushpi, devdaru and sandalwood. Neem purifies the skin by facilitating the removal of toxins, while ashwagandha is a tonic and stimulant. Shankhpushpi has a soothing effect on the skin, while Devdaru is a powerful skin tonic and also tightens the skin. Sandalwood induces relaxation and protects the skin. The entire combination is most helpful in relieving skin congestion. The carrier oils help to restore the normal balances, tone the skin and muscles and are extremely nourishing. They also have healing actions.

Skin & Hand Care

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Ayurveda in Skin & Hand Care

Shahnaz Husain's practical experience of Ayurveda has been in the field of cosmetology, where she has applied the nature principle and found it ideal for modern demands. Apart from its long history of practical usage and the element of safety, Ayurveda has several benefits in skin, hair and body care. Plant extracts and natural substances have been formulated into cosmetic products, according to the Ayurvedic system, not only for the daily care of the skin and hair, but also for the treatment of many problems. One of the major benefits is that biologically active ingredients are easily absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin and influence it at the cellular level. These organic ingredients are based on the same biological principles as the human body. This is the reason why the human body responds extremely well to natural substances, while it has an in-built resistance to synthetic ones

 

Advantages of Ayurveda in beauty care
* Long history of safe human usage.
* Offers safety from irritative after-effects.
* The human body responds well to natural substances and has a resistance to synthetic ones.
* The skin and scalp are influenced at the cellular level, helping to improve normal functions.
* Promotes the capacity to absorb products.
* Restores the normal balances.
* Herbs have a mild effect, but have powerful and specific healing properties.
* Particularly suited to skin and hair care.
* Natural fragrances of flower and herb extracts help to calm the nerves and induce relaxation

For centuries, the west has been attracted to Indian spices and herbs. Today, many Indian plants are being used in the formulation of modern medicines. Research has also been conducted into the medicinal properties and other traditional uses of those ingredients, which have been a part of Ayurvedic pharmacopeia and folk medicine. This has helped to provide scientific support to the empirical knowledge contained in Ayurveda.

 

 

Many of these medicinal ingredients have also been in use due to their effects on the skin and scalp and have proved to be ideal in external treatments. They are part of Shahnaz Husain's repertoire of formulations for skin, hair and body care. Apart from products for general care, Shahnaz Husain has evolved many therapeutic formulations for the treatment of specific problems, like acne, pigmented skin, freckles, premature ageing, scars, skin-sensitivity, dehydration, dark circles, enlarged pores, dandruff, hair damage, hair loss and alopecia.

 

The ingredients that have been selected for these formulations not only have specific curative properties, but have shown a lack of harmful after-effects and irritative reactions. In fact, many of them help to soothe the skin and cure inflammatory conditions. Ayurvedic ingredients are chosen according to their ability to increase or reduce specific doshas. Herbs are also remarkably versatile. They can have a combination of effects, allowing the entire scope of the problem to be treated. For instance, a particular herb may cleanse the skin, restore the normal acid-alkaline balance and also have a germicidal and soothing effect. Thus, the properties of the herb can be related to individual needs. Neem (Margosa) is one such versatile product and every part of the tree is used for healing purposes. Neem leaf infusions have been used to cure skin diseases and are still used to relieve itching, soothe rashes, create a germicidal environment and clear inflammatory conditions. Neem contains organic sulphur compounds, which have powerful and versatile healing actions..

 

Nature is not only an expert chemist, but the best cosmetologist. An entire range of cosmetic products exists in nature, with definite preventive and corrective actions. Henna, which is so much in use today, has its basis in the ancient dyeing method, when chemical dyes and colourants were unknown. Apart from imparting colour, henna has also proved to be an effective natural conditioner. It has the ability of coating each hair shaft, lending strength, body and shine to the hair. Henna has been combined with other herbal extracts, like 'bael' (Aegle marmelos), 'Amla' (Emblica officinalis), 'Brahmi' (Centella asiatica), arnica, hibiscus and so on, to formulate hair cleansers, tonics, rinses, nourishes etc. These preparations have helped to bring back health to damaged hair, promote hair growth and maintain the health of the hair and scalp, apart from controlling dandruff and other problems. Herbs like Shikakai (acacia concinna) and Arishtak (Indian soapnut) have been traditionally used for washing the hair. Amla (Embelica officinalis) is another such popular ingredient. The ancient physician Charaka referred to Amla as a medicine that delays aging, because of its high Vitamin C content. It is said that the Vitamin C content of Amla is so stable that it is resistant to heat.

 

Trifala, a combination of three herbs, has varied uses, from toning the scalp to curing eye ailments and digestive disorders, soothing cough and inflammation. It consists of Amla, haritaki (Terminalis chebula) and vibhitika (Terminalis belerica). Bilva (Aegle marmalos) and Brahmi (Indian Pennywort) have also been used in hair care. Bilva helps to control Vata and cures hair problems and inflammatory conditions, while Brahmi helps to control stress-related problems, as it has a calming effect on the nerves, apart from other beneficial properties. Brahmi (Centella asiatica) is well known for its ability to bring back health to the hair, as its fragrance induces relaxation and helps in cases of stress related conditions like alopecia and general hair loss. Other ingredients, like Amla (Emblica officinalis), shikakai (Acacia concinna), reetha (sapindus trifoliatus), bhringaraj (Eclipta alba), anantmul (Hemidesmus indicus), have been made into tonics, oils, cleansers and conditioners for hair care. They have been effective in the treatment of dandruff, seborrhoea, alopecia and general hair loss.

 

Sandalwood is one of the most popular cosmetic ingredient used in India. It has been mentioned in ancient Indian texts as far back as the 5th century BC. It has powerful germicidal and antiseptic properties, while its exotic fragramce is said to have a relaxing effect on the mind. Not only does sandalwood soothe the skin and heal inflammatory conditions, but also has anti-ageing and rejuvenating effects. It is ideal for all skin types. Protective creams have been formulated with sandalwood, to protect the skin from the effects of pollutants, sun-exposure, dehydration and skin sensitivity. Sandalwood oil and extracts have been used in many other formulations, from light moisturizers, rich body shampoos, body lotions, massage oils, to after-shave creams. In fact, the gentle action of sandalwood makes it ideal for baby-care products too, soothing and preventing prickly heat and other rashes.

Trifala, a combination of three herbs, has varied uses, from toning the scalp to curing eye ailments and digestive disorders, soothing cough and inflammation. It consists of Amla, haritaki (Terminalis chebula) and vibhitika (Terminalis belerica). Bilva (Aegle marmalos) and Brahmi (Indian Pennywort) have also been used in hair care. Bilva helps to control Vata and cures hair problems and inflammatory conditions, while Brahmi helps to control stress-related problems, as it has a calming effect on the nerves, apart from other beneficial properties. Brahmi (Centella asiatica) is well known for its ability to bring back health to the hair, as its fragrance induces relaxation and helps in cases of stress related conditions like alopecia and general hair loss. Other ingredients, like Amla (Emblica officinalis), shikakai (Acacia concinna), reetha (sapindus trifoliatus), bhringaraj (Eclipta alba), anantmul (Hemidesmus indicus), have been made into tonics, oils, cleansers and conditioners for hair care. They have been effective in the treatment of dandruff, seborrhoea, alopecia and general hair loss.

 

Tulsi (Holy Basil) has so many medicinal uses that it has been traditionally venerated and worshipped. Modern research has revealed that it helps to purify the air, apart from its soothing and curative actions on the skin and scalp. Extracts and oil of rose are also common beauty aids. Oil of rose, in fact, originated in India. It has been used for centuries, in various ways, both for its healing action and delightful fragrance. The fragrance of rose, sandalwood, brahmi and other natural scents is said to have a soothing and relaxing effect on the nerves. In fact, rose was used as an anti-depressant during ancient times. Today, we know that a relaxed mind is one of the pre-requisites of healthy skin and hair, because mental stress can trigger off many skin and hair problems, like acne, alopecia and general hair loss. Rose is suited to all skin types and has a refreshing effect too. It has powerful tonic properties, improves skin texture and soothes inflammations. It can assume the role of a cleanser-cum-refreshing lotion for all types of skins. In fact, it even benefits the delicate skin around the eyes, reducing puffiness and fatigue.

 

Herbs and natural substances also help to promote the elimination of toxins and wastes, as well as dead epithelial cells, thus encouraging the regeneration of new cells. This, in turn, helps to preserve the youthful qualities of the skin. The aging process can be hastened by many factors, among which exposure to sunlight is the most significant. Chemical pollutants, artificial heating and cooling, make-up cosmetics, chlorinated water, alkaline soaps, can also trigger off the manifestation of aging signs. Neglect and abuse also take their toll. Such assaults cause the skin to become dry, lose its resilience and wrinkle easily. Chronic lack of moisture can be a single factor that causes premature aging of the skin.

 

It is only through daily cleansing and care with natural ingredients that the skin can be protected from early aging and other problems. Cleansers containing powerful moisturizers, like aloe vera, have been formulated to remove impurities without disturbing the moisture balance. They also improve the skin's ability to retain moisture and restore the normal acid-alkaline balance. Aloe vera is also known to help cell renewal. During the ancient times, aloe vera was used to heal cuts and wounds, as it speeds up the skin's cell renewal. Extracts of aloe vera, lemon, ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), turmeric, rose, etc., have been used to formulate cleansers and protective creams for the skin.

 

Similarly, almond, wheatgerm, lavender, jasmine, balsam, sesame and many such herbal extracts form the ingredients of emollient nourishing creams. Wheatgerm oil is rich in Vitamin E and helps to protect the tissues from degeneration. Almond is ideal for the delicate skin around the eyes, keeping it free from wrinkles and dark circles. These vitamin and mineral rich extracts benefit the skin by increasing blood flow and restoring damaged capillaries. Sesame seed, sunflower oils and even sandalwood are known for their sunscreen properties. Such natural sun-filters have been used in sun-block products, along with natural rehydrants and humectants.

 

Apart from plant products, Ayurveda also used metals and gems for healing. These have been incorporated in formulations for skin care, mainly due to their powerful age-control properties. Among these are gold, diamond, gems and powder of pearls

 

 

 

The Shahnaz Husain formulations, which use a large number of such Ayurvedic ingredients are a perfect union of an ancient tradition and the latest scientific techniques. Not only have they been subjected to stringent clinical and laboratory tests, but to the most exacting test of all……..the Test of Time.

Traditional Treatments Procedure

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Traditional Ayurvedic Treatments

Panchkarma, Dhara and Kerala Massage: In the context of modern-day life, stress has assumed newer and greater dimensions, with increasing economic pressures and job-related anxieties. Today, mental stress is recognized as the contributory cause of many ailments. It leads to imbalances in the system and subsequently to diseases. In this respect, the holistic healing system of Ayurveda has the answers, as its therapeutic aim is to bring about the required equilibrium.

 

 

As an answer to the modern needs, the Shahnaz Husain Group offers traditional healing techniques of Dhara and Kerala Massage, along with Aromatherapy Massage and various skin, hair and body treatments.

 

 

 

 

The removal of toxins and therapeutic massage are the basis of stress-reduction treatments, as they help to activate the inherent curative powers of both body and mind. The art of massage has been nurtured and perfected by the Kairali system, which is world renowned for its therapeutic values. It is not only used in the treatment of many ailments, but also for revitalizing and rejuvenating body and mind. The herbalized oils used in the massage have potent curative properties. These treatments not only relieve mental stress and induce relaxation, but also revitalize the metabolic processes. They improve blood circulation, tone the muscles and actually improve sense perceptions, mental processes and performance levels.

 

Panchkarma is one of the major healing techniques of Ayurveda, offering a systematic programme of revitalization. Panchkarma literally means "Five Actions." Therefore, it involves a complex series of therapeutic steps, which help to flush out and eliminate toxins from every cell. The removal of toxins and wastes is an essential part of Ayurvedic treatments. It helps to activate the inherent curative powers of both body and mind. Once the morbidity caused by toxins is eliminated, the body's response to palliative therapy is greatly improved.

 

Dhara means "flow" and here it specially signifies "downward flow." It is a pre-Panchkarma therapy and helps to open the channels of body and mind, in order to facilitate the treatment of disease. In Dhara, liquid medicaments, like herbalized oils, milk or ghee are placed in a bowl, hanging at an appropriate height above the body of the patient. The bowl is made of clay and has a hole in the centre of the base.

 

 

The oils are chosen according to individual "dosha", the nature of illness and the individual constitution. The oil is then allowed to drip on to the forehead of the patient. This is known as Shirodhara. This treatment directly affects the central nervous system and is profoundly relaxing on the mind. Thus, it is ideal for relieving mental stress and for preparing the body to accept therapy. Depending on the disease or "dosha", Dhara is performed on the head, or the body, or both. The entire procedure may take one to two hours. Massage is also performed simultaneously. This combination of Dhara and Massage helps to loosen the excess doshas, or toxins, and directs their flow towards the organs of elimination.

 

Such Ayurvedic treatments are being given for diseases of the ear, nose and throat, paralysis, neuralgia, migraine, insomnia, sinusitis, arthritis, spondilitis, gout and other rheumatic diseases, etc. Panchkarma, Dhara and Kerala Massage have been kept alive in the traditional Ayurvedic system of healing. They can be the stepping stone towards good health, not only for those who are sick, but for all those who wish to come closer to better health.

 

 

The Shahnaz Husain Ayurvedic Centre employs Ayurvedic physicians and professionally trained personnel to conduct the various treatments. An individualized approach, along with all necessary facilities have been made available, to provide a perfect environment for treatment. Ayurveda being a holistic system, advice on diet and lifestyle are included with the treatments. The herb oils are also manufactured by the Group. The Shahnaz Husain Group has become known for its expertise in natural care. Their total commitment to client care is a wonderful experience, geared to establish a long relationship. In fact, the Shahnaz Husain tradition has become a hallmark of the most exclusive Ayurvedic care.

Flower Power

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Ayurvedic Flower Power

Flowers are of great benefit in beauty treatments. That is why we introduced an entire range based on floral extracts, called Flower Power. The range is based on Ayurveda and consists of cleansers, toner, nourishing cream, mask, hair tonic, hair oil, face treatment cream, protective cream and so on. Apart from their specific properties, which help to nourish, protect and maintain natural beauty, flowers have a calming and relaxing effect on the mind. They provide an ideal defense against environmental stresses and mental stress. In modern cosmetic care, these two are the prime requisites for beauty. Thus, they are highly relevant to modern demands. Many beauty problems are triggered off by mental stress, like acne and hair loss. The essential oils of flowers help in such stress-related conditions, as their fragrances have a calming, relaxing and refreshing effect. Flowers have potent healing properties too.

 

We also offer aromatherapy massage in our clinics, where combinations of essential oils are used. Many of our formulations contain the essential oils of flowers too. Many varieties of flowers are used to extract essential oils. Some of these are rose, jasmine, lavender, camomile, marigold, lotus, orange flower (neroli), hibiscus.

 

 

 

Rose: The fragrance of the rose itself was used during the ancient times in the treatment of psychological problems, as it was regarded as an anti-depressant. It helps to calm the mind and induce relaxation. Rose tones the vascular system and has a soothing action. Due to this, it has been widely used for cosmetic purposes. It promotes blood circulation and removes toxins. It is also used in treatments of the skin around the eyes. The essential oil of rose is used for the treatment of many ailments by herbalists and in Ayurveda. Rose water is considered to be one of the best natural skin toners.

 

Jasmine: Is widely used in Asian countries. The essential oil was used in combination with pressed oils or lotions to massage the body. It was also used for psychological and psychosomatic problems during the ancient times. Jasmine is said to have a sedative effect and at the same time it has an uplifting effect on the mood and emotions. It was used to treat feminine disorders, like relieving uterine spasms or menstrual pain. Oil of jasmine helps to warm and relax the body and is therefore an ingredient in massage oils and creams. Like the rose, it is not at all toxic and is therefore a popular ingredient in cosmetic preparations. Used in the right amounts, it is said to be beneficial to dry and sensitive skin, specially when there is redness and itching.

 

Lavender: It is one of the most common and most favourite of ingredients in toilet waters and in skin tonics. It can be used in baths too. Lavender also blends well with most other ingredients. It is an extremely versatile ingredient. It is said to have a tonic and sedative action in cases of nervous tension, palpitations and even hysteria. It is said to lower blood pressure. During ancient times, it was used to treat problems like depression, migraine, insomnia and nervous tension. In skin-care preparations, it is used mainly as a skin or scalp toner. It is refreshing and relaxing. It is also suited to all skin types. It has a soothing action in cases of skin inflammation and skin eruptions, like pimples and acne. It is also used to soothe skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, scabies, etc. Lavender has several benefits and is used in many different kinds of ailments.

 

Orange flower (Neroli): Neroli is extracted from the flowers of citrus vulgaris (bitter orange). It is used in the manufacture of eau de cologne. Like lavender, it also blends well with other essential oils. It has a calming effect on the mind and was used to relieve anxiety and nervous tension. It is an ingredient of cleansing waters and skin toners. Like lavender, it is a non-irritant and is used in skin-care preparations. In fact, it is said to soothe and relieve skin irritation and redness. It is beneficial for dry skin and broken capillaries. Its most useful property in skin care formulations is its ability to remove dead epithelial cells and stimulate the cell regeneration process. Thus, it can help to delay the manifestation of ageing signs on the skin.

 

Hibiscus: Known as 'javakusuma,' it has been widely used in India. It has been an ingredient in hair oils, because of its soothing and cooling action on the scalp. During ancient times, it was used to bring down fevers. It has a beneficial action in dandruff and itchy conditions of the scalp. Hibiscus helps to remove pore clogging and close the pores of the scalp due to its astringent action. It is also said to stimulate blood circulation to the scalp. In fact, it has excellent tonic properties. Hibiscus extracts have been included with extracts of brahmi, bhringaraj, amla, henna, to formulate products for hair care, like shampoos, oils, hair tonics, anti-dandruff preparations, conditioners and rinses.

 

Lotus: It has several medicinal properties, as it is anti-allergic and anti-spasmodic. It also has an astringent action and has been used in skin-care preparations. It helps to soothe sun damage and also protects the skin.

 

 

 

 

Camomile: It is not a flower of the tropical regions, but its essential oil has been widely used in skin treatments. This is because it has an extremely soothing and curative effect on the skin. It has been used as a remedy for burns since the ancient times. It also has a healing action on inflammation, skin ulcers, boils and acne. It helps to soothe the skin in cases of dehydrated skin-sensitivity.

 

 

Marigold and Calendula: The essential oils of these have been used due to their therapeutic and tonic properties, as well as an astringent action. They are particularly useful in treating oily skin conditions and dandruff. They help to reduce oiliness from the skin surface and reduce enlarged pores.

Mantra of Rejuvenation

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Mantra of Rejuvenation

From time immemorial, mankind has sought health and youth in its quest for immortality. Tireless effort and ceaseless thought, across vast spectra of time and space have been devoted to this pursuit. The great seers of ancient India have enriched the world with two impressive legacies, Ayurveda and Yoga, which have made significant contributions to the art of healing and rejuvenation.

 

 

 

Ayurveda, the science of life and longevity epitomizes the harmonious blending of the body, mind and spirit of the individual with the cosmos. According to Hindu mythology Brahma, the Cosmic Creator composed Ayurveda in a hundred thousand verses and presented it to humanity..

 

 

 

This ancient therapy, which is as old as the civilization that treasured it and which it nurtured, continues to flourish in the land south of the Himalayas. In a region rich in biodiversity, this herbal therapy has stood the test of time and proven itself nature's panacea for all ailments of body and mind.

 

 

 

The principles of Ayurvedic Pharmacology are fundamentally different from those of other systems of medicine, especially Allopathy. Most Ayurvedic medicines are prepared from herbs.

 

 

 

 

Leaves and flowers are squeezed to obtain their juice. Roots and seeds are crushed and boiled in water to get their essence. To make a decoction, the extracts of plants are boiled with other vital ingredients. Ayurvedic medicines are invariably prepared under the supervision of an expert physician using classical herbal prescriptions. Unlike other medicinal systems, this pharmacological process closely resembles the culinary art.

 

 

Ayurveda, as the art of healing and the science of living, aims at removing the underlying causes of disease, and restoring the equilibrium of the bio-energies, 'vata', 'pitta' and 'kapha'.