Herbs for Self Love: Nurturing Your Inner Being
We all are busy; I get it! It takes a lot of work to follow a simple ritual in general.
That's why we often forget the most important person we should be nurturing – ourselves.
As women, our wellness is often the last on our list of priorities. It sounds familiar to you as you have to run errands, have important meetings, arrange birth parties, bridal showers, etc. But It's important to take care of ourselves physically and mentally. I believe in this because we forgot our ancestors' ancient wisdom. For example, growing up, Sunday was "Tel Malish," aka "hair massage" day in my household. That itself is nurturing self-love for us. Our ancestors used to make Ayurvedic Herbal hair oil, giving us flawless, bouncy hair and a sense of self-love and self-care.
So in today's blog post, we want to serve this al cart menu of herbs that can be incorporated into your daily lifestyle without imposing any particular regimen. This will help us with our daily routines and fulfill our commitments seamlessly. As we all know, Ayurveda, the 5,000-year-old science of life, offers a holistic approach to wellness that emphasizes cultivating a deep connection with oneself. In this blog post, we'll discuss 10 Ayurvedic herbs to help you embrace self-love and rejuvenate your inner being.
- Ashwagandha: Known as the "herb of tranquility," Nowadays, in the wellness arena, Ashwagandha is a popular adaptogen, which we can relate to our ancestor wisdom to add to the milk before we sleep. Generally, Ashwagandha can help reduce stress and anxiety while improving sleep quality. It nourishes the nervous system, enhances cognitive function, and boosts well-being. So adding a spoon of Ashwagandha to your nightcap is the best way to nurture yourself.
- Brahmi: Brahmi, also known as Bacopa, This herb is a prevalent herb when it comes to hair care. But it is an excellent herb for improving memory, concentration, and mental alertness. In today's social media world, we must focus on our life. It also helps reduce anxiety and promote a sense of calmness.
- Turmeric: If you are a fan of turmeric latte, aka haldi milk, then you will love this herb. The only thing you need to be careful of is that the use should not stain your skin. High in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, turmeric can help reduce inflammation, improve brain function, and minimize the risk of chronic diseases. Add a pinch of turmeric in rice flour or multani mitti and make a paste with milk or water. This face mask can brighten your skin like anything.
- Neem: Growing up in India, our mom used to boil neem leaves in hot water to bath us during the monsoon season, the reason is: Neem is a potent antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory herb that is excellent for promoting healthy skin and detoxifying the body. It also helps purify the blood and enhance immunity. That's why we use this herb in our facial/body cleanser.
- Tulsi: Tulsi, or holy basil, is an adaptogenic herb. We used to have this plant in our front yard. Tulsi helps the body adapt to stress and promotes emotional balance. It also supports respiratory health, reduces inflammation, and enhances digestion. Adding a leave or two inside your evening tea will enable all the benefits of this herb.
- Ginger: Ginger is one of the herbs we use in all Indian cooking. By adding ginger to the curries and soups, you are already leveraging self-love. Because ginger is a warming herb that stimulates digestion, reduces inflammation, and boosts circulation. It also supports joint health and eases menstrual discomfort. So do not shy away from this herb.
- Haritaki: Haritaki is a new trendy herb in beauty. This powerful rejuvenating herb helps detoxify the body, promote healthy digestion, and support liver and kidney function. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Regarding skin, haritaki is a great herb for skin renewal and contains many anti-aging benefits. Just chew this herb as a mouth freshener after lunch or dinner.
- Shatavari: If you are a breastfeeding "South Asian" mom, your elderly parents might have suggested you have shatavari as it will promote milk production. We are not here to give medical advice, but that's what our interaction is regarding this herb. Shatavari is known as the "queen of herbs" because it promotes hormonal balance, supports reproductive health, and nourishes the female reproductive system. It also helps boost immunity and reduce stress. If it's added to milk, this can turn into a great beauty tonic.
- Cardamom: In Ayurvedic Tea, we love having cardamom because cardamom is known for its digestive and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in improving digestion and reducing inflammation in the body. Cardamom is also known for its calming properties, which can help in promoting relaxation and stress relief
- Triphala: When there is a pimple on our face, they tell us to have this herb in India. So, let's talk about what Triphala is. Triphala is a blend of three fruits – amla, haritaki, and bibhitaki – that promote healthy digestion, enhance nutrient absorption, and support liver and kidney function. It also has powerful detoxifying properties.
As you can see, all these Indian herbs (inspired by Ayurveda) offer a treasure trove of herbs that can help you cultivate self-love, reduce stress, and rejuvenate your inner being. Incorporating these herbs into your daily routine can help you achieve physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Remember, self-care is not selfish – it's necessary for a fulfilling and meaningful life. So, take some time out of your busy schedule to pamper yourself with these Ayurvedic herbs and experience the magic of self-love!