Grow The Glow – Ojas!

Ojas – The Essence Of Vitality

According to Ayurveda our life force energy and vitality come from Ojas, which is a Sanskrit term that can be translated as „essence of vitality.“ Ojas is what gives us energy, a glow, a healthy look. It is the energy that keeps our immune system running, which gives us strength, balance, and happiness.

Ojas will be created by your body through the proper and healthy digestion of food, it is linked to Prana which some Yogis might also hear about, and Tejas, which is the essence of fire. Prana is the essence of air and Ojas is the essence of water. Ojas is the seat of Prana -Tejas creates Ojas, Ojas is in charge of Prana, the vital force.

Qualities that every one of us would like to have in abundance, right? For many of us, our Ojas feels lower, and so we feel sad, weak, tired. We dream about what we all want to achieve and do but we are lacking the energy to step out there to live our Dharma.

Related to the Doshas, Kapha is normally very high in Ojas, while Vata is maybe lacking Ojas the most, easily. Signs of a balanced amount of Ojas are for example:

  • Glowing skin and eyes
  • A fit and healthy body constitution
  • A healthy amount of energy
  • Healthy and sharp senses
  • A strong immune system
  • Lack of pain or aches
  • A happy and positive mood and light mind
  • A creative, focused and clear mind
  • Overall well-being

While the lack of Ojas is manifesting in many imbalances you might already know, like cold hands and feet, dry skin (Vata), a heavy body feeling or slow mind (Kapha), being sick often, combined with infections (Pitta), a lack of focus, depression and so on.

Ojas can be restored through our diet.

Food is a simple way to keep our body healthy and balanced – even when so many are doubting it first. The qualities of Ojas are also the qualities you can search in your food to maintain more of this life force energy. Sweet, heavy, smooth, cool and fresh – foods like Avocado, banana, dates, and almonds. (A win for every day!)

We should eat fresh, locally grown and seasonal fruit and vegetables. Not too much raw food, food that is helpful for our own constitution. Organic foods. Whole foods.

We should avoid alcohol, drugs, stimulants, refined sugar and flour, microwave food and processed foods, canned, frozen, fried foods.

Foods that are building Ojas are:

  • Whole grains (preferred gluten-free)
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Mangoes
  • Grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Sweet potatoes and Yams
  • Pumpkins (Hokkaido)
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Tofu
  • Soy milk
  • Soy yogurt
  • Almond milk
  • Almond yogurt
  • Zucchini
  • Spinach
  • Nuts (Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts)
  • Mung beans
  • Leafy greens
  • Olive oil, sesame oil, and coconut oil
  • Ginger, turmeric, Ashwagandha, licorice, Amalaki

There are also some Ayurvedic recipes like Chyawanprash, which is a medical jam with herbs and fruits – Amla fruit, Ashwagandha root are some ingredients and are highly Ojas building.

Find my Chakra Fruit Salad recipe here:

https://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/08/25/ayurvedic-chakra-salad-recipe/

Also, some tonic milk which you can drink daily can help you to build up Ojas, find my recipe here:

Grow The Glow Milk

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 10 almonds, soaked overnight
  • 2 dates, soaked overnight
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. cardamom
  • ¼ tsp. ginger
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. Agave juice or Maple syrup

Instructions:

Add a tsp. of coconut oil into a small pot and warm with the spices, roast them for 5 minutes on medium heat. Pour the milk and agave juice, add the dates and almond and warm up lightly. Put your warm milk in a blender and mix until everything is blended well. The mixture will be creamy and foamy. Pour in a mug and add a pinch of cinnamon or cocoa on top, enjoy!

Also a healthy lifestyle and Ayurvedic routine are helpful – it is all about the balance! A regular sleeping schedule, cleansing techniques, meditation and Yoga, movement, fresh air and self massages with herbal oils are a good foundation to build Ojas.

Ojas is what we all should put first on our New Year´s resolution list!

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With Love and Light, 

Ayurvedic – holistic skincare routine for a healthy, glowing skin

Easy Ayurvedic secrets for a beautiful skin

A healthy, glowing skin is something many of us want to achieve, but imbalances and modern lifestyle causing often the opposite of it. When you already tried everything that is available, go on to read this article and find some helpful secrets here – and maybe the skin you were always wishing for!

Having a healthy skin is not a fairytale, it is also not hard work and it does not have to be expensive. But there are some changes you have to make when you want a change and have bad skin conditions. You have to do the work.

Nature is key!

How your lifestyle is connected to your skin condition

According to Ayurvedic skin Routine, it is not enough to just apply something onto your skin. The core philosophy is here: A healthy inside is a healthy outside. Skincare is a tool to balance our Dosha – makes sense, as the skin is our largest organ!

What causes bad skin conditions?

Lifestyle, natural tendencies and diet. I also would add a special hygiene routine for sensitive skin!

Instead of labeling our skin now to oily, dry, and T-Zone problems, let´s analyze the skin the Ayurvedic way. Maybe you will find your Dosha and yourself in the following description:

Vata skin is mostly thin, dry, sensitive, fine-pored to large pored when skin tendencies went to overdry, delicate and got wrinkle prone skin.

Pitta skin experiences the most rashes, breakouts and got a tendency to rosacea when it is out of balance, here is also the tendency for sensitive skin.

Kapha skin is often oily, got a tendency from prone to enlarged pores, blackheads and pimples, and is commonly suffering from eczema when out of balance.

As you know we have all Doshas inside of us – in a different amount. You don´t need to fit here in ONE skin type, many of us have a mixed Dosha and so our imbalances can show up in different ways. But it is good to take a closer look on the tendencies to help our skin the best possible way.

Your Dosha and skin can change also with the specific seasons. Ayurvedic skincare goes with seasons, constitution – lifestyle, habits, diet – and elements. The best thing about it – you can use your kitchen to prepare and help your skin and make it glow!

A good skincare is something you should be able to eat as well.

Let´s concentrate mostly on our face today and besides a self massage with oil before bedtime, which is awesome to balance your Doshas, the skin of our face is a sensitive area that needs a different treatment.

Here are some spices, herbs that are key in Ayurvedic skincare philosophy:

  1. Turmeric – is not also just awesome in your food, because of it´s  antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. It can be also be used in treatments for Acne breakouts as a mask.
  2. Ginger is another one which is packed with anti-inflammatory properties that can be helpful to reduce acne breakouts. Prepare a mask by mixing dry ginger powder and holy earth with a small amount of water to a paste. Apply this onto your face and wash off with lukewarm water.
  3. A moisturising, anti-inflammatory ingredient that’s great for reducing sensitivity is Oatmeal. Right. You got me. That oatmeal out of your kittchen. Blend a half cup of Oatmeal and mix it with almond joghurt and one tablespoon of rose water. Apply onto your skin and feel the release…
  4. Neem and Vetiver –  as a mask with holy earth, two times a week can help to reduce acne breakouts overnight. Neem can be very overdrying, so keep your skin nourished after that.
  5. Spicy tea with ginger and lemon – will help your digestion to work and will also help your skin quality.

Cultivate a daily skin routine for your face

7 steps to glowing skin

A skin routine should also be integrated into your day, the 7 steps of Korean face routine is perfect here to keep your skin clean, glowing and nourished. There are many Ayurvedic brands which have what you need when you are not into a DIY lifestyle. I know, life get´s busy nowadays.

  1. Wash your face with an oil cleanser and a gentle skin soap such as neem soap in the morning and evening.
  2. Apply next some toner to nourish and hydrate your skin.
  3. Apply and tap a liquid or essence onto your skin.
  4. A dry face oil or moisturizer to finish the layering, just in the morning. Leave your skin overnight some space to breathe!
  5. Instead of Make Up, try to use BB creams and lotions – Dr. Hauschka got a very gentle one, also Dado Sense. Those brands use natural ingredients only.
  6. Face masks twice a week for cleansing if necessary and apricot oil treatment twice a week to nourish your skin. Leave the oil overnight.
  7. Gentle scrubs once a week. Two tablespoons of oat flour, one tablespoon of aloe vera jelly, one tablespoon of aloe vera water mixed with almond joghurt. Apply on your skin and massage gently. Leave it on your face for ten minutes and wash off with lukewarm water and massaging movements.

My favorite brands for skincare routine are Whamisa, Dr. Hauschka and Maharishi Ayurveda. None of those brands are sponsoring me – but with a sensitive acne skin, I had the best experiences with their products!

There would be so much more to say, but let´s stop here! 😉 So much information again! If you have got any other kind of recipes, tips and ideas for an holistic-ayurvedic skin routine, let us know in the comments!

I will also publish SOON an “Acne SOS guide” which will contain recipes, a diet plan (Kapha diet is the key!), recipes for skincare treatments and more informations on the specific doshas and skin conditions.

Have a beautiful Sunday and a great start into the new week and feel loved! Namaste!