Different natural cosmetics in Ayurveda

Different natural cosmetics in Ayurveda

As always, the health of your body on the outside is really dependent upon the health of the body on the inside. Most of the things listed below are external covering for internal problems. If someone has bad body odor and needs a deodorant it is because of aama in the system and/or bad digestion. If someone has bad breath it is another sign of poor digestion or improper food habits and most likely both. For pimples, it is natural during puberty and is a sign of high pitta afterwards. Virrechana is needed. For problems with hair it is the health of your bones mainly. So many of the cosmetic stuff below is just bandage work for most people. We want to use these from a healthy point of view, not to cover up the real problems but since I have been asked to give some ideas, here they are.

Face Pack –
In Ayurveda, there are three types of facepacks;
Doshagna (alleviating dosas), Vishaha (detoxifying), and Varnakara (healthy complexion)

Powder of Haritaki (terminalia chebula), leaves of Nimba (Azadiracta indica), Bark of a mango tree, Flower of pomegranate tree are made into a paste and applied to the face, it gives color and complexion.

These herbs promote clear healthy complexion:
Chandana (santalum album), Tunga (colophyllus inophyllum), Padmaka (prunus cerasoids), Usira (veteveria zizanioides), Madhuka (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Manjista (Rubia cardifolia), Sariva (hemidesmus indicus), Payasya (ipomoea paniculata), Sita (white variety of cynodon doctylon) and Lata (black variety of cynodon dectylon) – these ten drugs are complexion promoters.

Taking a bath in a medicinal decoction promotes the color and health. Musta (nutgrass), Vaca (acorus calamus), Madanaphala (Randia spinosa), Intrayava (holarrhena antidysenterica), Darvi (Berberis aristata ) etc. take these and boiling them into a decoction and then bathing with it.

For pimples the paste of Vaca (Acorus calamus), Lodhra (symplocac racemosa), and Saindhava – salt
Another blend is Coriander, Vaca, Lodhra and Kushta can be applied.

Another paste made from Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), Red Sandalwood (Pterocarpus santalinus), Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa), Kustha (Saussurea lappa), Priyangu (Callicarpa macrophylla), Vatankura (aerial roots of ficus bengalensis), Masura (Lens esculenta) is used in the form of paste that cure pimples and pigmented skin of face.

Another blend is just haridra (turmeric) and red sandalwood. It cures the pimples and improve the color and complexion the skin.

Mouth freshener –
Instead of chewing gum which messes up digestion as well is questionable for the content of chemicals in it, you can chew a betel leave with camphor, mace, clove, and some ground up betel nut. If you cannot get your hands on betel leaf, you can use the other ingredients.Natural deodorant –

Applied as a powder or a thin paste cinnamon, haritaki, sandalwood, lodhra, and Ambu (Pavonia odorata). They remove bad odor of the body.

Removing hair –
You can use the bark of bananna and Cassia fistula, also know as Amaltas and Laburnum. Burn them to ash and apply the ash.
Another one is that you can apply the oil of Bhallataka but this is a very hot oil.

For Hair-
To strengthen hair, make a paste of Tila (Sesamum indicum), Amalaka (Embilika officinalis), Padamkinjalka, Madhuka (Glycyrriza glabra) – these drug used in the form of paste added with honey applied on head

For smooth healthy hair and to stop hairfall – Wash with Triphala decotion (Haritaki-terminalia chebula, Bibhitaka-terminalia belerica, Amalaki- amlika officinale)

A medicated oil that is good for hair health is Sahacara (Barleria prionitis), Bhringaraja (Eclipta alba), Sursa (Osimum sanctum) and Yastimadhu (Glycyrriza glabra)

There are many other hair products on the market that are supposedly Ayurveda. Many many of them have chemicals in them and have artificial scents.

For your own personal product to be made you can contact a person i know who makes natural hair products
Her name is Erin and she can be reached at ehigginbotham3@cox.net.

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2 thoughts on “Different natural cosmetics in Ayurveda

  1. Hi, would applying some honey to the hair (like a pomade, to give it shine, improve appearance, etc) aggravate the doshas if left in for time? I was told by an uncle that they used to do this in the village in the old days (along with olive oil). Thanks

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