3 Ayurvedic Products Perfect for Black Skin and Hair
Ayurvedic medicine (also called Ayuverda) is one of the oldest health traditions in the world. Originating from India, Ayurveda roughly translates from Sanskrit to “the knowledge of life, (Ayur= life, Veda= knowledge). It is understood in Ayurvedic teachings that the mind, body, earth and elements are all connected together; if something is off-balance, it can create illness and disease. There are several main themes of Ayurveda:
The mind and body are completely and essentially connected.
Healing comes from balance, awareness and the mind.
Each being has a reigning “dosha” an elemental force which we must keep in balance. There are three doshas: Vata, Kapha and Pitta. Vata dosha is air and space dominant, Kapha dosha is earth and water dominant, and Pitta dosha is fire dominant. Each person has all three doshas within their body, but usually one or two doshas are more distinct.
The Ayurvedic system takes account of each person’s specific physical and emotional wellbeing and imbalances, allowing the body and mind to work to the fullest potential. By adjusting your diet, personal hygiene, and workouts (as well as following your doctor’s medical recommendations) you can live a healthy and more complete life.
Below are a few modern Ayurvedic-inspired products that are perfect for Ayurveda newbies, each addressing a specific issue that is beneficial to black skin and wellbeing:
Many travelers of color have fiery Pitta-dominance. Pittas are sharp, direct, and not afraid to speak up; but when out of balance they tend to be a bit short-tempered. They love to eat (especially spicy food!) and tend to sleep deeply and soundly for short periods of time. In order to gain balance, Pittas are recommended to follow a “cooling” regimen such as drinking cucumber water, eating leafy greens, and avoiding too much alcohol (I know, that's a hard one for me as well). This Pitta staples travel kit from Rasasara Skinfood is perfect to cool down after a long plane ride.
The Vata dosha can arise during the fall and winter months, when our body is compromised with cold air, and moments of fatigue and restlessness. Switch out your shea butter moisturizing regimen for an oil regimen from Sundara Holistic. The Brahmi hair oil contains an array of Ayurvedic herbs that stimulate hair follicle growth and awaken creativity. The Vata face serum and body oil is ideal for parts of the skin prone to ashiness.
Turmeric is one of the most popular Ayurvedic spices in the world. While it's known to be a tasty addition to curries and stews, it also helps with inflammation and blood flow (and gives brown/black skin a bright golden glow). Turmeric face masks can occasionally leave an orange stain, so I recommend drinking a warm mug of golden milk, such as Dona’s Turmeric Concentrate, as an alternative method.