Ayurveda and Banyan

_MG_4663I have always been interested in Ayurvedic Medicine.  According to the book “The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies” by Vasant Lad, Ayurveda is “the art of daily living in harmony with the laws of nature.”


In it’s simplest terms, Ayurveda is about balance. It is “maintaining balance of mind, body, and consciousness” (Lad) through the changes of seasons and the constant change that occur in one’s life internally and externally.

In order to maintain balance, you must understand your innate constitution or dosha. The three Ayurvedic doshas are Pitta, Vata, and Kapha.  Here in lies what I believe is the hardest part of Ayurveda…determining your dosha.

Luckily for me, I have many friends who are well-versed in Ayurveda and have helped me to understand my natural dosha(s). The reason it is hard is because we are always changing, affected by our environment, aging, growing, etc. and we all have a little bit of all the doshas, with one or two being primary or most prominent. I have found to be some combination of Pitta-Vata.

During the fall, I had my first chance to try an Ayurvedic remedy. I had acne or a skin infection that would not clear up with my normal routine of remedies and I was headed to the doctor for a prescription. My friend, Jen, suggested I use the Vata Oil on my face because the fall is the season of Vata and it could help balance out any imbalances going on with the change of seasons. I did it. Overnight, my skin cleared up. No Joke!  I was able to cancel my appointment and avoid using any prescription medication.

So last night I was looking to order more Vata Oil from Banyan Botanicals and found that they have an online quiz (Prakriti Quiz) to help determine your natural dosha(s) combination. Then they have a quiz, the Vikriti Quiz, to help determine where you are today; your current state of balance. Then, of course, because they are a manufacturer of Ayurvedic products, they recommend oils and supplements that might help with your different imbalances.  Personally, I liked this.  I found it very helpful and I might try some of their suggestions.

For people who grew up with Western Medicine, Ayurveda can be strange and confusing but it can also be fun and informative. Try something new. It never hurts to seek balance in your life. Ayurveda offers just one road map to try.

Found other good Ayurveda websites? Please share.

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