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6 Easy Ayurveda Self-Care Routines to Implement in Your Life

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According to Mr. Google Ayurveda is the traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing. To me, Ayurveda is a way of implementing self-care into my everyday routine and becoming more mindful and aware of how I treat my body and what I put in it. So after reading Sahara Rose's Idiot's Guide to Ayurveda literally cover to cover, here are the 6 Ayurveda self-care routines that I am currently implementing in my day to day and how I do them:

1. Tongue scraping right when I wake up

  • What is it? Tongue scraping is as disgusting as it sounds. It's a tool you use to scrape away all the white stuff in your tongue.
  • Why you need it?  That white coating in your tongue right when you wake up is bacteria, which is the one to blame for your morning breath.
  • How I do it? Right after brushing my teeth, I stick my tongue out and scrape all the white stuff comes off. Disgusting? Yes, but it gives me some sort of peace of mind to know that at least I know I'm not eating  a side of bacteria for breakfast. 
  • Where can you find a tongue cleaner?

2. Switch mouth wash for oil Pulling

  • What is it? Oil pulling is said to be a natural and toxic-free alternative to mouthwash in helping you take out all the bacteria and toxins in your mouth that build up while you sleep. Like for example, the ones you left behind while tongue scraping.
  • Why you need it? Because it's a toxic free and natural alternative to mouth wash. 
  • How I do it? After I'm finished tongue scraping, I take about a tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it around in my mouth for at least 10 minutes (the ideal time is 20 minutes). Once I'm done, I go ahead and toss it in the trash, because I've read it could clog your pipes. I rinse my mouth with some water afterwards. 
    • "Wow! María Elena estás loca. I don't have time" You say? If you're thinking that's too much time oil pulling these are all the things I do while oil pulling: make my bed, boil my water with lemon, make breakfast and brew coffee.
  • Which oil should I purchase? You can use sesame, sunflower or coconut oil. I prefer coconut oil because it's easier to find and I don't mind the taste. Just make sure they are virgin/ unrefined and organic! Here are some alternatives:

3. Warm water with lemon and apple cider vinegar

apple cider vinegar tea
  • Why you need it? The premise behind this is hydrating your body right after waking up without disrupting your digestive system. According to Ayurvedic medicine, your stomach is associated with the element of fire, which means that putting cold liquids and foods is harming to your digestive system, specially right when you wake up.
  • How I do it? While I'm oil pulling and making my breakfast, I heat up a cup of water in the stove. Then I add the juice of half a lemon and a splash of apple cider vinegar to a cup and pour the water while it's simmering. I like to pre-cut some lemons to have them ready in the morning. In my experience, this "tea" is delicious on its own, but you can add some honey or ginger if you want to spice it up! 
  • Which Apple Cider Vinegar do you recommend? Anything raw including "the mother" works. Here are some alternatives:

4. Implementing Essential oils to my everyday life

essential oils
  • What are they? According to Dr. Axe, "essential oils are highly concentrated oils that have a strong aroma and because of their antidepressant, stimulating, detoxifying, antibacterial, antiviral and calming properties, they recently gaining popularity as a natural, safe and cost-effective therapy for a number of health concerns".  
  • Why do you need them? Because you can use them for aromatherapy, cleaning, natural remedies and even cooking! One small tube of essential oil can be used for a vast majority of things in your life. 
  • How I use them? I use them with a diffuser during yoga, meditation or to fall asleep and on their own on pressure points. I even to make some DIY projects like shampoo and toxic-free all purpose cleaner!
  • Where can I find the best essential oils? My top pick will always be, you guessed it... iHerb! I seriously love their free 2-day-shipping and prices, but here are some alternatives:
  • What are your favorite essential oils?

5. Dry Brushing

what is dry brushing
what is dry brushing
  • What is it? Brushing your dry body with a natural bristle brush to stimulate your lymphatic system. 
  • Why you need it? According to a mindbodygreen article, "dry brushing helps to unclog pores and excrete toxins that become trapped in the skin". It is also said to help reduce the appearance of cellulite. I have seen less cellulite bumps in my thighs since I started doing it!
  • How I do it? Before getting into the shower, I grab a natural bristle brush like this one and brush it all over my body, from the feet to my upper body, always towards the heart. Yes, you have to be naked and yes, it's called dry brush because need to be dry in order to do it. 
  • Where can I find a dry brush? Basically anywhere! Just make sure it's a natural bristle brush like any of these:

6. Oil Massaging

oil massaging abhyanga
  • What is it? Massaging your body right after dry brushing and showering. Basically the ultimate self-love manifestation! 
  • Why do you need it? Ayurvedic medicine recommends that you don't put anything in your body that you wouldn't eat. This is why the best thing about using oils instead of regular body moisturizers is that you will be absorbing all the wonderful properties of natural oils. 
  • How I do it? I give myself a nice and strong massage from the feet to my face giving stronger attention to dry areas, like my elbows. I use coconut oil or almond oil and sometimes mix it with some eucalyptus essential oil for my feet and tea tree oil for my face! 
  • What are the best oils to use? According to Sahara Rose's book, here are the best oils to use:
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Let me know if you already implement any of these routines! Liked this post? You will LOVE 5 Cheap and Easy Ways to Have a Spa Retreat at Home

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Until next time, 

María Elena

5 Cheap and Easy Ways to Have a Spa Retreat at Home

wellness, Podcast, LifestyleMaría Elena RodríguezComment

If you've been listening to my new podcast, Un aguacate a la vez, which I co-host with my friend Silvia Vallejo, you may have noticed that lately I've been reaaaally into self-care. I just keep coming back to this thought over and over again: Self Care is the new luxury. You don't need to have a trust fund, a fancy home or a sports car; you just need TIME, time for the most important person in your life: yourself. What better way to celebrate yourself than with self-care? So if for any reason you can't getaway this spring break, here are some ideas that will help you have a rejuvenating and luxurious experience at home. The best part? You can do this by yourself or with a loved one. Enjoy!

1. Turn off all your electronics

Want to feel renewed after this experience? I'm sorry but binge watching Netflix won't do it! Get rid of all the blue lights and electronics that take over our daily lives and make yourself a priority. This includes your phone, iPad, TV, Kindle, laptop and even your smart watch! 

Cost: $0

2. Give yourself an ayurvedic massage

Ever since I purchased The Idiot's Guide to Ayurveda by Sahara Rose, I can't stop giving myself spa rituals at home. My favorite ritual? Dry brushing and oil massaging! If you have been reading me since 2013, you know that I tried dry brushing a while back but I stopped very quickly (I even deleted that post lol). I guess it wasn't the right time for me. But now? I dry brush after showering for about ten minutes. It's not hard, all you need is a brush like this $5 one!  Here's a great article on how to dry brush. 

ayurveda sahara rose

After dry brushing, I grab some coconut oil or almond oil and spend a good 10-15 minutes just massaging the oil through my body. Why oil and not a cream moisturizer? According to Ayurveda, you shouldn't put anything in your body that you wouldn't eat because you don't want toxins in the biggest organ of your body, which is your skin. Makes sense doesn't it? Just as I thought putting oils on my face was crazy and now I can't get enough of it, I used to think that using oil as a body moisturizer was going to be a mess! But I promise it isn't, you just need to sit still for a few minutes afterwards to let the oil absorb and that's it! I like to do it right before bed and curl up with a book. You will wake up with the softest skin ever. 

By the way, you don't need any fancy department store body oil in order to achieve this. My favorite places to find good quality oils are Costco, Freshmart or my most recent obsession: iHerb.com, which I happen to have a discount code (AFU8252) if you want 5% off your purchase! You just need an organic, pure and unrefined oil (like this almond oil or this coconut oil) which are usually much cheaper than then ones branded as a beauty staple.

Cost: $0 if you already own a dry brush and oil. $30 at most if you need to purchase these items. Shop them here:

3. Practice Restorative or yin Yoga

I already talked about doing yoga at home in this post, but here's a more relaxing way of practicing yoga at home: Restorative or yin yoga. In the video above you will go over the basics of yin yoga, but it is basically a way to calm down and restore the body from all the stress. It is basically the rest day of your yoga practice. In order to achieve an easy and cheap restorative yoga practice at home you will need at least a yoga mat, a comfy pillow and a good connection to the internet for some free youtube videos like these. 

healing crystals

If you want to take your at home yoga practice to another level (I'm talking #BrujitasDeCloset level) here are some ideas:

You can read more about at home yoga practices here. 

Cost: You decide! My recommendation is to start with a good quality yoga mat and slowly start creating your yoga space. Here are some alternatives:

Cook your favorite food and invite your friends and family over

Self care is not just about enjoying yourself alone, it is also about enjoying yourself surrounded by the people who make you feel good. You know that dinner party you've been meaning to host for a while? Go ahead and plan it! Want to host a brunch with your friends? Do it! Whatever you do for your friends and family, make them feel special and let them know how happy you are to have them in your life. 

Cost: You decide! 

Go for a long walk or hike

Don't ever underestimate the power of bonding with nature. Nothing compares to feeling the breeze brush your skin and smelling the flowers and the grass as you go by. Why do you think I enjoy running outside so much?! It is a grounding experience that we should all prioritize at least 10 minutes daily. On your day off, dedicate an hour to this! Thank me later. 

Cost: You can buy a comfortable pair of tennis shoes for less than $100. (Brooks will always be my #1 choice!)

Finally I wanted to give a heads up that I will be beginning a 30 Day Ayurveda Challenge for Silvia this April, so let me know if you are interested in joining us! Make sure you follow our podcast, Un aguacate a la vez on  FacebookInstagram and Twitter so you don't miss when it happens.


María Elena