Neem’s wonders

Bless that Neem Tree, it’s divine!

Good for so many things from soothing skin rashes and purifying the blood to keeping insects at bay, Neem’s uses are endless.

Considered the tree of life and pharmacy tree in India, the leaves and seed oil of the Neem tree have been used since ancient times to treat many issues, both internally and externally.

It has incredible medicinal benefits and plays a major role in Ayurveda for its amazing healing properties. Neem contains high anti-oxidant levels, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-septic properties, all of which makes it an ideal ingredient to support the health and beauty of the skin.

In times gone by, dried Neem leaves were used to store winter quilts and clothing. Indian women lined the bottom of chests with cushions of Neem leaves and then layered clothes and quilts on top to keep bugs and other insects at bay. The tradition is no doubt practiced today as well.

Many people are just now finding out about its awesome qualities that are both beautifying and therapeutic.
The Oil, with its unique colouring and quite strong smell, is derived from crushing the seeds or leaves and sometimes the fruit of the evergreen Neem. It is made by cold pressing, which is the best way of obtaining the highest quality oil. This process also keeps the active compounds in place, pure and unspoiled. Cold pressed Neem Oil does not contain toxins or chemicals which is often the case with some other extraction processes.

It is rich in essential fatty acids, emollients and Vitamin E and can be used from top to toe … heels to scalp, to soothe problematic skin that is acneic or suffers from eczema and psoriasis. It works to reduce harmful bacteria associated acne, breakouts and oily skin issues. Alleviating scalp irritation and itchiness, Neem Oil has also been traditionally used to treat conditions suchy as head lice, burns, athlete’s foot, rheumatism and cold sores.

So you see, the benefits of Neem are TRULY endless.

We have two specific Neem products: our Neem Facial Wash, a gel based cleanser with a soap-free lather that leaves the skin clean, radiant and refreshed without a tight or uncomfortable feel. It is specifically formulated for oily and acneic skin. Our other product is the Neem Oil which can be used on the skin or scalp to help skin that suffers from infection.

Neem Facial Wash

Neem Facial Wash

AYURVEDIC WELLNESS TREATMENTS

Nurturing special clients
For those clients who are suffering the effects from cancer treatments and for those in remission, the OmVeda individualised treatments help to safely soothe, nurture and comfort. We have a range of treatments for face, body and hair to help soul, spirit and wellness.

Mainstream cancer treatments have a tendency to dry the body internally and externally resulting in very dry skin. The effects of chemotherapy and other drugs can be hard-hitting on the skin resulting in dry, rough and flakey skin.

Cancer clients and those in remission require nourishing facial treatments to help the skin’s vitality and also help build healthy tissues. Rasayanas are herbs and minerals that aid in rejuvenating and nourishing.

OmVeda recommends their Mango Vegetable Facial to replenish and nourish dry skin and boost hydration levels. This Facial also addresses pigmentation. It includes the Skin Rejuvenator Mask rich in proteins, the deeply moisturising Mango Mask, the OmVeda Signature Marma Point Facial massage and a soothing and relaxing hand and foot massage.

The specialised Mango Mask contains Sacred Lotus Seeds, Honey and Indian Barberry. The Mask is mixed with freshly grated Cucumber to calm, Carrot to help soothe dry and sensitive skins and Potato which helps to firm.

The client can continue at home with the OmVeda products such as Aloe Cleanser, Rose Toner, Honey Sandalwood Moisturiser, Honey Body Lotion to name a few.

At the salon or spa OmVeda recommends regular Hair Spa Treatments to help address Alopecia, loss or partial loss or thinning of the hair. The OmVeda Hair Spa treatment helps to alleviate a dry, sensitive and irritated scalp while at the same time the treatment encourages hair growth and supports the health of the hair and the scalp.

All OmVeda products and treatments can be safely used throughout the client’s cancer treatment and during remission. OmVeda products are formulated from the bases of the Vedic Scriptures and traditional health and beauty recipes that have been used for over 5,000 years. The products are formulated from pure Ayurvedic herbs that are free of chemicals and contain no microbeads.

OmVeda’s Hair Spa Treatment combines a warm oil scalp massage using a customised herbal oil (such as the OmVeda Brahmi Oil or Neelini Oil) and the Neelini Hair Mask. Following the hair mask, the head is wrapped cosily in muslin and kept warm which allows the goodness of the herbs to be readily absorbed. After 15 minutes the hair and scalp is cleansed with the Amla Shampoo and spritzed with the OmVeda Hair Tonic.

OmVeda Brahmi Oil is formulated with Brahmi, Gota Kola and Valerian and helps to reduce stress, anxiety and insomnia. Brahmi’s anti-oxidant properties help provide nourishment to the scalp and the hair follicle in turn encouraging growth and supporting hair health.

The Neelini Hair Oil is specifically formulated to encourage hair growth and is formulated with herbs like Psoralea Coryfolia which is an excellent hair tonic and used in the treatment of hair loss and baldness.

A gentle hair cleanser, the OmVeda Amla Shampoo blends Indian Gooseberry and Arnica to aid in eliminating scalp irritations and dryness while helping to strengthen the hair.

The OmVeda Neelini Hair Mask is a blend of Ayurvedic herbal powders that are specifically formulated for hair loss, itching and irritated scalps and dandruff. While soothing irritations and inflammations it also helps to stimulate hair growth and support strong and thick hair.

The OmVeda Hair Tonic is a special tonic for scalp and hair. Made with Triphala, Mint and Musk Mallow, it is particularly cooling and nourishing to the scalp. It encourages hair growth and aids in thickening the hair.

The client should continue at home (in between OmVeda Hair Spa sessions) with the OmVeda Hair Oil, Amla Shampoo and Hair Tonic.

OmVeda Pumps – how to open


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Make Ayurveda a part of the everyday ritual with these beauty tips

Replenish and cleanse
Start the day by drinking at least one glass (if not two) of warm water with a squeeze of half a lemon and some thinly sliced ginger. The lemon will alkalize your gut and the ginger will stimulate the agni or fire we sometimes need to help our digestion on cold winter mornings.

Get oily
We lose water content and fluidity in our bodies with age. In Ayurveda this is known as shukhra and a regular oil massage (or Abhyanga) keeps us juicy and supple inside out. After a morning shower, take some almond oil in the palm of the hands and using long, gentle strokes, massage the oil into the body, moving from the extremities toward the heart.

Breathe and move
Do five sun salutations or a longer yoga practice.
Meditate to help calm the mind and focus.

Exfoliation
The granular powder called “besan” is used to slough off dead skin and relieve oiliness. Besan can also be used in place of soap to wash/cleanse the face or mixed with milk and turmeric powder and applied as a mask to the face. After the mixture dries, it is removed with warm water and a washcloth. While the besan scrubs skin, turmeric (an anti-bacterial) cleanses and milk adds moisture.

Fragrance:
Natural fragrances can calm, energize or relax, depending on the scent. Sandalwood, called chandanam, is offered as a stick, powder or paste. With natural cooling properties, as well as a woody, sweet aroma. When applied to the skin, it also can moisturize or alleviate stretch marks and scarring.
Dried sambraani, a tree resin, is toasted over an open flame and the smoke is used to scent the hair. The rich, woody smell helps the hair dry faster and may discourage colds and sinus congestion. Other common Indian fragrances include jasmine, hibiscus, coconut and lily.

There are various useful effects apart from the fragrance it imparts to hair. It aids in drying the hair faster. Also, it tends to draw the excess water in the head & face, being a good treatment for those with a heavy head from cold and sinusitis.

Sambraani smoke is also applied to new born babies, after each bath, to assure that the child does not catch a cold.

Special holders in various patterns are available for burning the coal. When sambraani powder is sprinkled on the burning coal, the smoke drifts out through the nozzles on the cover of the holder. Thus it is safe to hold it near head and face.
Ayurvedic Beauty Treatments
Ayurveda is the Indian system of philosophy developed over thousands of years. Ayurveda uses herbs and botanical ingredients to balance the skin, hair and body.

The all natural ingredients used in traditional Ayurvedic beauty care maintains health and keeps the skin vibrant and beautiful.

AMAZING INDIAN MADDER

Found in the hilly areas of India, Indian Madder (or Manjishta, its Sanskrit name) is a herb whose roots, leaves and seeds are widely used in traditional medicine for a variety of ailments including detoxification and to boost circulation. It helps to relieve arthritis and to get rid of build up around the joints and to maintain overall health. It is used in many of our herbal oils and creams to help reduce joint aches, skin disorders such as uneven pigmentation, irritation, freckles, acne and eczema. This amazing herb imparts a colour, dyeing cloth red as well as shades of pink, orange and brown. OmVeda products made using herbs which means that products take on these colours eg Honey Sandalwood Moisturiser, Raksha oil, Pinda Tailum.

Traditional Ayurvedic Beauty for our lifestyle today

Shining hair and sparkling eyes: Indian women are associated with beauty traits beloved worldwide and the Ayurvedic beauty formulations and rituals are a time-tested and totally natural solution.

Beautification became and is a daily ritual, Dinacharya – for cleansing, healing skin problems, covering up imperfections and oral hygiene.

There is a traditional ritual for every stage and age of life which has become a family tradition, passed down from generation to generation.

As a child I was influenced by stories my mother told me of her grandmother and mother instructing the kitchen to brew specific oils for hair and body, herbal applications and brews for congested chests, pastes for pimples and lotions to keep the skin soft and subtle.

As babies we received a massage using the cream of milk and or ghee as it is believed to soften the skin, strengthen the muscles and help build strong bones. A weekly head massage with herbal oils encouraged healthy long shiny hair andhelped to prevent dandruff and dryness.

As a teenager I was encouraged to use turmeric for pimples.

Mothers receive regular massage pre and post pregnancy using specific herbs that alleviate back pain, prevent stretch marks and cleanse. In fact, Abhyanga (self massage) should be a daily part of everyone’s daily routine. It helps to stimulate circulation, ease muscular aches and pains, soften the skin, maintain good bone strength, reduce skin problems and prevent many common skin ailments. There are specific herbal oils for the type of body and skin condition an individual has.

Every bride goes through a purification process (commonly known as detox) before her wedding day. This comprises a herbal body mask of finely ground herbal powders of neem, sandalwood, turmeric and rose made into paste with yoghurt. This leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth and flawless. The bride’s hands and feet are adorned with intricate henna patterns which tell a tale of the bride going to her groom. There is folklore that is attached to the significance of the depth of colour, so the hands and feet are warmed over a charcoal grill as it is said the warmth makes the colour deeper.

Superfluous hair was considered to be a stigma and a large number of depilatory agents have been used for centuries. Special ingredients were used for hair washes. Many herbal formulations have been successfully used for hair growth, prevention of falling hair and premature graying. Hair dyes, fragrant hair rinses and fumigants were also in use. Fragrant bath powders and body deodorants also find frequent mention. Oral hygiene in the form of care of teeth, mouth deodorants and colouring of lips were daily chores to be religiously pursued. It appears that the whole range of modern cosmetic usage was conceived by the ancient Indians and was practiced with the help of natural herbs still used today. Arguably time tested over 5000 years.

As soap can be drying, traditionally specific combinations of herbal powders were used on the body and face which helped to deep cleanse, exfoliate and keep the skin in good condition. These powders were rinsed away with water, just as with soap, but did not have the same drying affect.

Exercise is another important part of the daily routine, and it was recommended that one does at least 5 salutes to the sun on waking and a brisk walk after meals was encouraged to help digest food quickly,
Diet is a vital aspect of self care. It is not uncommon to hear seasonally – one eat this or that because it is cooling or heating and, there are foods to avoid during menstruation as heating foods can imbalance the flow.

Ancient remedies in a modern world

Ancient remedies are as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago. More so with the increasing knowledge that artificial and chemical ingredients can be detrimental, not only to the skin but for general wellbeing. What is put on the skin is absorbed, as the skin is the largest organ of the body. Skin is an outer protective covering which protects the face, body and scalp.
One of the main reasons that Ayurvedic skin care products and protocols are taking the spa and beauty worlds by storm is the availability of numerous potent skin rasayanas in the Ayurvedic herbal treasury.
Skin rasayanas (rasa – essence, ayana – enter) are so called because of their ability to deliver penetrating holistic benefits to the skin without side effects or damage caused by a fragmented approach to skin health. Whatever the skin type or its needs for balance, there are Ayurvedic skin rasayanas that can help. Further, when used in combination, as is the Ayurvedic tradition, there is the added benefit of synergy, with the combined formulation being exponentially more beneficial than any single herb in the formulation. These rasayanas should be seen as nutritional supplements to provide support to the skin- face, body and hair in topical formulations where the benefits are delivered trans-dermally. It should be noted that true Ayurvedic formulations for internal or external use are only effective when used in combination with other herbs to help alleviate or balance a problem.

The therapeutic value of the rasayanas is maximized when they are used in natural topical formulations in combination with emollients such as milk, cream, yogurt or honey, exfoliating substances such as natural clay, salts, grain or lentil flours, vegetable base oils, and floral waters or pure vegetable oils to act as the yogavahi – the carrier of the healing values of the herbs to the cells and tissues. Both the herbs themselves, as well as the other ingredients in the formulations, can be chosen specifically for a skin type, or balanced to suit all skin types.
Formulations that are tridoshic – suitable for all skin types – generally have many more herbs and ingredients to avoid aggravating an individual dosha (body type). The herbs should not be exposed to high temperatures, and should be of high quality and fresh. Formulations that add herbs to chemical bases or that contain artificial preservatives or fragrances are not as effective in maintaining skin health and appearance because the herbs in such formulations are not as active or have been processed. Just as processed food is said to have less nutrients than fresh food.

Vata skin, space or air predominant, is delicate and tends to be naturally dry. Skin rasayanas that benefit Vata types are mainly nourishing, with subsidiary benefits such as enhancing natural glow or purifying the skin. Such herbs also balance Vata dosha in the physiology, calming and settling the mind and supporting stress management and mind/body co-ordination so that the ravages of worry and excessive mental pressure do not show up on the skin as fine lines, sagging and bags under the eyes. Nourishment and deep, ongoing rehydration are essential if Vata skin is to look healthy, plump and youthful.

Brahmi (Bacopa), Shatavari (Indian Asparagus), Amla (Indian Gooseberry), Gotu kola (Indian Pennywort) and Ashwagandha (Winter Cherry) are potent Vata-pacifying skin rasayanas that help support skin elasticity, moisture balance, texture and radiance. They are ultra-nourishing, helping to regenerate skin cells and keep skin looking youthful. Triphala, made from equal parts of Indian Gooseberry, Beleric Myrobalan and Chebulic Myrobalan, are also excellent for Vata skin because it combines nourishment with a gentle detoxifying effect to enhance skin clarity. Topical formulations for Vata skin infuses these herbs with nourishing oils using traditional methodology that make the formulation effective.
Pitta skin, fire predominant, is sensitive and is generally neither dry nor oily. Skin rasayanas that support the health of Pitta skin are mainly cooling and soothing, with some element of nourishing and purifying as well. These rasayanas also balance Pitta in the physiology, balancing the emotions and strengthening the heart/mind co-ordination so that inner serenity and emotional balance are reflected on the skin as a healthy glow and brightness, and angry eruptions and redness are avoided by the inclusion of herbs that help constrict capilleries, cool and calm the skin. Pitta skin also requires protection, because it tends to be more photo-sensitive than other types of skin.

Amla, Bhringaraj (Eclipta alba), Kumari (aloe vera), White Sandalwood, Red Sandalwood and Lajawanti (Mimosa Pudica) are considered the pre-eminent Pitta-pacifying skin rasayanas. They draw out excess heat, support the skin’s natural ability to withstand the ravages of the environment, and keep skin clear and healthy. They nourish sensitive skin tissue without irritating it. Triphala, Manjistha (Indian Madder) and Neem are also helpful for Pitta skin because they purify and clarify the skin without depleting it of moisture or youthfulness. Topical formulations for Pitta skin combine these herbs with soothing oils.

Kapha skin, water or earth predominant, is oily, and tends to be congested and susceptible to attracting dust and grime. Skin rasayanas for Kapha skin are therefore first purifiers that detoxify and clarify, with subsidiary properties of being nourishing and rejuvenating. These herbs also balance Kapha dosha in the physiology, invigorating the mind and body so that the skin appears alive and vital, reducing the congestion that dulls Kapha skin.

Neem, Manjistha (Indian Madder), Triphala, Tulsi (Holy Basil), Cloves and Turmeric are potent Kapha-balancing skin rasayanas. They help detoxify the skin while nourishing it at the same time. They balance oil content in the skin and enhance clarity and brightness. Because of their effective detoxification properties, these rasayanas keep Kapha skin squeaky clean, so that it stays healthy and naturally radiant. Topical formulations for Kapha skin combine these herbs with light oils.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Pigmentation

Treating Pigmentation with our Vegetable Peel Mask

Our Vegetable Peel Mask masterfully targets the signs of hyper-pigmentation we all recognize as brown spots, darker, dusky markings, freckling and other discolourations. In addition, it offers remarkable results in minimising the appearance of scarring (acne, chicken pox etc) and boost suppleness and skin smoothness.

“While wrinkles, dehydration and loss of firmness are still major concerns, pigmentation is an ever-growing complaint for many women.” comments Yasmin.

This specialized Ayurvedic mix of active herbs features key ingredients of Wheat, Barley and Jambul.

This potent mask in powder form is designed to be blended with organic milk or yoghurt to trigger its vital properties. The natural enzymes found in the yoghurt/milk work in synergy to activate the herbs helping to accelerate cell renewal, minimise the appearance of darker patches and brighten the complexion.

While we may be familiar with the many acids that tackle hyper-pigmentation, certain grains such as Wheat, Barley and Rye contain Azelaic Acid, a component that is reported to be beneficial in minimising the appearance of pigmentation, help reduce scarring and acne.

In addition to Wheat and Barley, the OmVeda Vegetable Peel Mask also contains another essential ingredient called Jambul, a recognized high source of Vitamins A and C in addition to Sandalwood, Cinnamon and Nutmeg.

“What makes this Mask so unique is the use of the whole grain rather than a concentrated extract. It is gentle yet effective and 100% natural.”

The Mask delivers noteworthy results in helping brighten the complexion, enhance tone and texture and minimise the appearance of darker patches due to sun exposure, pregnancy or hormonal changes while also promoting skin suppleness and smoothness. The Facial is recommended in a series for best results.

We recommend take home of Pigmentation & Blemish Lotion featuring Lemon Juice, Neem and Bael Fruit ~ Pigmentation Mask containing Citrus, Almond, Bael Fruit and Honey and Pigmentation Cream (for night use) formulated with Wheat, Zinc Oxide, Kaolinum and natural minerals and vitamins.

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Traditional Ayurvedic Beauty for our lifestyle today

Shining hair and sparkling eyes: Indian women are associated with beauty traits beloved worldwide and the Ayurvedic beauty formulations and rituals are a time-tested and totally natural solution.

Beautification became and is a daily ritual, Dinacharya – for cleansing, healing skin problems, covering up imperfections and oral hygiene.

There is a traditional ritual for every stage and age of life which has become a family tradition, passed down from generation to generation.

As a child I was influenced by stories my mother told me of her grandmother and mother instructing the kitchen to brew specific oils for hair and body, herbal applications and brews for congested chests, pastes for pimples and lotions to keep the skin soft and subtle.

As babies we received a massage using the cream of milk and or ghee as it is believed to soften the skin, strengthen the muscles and help build strong bones. A weekly head massage with herbal oils encouraged healthy long shiny hair andhelped to prevent dandruff and dryness.

As a teenager I was encouraged to use turmeric for pimples.

Mothers receive regular massage pre and post pregnancy using specific herbs that alleviate back pain, prevent stretch marks and cleanse. In fact, Abhyanga (self massage) should be a daily part of everyone’s daily routine. It helps to stimulate circulation, ease muscular aches and pains, soften the skin, maintain good bone strength, reduce skin problems and prevent many common skin ailments. There are specific herbal oils for the type of body and skin condition an individual has.

Every bride goes through a purification process (commonly known as detox) before her wedding day. This comprises a herbal body mask of finely ground herbal powders of neem, sandalwood, turmeric and rose made into paste with yoghurt. This leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth and flawless. The bride’s hands and feet are adorned with intricate henna patterns which tell a tale of the bride going to her groom. There is folklore that is attached to the significance of the depth of colour, so the hands and feet are warmed over a charcoal grill as it is said the warmth makes the colour deeper.

Superfluous hair was considered to be a stigma and a large number of depilatory agents have been used for centuries. Special ingredients were used for hair washes. Many herbal formulations have been successfully used for hair growth, prevention of falling hair and premature graying. Hair dyes, fragrant hair rinses and fumigants were also in use. Fragrant bath powders and body deodorants also find frequent mention. Oral hygiene in the form of care of teeth, mouth deodorants and colouring of lips were daily chores to be religiously pursued. It appears that the whole range of modern cosmetic usage was conceived by the ancient Indians and was practiced with the help of natural herbs still used today. Arguably time tested over 5000 years.

As soap can be drying, traditionally specific combinations of herbal powders were used on the body and face which helped to deep cleanse, exfoliate and keep the skin in good condition. These powders were rinsed away with water, just as with soap, but did not have the same drying affect.

Exercise is another important part of the daily routine, and it was recommended that one does at least 5 salutes to the sun on waking and a brisk walk after meals was encouraged to help digest food quickly,
Diet is a vital aspect of self care. It is not uncommon to hear seasonally – one eat this or that because it is cooling or heating and, there are foods to avoid during menstruation as heating foods can imbalance the flow.

Make Ayurveda a part of the everyday ritual with these beauty tips:

Replenish and cleanse
Start the day by drinking at least one glass (if not two) of warm water with a squeeze of half a lemon and some thinly sliced ginger. The lemon will alkalize your gut and the ginger will stimulate the agni or fire we sometimes need to help our digestion on cold winter mornings.

Get oily
We lose water content and fluidity in our bodies with age. In Ayurveda this is known as shukhra and a regular oil massage (or Abhyanga) keeps us juicy and supple inside out. After a morning shower, take some almond oil in the palm of the hands and using long, gentle strokes, massage the oil into the body, moving from the extremities toward the heart.

Breathe and move
Do five sun salutations or a longer yoga practice.
Meditate to help calm the mind and focus.

Exfoliation
The granular powder called “besan” is used to slough off dead skin and relieve oiliness. Besan can also be used in place of soap to wash/cleanse the face or mixed with milk and turmeric powder and applied as a mask to the face. After the mixture dries, it is removed with warm water and a washcloth. While the besan scrubs skin, turmeric (an anti-bacterial) cleanses and milk adds moisture.

Fragrance
Natural fragrances can calm, energize or relax, depending on the scent. Sandalwood, called chandanam, is offered as a stick, powder or paste. With natural cooling properties, as well as a woody, sweet aroma. When applied to the skin, it also can moisturize or alleviate stretch marks and scarring.
Dried sambraani, a tree resin, is toasted over an open flame and the smoke is used to scent the hair. The rich, woody smell helps the hair dry faster and may discourage colds and sinus congestion. Other common Indian fragrances include jasmine, hibiscus, coconut and lily.

There are various useful effects apart from the fragrance it imparts to hair. It aids in drying the hair faster. Also, it tends to draw the excess water in the head & face, being a good treatment for those with a heavy head from cold and sinusitis.

Sambraani smoke is also applied to new born babies, after each bath, to assure that the child does not catch a cold.

Special holders in various patterns are available for burning the coal. When sambraani powder is sprinkled on the burning coal, the smoke drifts out through the nozzles on the cover of the holder. Thus it is safe to hold it near head and face.

Ayurvedic Beauty Treatments
Ayurveda is the Indian system of philosophy developed over thousands of years. Ayurveda uses herbs and botanical ingredients to balance the skin, hair and body.

The all natural ingredients used in traditional Ayurvedic beauty care maintains health and keeps the skin vibrant and beautiful.

Ayurvedic Precious Skincare Jewels

In Ayurvedic medicine, metals such as gold, silver, and gemstones all possess healing energy. Whether a copper bracelet for helping to relieve arthritis pain or gold water for stamina, these natural elements have great potential in both alternative and conventional medicine.

According to this belief system, copper, gold, silver and iron in Ayurvedic medicine play a vital role in maintaining well-being.

There is a possibility of toxins within even pure metals; so, in Ayurvedic medicine all the healing metals, including copper, gold, silver, and iron, are purified before use. The metal is usually heated and then treated with a natural substance, such as oil, buttermilk or ghrita (medicinal clarified butter).
Copper, gold, silver and iron are the main metals that have been used in Ayurvedic medicine. Given Ayurveda is the oldest written text of medicine it is interesting to note that it has also been adopted in other healing disciplines.

Gold is a traditional remedy used to increase circulation and balance blood flow, silver has been used as an antibacterial and cooling agent. Copper, gold, silver, and iron metals in Ayurvedic medicine have been considered medicinal elements for centuries, their healing powers recorded in ancient texts.
Precious gems and jewels have found their way onto treatment menus and into skincare products. Ayurvedic beauty treatments inclusive of precious metals and gems are always combined with herbs and oils to maximise the benefits to the skin.

Gold, for example has always been recognised for its curative and energistic properties.

Oxidation of metals is a speciality of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical processes. The resulting substances are called “Bhasamas”. These are primarily oxides of the metals but their exact chemical nature is not yet known and may be more than this, for hard metals the following procedure is used, each metallic substance in the form of a flattened piece, is heated on charcoal and then dipped into oil, buttermilk, or other special substances. In each of these mediums the metal is heated and dipped seven times. When it is purified the metal becomes very brittle and another process called “Marana” is done. The purified metal is put into an earthen shell on to which another earthen shell is made. It is sealed airtight with a cloth dipped in clay. When the shell is dry it is heated on coals from wood of special trees. Heat is applied for six to eight hours and the Bhasama is thereby prepared. This procedure may be repeated many times for preparing Bhasamas of different strengths.

Gold:
Gold is a noble metal and does not react with tissues. Gold is sweet and bitter in taste and hot, unctuous and heavy in quality. Taken internally, it improves intelligence, capacity to learn and memory. It counters the effects of poisons in the body. Strengthens the nerves and is a rejuvenative and aphrodisiac. Gold can be used in the form of gold water, gold tincture, varak or gold leaf used on sweets for special occasions. Gold also helps to stimulate lymphatic drainage and blood circulation, thus facilitating the removal of toxins and wastes and purifying the skin. All these actions help to improve the skin’s normal functions, particularly that of the regeneration of healthy new cells. In fact, gold is one of the most powerful methods of age-control and rejuvenation, when applied on the skin.

Silver:
Silver is cooling and sour. Internally, it is used for cooling the mind, emotions and body in conditions such as neuritis and neuralgia, inflammation of mucous membranes and diseases of the reproductive system. Pure Silver contains certain cooling properties that helps treat excess heat in the body. This makes the addition of Silver extremely beneficial to the relief of redness and irritations, helping refresh windburn or chafing sensations and sunburn. It is also said that pure Silver helps in treating acne conditions. Reduces Pitta and increases Vata and Kapha, cools the mind and calms the blood. Silver’s cleansing action kills bacteria on contact, soothes the skin and speeds up cell repair

Pearls:
Pearls and Ash of pearls have innumerable healing properties. Said to centre the spirit, Pearls and Ash of Pearl have a brightening effect on the skin. They contain powerful nutritive elements such as amino acids and proteins, which help reduce the effects of sun damage while strengthening and improving the skin’s moisture retention ability. Decreases Vata and Pitta and increase Kapha. Purifies the blood and improves vitality.

Diamond:
Diamond bhasam rejuvenate the epidermal layer, as it reaches deeply in to the core components of the skin, and counter acts the natural ageing process with advanced and technical aggressive age define properties. Diamond stimulates and boosts the metabolic function of the skin, acts as a building block and targets the skin’s demands to help fight and erase fine lines and pre mature wrinkling. In addition Diamond eliminates toxins and improves cell regeneration. Ayurvedic texts say Diamond has age-defying and rejuvenating effects that help control visible signs of ageing Diamond is said to purify and remove congestion from the tissues, getting rid of toxins and wastes.

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