Ayurveda is a unique blend of science and philosophy that believes in the balance of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual components for holistic health. There has to be an intelligent co-ordination of the Atma (Soul), Mana (Mind), Indriya (Senses) and Sharira (Body). The co-ordination revolves around the five dense elements that go into the making of the constitution of each individual, called Prakriti. This Prakriti is determined by the vital balance of the three physical energies – Vata, Pitta, Kapha and the three mental energies – Satwa, Rajas, Tamas. The aim in Ayurvedic treatments, therefore, is to restore the equilibrium, not only through herbal medication, but also through the diet and lifestyle.
Apart from the medicinal properties, Ayurveda also has many benefits in skin, hair and body care. Plant extracts and natural substances have been formulated into cosmetic products, according to the Ayurvedic system, not only for the daily care of the skin and hair, but also for the treatment of many problems. One of the major benefits is that biologically active ingredients are easily absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin and influence it at the cellular level.
The plant extracts and natural substances have always been part of cosmetic products since ages. However, pure Ayurvedic cosmetics are without any chemical and can be used not only for the daily care of the skin and hair, but also for the treatment of many problems. Since biologically active ingredients are easily absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin and scalp they effectively influence and treat at cellular level. As discussed above, human body responds extremely well to natural substances, while it has an in-built resistance to synthetic ones. Though natural herbs have a mild effect, yet have powerful and specific healing properties. Similarly, Ayurveda uses natural fragrances of flower and herb extracts which helps calm the nerves and provide relaxation. There are thousands of products available in market and also over Internet claiming to be ‘Ayurvedic Cosmetics’ by their manufacturer but the fact is that majority of them contains harmful chemicals. Though there is no specific reference about Cosmetology in the Ayurveda, yet these products must follow on the basic principles of Ayurveda.
These principles are:
- Ingredients used in Ayurvedic Cosmetics is obtained naturally from vegetable sources like plants, fruits and herbs.
- Ayurvedic Cosmetics contains herbs, extracts or essential oils only obtained through recognized traditional ayurvedic plants.
- No animal ingredients, mineral oils, pesticides, chemicals, or testing on animals is allowed.