It’s vacation time! For most people, vacation means resting, relaxing, and taking a break from their often hectic daily life. But vacations can also present a great opportunity to discover something new. We’ve put together a little Ayurvedic travel kit and will show you how Ayurveda can help you slow down and recharge.
Slowing down with Ayurveda
Vata Aroma Oil, your ideal travel companion, will help you ease into relaxation mode. With its soothing composition of sweet orange, rose geranium, basil, marjoram and fennel, this natural oil blend spreads a pleasant scent and sense of well-being. The soft sounds of Maharishi Gandharva music clear the path to inner peace. Depending on your personal taste, inner needs and the time of day, there is a great diversity of eternal melodies of nature to choose from. Here are a few samples of Amar Nath playing the bamboo flute:
- Joy (7-10h)
- Happiness (16-19h)
- Integration (19-22h)
- Restful Sleep (22-1h)
- Peace & Tranquillity (1-4h)
Are you looking for something to read that will enrich you beyond your vacation? How about “In Balance leben: Wie wir trotz Stress mit unserer Energie richtig umgehen” [Living in balance: How to handle your energy despite stress, in German only]. Based on Ayurveda’s ancient knowledge of healing, the acclaimed author presents you with six steps to help you “manage” your energy more successfully.
Would you like to set aside some quiet time during your vacation to learn more about the many possibilities Ayurveda has to offer? “Ayurveda für jeden Tag” (Ayurveda for every day, in German only) by Ayurvedic physician Dr. Ernst Schrott contains many Ayurveda tips on nutrition, body care and health. Perhaps you would like to try new Ayurveda recipes? And if you ever have any aches or pains, Dr. Schrott reveals in the chapter “Beschwerden von Kopf bis Fuß” [Pains from head to toe], how Ayurveda can help with sunburns, headaches and infections.
Start your day out strong
You know that something is good for you, but there just isn’t enough time for it during the day. Does this sound familiar? Often, we don’t find the necessary time for things that are important to us and provide well-being until we’re on vacation. Why not use your next vacation to regularly start your day with the Ayurvedic morning routine? Not only will it kick-start your digestion and metabolism, it will also make you feel fresher and fitter. This way, you can enjoy your vacation even more!
Time for yourself: Ayurvedic head massage
An Ayurvedic head massage is a particularly simple and effective way to pamper yourself on your vacation. The very act of consciously touching this very sensitive area helps us gather our thoughts and relax. A gentle head massage will equally touch body, soul and spirit. It stimulates blood circulation in your scalp and nurtures and strengthens your hair and scalp. We recommend you massage your scalp twice a week in the morning before washing your hair, using a hair oil that suits your Dosha type:
- Vata Hair Oil, for normal to dry and brittle hair
- Pitta Hair Oil, for thin, fine and red hair, or for people with a sensitive scalp
- Kapha Hair Oil, for thick and oily hair
The herb mixtures and fine herbal oils made according to ancient original Ayurvedic recipes benefit both your body and mind.
Our summer tip: If the sun tends to bleach and dry out your hair, mixed Vata types in particular should use Vata Hair Oil. It will provide an extra layer of protection and nurture your damaged summer hair.
Spices, mint oil and tea with unusual dishes
According to Ayurveda, spices can help make dishes that are difficult to digest more agreeable, particularly unusual dishes served in foreign holiday destinations. Our churnas, which you can use to spice up your dish depending on your taste and the time of year, are especially popular on trips.
- Vata Churna: especially for foods that stimulate Vata, such as cabbage, broccoli, corn, legumes and lettuce
- Pitta Churna: a spice for hot days, e.g. with tomato dishes
- Kapha Churna: Spice up your meal! Kapha Churna for hot and spicy and slightly fiery, but also heavy dishes
All three churnas are available at Maharishi Ayurveda® in organic quality. You should always have a bottle of Ayurvedic herbal oil with mint on you, just to make sure the unusual cuisine doesn’t spoil your vacation. If you feel unwell after an exotic meal, just add 1 – 2 drops to a glass of hot water and drink it. Digest Plus Tea is used in Ayurveda as a healthy alternative to aperitifs and bitters. Hot and spicy, Digest Plus Tea is a popular travel companion that you ideally drink one hour before or after a heavy dish or big meal.
Dosha teas instead of cold drinks
If you’re longing for some peace and quiet, don’t forget to pack some aromatic Vata Tea. A regular cup of this tea can help you balance excess Vata. As tempting as it is, you shouldn’t drink ice-cold drinks on hot days because our body goes into “heating mode” to bring the cold liquid to body temperature. What we initially perceive as refreshing generates extra inner heat in the long run. That is why, according to Ayurveda, you should drink warm to lukewarm water or tea to cool off on hot summer days. We recommend in particular one to two cups of Pitta Tea per day. Try it!
Sunbathing with no regrets
Do you love the sun? If so, it’s best to enjoy sunbathing before noon, when the sun’s rays aren’t quite as intense yet. Your skin will thank you! Afterwards indulge yourself and your skin in a nice cooling after-sun care with Maharishi Ayurveda® Aloe Vera Gel. Applied externally, it is a boon to the skin after being out in the sun. It doesn’t matter what type of skin you have, just rub on the Aloe Vera Gel, let it soak in and then apply a body lotion, based on your skin type, or the Ayurvedic After Sun Oil. To help your skin recover from the intense sun, you can also drink one to three glasses of aloe vera juice per day. Aloe vera juice is available in most well-stocked drugstores.
Packed just for you: your Ayurvedic travel kit
Whether you’re travelling for work or pleasure, you should always carry these Ayurvedic products with you:
- Ayurvedic herbal oil with mint – to rub on your temples in stressful situations, massage muscles and joints, and drink with hot water if you feel unwell
- Digest Plus Tea – soothing after heavy meals
- Churnas – practical on-the-go spice mix
- Aloe Vera Gel – pleasantly cooling after sunbathing