Continues from previous post Dinacharya Ayurvedic Healthy Routines For A Holistic Lifestyle – Part 1
After cleansing your tongue, gargling is the next procedure to be followed according to Dinacharya. First you use cold water to rinse your mouth and remove excess Kapha from it. Now you can use an Ayurvedic gargle which is made from natural herbs like liquorice, triphala, peppermint, cypress as well as musta. Every fortnight you can gargle with a solution made from water and one ounce of crushed sesame seeds. Gargling improves oral health.
5. Cleaning the nasal cavity:
The nasal cavities should be cleaned regularly. Two drops of Ayurvedic oil or sesame oil should be dropped in each nostril. Do not pluck your nasal hair, you can trim them occasionally. Regular cleansing of the nasal cavities helps in maintaining the clarity in the sense of smell. It is said that, according to ayurveda, a clean nasal passage improves the eye sight, sense of smell and hair growth.
6. Eye Care:
The eyes are the most important as well as the most sensitive organs of the human body. Ayurveda suggests that you clean them everyday by using cold water. You can also make a triphala powder mix and wash your eyes with it(1/4 teaspoon of thiphala powder mixed in a glass of lukewarm water, cooled and finely strained). Add the water or triphala mix in an Ayurvedic eye wash cup and place it over your eyes for a minute, do blink your eyes while the eye wash cup is still over your eyes.
7. Cleansing routine for the ears:
Ayurvedic ear care involves application of lukewarm sesame oil with the help of your little finger. You can also use a dropper to pour two drops of sesame oil directly in the ear passage. If you take proper care of the ears then hearing ability will remain satisfactory even in old age.
8. Your every day bath:
After you have cleansed all of your sense organs you have to take your every day bath to cleanse your whole body and improve vitality. A morning bath cheers, cleanses and strengthens the body, mind as well as all the senses and prepares a person to tackle negativity throughout the day. The body is refreshed with a morning bath. You must also take a bath before going to bed at night to cleanse yourself. People who have predominant Vata or Kapha Dosha can take bath in warm water. People who have Pitta Dosha will benefit by bathing with cool or lukewarm water. Brush your body with a natural bristle brush twice in a week followed by your bath.
After taking your bath use a towel made of natural fibre to dry yourself and gently rub your body with natural oil like sesame and coconut. Avoid using a commercially prepared cream.
Wear Colours Suited Your Dosha Type:
Wearing colours corresponding to your Dosha will benefit your energy levels. You can also use these colors for decorating your house:
Vata Dosha: Suitable colours for Vata Dosha are warm and calming. Earthy tones or yellows are very pleasing. Other supporting colors are white, violet, blue and deep reds. Avoid bright red color as it is extremely stimulating.
Pitta Dosha: Pitta Dosha is hot, they need a cool colors to stay in balance. Go for soft, pastel colors to ease away tensions. Blues and greens are especially beneficial; also, pinks and roses can be worn and used.
Kapha Dosha: Kapha Dosha requires the stimulation of vivid and hot colors. Increase your energy levels with orange and red tones.
Hair and Nails:
Trim nails, hair and beard twice in a month. Scrub your nails with sesame oil or natural oil. Do not cut cuticles, push them back with a nail filer.