This weekend I had some spa-at-home time: Ayurvedic lavender hair oil, a pearl powder facial, and a jade roller treatment. Our owner, Stacey, and I have been interested in holistic treatments for some time, from supplements, to herbs, to the concepts of Ayurvedic medicine. And with the addition of our acupuncturist, who can also prescribes herbs, I have been convinced, through my own positive results from eastern medicine, that these are great complements to our offerings. Soon you’ll be able to have your own at-home spa weekend - look for a variety of at-home beauty kits, Ayurvedic treatments, Ayurvedic products, and supplements, coming soon!
What I tried out this weekend:
Ayurvedic Lavender Hair Oil
My hair has been breaking a lot lately, despite the amount of vitamins and supplements I take. Stacey told me about this hair oil she and her daughter tried, and that she’d like to make it part of what we offer. So of course, I had to try it. She brought me the supplies they used, which were a giant bag of lavender and some oil. And by a giant bag of lavender I mean a giant bag of crack. LORD have mercy! That stuff smells guhd.
A few words on Ayurveda first:
Ayurvedic health care has been practiced for nearly 5,000 years. It is a holistic approach that focuses on balancing the three different types of energy in the body -- Vata, Pitta and Kapha. According to Ayurvedic beliefs, each person has a predominant energy type. Ayurveda is completely comprehensive, even including something as small as hair health.
Applying oil to hair is one of the ways to improve hair strength and hair quality as per Ayurvedic principles. Apart from improving hair qualities, applying hair oil also has other benefits such as – sleep improvement, calmness of mind, remedy for headache etc.
Ayurvedic hair care takes your energy type into account when addressing your hair issues. You determine what energy type you are, then choose which oil you need to use.
I used coconut oil.
Then you choose your herbs. I chose lavender, but amalaki, hibiscus, jasmine, and rosemary are also good choices for all types of hair.
The whole process takes several hours. The herbs have to soak for two hours. Then they have to warm on the stove with the oil for at least an hour.
Then you drain it, removing the dried herbs.
After it cools, you return it to the stove to re-heat and remove any leftover water in the mixture. What is left is a small amount of very fragrant oil to use in your hair.
It is recommended that the oil be left on overnight. So as I type my hair is in a very greasy bun. I’m excited for morning results.
Morning results are in and my hair looks and feels great! And it smelled like lavender and coconut as I was washing it out this morning. I imagine it would be even more spectacular if I'd get that much needed haircut!
I also tried:
A pearl powder facial and a jade roller treatment.
Much like many Eastern treatments or traditions that finally make their way into mainstream US culture, these two products have been being used in China for thousands of years.
The pearl powder is actually ground up pearls (pearls that are not jewelry grade). The pearls
are rich in essential amino acids and dozens of minerals. Various components in pearl powder participate in DNA and RNA metabolic activities, and thus can support cell renewal and diminish the signs of aging, like wrinkles.
Pearl powder can be taken internally, but it can also be used to make a masque and applied topically. I mixed it with rosewater, which smells AMAZING! It makes a thin paste that you brush on, and it hardens TIGHT. The masque draws out impurities and when used repeatedly can even and lighten skin tone. I seriously think it drew out every bit of oil-clogged nastiness that was in my face. I can’t remember a more efficient masque for drawing out oil from your pores.
Jade rolling is also a beauty treatment that’s been around for thousands of years. The natural properties of the jade stone help increase circulation and blood flow in the face, and the rolling motion helps with lymphatic drainage, which helps reduce puffiness and also rids the body of toxins. The jade stone stays cool and does not take on the heat of your body.
To me, it also just felt very relaxing, particularly on the temple area and around the jaw bone. I clench my jaw a lot, so having the jade roll over that area helped release tension. The jade roller, which increases circulation, can leave you looking flush, which I thought looked lovely, just like you exercised, or maybe like you just applied your favorite Bobbi Brown blush.
Eastern invasion coming soon to Body Tonic!