When I come home from a trip, I always feel like my body takes a beating. Whether it’s the change in temperatures or the lack of sleep on long haul flights, I feel like I need a tropical spa vacation when I return home. Since this is unrealistic in my life, I am always on the lookout for products that bring spa life to me. Luckily, during my time in India, I got a little Ayurvedic knowledge and was able to take home a few products that I know would help me after I returned home. These would be ideal for some after-travel Ayurvedic home treatments.
After listening to Dr. Prashanth explain the basics, he gave us a little care package with a few helpful treatments. Inside included a hair oil, face mask (or pack as they call it in India), and a sore muscle oil. I tucked these away with the intention of using them to help me with my jetlag as soon as I arrived home.
Soundryakalpa Face Pack
I often use face masks (or packs) between and during my travels. It helps moisturize my skin and adds that extra little touch of luxury to my life. I couldn’t wait to give Arth Ayurveda’s a try because I knew it would have all the goodies I needed without any of the harmful chemicals over the counter masks may have. Dr. Prashanth gave us the instructions on how to mix the powder mask with a spoonful of water or rose water. Then, after first testing a patch on another area of the skin, to apply it to the face for about 45-minutes, letting it dry naturally. He told us that allowing it to dry naturally was important and not to try to hurry it up by fanning it.
Due to all the natural goodies, the mask has an interesting smell, but I began to prefer it compared to the chemical smell most masks have. I applied the mask and took to my bed to let it dry. It took all of my power not to help it dry to my face, but I distracted myself with some writing and maybe even a little nap. To add to my spa experience, I even put on some soft music. After removing the mask, I noticed a difference in my skin’s softness and brightness. I know that the more I use the mask, the greater changes I’ll be able to see, so I’m hoping to add this to my weekly routine.
Kerotocare Hair Oil
One of my favorite aspects of my Ayurvedic massages last year in Rishikesh was the oil that was used on my body and hair. When Dr. Prashanth gave us our own bottle of oil, I was thrilled, knowing I could use it at home whenever I wanted. After testing out the mask, I decided to give the oil a try, just to continue my spa afternoon. Since I live in a cold area, I noticed that my hair oil had solidified. Thinking it was a bit like coconut oil, I sat on mine a little while to warm it up and then put some in my hands to further melt it. Then I massaged it through my dry hair and scalp and continued to relax.
The oil didn’t come with directions, so I figured the longer the better. My hair was dry from travel, and I couldn’t wait to have supple locks again. While I read that you can leave it in overnight, on this occasion I just left it in for an hour. After shampooing it out, it felt more hydrated and moisturized, as did my scalp. The only thing I’d change in the future is to have someone else rub in the oil for me.
Sorecare Muscle Relaxant
As a yoga instructor, I often have sore muscles, but resist treating them with Western medicine and look to more holistic treatments. A sore muscle oil was right up my alley, especially after the 18 hour flight home from India. I took a small amount of oil from the bottle and rubbed it into my muscles, giving myself a little massage while doing so. I felt some relief in those muscles that are normally tense after travel. In the future, I will definitely be using this more often.
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