Beat dry, winter skin with this nourishing Ayurvedic practice.
The practice of massaging with ghee is as old as time, 5000 years to be exact. In Ayurveda, it is used to support and rejuvenate the mind and body. This simple ritual is perfect for the winter leaving you feeling grounded and hydrated, improving circulation, detoxification and calming the nervous system. A perfect evening treat for luscious skin.
To begin, prep the skin by dry brushing the whole body. Dry brushing is is an age-old process of brushing skin with a natural bristles to stimulate lymph flow, improve circulation and exfoliate skin. Beginning at the feet, using long brush strokes brush toward the heart/chest area to improve circulation and lymph flow.
I suggest using a firm, natural bristle brush with a hand strap or long handle. This allows you to reach your entire back and easily brush trickier areas like the back of the legs. Once the brushing is complete, you may notice your skin naturally feels energized and invigorated.
Next, gently melt 1 to 2 tablespoons of Plain Jane Ghee over low heat. Once melted, feel free to add in a few drops of your favourite essential oils, like lavender, sandalwood or roman chamomile - and you are ready to begin.
Spread the warm oil over you body using long strokes on the arms and legs and circular motions around the joints. The idea is to have the oil penetrate deep into the skin to lubricate and nourish the body on a deeper level.
After the massage, finish by settling into a warm epsom salt bath. The natural minerals in the epsom salts will easily absorb into the skin providing further relaxing and anti-inflammatory benefits to the ritual. During the massage, the oils will loosen toxins, and the salt bath will help clear away the congestion and support detoxification.
Once completed, you will experience a calmness and smooth and revived skin. This process can be incredibly detoxifying so make sure to rest and drink lots of fluids afterwards to help the detoxification process.
By Fran Allen, CNP