Are your eyes clear and bright? Our eyes are our windows to our soul, they are the first thing people look at when we are communicating with each other. If your eyes are looking a bit tired, red, blemished and/or heavy, here are some Ayurveda tips to keep your eyes nourished and sparkling.
Eyes are one of the seats of pitta dosha which is the “hot’ dosha or body type so to keep the dosha in balance we recommend to cool the eyes.
One of the most important aspects of Ayurvedic eye care is to wash your eyes in the morning with cold water (slightly luke warm water is ok too). This is the most common aspect of daily eye care I change with my clients, no more hot face cloths on their eyes in the morning.
A lovely treat for the eyes is to dampen two cotton wool pads with pure organic rose water and place over closed eyes. Relax for 10 minutes with the pads over your eyes. Organic Rose Water has a cooling effect and is especially helpful for tired eyes. You can palm your eyes afterwards.
Palming is when you rub both palms together quickly for 8-10 seconds. Close the eyes and gently place the left palm over the left eye and the right palm over the right eye for one minute. Do not press the eyeballs with the palms — just let them gently rest there. Breathe in and out slowly to release stress. Palming can help reduce eye soreness from sun and computer glare.
Avoid using eye makeup remover that has any ingredient you can’t pronounce! Castor oil or Ghee (recipe to follow) can also serve as an effective, all-natural makeup remover that can double as a rejuvenating eye cream and particularly beneficial to smooth those wrinkles. Much like the natural oils of the skin, castor oil is extremely rich in triglycerides, so when it comes to preserving the delicate skin around the eyes, castor oil may just be the all-in-one eye care product you’ve been looking for. You can rub castor oil into your eyebrows and lashes if they are dry. Its ok to get a bit of castor oil in your eyes as can be deeply nourishing.
Ghee and castor oil can act as a beautiful natural sheen around your eye area too. Just dab a little under eyes or or around eye – gives you a bit of sparkle as well as nourishing your skin (and brain).
My eye makeup remover recipe is to use 2 tbsp ghee and 3 drops of vitamin E oil. (oil not creme).
My Ayurveda and Yoga teacher and friend Gaye Buckingham gave me my first ghee recipe and I’d like to share with you all. Ghee is one of the most valuable foods and medicines known, according to the texts of Ayurveda. It is a rejuvenator, a nutritive, increases and protects bone marrow and nerve tissues, promotes fertility, increases immunity and improves intelligence and mental functions and strengthens brain tissue. Your brain is 80% fat remember so you need good fats to keep your mind sharp.
Intake of Ghee also improves vision.
250 g organic unsalted butter
Place butter in a saucepan over heat and bring to a slow boil • Continue cooking until bubbly froth appears to rise to the surface (these are the milk solids you need to discard). • Lift off with a spoon and discard this froth • Continue to remove the froth until a clear golden liquid emerges • Strain through a piece of muslin into a heatproof glass bowl. Keep in an airtight jar – does not need to be refrigerated.