It’s hard to believe, but… I haven’t always been the picture of beauty you see before you. Like many of you out there, I’ve had an awkward phase as well!
So how did I get to be this stunning?
Just water and rest 😉
JK JK! But babes, let me tell you what I’ve been implementing in my daily regimen and I’ll introduce you to my beauty secrets.
Now, you may be thinking, what’s my mom’s grocery shopping doing here, and you’re not wrong! When I was in my awkward teen years, I suffered from oily skin and an unimaginable zit problem. But my mother taught me what she was using each day: A lime, yogurt and mint face mask, and I was shocked about the results as my face seemed to become brighter and more radiant each day!
Soft, supple and bright!
Ever since this kitchen hack, my interest in homemade remedies went wild! I asked my mom,
“Babe, where did you find out about this?”
And she told me that it’s something her mother used to prepare for her while she was going through the same thing. She also introduced me to this thing called Ayurveda that my family has been practicing for a long, long time.
And so began my journey into Ayurveda...
What IS Ayurveda?
“Ayurvedic medicine (“Ayurveda” for short) is one of the world’s oldest holistic (“whole-body”) healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India.
It’s based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Its main goal is to promote good health, not fight disease.”
So, you might be thinking, ‘Vita girl, I wanted to learn about beauty, not health. What does it all mean?’ And what this all means, is that your health, beauty, attitude, they’re all interconnected! When you look good, you feel good, and the reverse is true. Balance is key when it comes to the ‘veda and categorises elements, which are things like water, fire, earth, air and ether/space into dosha, which are combinations of elements you’re more inclined towards. I know, science-y right!?
Everyone has these doshas and the way you take care of yourself is knowing which are your dominant doshas. Me? Vita’s dominant dosha is a definitely Vata babes! Now, to help you find your dosha types, I’ve made a little quiz for you!
So now that you’ve found out what your dosha type is, let me share with you my personal favourite rituals!
They say the hair is the windows of the face,
and like Gretchen Weiners, my hair is full of secrets too!
Neem oil is one of my favourites in maintaining shine and glossiness.
Neem oil is a natural by-product of the neem tree, a type of evergreen that primarily grows in India but has spread to South East Asia. The oil is pressed from the tree’s fruits and seeds. I use this dense, magical oil to condition my hair, reduce frizz and give my hair a glow unlike any other.
Now, I won’t lie, it does have a rather pungent scent though. With the right combinations, I combat that with fresh flowers and rosewater to perfume it. Flower power babes!
And now you know the secret
to my pride and joy!
And you can do it too! But as mentioned before, taking care of your external beauty is important, but it’s also all about balance babes! To give my body the nourishment she needs, I have been concocting these libations!
First, is a glamourous golden milk!
Golden milk is a beautiful extraction of turmeric, a root filled with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Now, this isn’t your traditional Ayurvedic golden milk. My riff on golden milk goes like this. I use coconut milk instead of the traditional cow’s milk because your girl’s trying a plant-based diet sweetie! I also happen to love the way coconut milk creates a really rich, thick beverage, and the way coconut plays with the other flavours. Best brought out through heating through fat, this recipe also uses coconut oil to extract all the goodness out of this wonder root, while galangal gives it a beautiful gentle spice!
And here’s how you make it yourself!
½ can of Light Coconut Milk
2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil
1 knob of grated Turmeric
2 tablespoons of grated Galangal
¼ teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon
1 pinch of Black Pepper
2 teaspoons of Coconut sugar
And a Cinnamon stick to stir
1. Heat up some coconut oil in a small saucepan and stir in your grated turmeric until its beautiful yellow colour tints your oil.
2. Then introduce your coconut milk to the saucepan, and let it heat up to a low simmer.
3. Introduce your spices, such as the galangal, cinnamon, black pepper to the mixture and gently whisk to combine. Give it a taste, and add coconut sugar and additional galangal should it need a little more sweetness or spice! Allow it to simmer for 3-5 minutes.
4. Turn off your heat, and strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve to give you a smooth and luscious golden milk and serve warm!
How's that for indulgence!
But for other days when I’m feeling for something that’s a little lighter, I make this cool tonic that has me feeling my best self!
This next secret ingredient is…. Moringa!
This small tree is native to India and Pakistan and can be found locally as well! Generally, the root and extracts from the plant can be toxic and should be avoided, but the leaves, flowers, stems, seeds, bark, and fruit are edible, and rich in nutritional values! From boosting your body’s collagen production and hair growth, to giving your body all the help it needs for digestion, this amazing plant is everything babes!
Let me introduce you to my personal blend for Vita’s triple M: Morning Moringa Magic!
3 Stalks of Moringa leaves
1 tablespoon of Cloves
1 tablespoon of grated Ginger
3-5 Star Anise pods
A handful of Butterfly Pea flowers
1. Fill a small saucepan with water and drop your moringa leaves, butterfly pea flowers, ginger, cloves, pepper and star anise to the water. Now we want to poach these ingredients for 20 minutes. Watch the colour seep out of the flowers and the individual fragrances of the spice really come to life!
2. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve, and add a slice of lemon and some brown sugar to taste. You can have it warm, or allow it to cool in your fridge for 2 days.
a little spicy,
So these are my top tips of self-care, the ‘veda way! Old habits sometimes die hard and your changes may be very gradual but, to achieve progress, the changes need to be made! You are in charge of your own wellbeing babes!
If you wish to learn more about Ayurveda, there are many resources in the form of Ayurvedic centres locally, but don’t count out your mamas and mamas who have a wealth of inherited knowledge!