All About Bathing

Bathing in India is a spiritual cleansing, not just of the physical body. Many purification rituals involve bathing. Ritual bathing in the waters of the Ganges is believed to purify the soul. In a simple Ayurvedic context, taking a morning shower after a self-massage is like swimming in the Ganges.

Did you know that an Ayurvedic bath, or snana, has many benefits? It can effectively cleanse the skin, restore negative doshas and strong skin odour, make skin smell better and last longer, improve skin thermoregulation function, increase appetite, and improve the absorption of nutrients.

In addition to cleansing the mind and body, bathing has many other mental and physical benefits. In one of the oldest Ayurvedic texts, Ashtanga Hiridayam, we read that taking a bath helps with sleep, appetite, sexual power, longevity, and vitality. Ancient Indian queens and royal princesses bathed in milk and fresh herbs to make their skin glow. So far, special hot baths in India have been heated and adjusted to their dosage, age, or otherwise. In the North, for example, mustard was added to hot bath water during the winter months to balance kapha dosha, which can be at its worst between late winter and early spring.

Daily morning ayurvedic bath benefits

“”Bathing purifies life, energises, removes fatigue, removes sweat and impurities from the body, stimulates and intensifies the Oja, or divine energy”: Charaka Samhita, Sutrasthana Shloka in Dinacharya Island

Ayurvedic literature recommends eating in the sun. So the last meal of the day is best eaten at 8:30 p.m. until sunsetp.m.unset; in fact, we recommend eating before 8:30pm. After eating, it is important to rest for two hours so that the body can be fully nourished. So if you go to bed at 10:30 PM after having your last meal at 8:00 PM, your body will be able to digest it before bed.

When we sleep, our body goes through a process of healing and regeneration. Every biological system regenerates at some point. This world is stable and cannot be changed. Here, the most important thing to remember is that digestion takes precedence over healing and recovery. So eating later makes it easier to repair and replenish organ systems.

Waste, or mala, is a by-product of digestion, healing, and regeneration throughout the body. Each organ system removes mala from the body and removes excess. Every day, cells die and are born in the body. Part of the crown is the remains of these dead cells, all of which must be removed from the body for good health.

Important tips about bathing

  • A hot bath for the body is good. But on the scalp or head, when hot water is used, it leads to a loss of strength in the hair and eyes.
  • Choosing between hot and cold showers can make or break your health. The choice between them is subjective. When making a choice, it is necessary to take into account such factors as age, body structure, season, physical activity according to age, personality, health status, etc.
  • As a general rule, Ayurveda advises using hot water for the body and cold water for the head.
  • Ayurveda says that having a bath with hot water is bad for the eyes and hair.
  • During extreme winters, warm water should be used; taking a cold water bath can cause or worsen respiratory problems such as colds, coughs, asthma, etc.
  • During the summer, cold water should be used for baths; taking a hot bath in the summer vitiates Pitta, which is directly related to blood tissue. It leads to bleeding, dizziness, digestive issues, disorders, etc.
  • Cold water in the morning is good. But if you take a shower in the evening, nothing is as refreshing as a hot shower after a tiring day. Vata predominates at night, so warm water is helpful.

Benefits of Bath

  • Kandu – Dirt,
  • Mala – Waste Products
  • Srama – Tiredness, Sweda – Sweat
  • Tandra – Lethargy,
  • Trit – Excessive Thirst
  • Daha – Burning Sensation,
  • Papma – ill Feeling
  • Deepana – Improves Digestion.
  • Ayushyam – Prolongs Life.
  • Vrishyam – Acts As Aphrodisiac.
  • Urja – Increases Enthusiasm, Fresh body begets fresh mind.
  • Balapradam – Improves Strength.

Health problems and diseases if Mala is not removed from the body from time to time.

In Ayurveda, the development of most diseases is associated with the accumulation of mala in the body. A waistline can be a result of diet, lack of sleep, and bad habits. If we eat foods that are not suitable for our nature, or if we eat them too late or in quantities that are not suitable for us, we stifle the fire in our body. As a result, our body is unable to digest food and extract nutrients from it to relieve discomfort. As a result, we feel weak, lose or gain weight, look worse, and dirt accumulates on the skin, which manifests as acne, pimples, or other skin problems.

If we sleep at the wrong time, not at the right time, or if we sleep too late, we disrupt the body’s healing, recovery, and regeneration processes. Thus, body systems transport excess toxins, waste products, or dead cells. Maybe they waited too long to “build” and didn’t get a chance because we weren’t sleeping. As a result, our bodies are stuck at sub-optimal levels.

Some types of traditional baths

Take a bath with Vatamilk and rice water.

Ancient Indian queens and nobles started the tradition of bathing in milk. Milk contains important proteins that nourish the skin. While rice flour softens skin and relieves stress, mix 1 cup milk powder and 1 cup rice flour in a bowl, then add 2 tablespoons of rose water for flavour and crunch. Dissolve the mass in the bath.

Pittafresh herb and flower shower

Herbal and flower baths are perfect for soothing depressed pita bread. You can naturally smell the magical garden. Add marigolds, especially in summer when the pita effect is at its peak. Add 1/2 cup of rose or jasmine flowers and some fresh herbs, like mint or coriander, to your bath. Adding a few tablespoons of lemon juice or distilled white vinegar will help balance excess oil and remove stains.

Bath with kaphamustard and fenugreek

This herbal mixture is traditional in the Punjab region during monsoons and winters. Use year-round, but especially in late winter and spring when fruit flies are at their peak. Add 3 tablespoons ground mustard and 1 tablespoon fenugreek powder to a bowl.