Instructions for an Ayurveda cure at home

Indian woman gets rubbed with turmeric

Do you necessarily have to travel abroad for weeks for Ayurveda? The answer is no! Of course, there are also great offers for Ayurveda cures in your area. Unfortunately, everyday life doesn't always allow you to be away for longer. If you would like to do something for your well-being and health at home, we would like to share a few tips with you. This way you can create your very own authentic Ayurveda cure at home.

Tip 1: Purify at home with Ayurveda

Before you really start an Ayurveda cure, the purification of the body is the order of the day. This is called Ama therapy. In this way, metabolic waste products and toxins in the body are removed. It also strengthens Agni, the digestive fire. So it works like an inner beauty treatment. A purification of 10 days is recommended:

  • Inthe morning: it is best to have an Ayurvedic energy drink right after getting up. Simply fill a large glass with hot water and stir in half a lemon, a pinch of salt and pepper and a tablespoon of honey. Mix everything thoroughly and drink it warm. This drink gives energy for the day and is good for all three doshas. You can also find the recipe for our energy drink in the Sonnhof cookbook .
The energy drink according to the recipe from the Sonnhof cookbook is the perfect start to the day.
Photo: Gerhard Wasserbauer

If you are very hungry, you can eat a slice of toast. Freshly squeezed fruit juices are good. If possible, empty the bowels. Cleaning the mouth, tongue and teeth with the Ayurvedic morning routine (oil pulling) is also recommended. A subsequent yoga and/or meditation programme is useful. Self-massage with sesame oil is also excellent (more on this later).

  • Drinks: A little later, a cup of ginger tea can be drunk, also gladly lightly sweetened with honey. A warm drink of this kind is recommended every hour. From about half past six in the evening, only drink if you are really thirsty.
  • In between: freshly squeezed fruit juices help to block out the feeling of hunger in the meantime.
  • Lunchtime: now you can eat your fill. However, a few foods should be avoided: Pork, beef, yoghurt, curd, cheese, raw vegetables, fatty and sweet foods. Do not fry or deep-fry. Instead, eat the following: Rice, carrots, beetroot, leafy vegetables, vegetable and grain soups and salads in small quantities. Relax, but do not take a nap.
  • Evening: Ideally, skip dinner. If hungry, consume vegetable and cereal soups, rice with steamed vegetables and fruit juices. It is best not to eat anything after 19:00. End the day with relaxation and meditation. In the late evening, a foot massage with ghee or St. John's wort oil is recommended.

After these 10 days, you should slowly return to a normal diet. Of course, this does not mean immediately going back to extremely fatty or sweet foods. The best thing to do is to continue to follow the Ayurvedic diet according to type. You can find out which type you are in our Dosha Test. Regular Ayurvedic massages also support the Ama therapy.

Tip 2: Ayurvedic beauty treatments

Ayurvedic beauty treatments are also highly recommended. Their aim is to care for and nourish the individual tissue layers (dhatus). In this way, the body can better transport and absorb nutrients. It is also gently cleansed and nourished. These are purely natural methods that help to achieve a beautiful and healthy appearance. Here are a few examples for at home:

  • Ayurveda hair cure: instead of buying expensive hair care products, Ayurveda helps. For this purpose, a high-quality sesame oil or argan oil This is applied to the dry hair ends and serves as a hair treatment. Simply put a hazelnut-sized amount of oil in your hand, rub it in and distribute it well on the ends of your hair. It is best to use it before going to bed, because then the oil can be absorbed particularly well.
  • Ayurveda pimple cure: the best solution for skin blemishes is neem oil, which comes from the seeds of the neem tree. It has many antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. For this very reason, it is a great anti-pimple method. After cleansing the face, the oil can be dabbed directly onto the pimple or the small impurities, either pure or in an oil mix. If you have a dermatological condition or very inflamed skin, please consult a dermatologist beforehand.
An Ayurvedic face mask with turmeric gently cleanses the pores and leaves the skin glowing. © Сергей Попов -
  •  Ayurveda Skin Cure: If you want to cleanse your skin pores gently and thoroughly, you can easily conjure up an Ayurvedic face mask with turmeric and sandalwood:
    • 1 pinch turmeric
    • 1 tsp sandalwood powder
    • ½ tsp honey
    • 2 natural yoghurt cups (vegan: soy yoghurt)

Simply mix the ingredients together until the consistency is right. Vary the amounts according to your needs. The paste can then be applied to a cleansed face. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with warm water. Note: Turmeric can leave a yellowish tinge on the skin for a short time. So better not to try it before important occasions. Also keep away from clothing.

  • Ayurveda Body Cure: for the body, an ayurvedic dry massage with chickpea flour is recommended. The dry massage has a Peeling effect and also cleanses the skin texture. The metabolism and blood circulation are also stimulated. For this:
    • 1 cup chickpea flour
    • 1 tsp ginger powder
    • 1 tsp cinnamon

Now heat these ingredients briefly in a pan - please without fat - and stir. Now apply the mixture in small portions to different parts of the body (except the face) - massage the mixture in circular movements. After the thorough massage, shower off with warm water. Feel free to apply a light oil, such as jojoba oil, afterwards. Then relax for at least 20 minutes.

Tip 3: Ayurvedic herbal preparations

Herbal mixtures are also particularly beneficial for health. They are an important component in Ayurvedic cures - because they have a regenerating and balancing effect:

  • Triphala: this product contains three very potent herbs that promote digestion and intestinal health, as well as helping to cleanse the bowels. In addition, Triphala has a restorative and rejuvenating effect.
  • Ashwaganda: this is the Indian ginseng. It also has a rejuvenating effect because it balances Vata very well. This is one of the factors involved in the ageing process. The last phase of life is also Vata-dominated.
  • Aloe Vera: in Sanskrit this is called "Kumari" - the young girl. This is exactly what this medicinal plant is all about. It has many positive effects on our body, both internally and externally. Aloe vera has a lot of enzymes and wonderfully intercepts radicals - this is exactly what counteracts skin ageing. You can buy the preparation as a juice or gel, or you can draw it directly from the plant.

Conclusion: Ayurveda at home works!

Finally, one last tip: take your Ayurveda cure slowly and without stress. The treatments mentioned can be wonderfully integrated into everyday life. Benefit from an increased sense of well-being and feel fitter as a whole with Ayurveda.

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