Christmas is about to be here in all its excesses and glory. Why not take this opportunity to spread wellness and balance amongst your loved ones?
For your sibling with a constant cold:
The nose is the direct route to the brain and also the doorway to consciousness. It is the entrance for prana, the life force, which comes into the body through the breath. Healthy uncongested breathing is important to ensure proper flow of prana throughout the head and body. When an excess of bodily fluids accumulates in the sinus, throat, nose or head areas, it is best eliminated through the nose. Administration of herbally infused oil, or nasya, helps facilitate this cleansing process. Nasya Oil soothes and protects the nasal passages and helps relieve sinus congestion. Daily nasal lubrication helps to release tension in the head and relieve accumulated stress.
For the healthy foodie
Eat.Taste.Heal is a groundbreaking work within the field of holistic health and nutrition, written by a medical doctor, a patient, and an acclaimed chef. A complete guidebook and cookbook in one, Eat.Taste.Heal demystifies the ancient healing science of Ayurveda, humankind’s most ancient system of healthy living. The aim of the book is simple: to create harmony within through using common foods and healthy lifestyle practices as medicine. The collection contains over 150 cross-cultural recipes and received a Maverick Award for excellence in photography.
For a good friend who been weighted down by life lately
Dr Douillard 4 day At-Home Cleanse is a generous gift for a friend that you know need a little lift and some motivation to keep up their New Year Resolutions. The Lighten Up! Emotional Freedom Cleanse is a unique cleanse – a detox of body and mind based on a synthesis of Ayurvedic psychology and cutting-edge science in the realms of molecules of emotion and epigenetics. While ridding the body of toxins, the real gift of Lighten Up! is a scrubbing of our old, well-rehearsed emotional patterns that hold us hostage and keep us doing the same destructive things over and over.
For the exhaused Mom
One of the best things you could give to someone who constantly take care of others is a warm, tasty and grounding home-cooked meal. Joyful Belly’s Mung Dal Kitchari Recipe , Ayurveda’s signature healing dish is a simple yet dynamic bean and rice mixture. Give her a little shoulder rub while it’s cooking and serve with an extra teaspoon of ghee. You will be a real angel!
For your Driven Instense Pitta Relative
You don’t know what to get for your redhead hot-bloodied cousin? Your aunt gets overheated, overworked and irritated? The Pitta Aromatherapy Gemstone Pitta Pillar Candle offers aromatherapy benefits to soothe Pitta constitutions and reveals a hidden gemstone (red candle with Tiger’s Eye gemstone inside). It will also burn up to 100 hours. Give along with instruction to light up every day while thinking of three things to be grateful for.
For your Nice Neighbour who Gives you Baked Goods
Return the favor with a delicious homemade DYI Chai Tea Kit. This recipe toasts the spices in the oven to release their flavor…YUM! They will love it + the spices will bring warmth in the cold and wet winter season. What’s not to love!
For the dedicated Yogi / Yogini
This Essential Yoga Set from Organic India includes three herbal formulas that can be especially helpful to a serious yogi or yogini: Flexibility Formula, Gotu Kola Formula and Turmeric Formula, all herbs that have been used for thousands or years to enhance their yogic practice. A handcrafted Tulsi Mala in a silk bag round out a set that serve to evolve a practice and nourish the body, mind and spirit!
For your aunt who going through menopause
In her wonderful book Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life, internationally renowned doctor Claudia Welch explains hormones from A to Z, specifically how they relate to each other, how and why they become imbalanced, and how women can restore that balance. Welch includes simple diet tips, stress-management techniques, and natural sleep secrets. Using the principles of Ayurveda and the holistic sensibility of Dr. Christiane Northrup, Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life gives women the essential tools to achieve the perfect balance between their yin (sex hormones) and yang (stress hormones), and between the body and the mind.
For the graciously aging beauty
The Fountain of Youth Skin Serum is a highly concentrated moisturizer and nutrient blend, Fountain of Youth Skin Serum is designed to be applied to target areas to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Rich in time-tested Ayurvedic herbs Neem, Amalaki, Vacha (Calamus), Ashwagandha, Shatavari, and Bala, along with vitamins A, C, D and E, Fountain of Youth Skin Serum brings Ayurvedic beauty solutions to the areas of your skin most vulnerable to aging and environmental damage.
A smile, a hug, a warm feeling of compassion and empathy, this is why we get together to celebrate. It also nourishes us way deep down, and makes us better, healthier, happier. No matter what gift you gift, remember that a gift with heart will always be the best. Enjoy the Holiday!
Suleyka Montpetit is the managing editor or Everyday Ayurveda.She has studied Yoga, Communications and Spiritual Paths for over 15 years and has been a Mover and a Shaker, writing, editing and website building.
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