Curious about Ayurveda? We spoke to Shrankhla Holecek, founder of Uma Oils to find out everything there is to know about the ancient science. From where it originated, an explainer of the doshas, and how to incorporate it into modern life (though chances are you already are).
So now you know the basics. If you’re looking to make practical changes in your wellness routine Uma Oils created the Ultimate Ayurveda Kit. From skincare to body care, to tools, oils and wellness therapies. Here is your one stop shop for every Ayurvedic beginner.
What does the new Ultimate Ayurveda Kit offer to the uninitiated?
Most importantly, and by design - we set out to introduce Ayurveda in highly impactful and pleasurable, bite-sized and foundational ways. But that doesn't ever compromise on the integrity of the science or the rituals in any shape or form.
All these rituals, such as tongue scraping or marma point massages with the kansa wand, the self-massage or oil pulling, as well as the supplements are tri-doshic in that they are recommended for all doshas. They're created to enhance your self-care but without feeling like an imposition. They're targeted at rapid impact so you trust that your investments in yourself are working - right off the bat. You'll have fresher breath, more energy, better sleep right off the bat. Over time you'll notice that the dry brushing is helping the appearance of any cellulite or the deep liver and digestive detoxes are clearing up your skin. All while you fall in love with your body, strengthen your intuition, and most importantly. Truly enjoy the extra 10-15 minutes you spend on yourself each day!
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Can you explain navel oil therapy?
In Ayurvedic tradition, the navel represents the origin of life, linking mother and child before birth and providing a hub for nutrients to flow between their bodies. The philosophy of nabhi chikitsa tells us that the body’s center continues to serve as a foundation for balance in adulthood. Because of its richness in blood vessels and pathways to the body’s extremities.
The idea is that once inserted into the navel, oil is easily absorbed and effortlessly distributed throughout the body. Thanks to the lines formed in its umbilical cord heyday. Studies have shown “systemic bioavailability of medications via navel administration,” Nadia Musavvir, MD, notes.
In layman’s terms, real results from navel-loaded nutrients. In ancient India, for instance, oiling one’s abdomen was a totally normal, not-at-all weird thing to do. “Ayurveda refers to this practice in Bhavaprakasha, a text written in the 15th century, in which a dam of amalaki paste is created around the navel and filled with ginger juice,” says Sahara Rose, author of Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda and host of the Highest Self Podcast. Followers of Ayurveda consider the belly button a mahamani, or “great marma,” or vital energy point—and it serves as an important mind, body, skin balancing gateway.