Serene Sanctuaries: Create Your Own Oasis of Bliss This Holiday Season

Suffering from holidaze?

Maharishi Ayurveda has a whole range of wholesome treats to take you from frazzled to feel-good.

Massage Magic

There's no better way to rev yourself up for a hectic day. Abhyanga, the warm oil ayurvedic self-massage, is a deliciously relaxing yet vibrantly rejuvenating experience that strengthens your body, clears your mind and uplifts your emotions. Set aside 45 minutes in the morning for this luxurious experience — you'll more than make up the time in enhanced productivity the rest of the day.

For this season, The Council of Maharishi Ayurveda Physicians recommends a 50-50 combination of the Moisturizing Herbal Massage Oil and the Youthful Skin Massage Oil for Men or Women.

Warm the blended oil until it is pleasantly warm, then massage every part of your body with attention, using straight strokes over limbs and circular strokes over rounded parts like the joints. Allow the oil 10-15 minutes to soak into your skin and work its magic, then bathe or shower.

The Blissful Bath

Looking for that perfect getaway? With the Maharishi Ayurveda line of aromatherapy bath and body care, you need look no further than your bath. The senses can act as a powerful means to create balance in mind and body, and the sense of smell works to create balance through aromas.

Wash away your cares with our gentle Rose, Jasmine or Vetiver (Rejuvenating) Herbal Soaps. Splash your skin after your bath with cooling Organic Rose Water. This will help you feel balanced all day long.


The bath isn't the only place you can enjoy the healing benefits of aromatherapy. Nothing feels as good as deep, restful sleep after the hustle and bustle of a busy day. Make your bedroom a fragrant oasis of peace with relaxing aroma blends from Maharishi Ayurveda. The Slumber Time Aroma Oil, with Sweet Orange and Lavender, or the Calming Vata Aroma Oil, with Rose Geranium, Sweet Orange and Fennel, will ease you into a night of deep repose, after which you'll wake up ready to take on the world again.

During the day, just sitting quietly, with closed eyes, relaxing every cell in your body for just a few minutes, can recharge you for a fresh spell of activity.


Hassled with long shopping lists? Need to finish a report or project before you take off to visit family and friends? Juggling multiple competing demands on your time and energy can leave you feeling frantic and overwhelmed. Loading up on caffeine or carbonated drinks isn't the answer. Turn instead to the healing power of herbs and spices.

Maharishi Ayurveda Herbal Teas taste delicious, and the therapeutic herbs and spices help restore balance to both mind and body. They are all-natural, with no side effects, so they're perfect to sip through the day. Organic Vata Tea, with its sweet combination of Licorice, Cardamom and Cinnamon (with just a hint of ginger) is ideal for the dry, cold days of winter. For a more robust beverage break, try Raja's Cup, our antioxidant-rich coffee substitute. Made with nothing but herbs, this formulation looks and tastes exactly like coffee.

A Symphony of Balance

Music has been called "food for the soul" for very good reasons. Many research studies have shown the therapeutic effects of joyous music on the physiology. It can be relaxing, exhilarating, uplifting, soothing — ideal for restoring balance during the busy holiday season.

Gandharva Veda Music, the music of the Vedic civilization of India, has been used for centuries to create a balanced, stress-free environment. The melodies replicate the rhythms of nature at a particular time of day or a particular season. Some, like the popular Rain Melody, can be played any time to dispel distress and disharmony.

This holiday season, take the time to take care of yourself. No matter how busy your schedule, all it takes is a few minutes every day to find and enjoy your own private sanctuaries.

Finally, catch up on rest.

The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.