Trans-dermal Healing: Youthful Skin's Advanced Lipid Support

Healing through the sense of touch is an integral part of the ayurvedic approach. The use of topical herbal pastes, poultices, sachets and oils is discussed at length in the ayurvedic texts, with much attention paid to the formulation and preparation of these trans-dermal healing substances. The ancient ayurvedic healers understood the psychological as well as the physical benefits of the nurturing touch. Another meaning for the Sanskrit word for oil, sneham, is love. Massage is both infinitely relaxing and intensely rejuvenating at the same time because of the psychological as well as physical healing benefit it imparts.

The three sub-doshas that govern skin health-Vyana Vata, Bhrajaka Pitta and Shleshaka Kapha--are all balanced by abhyanga, the ayurvedic daily warm-oil massage. The key is to use a massage oil that incorporates all the qualities mentioned in the ayurvedic texts-the ideal massage oil should be lubricating, nourishing, easily absorbed, balancing to all the doshas and nurturing for body, mind and spirit.

Benefits plus convenience

While the pre-bath warm oil massage is the ideal way to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of trans-dermal healing substances, it's also true that a complete traditional massage does take time. Over the past few years, I have been told many, many times by the people I see for ayurvedic appointments that they would love to do the massage every day, but just don't have always the time in the mornings because of work schedules, commutes and family responsibilities. Also, some people do not like to apply oil straight-it can be too overwhelmingly lubricating or even messy for them-something to be done only in a massage room by a massage therapist. So, taking these practical points into consideration, we developed the Youthful Skin Advanced Lipid Support formula.

The Advanced Lipid Support can be used on its own as a convenient means of receiving lipid support and trans-dermal nourishment or as added deep-layer support by those who do the ayurvedic abhyanga with a traditional massage oil.

Potent ayurvedic herbs and oils

The Advanced Lipid Support formula is based on the traditional ayurvedic theory of abhyanga. Accordingly, the herbs and oils in the formula are chosen and combined in precise proportions to give the formula all the qualities specified in the ayurvedic texts for the ideal massage oil:

The oil extract of Shankapushpi, Gotu Kola and Sensitive Plant in this formula help pacify Vyana Vata, which helps to improve circulation and maintain proper tactile sensitivity. These ayurvedic herbs nurture the different layers of the skin and support the sweat glands.

Silk Cotton Tree, Indian Madder and Woodfordia help enhance the skin's own ability to resist photosensitivity by pacifying Bhrajaka Pitta.

Lebbek Tree, Lodh Tree and Sacred Lotus support the skin's natural ability to withstand allergens and environmental irritants, thus helping the skin perform its function of acting as a barrier to the external environment.

Shatavari, Amla, White Musale, Sesame Oil and Country Mallow provide deep-layer nourishment to the skin, naturally enhancing energy levels, promoting moisture balance and maintaining skin health.

This formula is rich in antioxidant herbs and oils, including Gotu Kola, Silk Cotton Tree, Shatavari, Amla, Grapefruit, Sweet Orange, Lemon and Basil. These help retard free radical damage and keep the skin looking supple and youthful.

Suggested Use

The Council of Maharishi Ayurveda Physicians recommends applying this lotion all over the body after your shower or bath. Follow the types of strokes you would when performing abhyanga: long strokes over straight parts like your limbs and circular strokes over rounded areas such as joints and abdomen. Use more lotion and spend more time where nerve endings are concentrated, such as the soles of feet, palms of hands and along the base of the fingernails.

Carry the bottle in your purse or briefcase and use the lotion as needed through the day for added lipid support.

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.