Airing my dirty laundry!
Updated: Aug 28
The link between laundry and Ayurveda
I know you're asking 'What has laundry got to do with Ayurveda?' Well lots and I will try to join the dots...
Ayurveda is about living wisely - it ultimately comes down to knowing who we are and then making choices that support our wellbeing... we each have a unique constitution and that requires a unique approach when it comes to selecting suitable herbs, treatments, foods and lifestyles BUT there are also commonalities that everyone can benefit from - regardless of there constitution. And that's where the laundry comes in, stay with me...
Ayurveda teaches that there are three 'nidana' or causes of disease... and one of those is 'going against our wisdom'. This means, knowing something is detrimental for our well-being but doing it anyway, smoking or eating junk food would be an example of this. We know that these activities or food choices are not going to serve us and make us feel more alive and vital and yet we do it anyway. Sometimes this is due to addiction, sometimes its a habit and sometimes its simply a lack of knowledge and alternatives.
Whenever I speak with a client, yes they want to know their Dosha and imbalance but every client always benefits from the same initial advice, reduce the chemical burden on your body. My teacher would always say these chemicals act like slow poison, they may not cause an instant illness but they accumulate overtime and manifest into more chronic conditions. After all, most of our diseases are lifestyle diseases and this quote sums it up perfectly;
Our general awareness is improving and we know that our personal care products and household cleaners are loaded with nasty ingredients, think endocrine disruptors and carcinogens. These chemical threats did not exist 5000 years ago but are very real today and if we are looking at a wholistic approach to health then our environment is an area we need to address with conscious awareness, and make changes.
Knowledge is power but it can be overwhelming when you are trying to make many changes in your life, especially when the day to day demands are already high. Life is busy and often its easier to continue with what is familiar because you don't have the time or the head space to research the alternatives.
I want to try to make it easier for you and inspire you to make a shift… it really can be simple, Just swap one thing at a time.
I have been cleaning up my act at home for a number of years;
buying organic whole foods and reducing processed products
reducing plastics and using glass
reducing waste by choosing reusable containers
choosing chemical free personal care products and making my own with essential oils,
and going back to basics with my cleaning – hello, vinegar, bi-carb, essential oils, and the thieves home cleaning range from Young Living…
Making these changes are healthier for your family, our environment and kinder to your bank balance. Winning!
My Laundry Makeover
I have overhauled my laundry products and this is what it looks like! You can include vinegar if you like as a fabric softener.
2-3 drops of Essential Oils (I like Purification but lemon, Thieves, Eucalyptus are also great)
Thieves Laundry Soap (This is an alternative to the Soapberries, you can use one or the other but if I have a soiled load I will use both)
Live Wisely, Abbie x
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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure. It is for informational/educational purposes only, and provides Ayurvedic insight about how you can best support your body through seasonal changes.
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