Guest post from the terrifically magical and bodaciously bella Tiziana Boccaletti, the creative genius behind Aromavedic.
As a creative being and lover of Beauty, my deepest wish is to help people connect with the source of their own Divine Beauty while expressing it authentically.
How in the world do I do this? Luckily for me, I have a much trusted guide: Nature! With Her universal and unifying intelligence, Nature provides a clear blueprint not only for me, but for all of us to follow in order to find harmony, health, happiness: all those things many of us call “Beauty”.
What is Beauty for you? Throughout history, the concept of Beauty has been defined in many different ways, yet a solid, unchangeable core persists. What is that core for you?
Ayurveda, the knowledge of Nature’s intelligence, shares a new/old vision that honors the interconnection between what the seminal Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita calls the Three Pillars of Beauty. It is important to understand that they work together synergistically and holistically (or whol-istically). These three pillars are like building blocks that form the intelligent foundation of what we call Ayurvedic Beauty Care.
The first pillar is Roopam, which you can describe in two words: outer beauty, or simply the beauty we see in day-to-day life. At the physical level, this is your outer skin, its glow and luster.
The second pillar is the inner beauty: Gunam. Inner Beauty is what radiates literally from the inside out, the attractive charisma that glows from within.
Together, they support the third pillar, which is Vayastyag or lasting beauty. Vayastyag includes not only the concept of “aging,” but also how to retard and reverse aging. Then again, there is psychological aging, biological aging and social aging.
What is crucial to understand here, is how the three pillars rely on each other in a cooperative way. It is a model for how the entire human body and the entire Universe work together, constantly supporting what is good, what is whole, what is natural – in the sense of aligned with the organizing intelligence of Nature.
The Ayurvedic definition of Beauty goes even deeper. Although the two terms are not related etymologically, Beauty, Ayurvedically speaking, is much closer to the term beatitude and includes the notion of Bliss.
From Charak, “Roopam, gunam, vayastyag, iti subhanga karanam.”
In the words “subhanga karanam,” “subha” means auspicious, “anga” means the body’s parts, and “karanam” is transformation.
Beauty is then what transforms the whole body and makes it auspicious. When all of your cells are bathed in the recognition of your Divine Nature, you not only feel blissful, but you also radiate a Beauty for all to enjoy, and this Beauty inspires and transforms.
Science has shown that a healthy cell is what we would call a “beautiful” cell, a cell filled with harmony and symmetry (symmetry is important to beauty/babies coo at symmetrical faces). What is the first thing that occurs when cells are turning cancerous? Yes, there is the loss of that innate intelligence that comes from consciousness, but if we were to observe this under a microscope we would see that the first feature that changes in a visible way is the cell’s loss of harmony, symmetry, beauty. Hence, there is no difference between beauty and health.
In the end, this is the power of Beauty: to transform us so that we can inspire others to transform. This is how we feel when we are in the company of babies or puppies. We feel the Joy of their Beauty awakening our own inner Joy, Bliss, Beauty, nudging us to open our hearts and shine our light forth!
How can we harness Nature’s Intelligence in our daily lives?
As Autumn progresses, we long for the warm embrace of our Mother. We crave deep nourishment and nurturing. We reach for socks, sweaters and a comforting cup of Chai.
This is a time to take a deeper look at our skin, our largest organ that literally holds us together with love while helping us digest all sense impressions coming from both our inner and outer world. Our lovely skin breathes and eats, so feed it properly. Our skin mirrors our internal environment and shows us where attention might be needed on the inside (yes, it is usually our digestive system!). Everything we apply on the skin goes quickly into our circulatory system. As Ayurveda teaches, transdermal delivery is a great opportunity to take “medicine” into the body via the skin without overburdening the digestive system. On your skin, use only what you would ingest.
Now, take a look at yourself in the mirror. At the beginning of Fall, retained heat from the Summer months can exacerbate the dryness of Vata. This interplay of Pitta and Vata sets the stage for the many skin issues popping up during Fall. As a result, it is important to both relieve heat and dryness with substances that fall under the category of demulcents. Many of these substances come straight from your kitchen cupboard. A favorite of mine is oats (I use gluten-free). Here’s why.
Here is a recipe that includes ingredients from your kitchen cupboard, plus a few special Ayurvedic herbs and spices, to help you nourish your skin and warm your Soul.
Tizi’s Nourishing Face Mask
1/2 cup finely ground gluten free oats
1 tablespoon finely ground almond meal
¼ teaspoon turmeric (powerful anti-inflammatory)
1 pinch of fresh lime or lemon zest (brightening)
1 teaspoon Brahmi/Gotu Kola (enhances collagen synthesis)
1 teaspoon Amalaki (anti oxidant rich to repair Sun damage)
Vata: Mix with warm whole milk until a paste is obtained. Wash after a few minutes when mask is still a little wet.
Pitta: Mix with Organic Aloe Gel (my preferred brand is Lakewood) and warm water if needed. Allow to dry on the skin if so desired.
Kapha: Mix with organic, unheated, raw honey. Allow to dry completely on the face if so desired.
Giveaway: To three readers, Tizi is offering a gift of her Aromavedic ILLUMINATE Powder – a 3-in-1 cleanser/exfoliant/mask containing flowers, roots, herbs and a beautiful powdered pearl. “For even more radiance,” she says. Just leave us a note below letting us know how you connect to your beauty everyday.
Thanks Tizi, and all. Sending love and big hugs from la bell’Italia, Tizi’s home country.