In Kerala the season of festivities never comes to a close. When humans take a respite from their celebrations, by the month of June the baton is taken over by a different mood of Nature. She starts her boisterous monologue called monsoon lasting for two months. But the breather taken by the people here is not without any reason. For what follows the monsoon is the Malayalam month of Karkidakam (roughly July-August), which has been deemed as the best time to indulge in rejuvenation therapies by the oldest healthcare system in the world - Ayurveda, that has its roots in this soil.
It is written in the scriptures of Ayurveda that the month of Karkidakam, for the lack of dust and humidity in the atmosphere, is ideal for all rejuvenation practices especially Panchakarma – a therapeutic way extolled by Ayurveda, for eliminating toxic elements from the body. The hectic and stressful modern life that we lead often triggers the accumulation of toxins, causing ailments to the body. This is where Panchakarma comes to our rescue. By flushing out the toxins from our body it restores vitality.
This holistic healthcare system also comes up with several tips and treatments for your beauty related issues. It gives your skin a break from the chemical harassments at beauty parlours and nourishes it with its herbal hands. Beauty, for Ayurveda, is not just skin deep and the tanned skin may be more an outcome of improper lifestyle and harmful food habits than of a summer sun. Thus Ayurveda recommends for a healthy vegetarian diet devoid of any impurities. Karkkidaka kanji, a special Ayurvedic gruel made with rice and herbs is ideal for this season.
Some of the common treatments of Ayurveda include Abhyangam and Njavarakkizhi. Abhyangam is a massage using medicated oil that helps in improving blood circulation and for reducing stress. Njavarakkizhi is a body polishing therapy that will look after your complexion. Dhara is another treatment in which medicated oil is applied over the forehead to relieve stress and to improve memory and sleep. So come to Kerala this monsoon and enjoy the euphoria of nature. Let the magic wands of Ayurveda do wonders on you.