Today I want to share with you one of the newest additions to my daily routine.
Ayurveda recommends bathing as the single most important aspect of the daily cleansing routine. Though I have to admit that with my cold blood, whilst living in Melbourne it is the first of my daily routines to go (maybe my English blood has something to do with it too!)
Whilst the bathing bits not new, what is new is the mung beans. I love mung beans and am constantly astounded by their many uses. Mix a little mung bean flour with water and use this paste instead of soap. It smells like freshly cut grass and doesn't dry out the skin like soap. It is tridoshic and especially good for sensitive skin and conditions such as athletes foot.
You can buy mung bean powder, or flour, from some Indian grocery stores. In India they mix a little turmeric with this paste and use it as a face wash, though I am a little wary of using turmeric on my skin for fear of looking jaundiced! If you want to try this be sure to wash it off quickly.
Pitta should take cool showers, Kapha and Vata warm. Very hot water will dry the skin, so Vata, Pitta and anyone with sensitive skin should have their water just warm enough to be comfortable, not scalding. Bathing should take place every day before eating or meditation.