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Ayurvedic medicine is a centuries old Indian approach to a healthy balanced life. It is an extremely complex philosophy and over the years I have tried and failed to understand how Ayurvedic principles apply to life in New York City…until now. Absolute Beauty is the first book I have read on the subject that not only clearly explains the dynamic of Ayurvedic philosophy, it shows how to apply these principles to daily skin care.
Ayurvedic health care starts by dividing people into three broad types– vata, pitta and kapha. The book ofers extensive characteristics for each profile and I was definately impressed how accuraely one of the types actually decribed me. In addition to describing skin characteristcs, the profiles cover all aspects of personality and health issues.
The foundation of Ayurvedic skin treatment is the use of specific herb fortified oils. I especailly liked that the book not only described these oils, it offered easy and afforable recipes to make them at home. The ingredients and directions for oils to stimulate, calm or cool explained how to make an herbal concentrate to mix with oils. Usually such products can be pricy, but Absolute Beauty alowed me to make enough for friends and family at less than the price of a single commercial product. it was also very reassuring to know exactly what was in each oil that I produced and to know that was free of additives and preservatives.
Ayurvedic medicine also deals with nutrition, exercise and spirituality. Absolute Beauty touches on all these factors and made me hungry to learn more. I hope I can find other books on the subject that are as helpful and well written.
One final thought: The author, a certfied Ayurvedic physician, has her own extensive line of products called Bindi. But rather than use her book to promote her company , she offers dozens of simple effective recipes for healing oils that you can make at home. It is a level of integrity I wish other doctors would follow.