So I thought Iโ€™d keep it simple and do some tips to feel more delicious during January! And what better way than to get inspiration from the home of wellbeing- Ayurveda!

In Ayurveda there are three subtle forces in our body: prana, tejas and ojas.

If you know about the doshas then they correspond with each dosha. Prana and vata, tejasย and pitta and ojas and kapha.

You may already be familiar with the concept of prana but it is this time of year that we want to nourish our ojas as it is our ultimate energy reserve.

๐Ÿงก Our ojas build strength and resilience, protect and sustains us.

๐Ÿงก Ojas maintains our immunity, fertility, brings lustre to the skin and eyes and overall vitality.

๐Ÿงก Ojas builds our compassion, contentment, love, satisfaction and clarity.

๐Ÿงก Ojas acts as a shield against stress, disease, infection and even those old emotional vampires ๐Ÿง›โ€โ™€๏ธ!

With many of us stressed and depleted, we might want to focus on building ojas, this vital honey of life.

So how can we work with our ojas:

  • Self-care: this will be different for everyone; some peopleโ€™s self-care might be doing some art whereas others love gardening but if you fancied doing some DIY spa treatments here are some ideas:

o ๐ŸฏMassage honey with a little water into your scalp and let it infuse for an hour or more- not only does this moisturise and restore shine to your hair, it also clears dandruff- almost instantly!

o ๐ŸฅšWhisk some egg white and add to your face, let it dry remove to tighten the skin and follow with egg yolk to moisturise.

o ๐Ÿฅ‘Use almond oil and avocado oil to rub into your cuticles and strengthen your nails

o โ˜•Make an exfoliating and energising skin scrub of coffee grinds and brown sugar follow up by massaging in warming sesame oil for ultimate Ayurvedic treat!

  • Colours: How many of us think of the impact of our clothes or furniture on our health. Robing ourselves in golds, mustards and deep reds also brings strength, protection and vitality.
  • Diet: foods that nourish ojas are ghee, dates, honey, almonds, spiced milk and basmati rice. ๐Ÿฅฌ Cooked green leafy vegetables, lentils and root vegetables are also supportive of our ojas so this is soup season!!
  • Digest: chew your food, be mindful when eating, use herbs and spices such as rosemary, chamomile, fennel, cumin and cardamom to support digestion.
  • Rest: enjoying sleep and restful practises โ€“ the importance of this cannot be overstated. Roll out of bed into some restorative yoga rather than HIIT, massage your body in sesame oil, light a candle and have a bath. Itโ€™s for your ojas!

So I hope you all join me in supporting your ojas this January!