Absolute Being, the One Queen,
overwhelming the three states and hence is called Tripura.
Though She is undivided, whole,
Manifests in all its variety in Her.
- Tripura Rahasya
Ayurveda embodies the compassionate, patient, all-inclusive qualities of Mother Nature, and spreads the message of peaceful, balanced strength and beauty, through Her three defining characteristics – Love, Life, and Light. It is not just fair, but also necessary, that when a Mother is going through a phase as happy, memorable, and transformational as Motherhood, she is given gifts of Nature that will help Her look inwards, understand the changes She is going through, and embrace the new, graceful version of Herself, that evolves out of that understanding.
This Mother’s Day, Kama Ayurveda puts a special spotlight on its Dhanwantaram Thailam Pre-Post Natal Treatment Oil. This is a 100% Ayurvedic concoction that follows a time-honoured methodology to balance, and moderate the functioning of Vata dosha before, during, and after pregnancy. It works to nourish the musculoskeletal constitutions of expectant, and new mothers; reinforces positive emotional states of happiness, placidity, and optimism; and infuses fresh confidence for body shape recovery. It is also prescribed for rheumatoid pain, arthritis, spondylitis, and hemiplegia.
Protection from the ‘Mask of Pregnancy’ – Indian Sesame Sneha Dravya
Ayurvedic thailam, or medicated Oil, is usually made in a sneha dravya (lubricating substance) base of Sesame (Til). Incidentally, sneha in Sanskrit, also means love!
As a primarily Vata dosha-focussed preparation, Dhanwantaram draws on the Vata-balancing character of Sesame, to remedy expressions of aggravated Vata in pre-post natal bodies.
These include physical symptoms, like:
- muscular stiffness and cramps
- joint pains
- gastrointestinal irregularities and
emotional symptoms, like:
- overwhelming, if transient, sensations of depression
- energy loss.
‘Heaty’ Sesame is ideal for body massages requiring gentleness and sensitivity, and its abundant vitamin E content keeps skin dehydration and flakiness at bay. Sesame Oil also helps manage possible effects of melasma, or the ‘mask of pregnancy’. This is the colloquial name for dark patches that develop around the nose, cheeks, forehead, and abdomen, as a result of pregnancy induced hormonal changes.
Rasayanas for Hormonal Regulation and Reproductive Replenishment
Shatavari (Wild Asparagus), Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng), Yashtimadhu (Liquorice), and Devadaru (Himalayan Cedar) are upheld in all ancient Ayurvedic texts, for their positively uplifting and balancing effects on female hormonal cycles; blood plasma, and lymphatic levels They help with physical vitality, fertility and libidinal energy after birthing, and dispel symptoms of postpartum depression.
Apana Vayu Balancing for Healthy, Safe Childbirth, and Body Strength ‘Tonics’
The sub-dosha of Vata, Apana Vayu, is responsible for downward movement of energy, or Prana. Its unobstructed movement is necessary to consolidate the uterine position of babies in the final trimester before birth; to ease the trauma they feel, and express by crying, when they make their way through the birth canal and out of their mothers’ bodies.
Gentle, and regular massages with Dhanwantaram ensure that the Apana Vayu-balancing properties of Tagar (Indian Valerian) are absorbed profoundly. Tagar’s role as an effective ‘nerve tonic’, is enhanced by Bala (Indian Country Mallow), and Gorakbhuti (Mountain Knot Grass). Together, they soothe any anxiety related to childbirth, and reinstate comfort, focus, and self-confidence for post-natal shape recovery.
The nervine herbs are complemented and balanced by the vitamin-C rich, Vata-regulating Divine Trinity of:
- Amalaki (Indian Gooseberry) for brighter skin
- Bibhitaki (Beleric Myrobalan) that works on stomach and bowel toning and
- Haritaki (Chebulic Myrobalan) that provides healing from exhaustion, emaciation, uterine prolapse, and weakened pelvic muscles and ligaments.
Haritaki is so called because it is believed to be dear to Shiva, promoting Shiva-like awareness and invincibility, and is also called Abhaya, as it is believed to instil fearlessness.
This Mother’s Day, we invite you to embrace Dhanwantaram. It is a matter of love and pride that you bring a healthy, hearty, happy child into the world, but it is also important to remember that the best gift you can give this child, is a strong, resilient, rejuvenated You.