As the face behind the holistic-minded lifestyle site The Local Rose, an eponymous line of natural skin care, and a swoon-worthy Instagram feed packed with organic produce and crystals, Shiva Rose pretty much embodies our ideal of beautiful, healthy living. That's why we're thrilled to team up with her for a new series this week covering all you need to know to get gorgeous skin. If you're inspired to learn more, check out her new course, How to Get Glowing Skin Naturally: Ayurvedic DIY Rituals and Recipes for Luminous Beauty.
When I was 26, I had just given birth to my first daughter and was diagnosed with three life-threatening autoimmune illnesses: lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and scleroderma. I suffered from severe inflammation in my body, along with chronic fatigue and depression. About eight years ago, though, I began to follow an Ayurvedic protocol to heal my body, mind, and spirit. Diet changes, a spiritual Kundalini practice, and nourishing beauty rituals led me to a path of healing because, in Ayurveda, inner and outer beauty are intimately related. The belief is that the more we nourish and nurture ourselves, the more we will shine.
The beauty of Ayurveda is that it’s about restoring the body to its original healthy state. It's about the prevention of disease and being in tune with one’s body to know when there are imbalances. To create true luminous beauty, one has to have the inner life force, known as Ojas, to support it. I once heard Ojas described as our body’s version of the nectar in honey or the sap in trees. It is what makes our bodies work and gives us each the ability to thrive. When Ojas are strong, our bodies are firm and flexible, our skin is clear and luminous, and our hair is shiny and healthy. It's also the precursor to feeling love and compassion.
These six standard Ayurvedic beauty routines can lead to you feeling strong from the inside out: