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You Asked: When is the best timing for a Kichari Body Cleanse?
The answer is: *right now* + this DIY massage oil helps you flushing out built-up toxins.
In this love letter:
Why *right now* is a super (!) auspicious time to start your Kichari Cleanse
DIY Massage Oil Recipe to enhance the flushing-out-toxins process that also nurtures your sense of self
Kichari Cleanse to assist your transits. Physically, Spiritually and Environmentally.
Last week I shared with you why Conscious Conceiving begins 3 months before you’re even trying. Inside, you found this Ayurvedic Cleanse to substitute the costly (yet magical) full Pancha Karma retreat to kickstart any time of transformation with. The cleanse is traditionally done to prevent from imbalance during seasonal transitions. These transitions can be environmentally, physically and emotionally. Being woman, chances are your Womb will be much happier when you schedule a capsule version of this cleanse during each and every cycle. For this purpose a 3 day version of the cleanse (1 day to prepare, 1 day to cleanse, 1 day to come out) in the midst of your Luteal Phase will do. So that’d be around… 10 days prior to your period.
Self Massage enables your body to flush out toxins
When done with intent, using the right movements. But there is more! Using the right botanicals it can help you ground, release anxiety, build self esteem, evoke creativity and diminish mood swings. Close your eyes and it helps you connect to your deepest intuition - the one that lives in the womb.
You probably heard me say before that the Rishi’s (ancient sages of Ayurveda) advised their community to perform self massage 4 times a day. Now it isn’t indicated to be done that often (or at all) under all circumstances, but the season we are in *right now* does call for it. Why? Two reasons. Three, actually:
We are 18 days away from the official start of Winter. That means we’re approaching the seasonal transit from Fall to Early Winter. If you haven’t done the full Kichari Cleanse before, this is your time. Self Massage doesn’t only nurture your body externally whilst it is getting rid of built up toxins from the inside - long, downward strokes also help your body flushing everything out.
The Vata Dosha rules both Fall and early Winter. Vata binds the Space and the Air element. It’s turbulent, windy, chilly - cold and dry. If you find yourself in a damp climate your early Winter may be governed by both: Vata and Kapha. Both Dosha’s are fundamentally cold. The difference is in fluidity: where a Vata environment is dry and rough, a Kapha environment is fluid and fertile. In any case, early Winter is the perfect season for a daily soft, warm, nurturing *self massage*. Just be sure that if you feel melancholic (Kapha), you finish your massage off with quick upward strokes - all the way from your toes to your head. Or you may do a dry brush session in a warm, candle lit room and then take a luke warm bath with the essential oils that you would have put in your massage oil otherwise.
Lastly, this December has a special affinity to nurture you. This months Full Moon (December 19 - we will be waxing towards it starting from tomorrow) has the Jyotish Nakshakra (kinda like a theme) “Mrigashira” and comes with the Mantra “somas-yenvaka vitatani parastad vayanto ‘vastat”. The first word in line is Somasya, or Soma, which means gentle, soft, fluid and nourishing. It’s also the name of a legendary elixir that was believed to nourish the Gods like mothers milk nurtures a new born. The name is also used to describe the Moon light - which has a strong influence on liquids, including our body and (even more so) our Womb. So… If there is any time to extract the benefits of self massage, this is your time to retreat. Soma’s powers are on your side!!
P.S.: the mantra for this full moon at large refers to more than Soma - more on that in another e-mail dispatch.
Enough Said. Here is your Soma Themed Recipe for December ❄️
We will work with good old Sesame Oil as your base oil (120ml). Which is definitely not as basic as it sounds. Ayurveda explains unrefined, cold pressed sesame oil as an aphrodisiac, tension tamer and Ojas (immunity & bliss) builder.
Added to that, you will need the following essential oils:
Jasmine (18 drops) Jasmine’s deep, rich and floral aroma has a “Sattvic” personality, inducing feelings of love and compassion. It’s a mild aphrodisiac which beautifully complements your sesame oil. If you choose Jasmine to be your master herb but go off track with the others in this formula, it’s still important that the other botanicals are heating in nature (think chai like, wintery).
Cacao or Rose (12 drops) Whether you choose Cacao Bean extract or Rose Oil (or a combination of Rose and Geranium which is less pricey) - both plants evoke feelings of Self Love, calm the nervous system and are mild aphrodisiacs.
Cardamom (8 drops) Cardamom helps eliminate toxins through the Kidneys, allows more Prana into the lungs, blends (really) well with Rose and is a well known anxiety soother, especially combined with Nutmeg. Cardamom too is a mild aphrodisiac.
Nutmeg (4 drops) A little bit of Nutmeg supports Cardamom in its spirit soothing qualities. Ayurveda teaches us that our thoughts and food together directly blend with Ojas (the immune system) and influence the quality thereof. Hence nervines go hand in hand with Ojas enriching formula’s.
Vanilla (3 drops) Vanilla is Sweet, which gets you some of that water element. It also expands your Space element.
P.S.: Revive has a beautiful essential oil blend that is not too far off from the qualities in this formula. You will need 32 drops of this in your 120ml base oil (sesame).
One bottle of this formula should be enough for 4 Oily Self Massages. The best time to do it is in the morning, after your morning routine and Yoga Flow. After the massage you can leave the oils to soak for 20 minutes. Then you shower it off or take a bath. If you can’t make it in the morning, the evening will do! Between 7pm and 9pm, at least 45 minutes after food.
Signing off for the weekend <3
xxx Deborah Rose