Daily wellness rituals play a major role in shaping cultures, societies and in developing a sense of connection between the self and  a body of knowledge and tradition. World over, different ancient system of healing and medicine emphasize the importance of balancing the body, mind, and spirit, and rituals play a crucial role in this pursuit. The Maori healing system involves the use of native plant-based remedies (rongoā rākau), massage (mirimiri) and spiritual healing through prayer (karakia). Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy takes many forms, including herbal therapy, diet, acupuncture, meditation, physical exercise and massage.
While the Japanese  tea ceremony, or "chanoyu," evolved as a meditative practice with roots in Zen Buddhism with its focus on daily practice of mindfulness, aesthetics, and the shared experience of preparing and enjoying tea.
Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medical knowledge bases everyday wellness through Dinacharya, daily rituals related to skin, hair, bath, and oral care are particularly relevant, as they offer a means to enhance physical health, prevent aging, and promote overall well-being. In Ayurveda: 
Promoting balance: Rituals aim to bring balance to the
three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) which are believed to govern various physical and mental functions.
Improving physical health: Certain Ayurvedic rituals such as oil massages and steam baths help in detoxifying the body and improving circulation, leading to better physical health.
Mental wellness: Meditation and yoga are believed to calm the mind and reduce stress, leading to improved mental wellness.
Connecting with nature: Many rituals involve the use of natural elements such as herbs, oils, and crystals, which helps to connect with the natural world and promote inner peace.
Building spiritual awareness: Chanting and pranayama aim to increase spiritual awareness and connect with a higher power.

Indigenous, tribal communities too have distinct rituals around the body and cleansing that are well regarded as the gateway to maintaining good hygiene and health. These ancient practices, passed down through generations, are an integral part of culture and are used to maintain physical and spiritual wellness.  Local biological knowledge of a variety of herbs and plants are used in both treatment of ailments and also for preventive wellness related daily rituals. Hair care for instance through oils, scrubs, saponins from berries and other botanicals is one of the most important self care practices in indigenous communities. In India,  from the valleys of Manipur's indigenous communities comes one such remedy - 'Chengi', also known as a fermented rice water hair mask. A composite all in one hair remedy that is made over several days and which the members of the Meiti tribe in Manipur use frequently for stronger hair. Birdsong's Fermented Rice Water Hair Mask is inspired by this very 'Chengi' preparation, a deep conditioning hair mask and one of the best natural hair mask for frizzy hair. 
As we navigate the complexities of modern life, these ancient rituals offer a reminder of the enduring wisdom that transcends time. Integrating elements of these practices into our routines may provide a pathway to holistic well-being, enabling us to foster a more profound connection with ourselves and the world around us. In embracing the essence of these age-old traditions, we can find inspiration to cultivate a life that nurtures not only our physical health but also our mental and spiritual vitality.
December 14, 2023