The Wellness Code: Decoding Everyday Rituals for a Better You
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.