Ancient Beauty Regimens Series: Traditions from China
In China there is an ancient saying: "The love for beauty and of beauty is common to all humans". Down the ages, the people of the land held a deep reverence for beauty and the power it has to calm the minds of man.
Taoism was a highly influential philosophy that evolved about 2,500 years ago in China. Its principal proponent was Lao Tsu (Lao Tzu) who was a contemporary of Confucius, the originator of another highly influential and differently oriented philosophy. The essence of Taoism was preserved in the writings attributed to Lao Tsu called the Tao Te Ching, written in 81 short chapters, with a total of about 5,000 characters. It has been said that there are more translations of the Tao Te Ching than any other book besides the Christian bible.
According to legend Lao Tzu was keeper of the archives at the imperial court. When he was eighty years old, he set out for the western border of China, toward what is now Tibet, saddened and disillusioned that men were unwilling to follow the path to natural goodness. At the border (Hank Pass), a guard, Yin Xi (Yin Hsi), asked Lao Tsu to record his teachings before he left. He then composed in 5,000 characters the Tao Te Ching (The Way and Its Power).
Beauty as described by the Tao, explicitly states that understanding the power of internal harmony is key to radiating external beauty. The Yin and Yang flows uninterrupted in humans when there is peace within and around them.
Beauty comes into its own when the "Qi" (energy) flows in harmony and freely in the meridians, when our blood is of good quality and sufficient, when the "Yin" (our mineral reserves in bones, teeth, nails & hair) is well filled, and when our "Shen" (spirit) is calm and serene.
Dark thick shiny hair, smooth skin, narrow eyes with long eyebrows and a firm healthy well weighted body were easily attainable by maintaining a simple nourishing diet, body massage, walks in Nature and restful sleep, according to the Taoist.
The use of white clay to smoothen skin was widespread among both men and women. Besides this the use of natural floral facial oils, jade rollers, acupressure, acupuncture and full body massages especially using Indian Safflower oil were encouraged among women from early puberty. ￼
Diets rich in, mushrooms, mung beans, green tea, turmeric, ginger, goji berries and fermented rice, were a must for women after childbirth. Besides this meditation or the practice of harnessing and shaping Qi - our inherent energy was central to all beauty regimens.
Today we have a plethora of products to choose from that promise to deliver beauty at least to our skin - the surface of our body! Choose wisely from among them, the products that appeal to your inner needs as well.
Cruelty free, non-chemical laden, natural products will offer long lasting results.
At AromaSutras we take these lessons handed down from generations past, very seriously and diligently work to bring to you only the purest and most effective products.
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