As the largest organ in the body, the functions of the skin reach well beyond serving as a sac for the contents of our physiology.Nutrients reach the skin by diffusing through fluid from the blood vessels embedded in the deeper layers of the skin.
In Ayurveda, there are seven layers of the skin and each layer is associated with one of the seven tissues of the body.The structure of the integumentary system receives very little praise, but its layered architecture is quite a marvel. It works to protect against infection and extreme temperatures, maintain a balance of bodily fluids, synthesize Vitamin D, and clear toxins from the body. The top layer of the skin is related to the rasa dhatu or the plasma tissue and the second layer associated with rakta dhatu or the blood tissue all the way down to the seventh tissue relating to the reproductive fluid. (Note: the seven tissues in sequence are: plasma, blood, muscle, fat, bone, nerve, and reproductive fluid) Because we can directly observe the top layer of the skin, the state of the skin can tell us about the state of our rasa dhatu. This is the most logical place to start. Rasa dhatu is responsible for providing the body and mind with sustenance; it is the juice that gives us energy and life. A person with a superior quality of rasa dhatu not only has glowing skin with uniform color and complexion, free from moles and pimples, but also has clear perception, clarity, faith, love, and trust. Rasa dhatu is the bodyâ€™s nectar. It is the first product of digestion, meaning that when food is properly digested, nutrients go directly to nourish the tissue. To heal skin disorders, look to heal from the inside out. Soothe digestive problems associated with improper digestion of rasa dhatu and uncover the deeper imbalance that is associated with a skin flare up. As you uncover imbalance, itâ€™s likely more toxic waste will come out via the skin before it fully clears out. Practice patience and do not get discouraged. Remember that there are seven layers of the skin and each layer associated with a different tissue. As we begin to improve the health of the first tissue, the body will have the juice to improve the second . . . Â all the way down to the seventh. Start by following an Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle; consume whole, fresh, organic foods during proper mealtimes. Undigested food turns into toxic material and can be dumped into the skin as the body attempts to eliminate it. Here are some of Ayurvedaâ€™s most celebrated herbs and spices that Â enhance the health of the skin.
- Cumin, coriander, fennel tea soothe digestive issues associated with all three doshas.
- Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Neem is one of Ayurvedaâ€™s most praised herbs for skin breakouts.