For Valentine’s Day, celebrate all your loved ones! Offer something to your partner, a friend, a family member, or anyone who is often on your mind. Why not extend the gift giving to all those that make a difference in your life; the people that support and help you everyday?

Ayurveda teaches us that gratitude and small gestures can make a big difference in our daily lives and for our health. Do some good around you, acknowledge what you have and celebrate any occasion!

Here are some idea of Ayurvedic gifts for any budget:

• Sesame Oil: A bottle of non-toasted organic, unrefined sesame oil. In Ayurveda, we use a lot of sesame oil in massages. It is rich in iron, phosphorus, magnesium, copper and calcium. It is very beneficial for the nervous system. Its nature calms the Vata dosha (calms any mental tensions, lubricates and strengthens the joints). Regenerating, nourishing-heating and detoxifying, it improves circulation and digestion. It is also excellent for dry skin and prevents aging. (estimated cost: $10 for 500ml)

To give you ideas of self-massage: Here’s a video for self-massage, to share with your loved ones.

• Neti Pot with Pink Himalayan Salt: unrefined without any additives. For the health of your nose, your respiratory system and your sinuses. By using the neti pot regularly, it is possible to reduce the frequency of colds. What better way to get through winter! Use daily as part of your hygiene routine. (total cost: about $25)

• Prepare a Small Jar of Spices: cumin, coriander and fennel seeds (CCF) They are basic spices in Ayurveda and are tri-doshic. Make an equal mixture of these three whole spices (not ground) and add a nice decoration on a mason jar to complete this gift. You can use it as an herbal tea; it detoxifies and is very good for easy digestion. In the kitchen, heat up some clarified butter or oil of your choice and sauté the spices for 1 minute to activate their full potential before adding your other ingredients. (estimated cost: $12)

 • Eat-Taste-Heal: An Ayurvedic Guidebook and Cookbook for Modern Living by Thomas Yarema. To learn simple and fun ways for Ayurvedic cooking, this cookbook is very accessible and complete. (approximate cost: $35)

Lotus Palm Trio of Ayurvedic Essential Oil Blends: to balance your dominant dosha, to use in a diffuser or add a few drops to your favorite massage oil. (cost: $22)

• Ayurvedic Massage: Give the gift of a massage with hot oil (Abhyanga) and marma points (acupressure points). (cost: $90)

Eléonore, trained in the Iyengar yoga tradition, has been teaching yoga since 2008. Later, she completed an advanced 500h training in Kripalu yoga, in the United States. She has been practicing Thai Yoga Massage since 2009 in Montreal and is a teacher at Lotus Palm. Her passion for knowledge of the human body and a better art of living brought her to anchor her education in Ayurveda. She completed her 250h training at the Kripalu Institute and continues her education regularly. She currently teaches workshops to adapt your yoga practice according to Ayurveda.

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