CBD oils and essential oils, two mainstream, self-care phenoms, are the first items on the shelf. They’re the gateway into a storied world of herbs, vitamins, supplements and powders to heal the body and mind.
There’s food too at Prayosha Ayurveda, and Dr. Purvi Vyas has a reason for selling black seed oil, sacha inchi oil, pumpkin seed oil, rice bran oil and avocado oil at her health store. It has to do with the different fatty acids building up within us when using one type of oil for too long of a period. One must “change the oil pattern” and “break from the saturation in the blood,” says Vyas.
Walking around with Vyas, the owner and a medical doctor with a Ph.D. in ayurveda, an ancient Indian practice of balanced health and living, is like getting a tour of the National Museum of Natural History with a paleontologist. After filling out a four-page survey and chatting about the results during a free 10-minute consultation with Vyas at a calming corner in the back of the store, customers can browse the aisles, asking what’s best to eat for a specific dosha, or body type. This year, Vyas expands her practice with in-house massages and ayurveda therapies like shirodhara, and continues adding to her 350-plus client list, each with individualized health plans.
Edible options without the holistic message include bags of kitchari (basmati rice and mung daal), “honee” (bee-free honey substitute made from apples), alternative sugars (fructose, erythritol, date sugar, xylitol) and a variety of ghees (clarified butter packed with herbs and a grass-fed version called Superghee with turmeric and ginger and a price tag of $20.99 for a 7.5-ounce jar). For the tired, find an herbal energy tincture, and to indulge in the heavy-lidded life, don’t forget the CBD loot. // Prayosha Ayurveda: 11725 Lee Highway, Suite A-19, Fairfax
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