Skin is the largest organ in our body, and skin issues primarily occur with a flared-up pitta dosha. According to Vedic Astrology, the skin is ruled by the planet Mercury. When Mercury is afflicted by Mars, Sun, or Ketu (the planets connected to the fire element), we are more prone to skin-related problems as they bring about an imbalance in pitta and stir up the fire element in our body.

Here are some rituals based on astrology principles to help manage skin-related issues:

1. Use Jasmine and Rose Fragrances

Incorporate jasmine and rose fragrances into your daily routine. You can infuse them in water and wash your face every night before bed. Aromatherapy with these fragrances via dhoop or steam is also beneficial. Jasmine and rose are connected to the planet Venus. Mercury gets weakest in the sign of Pisces, where Venus is strongest. Increasing Venusian attributes strengthens Pisces. Venus is connected to the water element and naturally cools the body afflicted with extra heat/pitta from fiery planets like Mars, Sun, and Ketu.

2. Honor Lord Dhanvantari

Chant the mantra “Om Namo Bhagavate Dhanvantaraye” to honor Lord Dhanvantari. You can chant this mantra or write it in your sacred notebook dedicated to mantra writing. It’s best chanted in the morning, with a minimum of 11 repetitions, though 108 times is optimal. Revered as the god of medicine and an incarnation of Vishnu, the preserver in the Hindu trinity. Dhanvantari emerged from the ocean during the churning of the Ocean of Milk, known as the Samudra Manthan, carrying a pot of amrita, the nectar of immortality. Worshippers of Dhanvantari seek his blessings for good health and the removal of diseases.

3. Engage in Logical Games and Puzzles

Play games that make use of logic and solve puzzles. Journaling is also an excellent practice. These activities help in strengthening your Mercury.

4. Regular Exercise to Burn Extra Energy

Burn the extra energy that Mars brings with a regular workout and exercise regime. Physical activity helps to balance the excess heat and pitta dosha in your body.

5. Perform Varuna Mudra

Mercury is strongest in the sign of Virgo and in the nakshatra called Hasta. Our hands are connected to Hasta Nakshatra, so remedies involving our hands, such as Mudras, can strengthen Mercury. Perform the Varuna Mudra every morning before your meditation for a few minutes.

How to Perform Varuna Mudra:

  • Sit cross-legged with your spine erect.
  • Touch the tips of your middle fingers and ring fingers with the tips of your thumbs.
  • Keep the other fingers straight.
  • Place both your hands on your knees.
  • Perform long and slow inhalations and exhalations.

By incorporating these practices and rituals into your daily routine, you can manage skin-related issues effectively, balancing the pitta dosha and promoting healthier skin.

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