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Camilla Tromborg

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THE 3 AYURVEDIC DOSHAS

In ayurveda there is 3 different doshas, or constellation types. We all have each of these doshas in us, but we tend to have one or two more dominant doshas. Based on these doshas you can find out what brings you out of balance, and what brings you into balance and what makes you the best version of yourself. If you have no idea what ayurveda is, then I have written a little blogpost about ayurveda in general here, but today I want to write a bit about the 3 different doshas.

The 3 different doshas are vata, kapha and pitta. Below you will find some descriptions about the characteristics for each type and what brings them out of balance and what brings them into balance. You can take ayurveda tests several places online or in books, or you might even be able to see which one is your primary one simply based on the descriptions below.

 

Picture source: Raw Ayurveda

 

Vata – space and air

  • Characteristics: typical slim, small persons. Easy to see bones. Tendency to dry skin. Often have cold hands and feet, speaks fast and sleeps very lightly.
  • Vata in balance: imaginative, enthusiastic, flexible, generous, easily gets friends, ready, happy, creative, good communicator, light body, does not care about routines, ordinary and predictable ways. Learns quickly, loving. Because vata is very cold, light and dry it needs warm, stability and routines.
  • Vata in imbalance: easily gets out of balance during the winter and the cold months, and by stress, hard exercising or too much activity, travelling and instability. Easily gets constipated, shakes easily, easily looses appetite, sleepless, gets anxious, have a hard time making decisions and standing by them, feeling divided, dry skin, cannot stay still, worries a lot, anxious, indecisive, unfocused, do things fast, forgets to eat, gets overwhelmed by too much at once.

 

Kapha – Water and Earth

  • Characteristics: Often big and strong.  Skin is clear and eyes are moisture and beautiful. Hair is typically thick, shiny and waved. Strong appetite, good immune system, moves slowly and calmly, loves to sleep for a long time and deep.
  • Kapha in balance: calm, stable, romantic, grounding, a good support for many people, easy to be in company with, satisfied, generous, loyal, faithful, good health, likes cakes, full of love and compassion, happy for routines, empathic, good memory, loves to eat, sit, relax, sleep, easily gains weight, healthy body, strong teeth, thick hair,
  • Kapha in imbalance: very lazy, depressive, greedy, turns inward, lung issues, slow, sleeps more than  hours per night, feels heavy in body and mind, does not take initiatives, passive, lies on the couch, eats comfort foods, easily gains weight, jealous.

 

Pitta – Fire and Water

  • Characteristics: medium building, is often strong and well proportioned. Have a sensitive skin, a good glow, glittering eyes with a sharp look. Hair is soft and thin. A pitta is warm and soft to touch, they speak sharp and precise.
  • Pitta in balance: have lots of fire and energy inside, a big drive, is ambitious, competitive, leader, ask many questions, interpretive, reflective, energetic, intelligent, sharp focus, organised, impatient, warm, adaptable, strong appetit and thirst, disciplined, principle, perfectionist, independent, strong body, charismatic, passionated, good at businesses, healthy and strong appetit.
  • Pitta in imbalance: impatient, frustrated, highly competitive, arrogant, judgemental, critical, angry, aggressive, burns out quickly, gets inflammations, gets skin rashes, looses hair early, high blood pressure, cynical, needs to cool down, feels exhausted, works too much, is a control freak, diarrhea, stomach problems.

 

Once you know which dosha is your primary, you can also learn how to bring it into balance by learning about what foods are good for you, what kind of exercises are good for you, which routines etc.

I can tell you that I’m without a doubt a primary vata, I’m slim, have a tendency to get easily cold, gets easily stressed out if I have too many things going on, love warm food and drinks and I have tons of ideas,  but sometimes have a hard time sticking to routines – a typical vata. Some of the things I’ve learned through learning about ayurveda is what I can do to get more into balance. I can eat warm, grounding food, remember to relax and slow down and try to stick to some routines.

Ayurveda is a very ancient philosophy which goes hands in hand with yoga and really looks at how you can prevent diseases, illnesses etc. rather than fighting them once they are there.

 

I’m interested to hear – what is your dosha type? Can you identify yourself based on these descriptions? Or have you taken a test?

 

If you want to learn more about ayurveda and doshas, then I can recommend these sources, which is also where I’ve found information for this post from

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DIY Holistic beauty & skincare

MAKE YOUR OWN SKINCARE PRODUCTS

If there’s something I really love to do, it’s to make my own skincare products. And I’ve already created a bunch of them and shared them in here with you guys, but if you are new to this blog, then here you have some recipes for homemade skincare products!

By making your own skincare products you will know exactly what is in them, and you can customise them to fit your skintype. You can play around and try different ingredients, fx try using jojoba oil instead of almond oil. Put less of some of the “butter” in it and more of the liquid ingredients if you like a more liquid consistency in your products. You can really play around and find what fits you and your skin type. Some homemade skincare products are also the perfect idea for a present to your friends, sister or mom!

Homemade face cream

A very moisturising face cream made with shea butter, almond oil (or jojoba oil), bee’s wax, water and vitamin E oil – perfect for dry skin!

Homemade lip balms 

Moisturizing lip balms made out of only 4 natural ingredients!

Homemade body butter 

Body butter made out of sheabutter, coconut oil and almond oil.

Have you tried any of these recipes? 

Sustainable Sustainable & Conscious living

YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING PERFECTLY

The other day I met up with Johanne and Emma and had a little chat about how living more sustainably should not be about being perfect at everything, and that it is much more important for others to see that you are also in a process and working on things and in that way are much more relatable to others, than if you were the perfect example of something. No one is perfect, we all struggle with things and we should not beat ourselves up about it, that won’t help anyone.

 

If you strive so much to be perfect that you end up burning out mentally, then this will do not good at all because eventually you might just give up on everything and that is no good. So don’t be so hard on yourself.

You might want to live more sustainable (which is awesome!), but take your time and make it a slow process. Habits needs to change and that just takes time. You might also have started with something but have went back to your old habits – no worries, that doesn’t mean that you have failed. You can just start trying again once you are ready.

Here are some of my back and forth processes

  1. The shampoo bar

    I had been using the shampoo bar for a couple of months and then went on a skiing trip with my boyfriend and his family, and to be honest I was just so tired and exhausted that I just didn’t bother to wash my hair with the shampoo bar at the holiday and I ended up using my boyfriends shampoo and have been since. I want to get back to the shampoo bar again, but I have honestly just been too lazy and busy with a lot of other things lately, but I for sure want to start using it again.

  2. Toothpaste

    For a while I made my own toothpaste, but I am currently being way too confused about oral hygiene and whether or not to use fluorid etc. and I really want to take good care of my teeth, so I have (for now) returned to a plastic packaging toothpaste. If any of you have awesome recommendations for toothpaste in glass jars or anything like that, please let me know!

  3. I still buy groceries in plastic packaging

    More than anything I wish I lived next door to LØS market and could buy all my food there without having to worry about plastic packaging, but I just live too far away for it to make sense to go there for every time I need to buy groceries. Whenever possible I will always strive for the plastic free option where I am, but that is the current reality. However I’m extremely happy about seeing more and more cardboard alternatives to plastic in supermarkets, fx Fakta now has rice in cardboard packaging instead of plastic packaging, so I always buy rice there.

Etc. I might have several other things that I have gone back and forth with. But what I wanted to say with this is that we should not beat ourselves up about not doing everything perfectly. Take your time, and be okay with going back and forth. It is a process, and it takes time. And sometimes you try something which does not work for you, and that is okay, then try to search for other alternatives or ways to do things.

You might have heard about the saying “you teach best what you most need to learn“? That is so true for me with this post, because I have certainly been guilty of beating myself up a bit (mentally) because I have gone back to some old habits. So this blog post is just as much a reminder to myself not to blame myself so much. I know that I still want to change things and strive for living more sustainably, but I don’t want to spend all my time worrying and stressing about it. I will much rather have fun with it!

 

Do you know the feeling? Have you also gone back and forth between some old habits as well?

Inspiration Personal

INTERESTING THINGS

It’s Wednesday and time to look at some of the things I’ve found interesting lately, and wauw this week I have a bunch of inspirering videos for you! One about life and pressure and expectations, one about a plastic free supermarket, an inspirational talk by Peta Kelly and a good advice from Hannah McNeely.

 

If you have anything you would like to share – books, articles, videos, documentaries, music etc. then feel so very free to share them with me!

 

1. This little video about life and pressure was just so beautiful and so true! We all live different lives, want different things etc. and you don’t have to do something just because others are doing it. Do what makes you happy and do it when and where you want to

2. This plastic free supermarket in Amsterdam is pretty amazing, hopefully this will be the new normal within a few years!

3. This talk by Peta Kelly gave my goosebumps! So inspirering!

4. I agree so much with what Hannah is saying here!

Books Holistic beauty & skincare

BOOK RECOMMENDATION – NATURALLY GORGEOUS

It’s time for another book recommendation, and this one I read in like 1-2 days, it is exactly what I LOVE to read about: health and beauty and natural ingredients which doesn’t harm you or the planet. The book is called Naturally Gorgeous and is written by Charlotte Vøhtz which is also the creator behind the brand Green People. I really find Charlotte’s story inspirering, she started her brand Green People because her daughter got eczema and they couldn’t find any products which she could use, so Charlotte created her own brand.

I got this as a birthday present from my sweet friend Ida, and she really knows me, because if I should have written a book, then this is basically what I would have written. It’s all about avoiding toxic ingredients in your skincare and food, eating nourishing food, drinking water and herbal teas, lots of suggestions for natural skincare, recommendation for dry brushing, DIY recipes for skincare products etc. You get the drill.

If you love natural skincare and beauty as much as I do, and I almost bet you do if you follow me either here on my blog or on Instagram, then you would for sure love this book as well.

 

English version of the book: Naturally Gorgeous – Essential Health and Beauty Secrets*

Danish version of the book: Sund og Smuk – uden tilsætning*

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Read also: Book recommendation – Earth is Hiring

Happiness Personal

EVERYDAY HAPPINESS

It’s Monday and you know what that means – time to look back at some everyday happiness from the past week!

I’ve been fuelling myself with my favourite green smoothie almost daily!

I’ve been practicing yoga at home, and at Cathrine’s yoga class Thursday evening at Yogacentralen <3

My boyfriend and I have booked a trip to Alicante, Spain, this Summer and I’m looking so much forward to it! If you have good suggestions for things/places to see, where to eat, sustainable shops etc. then please share them with me! I would love to know since I’ve never been there before

Okay so this isn’t from the past week but this upcoming week, but I just thought I wanted to announce it again. Emma, Johanne and I are going to hold a speech (Danish) about how you can live more sustainable at Fredensborg Bibliotek April 12th 7pm – if you are nearby, come and join!

Saturday some of my best friends from high school came over for brunch and birthday celebration, and it was so good to see them again <3

I started Sunday out with picking up trash at Amager Strandpark with Clean Up Copenhagen and these 3 lovely women! We had the most beautiful sunny weather! Where should we hold the next TRASH & TALK event?

After picking up trash at Amager, I went straight to The Organic Club at Vesterbro for the Sustain Yearly pick-up party. It was so great, so many lovely women, the new magazine, ice tea, the sun was shinning and I spend the next couple of hours talking with Ida in the sunshine – what a lovely day!

Sweet Johanne & Emma at the pick-up party

The beautiful magazine <3 I’m so grateful for having written something in such a beautiful magazine which is all about how you can live a more sustainable life. And a big congrats to lovely Sustain Daily for making this magazine and for spreading sustainable inspiration to so many people!

Holistic beauty & skincare

WAYS TO ENHANCE YOUR NATURAL BEAUTY

Beauty. It is something most of us strives for, and it can easily become something which gets obsessive and unhealthy, which I’m for sure not a fan of. I rather want to think of beauty as learning to love yourself as you are, and doing small things to enhance your natural beauty and get in better contact with yourself and your body.

 

Therefore, I thought I would share some “natural beauty tools” which can be used as a way to enhance your natural beauty, better your health and which can be used as a way to connect with yourself and learn to love and accept yourself as you are.

 

Ways to enhance your natural beauty

 

Drybrushing

Dry brushing is a wonderful thing which you can do both on your face and your skin. Dry brushing is a practice where you use a dry brush on your dry skin to gently brush your skin. This helps to get rid of dead skin cells and gets your lympathic system going, which brings new oxygen to your cells. I use this dry brush for the body* and this for the face. I dry brush my body (almost) every time before showering, and I use my facial brush 4-5 times a week in the morning before washing my face or anything.

 

Gua Sha

A gua sha is a crystal which you use to “scrape” your face or body with. Gua Sha is said to stimulate blood flow and healing. Like many others massages gua sha stimulates blood flow and makes your skin a little bit more red, which is a good sign, because this only means that blood flow is going. When your blood flow is circulating, this brings more oxygen to your skin, and makes your skin start to “work”, which can both heal your skin and makes your skin more firm. I use this one, and use it 4-5 times a week, mainly in the evening after having removed my make-up and having put some oil on my face. It’s the perfect thing to do to wind down in the evening, with a cup of tea and a good serie.

 

Oil massage

Oil massage is a wonderful thing! It’s so calming, soothing and moisturising for your skin. It is also the perfect way to connect with yourself and give yourself some selflove. Set some time aside to just listen to some calm music, or watch your favourite TV show, or after having taken a shower and rub yourself into oil all over the body and give yourself a gentle and loving massage. Keeping your skin moisturised will prevent it from becoming dry and flaky, and if you’ve got a bit of a tan in the summer it will also ensure that you keep the tan for a longer period of time.

Yoga

Yoga has also become one of my favourite ways to enhance my body’s natural beauty. How? you might think. Well, after having been to several of Cathrine’s yoga classes I’ve learned more and more about how, at least yin yoga, stimulates the connective tissues, and how this is also a way to reduce cellulite. Yoga is also a way of getting energy flowing in the body, which works in the same way as the dry brushing by bringing oxygen to your cells which will enhance your skin by looking more vibrant and glowing. I also find that yoga really calms me down, which is another amazing thing, because a stressed out mind is one the worst things for your skin, because this can also make you break out.

 

Fresh air

Fresh air is almost self-explanatory. But by getting fresh air, you get new oxygen into your body which is so good for your health – and in my belief, whatever is good for your health, is also good for your natural beauty.

 

Healthy food & water

This is probably the most important one when it comes to natural beauty if you ask me. Because you can do plenty of face masks etc., but if you don’t eat good, healthy, nutritious food, chances are your skin will not look very healthy. Of course there are several people that are blessed with good genes, which can eat lots of crappy food and still look amazing, but many of us (myself included) are not as lucky. I can instantly see on my skin if I’ve been eating good, nutritious, nourishing, healthy food or filling my body with chips, cakes and cafe lattes. It shows so quickly.

Being happy and doing what you love

This is so important. Your skin will light up by itself if you follow your passion, do things you love, spend time with people you love and find interesting. Just like your skin is vibrating and glowing when you are in love. Do what makes you happy and spend your time on whatever YOU want, it is your life after all.

 

Relax

As mentioned before, a stressed out skin are more prone to breaking out. Learn to relax, take time off to wind down and just do nothing. I have a hard time with this myself, I always feel like there are thousands of things I could do or that I want to do, so I’m really working on just letting myself relax and do nothing once in a while.

 

What are your favourite natural tools to stay healthy, vibrant and be the best version of yourself?

 

Read also: Healthy lifestyle tips

 

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Inspiration

INTERESTING THINGS

It’s Wednesday and I finally have lots of interesting things for you this week! This week there’s an interesting guide about CO2 compensation, a beautiful and magical song, a new TRASH & TALK event with Clean Up Copenhagen and a speech about sustainable living!

If you have any interesting things, videos, talks, books, songs etc. please feel very free to share them with me!

 

1. Emma’s guide to CO2 compensate for your plane travels is so great! I wasn’t aware of that you could do this kind of CO2 compensation before reading Emma’s post. I’m for sure going to do this for every travel I go on from now on, I know that travelling by plane is not ideal, yet I still want to explore the world and spend some lovely time with those I love, and this is a great way to compensate a bit for that.

2. Cologne by Haux – I have been listening to this song non-stop for the last couple of days, it’s magical and beautiful!

3. TRASH & TALK event with Clean Up Copenhagen this Sunday at Amager Strand from 11-12, come and join!

4. I’ll be holding a speech together with Emma & Johanne about the small things you can do in your everyday life to live sustainably 12th of April in Fredensborg, come join if you are nearby!

Books Inspiration

BOOK RECOMMENDATION – EARTH IS HIRING

It’s time for another book recommendation, and this time I want to recommend you the book “Earth is Hiring”.

I recently finished the book “Earth is Hiring – the new way to live, lead, earn, give for millennial and anyone who gives a sh*t* by Peta Kelly the other day, and wauw. Amazing! If you are interested in sustainability, changing the world for the better, creative ways of working and living – then this book is for you.

It is such a down-to-Earth book which tells all about how to live a better life in alignment with new values, which is what the Earth needs to survive. It’s all about how we can create businesses and lives which makes us and Mother Nature thrive, and which doesn’t cause harm to the Planet, and in that way ensures that there will be a planet for future generations.

I don’t want to give away too much of the book, because you should read it and enjoy it. But Peta surely is one amazingly inspirering human-being and while reading the book I got so inspired, and uplifted and ensured that I can literally do and work with whatever I want – and I want that to be something positive, healthy and something which helps humans and the Earth.

Quote from the book:

“How does it get any better than this? With this question, you will invite in more of all that is good. You’ll invite in more love, more success, more abundance, and more happiness and joy. You’ll keep yourself on your super highway to alignment and in your flowing tap”

 

Read also: Book recommendation – The Four Agreements

 

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Happiness Personal

EVERYDAY HAPPINESS

It’s Monday and time to look back at some everyday happiness from the past week, which was the Easter holiday!
The past week was so lovely. It consisted of time to wind down, relax and not think too much about school and assignments. Time spend with friends, family, selfcare and birthday celebration (because I turned 24).

How was your Easter holiday?

I started this week with the intention of going to the Botanical Garden with 2 of my friends, but apparently it was closed. So instead we went for a little walk in Ørstedsparken

I also collected up some trash in the Kings Garden with my friend. Btw, I’ve just created a new TRASH & TALK event with Clean Up Copenhagen, so if you want to come and have a good time and pick up trash from nature, then join this Sunday!

I also drank hot chocolate with my friend <3

 

This towel was another lovely birthday gift <3 I also did a lot of selfcare this week; at home facial steams, gua sha facial massage, oil massage, dry brushing and lots of tea and reading

I got this new basket for my plant as one of my birthday gifts <3

I bought this lovely shirt (secondhand) from one of my sweet friends, and had a hot coconut chocolate with her at Souls on my birthday <3 And the beautiful necklace was a birthday gift from my boyfriend <3

 Another birthday gift was this cork yoga block. And this Saturday I was to Cathrine’s yoga & vegan Easter lunch event where we also did some exercises with a yoga block, and it just feels so good, so I’m going to do more of those exercises at home as well!