Hello there! Congratulations from all of us at Krya! Pregnancy is a wonderful phase of Life and we support your quest to use only the cleanest, most natural and non-toxic skin and hair care products on yourself. As with all Krya products we drew on Ayurvedic wisdom to formulate this Gentle Pregnancy Safe Body wash. Ayurveda reminded us that Pregnant women need so much more when it comes to safe, gentle skin care.
Pregnant Women are the Dauhridini
Ayurveda calls the Mom to Be, the “Dauhridini” – or “She who carries two hearts”. This carries so many meanings on every level. The Pregnant woman stands as the unborn fetus voice, helping express the baby’s desires, feelings. She is also more vulnerable: carrying a delicate new life. She is also emotionally going through much more than the average person, being as it were, someone with “two hearts” (most of us struggle with just one on a daily basis).
This is also seen anatomically around the 4th month of the pregnancy. At this stage, the fetal organs, including the heart, start developing distinctly. It is also at this stage that the fetus is able to communicate its own needs to the mother and this expresses itself as pregnancy cravings. Ayurveda, therefore, states that pregnancy cravings and desires are the fetus’s expression of its desires through its mother.
Stretch marks in Pregnancy – Kikkisa in Ayurveda
From the 6th month onwards, there is a rapid development in the fetus, which in turn causes Tridoshic vitiation in the mother. Due to the rapid increase in fetal size, the skin is stretched and this results in linear scars or stretch marks, on the abdomen, hips, thighs and lower back.
Due to the Tridoshic vitiation, there could be hyper-pigmentation, itching, burning, and redness along these stretch marks. This condition is collectively called as “Kikkisa” in Ayurveda. These stretch marks are also called “Striae Gravidarum”.
Pregnancy Skin care: Ayurvedic Basics
Ayurveda asks us to take the emotional, physical and psychic needs of the mother into account when formulating skin care products for pregnancy. The herbs used should physically work on the peculiar kind of dryness that Pregnancy women experience. This is not due to Vata dosha alone as is usually the case. But due to rapid fetal growth resulting in normal changes to all 3 doshas.
Here the dryness is accompanied by aggravation in Pitta leading to itching, redness and burning sensation in the skin. So this pregnancy-related dryness must be tackled using the right combination of pitta and Vata herbs.
Emotionally and psychically, we are asked to use nurturing, prana positive and auspicious herbs in pregnancy skin care. This helps support (to a small extent) the journey being under taken by the Mother to be.
The Krya Dauhridini Body wash – a unique gentle pregnancy body wash based on Ayurvedic first principles
Formulated using the Ayurvedic skin care principles for pregnancy to care for dry, skin with itchiness, burning sensation and irritability. This is a very gentle, safe and non-toxic body wash designed with organic grains, clays and safe Ayurvedic herds. It is completely non toxic, 100% natural and safe to use every day in pregnancy.
Harsh soaps and body wash come with untested synthetics that can be potentially absorbed by the skin. Choose the Krya Dauhridini body wash instead. We use vata and pitta balancing, skin friendly, prana positive and Mangalya herbs. For details of each herb please read our ingredients tab below.
Safe & Completely Toxin free – 100% Natural Choornam Format
But is it chemical free? Yes, yes 100% yes.
The Krya Dauhridini Body wash like all our other Cleansers comes in an Ayurvedic Choornam format. We make each Choornam from careful blend of Ayurvedic grains, clays and herbs. Each ingredient is carefully selected, cleaned, individually processed and then blended together to make the final product.
As we eschew a conventional liquid format, we are able to make our products 100% natural by keeping them as dry, solid format herbal powders. However, as we use organic grains and edible herbs, please store your Krya Choornam carefully in a clean, dry place and use only with a dry spoon.
How to use the Krya Dauhridini Pregnancy Body Wash?
Please read our how to use a Krya Body wash tab for more information on this. For pregnant women, we advise taking the following precautions:
- Add a small amount of Milk to the body wash if the skin is very dry or Rosewater if the skin has a burning sensation (or both if you have both)
- Use lukewarm water to bathe in
- Pre-moisturize the dry areas by using the Krya Dauhridini Skin oil at least 20 minutes before a bath. The oil can also be reapplied after cleansing when the skin is still damp
Why use a natural herb and lentil based bodywash powder and not a soap / synthetic liquid bodywash / gel?
The Krya Bodywash is an excellent natural alternative to skin pH altering , drying and toxin laden synthetic bodywash products and soaps.
Even the gentlest hand made soap is unsuitable for skin as it has a naturally alkaline pH of 9 and above which alters the pH of skin everytime you use it and also wipes out the microflora colony locally, which needs to eb built back again.
Historically, the soap format was only used to do the laundry or to have a very infrequent bath as was practiced in cold countries. In tropical countries like India with a rich history of sophisticated medicine systems and the wide variety of healing herbs and grains, we always used a carefully made mixture of edible grains , lentils and a careful selection of herbs processed together.
This mixture is extremely gentle and soothing on skin. By the combination of herbs chosen, it helps build immunity by encouraging the right strains of skin microflora which act as our body’s first line of defense. Additionally, the correct combination and processing of these ingredients helps balance locally deranged doshas in the skin, giving us a complete Snana /Bathing experience.
Why are Krya Bodywash products powders and not ready-to use liquids:
All Krya Bodywash products come in a Choornam (ayurvedic blended powder) format. So they need to be mixed in water / appropriate liquid to be used on skin.
We formulate all our cleansers as Choornams for the following reasons:
To make the formulation more potent and nutritive:
In all water based products, water forms over 85% of the product by weight, leaving very little room for actual nutrients /botanicals. In a Choornam format, on the other hand, we can load the product with a high concentration of active nutrients.
To avoid the use of toxic preservatives, thickeners, fragrances and additives
When Water is added to a formulation there is immediately a high risk of bacterial / fungal contamination. To minimize this risk, synthetic preservatives like parabens need to be added.
Adding water also limits the shelf life of a product and it goes rancid over time – to neutralize any off odors, synthetic fragrances are usually added.
Similarly to make the product thick and non watery, thickening additives and fillers are usually added to liquid products.
By making a dry Ayurvedic Choornam format, we can immediately avoid the use of all these chemical additives.
To minimize the products Environmental footprint
When liquid products are made, we cannot do without rigid plastic packaging. The product also occupies a higher volume and higher space during transport. Additionally, we use Water which is a very old, and precious resource to create these products and further synthetics to render these products stable and attractive.
By choosing a powder format, we are able to create a highly compact product and avoid using scarce resources like Water. Instead of rigid LDPE / PP packaging, we use very high quality Virgin HDPE packaging inners in an outer corrugated box. The Corrugated box can be recycled many many times and the Inner HDPE can be recycled like old Milk covers and have high value in the recycling system. We will be soon phasing out these Inners and moving to a more sustainable option to reduce our products Environmental footprint.
How to use the Krya Bodywash Choornam:
Store the Krya Bodywash Choornam in a clean, air-tight container. For each use, please use a dry spoon to ladle out the product. As the product is made from edible organic grains, lentils and herbs, moisture can cause growth of fungus or attract insects to the product.
For each use, we recommend using 2 – 3 tablespoons (heaped) of the product in a clean container. To this, add cool water and form a thick paste that has the consistency of thick Idli / Pancake Batter. Use this paste to have a bath instead of a Soap / synthetic Bodywash / Body gel.
Apply the product in large , circular motions all over the skin. Avoid private parts. Allow the product to stay on skin for 1 – 2 minutes before washing off for greater cleansing effect. Do not allow the product to dry out on skin.
For different kinds of skin types, and skin issues, we have a wide range of Krya Bodywash products. Please go through individual product pages for more details.
The Krya Bodywash is NOT formulated as an abhyanga product and will not remove abhyanga oil. For post Abhyanga Baths, please use our Krya Ubtans which are formulated to work with Abhyanga oil and have a warming, Vata balancing nature.
- Mugda (heritage green gram), Shatavari, South Indian Turmeric
- Badam Gum , Babool Gum , Brahmi , Liquorice , Nannari , Rose , Orange peel , Patranga bark , Amla , Kushta , Nutgrass , Kasturi manjal , Zeodary Turmeric , Arjuna bark , Khadira bark , Ashwathha bark , Durva grass , Guduchi , Vata bark
No other ingredients apart from the above listed ingredients are used.