What is Vastu Shastra? How to Vastu Shastra your Home.

What is Vastu Shastra?

Vastu Shastra is an ancient Hindu system of architecture and decoration that based on the correlation between the laws of nature and human dwellings. This system stresses living in tune with the environment and the five natural elements. Vastu Shastra has similarities to the philosophy of Feng Shui, which has been practiced in China for over 2000 years. The ancient Indian philosophy of Vastu Shastra is follows some of the principle of what we know as “holistic” or “positive” living. Vastu Shastra promises a more prosperous, healthy life with the realignment of ones home decor and environment. Vastu Shastra states that a home is not just a living space, but your own “human temple”. It is an extension of our mental state, and reflects on our personalities. Our homes directly influence our moods, thoughts, behavior, and social lives. With the proper placement of furniture, fountains, windows, doors, etc. we can achieve a harmonious balance that produces a better quality of living. In Vastu Shastra, a strong emphasis is put on the location and direction of items within our home. It concerns balancing the natural elements – earth, water, fire, and space – within your home. One can achieve this balance through directional alignment. The directional alignments are North, North-East, South, South-West, East, South-East, West, and NorthWest. Each has its own significant purpose in fulfilling the constant relationship between the elements of life.

What is the history of Vastu Shastra?

Vastu Shastra was initially an ancient science of building spiritual temples, in which buildings were constructed to take advantage of nature. By correlating the magnetic fields and the rotational influence of the sun, moon, earth, and other planets, this ancient Indian concept brings balance to man, nature, and his buildings. The location of these buildings was to ensure benefits to a persons health, wealth, and wisdom. Having evolved over the centuries, interior designers, and decorator or the average person can use these same techniques in a variety of ways for conducting all energy sources, and sustaining a natural balance of life.

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Vastu Decor

How can I use Vastu Shastra in my home?

Because Vastu Shastra is based on directional alignment of things, its relatively easy to in your home by applying the rules of Vastu. First start by dividing your home into a grid based on the directional alignments of Vastu Shastra. Once it is divided each direction holds a purpose and place for things. Using light color hues also improves the quality of your life due to the positive energy they release.

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Vastu Shastra Living Room

Vastu Shastra in your Kitchen

Vastu Shastra states that your kitchen Your kitchen should be located in the SE portion of your household. It should obtain a East or North entrance place. Never put your stove in front of the kitchen entrance, nor locate your kitchen under a bedroom or bathroom. The suggested colors for a kitchen are yellow, orange, or red; these colors represent energy.

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Vastu Shastra Kitchen

Vastu Shastra in your bedroom

All bedrooms should be either square or rectangular in shape. Vastu Shastra recommends not putting an aquarium in these rooms for loss of wealth. Bedrooms should be painted in blue, green, grey, or light pink hues. Avoid clutter should be under your bed, nor any mirrors facing it. This is the place to hang up pictures, paintings, or inspirational word art. Also according to Vastu Shastra, you should never keep your bedroom pitch dark.

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Vastu Shastra Bedroom

Vastu Shastra in your bathroom

While bathrooms go widely unnoticed, they are one of the most important parts of your house. It should be located in the Eastern part of your household. Bathrooms should be kept clean for proper sanitation. They should be painted with white, grey, or pastel tones; avoid dark hues that represent negative energy. Plants are a great to add beauty and aesthetic to any bathroom.

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How to Care for Your Bath Towels – 5 Tips For Keeping Your Towels Soft, Fluffy & Fresh

How do I get my towels to stay soft and fluffy?

For starters, when you first purchase a bath towel, it has a coating left from manufacturing that produces a soft, silky feeling. Unfortunately, this feeling goes away within a few washes. So dont blame your washing machine or laundry detergent, when your towels lose that soft, fluffy feeling

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Ralph Lauren Carlisle Towels

The good news? There is a way to fluff up and soften the feel of your towels. By adding ½ a cup of white vinegar in your washers fabric softener dispenser, it removes any extra detergent that is on your towels. Thus, improving the softness of your towels.

 

Where should I keep my towels?

 

Although the towels would seem best going in your bathroom, they are best kept in a closet. When a towel is left in a bathroom, the steam that is generated and held in that room keeps the towels moist and does not allow them to dry completely. This is where that musty smell is produced. TIP: When washing your towels with vinegar (as stated above) mix a few drops of colorless essential oil to help them smell better.

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Ralph Lauren Greenwich Hand Towels

How can I make my towels more absorbent?

 

It may seem like a great idea to use fabric softener or dryer sheets when washing your towels. But the reality is that extra coating produced by the softeners will form an extra coating on the towel fibers; this film blocks the fibers from absorbing water. TIP: Stick to detergent only.

 

Why do white spots form on my towels?

 

Even if you do not put your towels in with bleach, white spots that look the part can still show on your towels that are caused by other factors.  Whitening toothpastes, facial cleansers, and other beauty products could also be the culprit. TIP: Rinse your face completely before you reach for your towel.

 

When should I replace my towels?

With every wash, your towel loses cotton. This can be seen by the amount of lint collected in the dryer. The best time to replace your towels is within 2-3 years of purchase. After this amount of time your towels will lose their plush feel.

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