Jewellery… For Your Health!

Ask a woman what’s her most special indulgence, and the answer is likely to be jewellery. And while it’s true that jewellery adds beauty and glamour to practically any occasion, did you know that wearing jewellery can provide some actual health benefits? Yes, you heard it right! Each type of jewellery has its own significance and can improve your overall well-being. In fact, some people wear jewellery specifically for its health benefits.

Women wear a variety of jewellery from head to toe, and according to Hindu tradition, each ornament worn on different parts of the body can bring certain benefits. Here’s a rundown on some commonly worn jewellery pieces, along with their significance and potential health benefits.

Necklace. One of the most common pieces of jewellery for weddings and special occasions, necklaces may feature diamonds, gold, polki, pearls, rubies, emeralds, and a variety of stones in stunning patterns. Since olden times, women have believed that wearing pendants, strings of pearls and beads, or necklaces bring good luck. They are also known to control human emotions and enhance one’s love. Necklaces can also aid in regulating body temperature.

Maang Tikka. Worn on the forehead, maang tikka has a pendant on one end and a hook on the other that can be securely pinned to the hair. Made with diamonds, gold, rubies, emeralds or a variety of gemstones, maang tikka can be beneficial in helping to control the level of heat in your body. The point where the tikka falls is the ajna chakra, which signifies the union of the male and female on an emotional, physical, and spiritual level.

Earrings. Earrings are one of the most commonly worn jewellery items. In ancient days, wearing earrings was believed to be and effective treatment for menstrual problems. Apart from gold and diamonds, earrings with other gemstones can offer several therapeutic benefits. Wearing emerald earrings during childbirth can help ease the process. On the other hand, ruby earrings can help improve fertility and regulate menstruation, while gold earrings promote healing, aid in controlling your body temperature, reduce stress, and boost immunity.

Bangles. While the practice of wearing bangles began in the olden days, even today women love wearing them in a variety of colours and designs. Bangles, or chudiyans, have the effect of enhancing feminine grace. The constant friction of wearing bangles increases blood circulation and directs energy to all parts of the body. The vibrating sound that is produced when bangles collide is said to aid in strengthening your concentration, and can provide acoustic stimuli for newborns.

Waist belt. Another popular ornament is the waist belt, also known as a kamarband, which is usually worn on the hip during weddings and special occasions. Some believe that wearing a waist belt can regulate periods in women and help provide relief from cramps. Another type of simple key chain worn by married women near their waist can help clear mucus from the throat.

Anklets. Have you ever thought that, apart from the tinkling sound they make, wearing an anklet can be beneficial to one’s health? Worn by women in both rural and urban cities, silver payals, as we Indians call them, act as an excellent medium to stop the inflammation in the soles of the feet. They can also help you stay energetic throughout the day. Wearing anklets can provide relief from weakness and leg pain. This attractive jewellery also regulates blood circulation and cures swollen heels. If worn regularly, they can activate the body’s lymph nodes and boost immunity levels.    

- Akhila