Oil is a mainstay in Indian households, wherever you're in the kitchen, in the medicine cabinet, or at the altar. Oil lamps are a common sight on family altars, and Indian cuisine wouldn't be the same without the ghee used to simmer onions, garlic, ginger, and spices into a masala. Oil therapies new mothers give their babies, to the rejuvenation treatment called Pancha Karma. In traditional and sacred India, oil is equated with love, beauty, and health.
Oil massage lubricates and nourishes the body from the outside in. It enhances skin tone and improves circulation, digestion, and elimination. It helps release toxins from the body and induces sound sleep.
In ayurveda, lifestyle has a direct influence on the balance of the dosha and your susceptibility to disease. Maintaining a home oleation routine is important, but it can't replace eating well, exercising, and getting enough rest. Your home routine can, however, strengthen your defenses during periods of intense stress.
Ayurvedic physicians agree that the abundant health benefits of sesame oil are good for every doshic type. -
The most common home treatment is abhyyanga or self-massage. You also can include nasya (oil application to the nostrils), which clears the sinuses, provides protection form cold and flu viruses, and imporves vision, the voice, and concentration. A could of drops of sesame oil applied to the ears at night may help your sense of hearing to last longer. And gargling with warm oil can even strengthen the teeth and gums and fight wrinkles.
Ayurveda allows you to take your health into our own hands with simple oil treatments easily done at home.
All you need to start is some quiet time and a bottle of oil.