Unfold the magic of Ayurveda with therapeutic oils

You may be read in every article about Ayurvedic daily routine, to use basic oils like sesame oil or almond oil for your daily Abhyanga massage. Even when they have some small effects on your health:

What if I tell you now, that it is just (nearly) the same as using a lotion?

The magic and healing quality of Ayurveda can´t be experienced by using basic oils but it is a good start to start a daily self-care routine. There is so much more possible! And I am not talking about the use of essential oils!

Medical oils are used traditionally in Ayurveda

The perfect oil is lubricating, soothing, moistening, and calming the body and your senses and mind. In Sanskrit, the word oil is called ‘Sneha‘.

Sneha is also a term for love and therefore holds a special place in the Ayurvedic tradition. Sneha will nourish your body and mind with it’s loving, soothing and properties.

Applying medical oils will balance your doshas, can help you to heal different symptoms caused by imbalances and can help your body to gain strength and a calm state of mind. In fact, Ayurvedic oils can go down so deep into your tissues, that it is even possible to support your body after a broken bone or operation to heal properly!

The skin is our largest organ – so we can take in here a much bigger amount of herbs than in any other possible way! Ayurvedic therapeutic oils are prepared sacredly – the amount of herbs used for one liter of oil is a game-changer!

Every good Ayurvedic Health Coach or Therapist will find a specific oil for you and use it for your booked Ayurvedic massage. And also – suggest one for using at home! Don´t settle for less!

Find here today some interesting and helpful oils for your Dosha and some specific imbalances. You can buy oil online, worldwide – give it a try! Going three months of a daily Ayurvedic massage routine with therapeutic oil is not just preventive, but will also reveal the true power of Ayurvedic healing art!

Vata Oils

The most balancing oil and perfect for a daily self-massage is called:

Dhanvantaram Thaila

Dhanvantaram Thaila goes with coconut oil and is also helpful before and after pregnancy, rheumatism, arthritis, strengthen muscles, dementia.

We can say, that Vata oils are helpful to balance several Vata caused diseases or imbalances.

Watch also out for:

Bala Thaila, Karpasyadi Thaila, Chukkadi Thaila, Mahanarayana Thaila (especially for adrenal fatigue and burn out syndrome).

Pitta Oils

Chandanadi Thaila

This oil can cool down every Pitta imbalance. Thaila is coconut oil-based and can be best used on the head as well to balance Pitta Dosha.

It is helpful with mental disorders, anxiety, stress, and depression.

Watch also out for:

Bringaraja Thaila, Eladi Keram (infections of the skin, acne), Eladi Thaila.

Kapha Oils

There is not much oil for Kapha Dosha available, because we work with the opposite qualities of each Dosha to maintain balance. Kapha peeps should prefer dry massages with herbs. But there is some good Kapha oil available as well:

Sahacaradi Thaila

When you feel stagnant and slowly, your bones feel heavy – this one can help with rheumatic issues, blocked shrotas, mental disorders, pain in different body parts and metabolic diseases.

Watch also out for:

Curnas for dry massages can help to balance Kapha. Brahmi Curna, Bhringaraja Curna, and Haridra Curna can balance Kapha caused symptoms.

How to apply therapeutic oil?

You can find my guide to a self-massage at home here:

https://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/03/31/ayuryogadetox-free-e-book-available-now/

For therapeutic oil, it is helpful to warm them a bit up in their bottle. I use a baby bottle warmer, as it goes quickly warm while I am brushing my teeth.

Rub the oil stronger into your skin than you normally would, to bring the herbs deeper to your tissues.

Therapeutic oils smell a bit different than wellness oils. I use specific pants and a shirt to sit with the oil for 20 minutes or overnight before I shower it off. Use mild soap to shower it off.

Pour a hot cup of water afterward you in your bath sink to avoid clogging from the thick oil!

I love to let the oil sink in overnight – I sleep better, I wake up rested and I feel amazingly balanced. I also helped my body with Vata oil against cracking joints, a really fragile upper spine and eczema!

It is a self-experienced practice. Hit me per Mail or comment if you have any other questions about therapeutic oil or supplier!

Where to find oils? DM me if you need help!

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Namaste,

From my heart to yours,

Ayurveda SOS guide to stay cool during the heat wave

Climate change brought us last year some challenging summer in Europe and it seems that is will continue this year. As we have Sahara winds this week and upcoming days, I would like to call out to you that you pleeeeease stay safe and hydrated.

Watch out for elderly people and animals as well. Offer help when you see someone is suffering during the heat – homeless people have often no chance to hide before the sun as good as we can.

Stay compassionate, stay conscious. Here is my SOS guide to make the hot days safe!

Dr. Vasant Lad is writing in his book ‘The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies’ that “Summer is hot, bright and sharp, the season of pitta. Thus, it is recommended to keep cool and not allow pitta dosha to become aggravated.”

Here are the most effective ways to stay cool during the heat period and this summer

Gentle Yoga or Tai Chi in the early morning hours
  • Do not excersice like crazy

When you want to practice Yoga or sports, do it in the early morning hours and do it more gentle than you usually would. Don´t stress your body more than the heat already does. A gentle flow, and followed by gentle stretches, a short and calm jogging session would be the best way to move your body in a safe way.

  • Practice Pranayama to cool you down!

Pranayama got some amazing possibilities to cool down the body temperature. Imagine that in some parts of India it is naturally super hot – for sure Yogis had some ideas how to stay cool and relaxed for meditation!

Beat the heat with Sitali:

  • Sit in a comfortable seated position with the head, neck, and spine in alignment.
  • Close your eyes, breathe even and deep for several minutes, then open the mouth and form the lips into an “O.”
  • Curl your tongue lengthwise and stick it out of the mouth about ¾ lenght.
  • Inhale deeply across the tongue and into the mouth as if drinking through a paper straw.
  • Focus your attention on the cooling sensation of the breath as the abdomen and lower ribs expand during your inhales and exhales.
  • Withdraw the tongue and close the mouth, exhaling even through the nostrils.

If you can´t curl your tongue, try Sitkari:

  • Sit in a comfortably seated position with your eyes closed.
  • Press your lower and upper teeth gently together and separate your lips as much as you comfortably can, so your teeth are exposed to the air, feel like the cheshire cat!
  • Inhale slowly through your teeth gaps and focus on the hissing sound of your breath.
  • Close the mouth and slowly exhale through the nose.
  • Repeat this up to 20 times.
  • Close your mouth and breath evenly in and out.
Calm your Pitta horses!
  • Eat Food that is Pitta pacifying

Forget your Dosha for one moment and focus on a heat reducing diet. Summer is Pitta season and so it is awesome to follow a Pitta friendly diet anyways!

Water-rich fruits like Coconut, pineapple, watermelon, peaches, berries will taste even better these days. Watery veggies like cucumber, asparagus and broccoli will be perfect alongside leafy greens. Salads are cooling, especially for dinner time.

Avoid food that is causing heat into your body – tomatoes, chilies, but also citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, beetroots and carrots have warming qualities.

Avoid excessive consumption of meat. Do not skip meals – this will aggravate your Pitta Dosha. Do not overeat.

Coconut oil is perfect to calm Pitta and also got cooling qualities
  • Apply oils with cooling qualities

Coconut oil is – like you might know – a perfect match in summer, but also Sandalwood, Jasmine got the ability to cool you down. Apply in the evening and leave the oil over night onto your skin, coconut oil is also great into your hair to keep it nourished from the dry weather and sunlight. And – it will help to keep your head cool!

Shower in the morning. And feel fresh!

Cucumber water with mint will Keep your head cool
  • Drink at room temperature

Avoid drinking ice cooled drinks, also stimulating drinks like coffee, alcohol, and sugary soda. Opt for homemade lemonade or cooled-down herbal teas like peppermint.

Water at room temperature with some cucumber slices will be perfect during the day to keep yourself hydrated and cool your system.

  • Stay away from the sun and try to relax in the shades. During the hottest time oft he day, try to avoid being outside. Wear light and loose natural fabrics that allow your skin to breathe, a hat and sunglasses will give you extra shade when you need to be outside anyway. Use a organic sun lotion to stay safe and don´t get sun burned!
I will keep myself cool with green smoothies! 😎

And: keep it simple: If something feels too hot, stay away. If it feels cool, try it out for the summer season! Especially me as a Vata person love to drink smoothies all day now! 🙂