Introduction In ayurveda, oils are used extensively for therapeutic purposes. Numerous herbs are cooked slowly into base oils that may include sesame, coconut and/or mustard-seed oil.
Instructions For All Massage Oils: In ayurveda, part of the daily routine is self-massage with oil appropriate for your prakruti or doshic imbalance. Daily use of medicated oils is one way to restore balance. It's also intensely calming to the nervous system which most of us (regardless of the state of our doshas) need in today's quickly moving world. The traditional way to massage oneself is with copious amounts of warm oil applied to the entire body--scalp to soles--before showering or bathing in the morning. It's a soothing and almost addictive practice. For those who don't have the time or the desire to do it the traditional way, I recommend using a medicated oil daily as a "body lotion" after a bath or shower. This way, the oil and essential oils still get absorbed through your skin and do their jobs to relax your nervous system and create balance.
VATA OIL-- grounding, calming, warming This oil addresses typical Vata concerns such as dry skin/hair/nails, constipation, anxiety, spaciness, cracking joints, nervousness, tics/twitches/spasms, underweight and low or variable appetite. It's also good for anyone who travels frequently. Dot it on the third eye (between the eyebrows) or on pulse points to help manage stress and provide stability.
Sesame oil is also suitable for both Vata and Kapha types.
Organic Sesame Oil from Banyan Botanicals PITTA OIL--cooling, soothing, calming This oil addresses typical Pitta traits like anger, perfectionism, rashes/hives/acne/psoriasis, acid indigestion, redness/inflammation, proneness to infections, diarrhea, overheating, sensitivity to light and headaches. Daily self-massage benefits the skin, where pitta tends to accumulate, supports healthy circulation and helps move toxins out of the system Organic Pitta Massage Oil from Banyan Botanicals
KAPHA OIL--heating, drying, stimulating This oil perks up the lethargy, heaviness and stability of Kapha. It addresses such Kapha traits as depression, overweight, high cholesterol, edema, colds/mucus conditions, greed, diabetes and couch-potato-itis. An energizing blend of herbs activates and mobilizes, vital for balancing kapha. Vigorous massage with warm herbalized oil reduces kapha by promoting mild sweating, stimulating circulation and cleansing the system.