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DIY: Ayurveda Body Care


My favorite times of the year are not what most people would expect. They are not holidays or seasons. My favorite time of the year are Ayurveda cleanse times - around April and September. These times are a defined "me time" where self-care takes center stage, even if it is for only a few short days.

In Ayurveda, dinacharya, daily care routines, help center one's mind, body and spirit, helping to balance the doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha). Two simple practices are Abhyanga and using Nasya oil.


Abhyanga is the practice of self massage. It increases ojas, a vital energy that is especially important this time of year. It nourishes the skin, helps to remove ama (toxins) from the skin, and helps to calm the mind.

Ingredients:

  • Sesame Oil

  • 5 drops of your favorite soothing essential oil (like lavender, holy basil, or vetiver)

  • Empty bottle or bowl

Directions:

  1. Add sesame oil to bowl or empty bottle. (Approximately 1-2 oz)

  2. Add 5 drops of your favorite essential oil. (Adjust quantity depending on how sensitive your sense of smell is. Remember to let the oil sit for a few hours before making your final decision.)

  3. Place towel on ground and sit on floor.

  4. Massage oil onto body. You may include or skip the hair.

  5. Sit for approximately 15 minutes and read or meditate while the oil soaks into the skin. While you sit and relax the mind, the oil will pull ama up to the surface of the skin.

  6. You may choose to place a towel in the shower since oil is slippery!

  7. In the shower, gently apply water to skin. Do not strip off oil with water or soap. Just enough gentle motion to remove ama.

  8. Pat dry skin.

  9. Enjoy your smooth skin and rested mind!


Nasya oil soothes and protects the nasal passages. While there are various forms of nasya and various ways to use oil and liquids in the nasal passage, an easy on the go way is Marshya.

Ingredients:

  • Sesame Oil

  • 5 drops of your favorite soothing essential oil (like lavender, holy basil, or vetiver)

  • Empty dropper bottle

Directions:

  1. Add sesame oil to dropper bottle 2/3 of the way to the top

  2. Add 5 drops of your favorite essential oil (Adjust quantity depending on how sensitive your sense of smell is. Remember to let the oil sit for a few hours before making your final decision.)

  3. Wash hands and dry thoroughly.

  4. Use dropper to place a few drops into the palm of your left hand.

  5. Use right pinky finger to dip into the oil.

  6. Use pinky finger to lubricate the inside of the right nostril.

  7. Dip into oil again and massage inside the left nostril.

  8. Wash hands or massage remaining oil onto hands.

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