Dinacharya or routine is the crux of Ayurveda. “Din” means Day and “Acharya” means to follow. Ayurveda therefore provides an outline of daily rituals which when followed will keep the mind and body healthy and youthful.
Abhyanga Snan or just Abhyanga is one such ritual that is recommended for all healthy individuals, kids included. The ancient practice of self-massage with oil is a staple of the Ayurvedic lifestyle, and it makes for luxuriously soft, elastic, and hydrated skin. In fact, according to Ayurveda, oil is the primary remedy for excess dryness; so if you have not ever indulged in a full-bodied oil massage, prepare to be wonder struck. This treatment will leave your skin feeling silky smooth, deeply loved, and powerfully revitalized, but the benefits reach well beneath the surface of the skin. Self-massage with oil supports the pathways of detoxification in the body to help keep the skin healthy and clear. It also promotes inner radiance by calming the nervous system, lubricating and rejuvenating the deeper tissues of the body, and encouraging healthy circulation.
The oil of choice is Organic Sesame seed oil and is said to be the most effective for the majority of people. But I find the smell too strong so I use sandalwood infused coconut oil. On my babies I used Calendula infused Jojoba oil. Both these oils are absorbed deeply into the skin tissue and have lesser odour which make them a perfect variation for the busy bodies. I do however use Sesame Oil on weekends and holidays.
Five Benefits of Abhyanga:
How To Do Abhyanga
When To Do Abhyanga
It should be done on an empty stomach, ideally after you have eliminated your bowels in the morning, or before you eat dinner in the evening. I try to oil myself daily, with at least weekends being time for Sesame oil.
When Not To Do Abhyanga
Never apply oil when you have
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