Both Abhyangana and bath should be your daily routine. In Ayurveda’s ancient medicinal text, the Charka Samhita there is information about regular oil massage that cleanses the body of impurities, strengthens the immune system and enhances longevity. Abhyangana consists of an oil massage to facilitate the absorption of oil in the skin. Once the oil has been absorbed in the skin, a warm water bath is taken. On regular days, also some herbs can be infused in the sesame oil and apply to hair and body. It is important to soak the body in oil.
- Take sesame oil in hand and massage your entire body with sesame oil.
- Apply few drops of oil on the scalp.
- Massage in circular motion on your forehead, temples, cheeks, and jaws (always moving in an upward movement). Be sure to massage your ears, especially your ear-lobes—home to essential sensitive points and nerve endings.
- Wait for around 30 minutes to an hour before you go for a bath so that the oil is absorbed by the body.
- One can use paste of turmeric, besan (gram flour) sandalwood and lemon juice – scrub the body. Or use soaps that contain these ingredients.
- Bathe as you do daily.
The advantage of abhyanga is, any body ache that we might have reduces and it relaxes the muscles by improving circulation and detoxification.
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Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: April 13, 2020