When undergoing Ayurvedic spa massage treatments, it’s important to make sure that the best oils for your body are used. A lot of the therapeutic properties of the treatment is present in the oil, so it’s important that your therapist uses the right ones.
What is an Ayurvedic oil and how is it made?
An Ayurvedic oil, or a thailam, has been made by the same process for millennia. Essential herbs and spices are carefully picked, concentrated and reduced to a paste. They are then blended or put individually in bases of coconut or black sesame oil for slow infusion on low heat for weeks. At different stages of infusion, the oil is used for different therapies. Massage oil, however, is only made after the longest period of infusion.
What oils should you use based on your dosha?
If you know anything about Ayurveda at all, then you must know that the system cares about maintaining a balance of your doshas. The human body, according to Ayurveda, contains three doshas—Kapha, Pitta, and Vata. For every person, the composition of these doshas is different, but the balance between them must be maintained. As most Ayurvedic treatment is about helping maintain the balance between doshas, specific oils for specific doshas are used during massage.
Kapha Dosha: For Kapha dosha, you should make sure that your Ayurvedic therapy or self-massage is done with warm oil. Sesame, corn and mustard oils are all good options for people with Kapha Doshas. Another good option is to use herbal oils.
Vata Dosha: For Vata Dosha, you should use sesame, mustard, or almond oil. There are some specially blended herbal oils that can help pacify Vata, and your therapist may suggest you use that as well. Ashwagandha oil is another herbal oil that works well for Vata dosha.
Pitta Dosha: The best oils for Pitta are Pitta pacifying herbal oils. Bhringaraj oil and Brahmi oil are also other good options. Sunflower and coconut oils are also beneficial for Pitta, especially when infused with a little neem oil.
What are oil blends? Where can I get them?
Oil blends are made from a variety of herbs, spices, and other medicinal plants to specifically increase or decrease certain doshas. Blended oils are also produced for specific functions, like pain relief, to help with insomnia and gastric issues, and more. Read on to find out about some of the more popular oil blends in Ayurvedic medicine.
• Ksheerbala Oil: This oil is a calming and relaxing oil often recommended for insomnia. It also helps alleviate headaches, migraines, and tension headaches, and gently nourishes the skin.
• Sahacharadi Oil: This oil has anti-inflammatory properties, and is generally prescribed for people who suffer from arthritis. It has also been known to help people who suffer from varicose veins.
• Mahanarayana Oil: This oil is perfect for those who are active, or experience joint aches or muscular aches. This oil has herbs that soothe and relax muscles while warming joints to help them function with less pain.
• Dhatvantaram Oil: This is an oil prescribed for general immunity and vitality, and has been known to help rejuvenate your skin.
• Brahmi Oil: Brahmi oil is imbued with the ability affect your brain and promote mental acuity. It also helps nourish your hair.
• Karpooradi Oil: This oil helps improve circulation and aids with respiratory disorders. Soaking in a bath with this oil, in addition to a massage, has been known to alieve flu symptoms.
If you want to explore the world of Ayurvedic oils, talk to your Ayurvedic doctor today, or consult with your therapist at your spa.