Ayurvedic Rituals and the Tradition of Oiling

Ayurvedic Rituals and the Tradition of Oiling

The goal of Ayurveda:


According to Charak Samhita (an ancient Ayurveda text) Ayurveda has two main objectives:

First is ‘swasthasya swasthya rakshanam” i.e. to help a healthy person protect and maintain his swasthya (wellness). Second is “aaturasya vikar prashamanam”i.e. to help a diseased person to become healthy and to stay healthy forever.

To help the healthy person to protect and maintain his swasthya (wellness), Ayurveda has recommended Dinacharya. The word Dinacharya is derived from two words: ‘Dina’meaning day and ‘charya’ meaning activity. Dinacharya, according to Ayurveda, is a daily routine that promotes self-care through different daily activities.

An important aspect of this Dinacharya, explained in Ayurveda, is Abhyanga - with the help of Taila (Oil) or Ghrita (Ghee). Abhyanga – or massage of the body involves hand movements that help increase peripheral circulation.  Applying oil on your body will ensure proper circulation and it will also strengthen and nourish the body through absorption of active ingredients.

Mukha Abhyanga or Facial Massage is an Ayurveda specialized face massage using medicated ayurvedic oils or ghee (clarified butter) blended with herbs to thoroughly cleanse, rejuvenate, and nourish the skin. This will enhance the absorption of the active ingredients in the oil through blood and lymphatic circulation. 

Ayurveda also recommends Shiroabhyanga which means smearing herbal medicated oils to the head, all over the scalp, and massaging mildly. It nourishes the sense organs and the mind and gives them strength. Shiroabhyanga is the most ideal form of ‘Indian head massage’. It is mentioned in many samhitas as a part of Dinacharya (daily regimen) and part of treatment for Shiroroga (ailments pertaining to the head).

Shiroabhyanga prevents hair loss, reduces hair fall, and promotes growth of long, lustrous hair. Massaging the head improves blood circulation in the scalp and the oils provide the necessary micronutrients that stimulate hair growth. It also prevents dandruff and dry scalp, reduces irritation and itching, and hair fall.  Shiroabhyanga calms the mind and the nervous system, thus improving sleep and reducing stress. 

Going beyond beauty, hair-oiling is also a tradition of bonding that has been passed down from generation to generation in India. It is about grandmothers and mothers putting oil on their heads and exchanging stories.

Inspired by this age-old tradition from the “Samhita’s“, the classical treatises of Ayurveda, we offer you Namaskar Ayurved Repair & Restore Moisturizing Body oil, Namaskar Ayurved Kumkumadi oil, Namaskar Ayurved Kumkumadi Ghrit and Namaskar Ayurved Nourishing & Strengthening Hair Oil.

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