Ayurveda is an ancient, holistic medical practice dating back thousands of years. It uses natural ingredients to treat illnesses and maintain good health. Over time, this ancient Indian medicine has proven to be reliable, efficient, and safe.
In terms of tools, oil-based formulations are commonly used during treatment. In fact, the Sanskrit word for oil (which is Sneha), means ‘Love’. This highlights the esteemed nature of oils in Ayuverdic practice. On that note, this article offers some of the immense benefits and uses of Ayuverdic oils.
1. As a post-workout treatment.
Even after the simplest workout, your body is tense, stressed, and in need of quick recovery. Ayurvedic oils can be ingested orally or sublingually to promote muscle relaxation, recovery, and the fluidity of joints. For better efficacy, ayurvedic formulations are sometimes combined with other natural products like cannabidiol, which helps to relax the body and relieve pain. A post-workout ayurvedic oil with CBD will thus have a better and faster recovery period than regular formulations.
2. As a hair treatment.
Like it does on other organs, ayurvedic oils have curative, regenerative, and maintenance effects on hair. Alkaloid and antioxidant-rich extracts offer apt moisture and strength to hair follicles. They also help to rid hair of dandruff, solve issues of dry scalp, stop hair loss and halt and reverse premature greying. Their antimicrobial properties also help to prevent scalp infections. These oils are usually massaged into the scalp. Doing this also has a relaxing effect on the entire body.
3. As a skincare remedy.
Skincare is a multi-trillion dollar industry with millions of products touted as being the best. The truth is that a good number of skincare formulations are heavily chemical-based. The good thing about using an ayurvedic cream is that every ingredient is natural, and is therefore ideal for even the most sensitive skin.
For those with oily skin, the antibacterial properties found in many ayurvedic oils keep your skin free of conditions such as acne. For those with dry skin, the lasting moisture supplied by certain oils helps to tackle dryness. Ayurvedic oils can also be used as a key component of facial treatments. They also offer positive results in treating skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
4. As a massage treatment.
No doubt, the essence of every massage therapy is an efficacious, soothing oil. The herbs and organics used in their formation provide an impeccable recipe for pain and stress relief.
Want a quick recovery after a strenuous workout? If so, using ayurvedic oils also work very well as a sports massage treatment. They can help to relieve muscle soreness and painful joints, and they’re also an all-around remedy for stress and fatigue.
Some oils work better than others for massage treatments. They include:
- Tumeric: Soothes tissues and promotes the natural healing process.
- Black pepper: Promotes muscle relaxation.
- Cloves: Rich in flavonoids and enhances optimal joint care.
5. To help relieve insomnia.
Are you having problems sleeping? In this fast-paced world with its accompanying stress, insomnia is now a major health issue. Thankfully, ayurvedic oils can help on that front.
They work well to induce sleep and relax the body, thanks to ingredients like lavender, sandalwood, and clove—which have been medically known to man for thousands of years. Other ayurvedic oils like frankincense, ho wood, blue chamomile flower, and spruce needle (and leaf) are also excellent relaxants.
All in all, ayurvedic oils have many uses. They can also be used as fragrances or incense. As an incense, they’re normally applied to a diffuser. To induce sleep, you can simply pour a few drops on your pillow.