Different Types of Ayurvedic Oils
Different benefits of performing Abhyanga with Ayurvedic oils
Ayurvedic oil massage not only rejuvenates your mind and body but it also acts as a powerful recharger. Abhyanga offers various benefits including:
1. Nourishes dry skin and enhances concentration
2. Pacifies doshas
3. Relieves fatigue, improves stamina and perfect sleep
4. Calms nerves and lubricates joints
5. Enhances mental alertness and promotes elimination of impurities from body
6. Heightens circulation and shapes-up your muscles and whole physiology
Different Ayurvedic Oils and how do they work
Ayurvedic Abhyanga or self-massage is a natural form of exercise that balances body and mind.
Ayurvedic believes that our human bodies are made up of five elements – Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Ether and these elements are represented in bodies by three doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. So to select Ayurvedic Oils for Abhyanga, you should consider your ‘dosha’ types. Different Ayurvedic Oils to pacify three doshas include:
 Abhyanga to Pacify Vata
The major qualities of Vata are dry, cool, light, and subtle. The oils used to pacify these qualities are warm oils. Be sure to perform Abhyanga regularly in a warm place and avoid to get chilled afterward.
Ayurvedic Oils Best for Vata:
1. Sesame Oil: It is considered to be the ‘king of oils’ and is favored choice for being inherently warm.
2. Mahanarayan Oil : This is used and beneficial for the movement of the joints. Made from more than 29 Ayurvedic herbs.
3. Almond Oil: This oil is also used to pacify Vata as it is also warming.
 Abhyanga to Pacify Pitta
Oily, sharp, spreading, hot light, fleshy smelling, and liquid are the superior Pitta qualities. It is beneficial to use herbal oil to balance or pacify Pitta.
Ayurvedic Oils Best for Pitta:
1. Bhringraj Oil or Brahmi Oil: Massaging scalp or feet with these oils at night time encourages sound sleep.
2. Neem Oil: If you spend lots of time in Sun, you just add some Neem oil to essential Abhyanga oil to reduce Pitta in the skin.
3. Sunflower Oil or Coconut Oil also be used for Abhyanga.
 Abhyanga to Pacify Kapha
Cool, heavy, smooth slow, static, and oily are the primary qualities of Kapha. As Kapha and oil share most of the qualities using fresh oil will increase Kapha rather than decreasing it. So according to Ayurveda, the best massage for Kapha is ‘Udvartana’ i.e. massaging the body with fragrant and soft powders with Calamus powder.
Performing Abhyanga with warm oils is best for Kapha. One thing to be kept in mind is that Kapha Abhyanga needs less oil than Pitta or Vata.
Ayurvedic Oils Best for Kapha:
1. Corn, Sesame and Mustard oils are helpful, but herbal oils are a better choice.
2. Essential Oils of ginger, black pepper, eucalyptus, rosemary, camphor, clove helps to treats muscle tension.