Nasya: Ayurvedic Herbal Nasal Oil

Nasya: Ayurvedic Herbal Nasal Oil

Nasya or ‘nasal drop’ as it is commonly known is a popular Ayurveda treatment. It is one of the treatments used during panchakarma, Ayurveda’s detoxification process or cleanse. Nasya involves the administration of oil or other liquids into the nostrils in a prescribed manner. It can also be practiced with powder in some conditions. Nasya is a very effective procedure for diseases of the ear, nose and throat, and has promising results. It also has beneficial effects when practiced daily.

Types of Nasya

Nasya is classified on the basis of the medicines used in it. Yet there is another important classification of Nasya — marshya Nasya and pratimarshya Nasya.

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Marshya Nasya is a therapeutic procedure. It involves a greater amount of oil or liquids then pratimarshya Nasya. Mild oil application and hot fomentation is given to the head and shoulders before the actual procedure. Hot water gargle and medicated smoke inhalation are advised following the procedure. This type of Nasya should not be practiced in extreme weather conditions and is performed by a trained Ayurveda therapist.

Pratimarshya Nasya is a daily regimen and holds no restrictions. It can be practiced freely by everyone. The recommended dose is two drops in each nostril. When practiced daily it bestows one with a good voice, prevents hair loss and premature greying of the hair. One who practices nasya daily is blessed with glowing skin and sharp sense organs. It is thought that diseases of the head and neck will not affect individuals that practice nasya.

Both marshya Nasya and pratimarshya Nasya can be practiced after the age of five.

Nasya Benefits

Nasya as a therapeutic procedure has miraculous effects in disorders related to the head. According to Ayurveda, the nostrils are the gateway to the brain. Nasya plays an important role in the treatment of disorders of the head, neck, brain, eyes, ears, nose and throat.

Nasya helps with the elimination of toxins and doshas from above the clavicle region, which results in increased blood circulation thereby nourishing the cells and relieving related ailments. In this way Nasya plays an important role as a remedy for facial paralysis, stroke, cervical spondylitis, various headaches, lock jaw, sinusitis, epilepsy and diseases of the sensory organs. Recent studies have shown nasya to stimulate the pituitary gland, which can bring positive results in hormonal imbalance.

Nasya Oils

Nasya is generally practiced with anu tailam, a medicinal herbal oil specific for nasya. Tulasi swarasam, the leaf juice extract of Holy basil, is highly recommended in acute conditions of sinusitis, rhinitis and allergic sneezing. Sesame oil is not ideal for nasya but virgin coconut oil can be used. The oils must be heated mildly before the procedure.

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Sneezing can occur when Nasya is done for the first time. This will gradually reduce however if the procedure is done regularly.

Each and every Ayurveda treatment has its unique importance. Nasya is a widely accepted practice due its simplicity, ease in performing the procedure, few complications, miraculous healing effects and positive results.

Rekha Kumar Naidu is the chief Ayurveda consultant and proprietor of Deepam Ayurveda panchakarma centre, Chennai. She is an Ayurveda graduate with panchakarma diploma, specializing in lifestyle counseling and panchakarma. She has been awarded the Jeevaka award for academic excellence by the Himalaya pharmaceuticals. A successful practitioner in both India and Malaysia, she speaks in Tamil channels about Ayurveda, lifestyle and women's health and has contributed articles to various magazines and websites.


  1. I am a Pitta/Vata in my 60’s. I tend toward mild chest and nasal congestion. Nasya oils that I purchase are usually too “strong” and result in irritation in my sinuses. What is a nasya oil that will be mild and not irritating?

  2. What is nasya treatment?

  3. Do Nasya is good for whom are too much thinking unsteady or not?

    • Deepam Ayurveda Panchakarma centre

      Nasyam is not the treatment of choice in that condition better to do shirodhara and shirodhara vasthi

  4. Hello, I’m looking for a nasya oil without sesame oil. Do you have any links?

    Thank you

    • mm

      Hi Ian, You may use mustard oil/ sweet almond oil for nasya in the dose of 2-3 drops for each nostril. But if you are a Pitta dosha type or are having a Pitta aggravation, you should avoid it.

  5. Thanks for information ,Nice article good information..
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