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Nasya Oil: Detox for Your Head

Breathe in and out. Inhale and Exhale.

Nose creates a very important pathway to the brain and to consciousness, according to Ayurveda. The life force or prana enters the body via nose when we are breathing. Being able to breathe properly ensures the healthy flow of prana.  Everyone who experienced full, stuffed, runny, congested nose, noticed the sudden lack of energy.  When congestion occurs, which can happen easily especially during the cold weather, use of Nasya oil helps to remove the extra fluids through the nose.

Nasya Oil is a special herbal oil used in the nostrils for an instant nurturing, lubrication, soothing of the tissues and cleansing process.  It helps relieve sinus congestion and if used daily, it also reduces the tension in the head.

Nasya oil keeps the epithelial tissue in the nostrils hydrated and less receptive to dryness, pollen, allergens, pollutants, and nose bleeds.  It also promotes clarity, awareness, concentration and it is traditionally believed to improve quality of voice and also strengthen sight.  It is a wonderful remedy for balancing Vata Dosha, therefore you will benefit most using Nasya oil during the Vata season – autumn or when weather is cold, dry and when season are changing.

It is recommended to apply Nasya Oil in the mornings and evenings.

Application direction:  Tilt your head back to allow the oil to easily reach the nostrils.  It is best to lie down and tip your head into extension.  Inhale deeply, completely exhale and hold the exhale. Apply 2 drops of oil into each nostril. Then inhale deeply.  You may wish to pinch your nostrils with your thumb and index finger as you take this deep inhale to allow the oil to go further in.

Use it more often, if you experience Vata imbalance in your upper body.  It is best to not apply immediately before lying down to sleep at bedtime, most ideal is to apply at least 30 minutes before lying down.

Besides the application with the dropper, you may also choose to put 1 drop on your index finger to apply a thin coating of the oil in your nostrils.  This is especially beneficial when spending time in the air conditioning or traveling by an airplane.

Note: Keep the dropper clean, so if it has touched your nostrils, wipe the tip of the dropper.

This article by Jitka Robinson was originally posted on www.jitkarobinson.com

Jitka Robinson, ALC is a NAMA ­registered Ayurvedic Health Counselor, holistic health and lifestyle coach, Kripalu yoga teacher, and certified Reiki therapist. It is her passion to blend Ayurveda, yoga and Reiki in her Ayurvedic consulting practice, holistic health coaching, and group educational workshops to make the healthy lifestyle and diet accessible to others. Jitka specializes in disease prevention, chronic stress and anxiety management, women’s health, digestive disorders, weight management, and seasonal cleanses.

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