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Lubrication: The Beauty of Nasya

Winter means sinus stuff. 

Sinus Congestion? Neck, throat and upper back pain? Oh the season of Vata and Kapha will bring mucous, by the truckloads if we don’t take care of ourselves. Nasya Oil is used in Ayurvedic medicine to cleanse toxins from the nasal passages and ears, the two areas that are most affected in this VATA season. Read on to learn about how to administer it. We carry a great line of nasya oil, ask us about it next time you are in.

Lubricates the nasal passages

Helps decongest the sinuses

Promotes awareness and concentration

The nose is the direct route to the brain and also the doorway to consciousness. It is the entrance for prana, the life force, which comes into the body through the breath. Healthy uncongested breathing is important to ensure proper flow of prana throughout the head and body. When an excess of bodily fluids accumulates in the sinus, throat, nose or head areas, it is best eliminated through the nose. Administration of herbally infused oil, or nasya, helps facilitate this cleansing process. Nasya Oil soothes and protects the nasal passages and helps relieve sinus congestion. Daily nasal lubrication helps to release tension in the head and relieve accumulated stress. Balancing for vata, pitta, and kapha, Nasya Oil is also traditionally said to improve quality of voice, strengthen vision and promote mental clarity.

Lubricate the Eustachian Tubes & Cervical Lymph

Use an eye dropper or tincture dropper to place a few drops of body temperature oil in the ears before bed for an incredibly easy way to keep the sinuses, Eustachian tube and cervical lymph lubricated, clear, healthy and functional this winter. Use the Nasya Oil, Tri-Doshic Massage Oil or a high quality ear oil from the Apothecary at Sacred Spaces Holistic Center.

You can warm the oil by filling the dropper with oil, then holding that under a faucet of hot running water. After placing a few drops in each ear, insert a bit of a cotton for a few minutes.

Additional Notes:

  • By giving your children ear oil each week, you can keep them healthy even when all their classmates are sick.

  • At the onset of symptoms you can place oil in your ears every 15 minutes for an hour and a half to thoroughly drain the cervical lymph.

  • Before going outside if it is cold, windy, or dusty, place oil in your ears to protect them from the elements. This is very helpful if you will be out skiing, jogging, hiking or doing other activities.

Lubricate the Sinuses by Performing Nasya

Use a Q-tip to swab both sinuses with warmed Nasya Oil, Tri-Doshic Massage Oil or cold-pressed sesame oil. After you liberally apply the oil, sniff deeply and quickly two to three times until all the oil is absorbed. Repeat this procedure two to three times until you feel yourself tasting the oil in the back of your mouth. Do this morning, evening and during travel throughout this fall and winter. You can even use a dropper to place a few warmed drops in each nostril.

It is particularly important to lubricate your sinuses with oil after performing neti (irrigating the sinuses with warm salt water), as neti can be very drying to the sinuses. When our sinuses dry out they will produce excess reactive mucous to compensate, which breeds infections and creates congestion.

excerpt from John Doulliard/LifeSpa

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