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In Ayurveda, we regard oils, both externally and internally, as a very important part of our daily routine. Particularly in the fall and winter months, our skin can have a tendency for dryness as this is the Vata season and so this quality would prevail now more than at other times of the year. To alleviate this dryness we can do a daily self-massage called an “Abhyanga” where we massage our whole body from head to toe with sesame oil or a dosha-balancing oil prior to showering.
Our skin is the gateway to the inner pharmacy, so this daily practice not only moisturizes, but also provides many benefits to our physiology including relaxation, detoxification, and the release of chemicals that promote a sense of happiness and well-being.
Oils can also be ingested in the forms of olive oil, coconut oil, fish oils, and ghee (pure clarified butter), just to name a few. These fats are the “good” fats and benefit more than just the skin. These suggestions should have your skin looking and feeling softer and smoother within a week with hair and nails becoming stronger and more lustrous as well.
Vata has the qualities of lightness, dryness, roughness, and unpredictability – the qualities of air (wind) and space. To balance these qualities when they are in excess, we would ground or make heavier, lubricate and moisturize to alleviate dryness, and bring routine into our daily activities to promote stability and cohesiveness.
Dr. Joanna Carmichael is an RN, Dr. of Metaphysics, Divinity, Interfaith Minister, Ayurveda Practitioner, Spiritual Teacher and Founder & CEO of the Kalyana Centre in Narberth, PA