The type of oil that is used during an ayurvedic massage is very important, as some oils may aggravate a certain dosha. Several types of oil may be used for massage, that being said the practitioner should always keep in mind the aggravated dosha.
Cold-pressed oils obtained from the seeds of organically grown plants and vegetables are best. These oils are easily absorbed and provide nutrition and help the metabolism. Mineral oils and other substitutes for natural oils are harmful for the metabolic functions of the body. They form a coating or layer on the skin and the cells suffer because they cannot breathe freely.
One of the combination oils I like to use is Banyan Botanicals Organic Ashwagandha/Bala oil. This vata pacifying oil can be used to nourish and strengthen the muscles. It is useful for athletes, those weakened by debility due to old age or illness, and for those with an active lifestyle requiring strength, this oil brings together two Ayurvedic herbs known for their ability to support muscle mass and energy: ashwagandha and bala. The name “ashwagandha” gives reference to the strength of a horse and is known to rejuvenate both the muscular and nervous systems. “Bala” literally means “strength,” inferring the herb’s potential to build muscle mass and provide energy. Combined in a base of organic sesame oil, these Ayurvedic herbs are a highly rejuvenative duo. This oil can benefit the young and the elderly; groups in which muscle tone is either developing or wasting away and could use support. This combination oil is great for bodywork. Everveda now offers all bliss treatments, so please check out our healing products and services page!