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Oils in Ayurveda
Oils have been part of Ayurvedic traditions for thousands of years.
Oil is traditionally used in Ayurvedic healing in a variety of ways including raw consumption, cooking, massage, bathing, gargling, basti (colon nourishment) and nasya (nasal passage nourishment).
Oils in Ayurveda have been put in two basic categories of Ayurvedic oils:
Base oils from a natural source (such as sesame, almond, coconut, or sunflower)
Herbal Oils —A base oil infused with a one or more Ayurvedic herbs—combining the nourishing and soothing qualities of the oil with the healing properties of the herbs.
Ayurvedic oilz are calming, soothing, moistening, and lubricating. Furthermore, the word for oil in Sanskrit—sneha—is also a word for love, and therefore holds a special place in the Ayurvedic tradition as the ultimate nourisher and carrier of love. Ayurvedic oil transmits these qualities deep into the tissues of the body.