Nasya Oil – Benefits And Guide To Nasya Treatment
What is Nasya Oil? Here’s everything you need to know about Ayurvedic Nasya treatment and its benefits.
As always with our Ayurvedic practice, our focus, intentions, and habits center around Prana, the vital life force that enters through the breath. Cleansing breath is the foundation of all health, and the nose, with its passages that lead directly to the brain, our consciousness, is the doorway where Prana enters our bodies.
Just like we sweep and clean the entryway of our home before guests arrive, we should cleanse and nourish our nasal passages to restore and balance our Prana. This offers multitudes of beneficial side effects for our overall health.
In Ayurveda, we use Nasya oil to perform this inner cleansing. Nasya treatment involves applying medicinal herbs, decoctions, and oils to our nasal passages to support the sinus, nose, throat, and head. While different substances can be used depending on the ailment, we recommend adding one to your daily routine no matter what: Ayurvedic nose oil, or Nasya oil.
Nasal oil in Ayurveda is infused with herbs to balance all Doshas, but especially Vata. This healing therapy involves anointing the nose in order to lubricate the nasal passages, provide subtle moisture to our breath, and nurture the higher cerebral faculties and sensory organs.
Nasya Oil Benefits – What is Nasya Oil Good For?
Nasya oil supports our inner well-being and overall health. When you begin regular Nasya treatment, you’ll see the benefits right away. Nasya oil can be used to increase mental function, as preventative medicine, for better breathing, and for stress relief. Nasya soothes Vata dosha, Pitta dosha, and Kapha dosha. What oil is best for you depends on what is happening.
Nasya Oil Benefits – For Vata, Pitta and Kapha Dosha
For Vata dosha, the correct nasya oil can soothe anxiety, improve sleep, and improve focus. For Pitta dosha, Nasya can cool off that hot-headedness and may relieve migraines when used as part of a comprehensive Ayurveda treatment plan. For Kapha dosha, Nasya can invigorate and clear out dullness in the mind.
Which Oil is Best for Nasya?
The beauty and effectiveness of Ayurveda lie in its specificity of treatment. When Saumya Ayurveda determines your Prakruti (original constitution) and your Vikruti (current state, symptoms, imbalances), then treatment becomes laser focused. So it is with nasya treatment. Which oil with which herbs will benefit you the most depends on what’s going on for you individually, your stage of life, your location, and of course, your symptoms. There are many formulas of nasya. However, common base oils are sesame and ghee.
Nasya Oil for Improved Focus
Any medication that is administered through the nasal passages will affect the mind. In the case of Nasya oil, that’s exactly what we want. The herb-infused oil will quickly reach your mind to promote concentration, mental clarity, and a sharper memory. You’ll even feel that you perceive the world around you more clearly – both consciously and physically, as Nasya oil also supports clear vision.
Nasya Oil as Preventative Herbal Remedy
Since Nasya oil application is a daily practice, it’s benefiting our health constantly in many different ways. Lubricating your nose helps protect you from the pollen, pollutants, and toxins that live in your environment and can slide through dry pathways inside your nose. Nasya oil can be used to prevent and treat allergies. It can also fend off headaches, earaches, sore throats, and other sinus-related symptoms.
Nasya Oil for Better Breathing
The flow of Prana relies on regular, grounded breathing patterns and clear nasal passageways. When all these align, all the vital organs, tissues, and cells are being nourished directly through the bloodstream. Nasya oil relieves mucus and congestion, clears stagnation, and improves breathing for enhanced cerebral circulation, longevity, and vitality. It can even provide much-needed soothing for your vocal cords. Now is a perfect time to check out Learn diaphragmatic breathing and change your life.
Nasya Oil for Stress Relief
When your Prana is cleared through your breath, you’ll experience stress and tension melt away in your neck, jaw, head, and shoulders. Any energy that has been blocked will be released, and energy won’t be able to stagnate in these areas. Mental and emotional stress and anxious thoughts contribute to fading health and many unnecessary afflictions. Nasya oil can help balance these energies, so you feel energized and revitalized all day long.
Nasya Oil for Migraine Relief
Nasya oil application is a daily practice, and herbalized oil applied to the nostrils is a direct route to soothing and rebalancing doshas in the mind channel. (manovahasrota). Think of it this way. Vata governs movement. Pitta is heat. What does heat do? It rises! When Vata is imbalanced it can push Pitta. In other words, heat goes to the head and migraines are the result. The causes of those doshic imbalances are different for every person, so treatment is customized at Saumya Ayurveda.
“I have suffered from chronic headaches and migraines for as long as I can remember. I had talked to multiple PCPs and specialists about these issues, had been prescribed a variety of medications that helped somewhat, but never really fixed the issue.
Veena promptly put together a plan of action that consisted of herbal remedies alongside some simple changes to my diet. Right away I noticed a significant decrease in the number of headaches I was getting, and when I did get them, they were much less severe than they had been in the past.
This is certainly the headache treatment plan that I have seen the biggest benefit from, and I plan to continue my new regimen moving forward.
I am very thankful for Veena’s knowledge and advice and would not hesitate to recommend her services to friends and family alike.”
-Adrienne Sobering, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Nasya Oil Benefits for Hair Loss Treatment
Clearly, there are many benefits to nasya treatment, including increased focus, happier sinuses, improved energy, and migraine relief. In addition to those significant benefits, according to Ayurveda, nasya treatment can prevent hair loss as well as speed up hair growth. Rejuvenation treatments, which includes nasya oil, overall supports health and wellbeing and therefore slows down the aging process.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, 30 million women in the United States experience significant hair loss, a total of 80 million people are affected in the US. Can stress cause hair loss? “Yes, stress causes hair loss” according to the Mayo Clinic, in fact, three types of hair loss can be associated with stress levels.
“The key for all of us is to reduce stress. Saumya Ayurveda clients use daily our guided practices, 11 minutes as part of their morning routine and 11 minutes as part of their evening routine, and Learn Diaphragmatic Breathing and Change Your Life. These foundational tools, just minutes a day, helps to save our hair and our lives.” – Veena | Saumya Ayurveda
“Loving the daily practices, a routine that feels EMBODYING.” – Mark F. USA
Nasya Treatment for Beginners – How to Use Nasya Oil
The best time to apply a Nasya treatment is around the time you brush your teeth – an hour before or after a shower or exercise. Nasal cleansing is simple, easy, and can be done lying down or sitting up.
How to do Nasya Treatment Lying down
- Lie down on your back and get comfortable.
- Place a small pillow beneath your head if you find you need support. If you are on a bed, you can hang your head off the edge.
- Tilt your head back slightly, with your nostrils opening toward the sky.
- Place 3–5 drops of Nasya oil in each nostril with a circular motion so all the membranes are fully coated.
- Sniff hard, then rest for a few minutes to allow the Nasya oil to penetrate.
How to do Nasya Treatment Sitting Up
- Sit comfortably with the head, neck, and spine in alignment.
- Place one drop of Nasya oil on your little finger, and gently insert it into your nostril or a few drops from the dropper if using a dropper bottle. Hold the dropper outside the nostril opening and gently release a few drops of Nasya oil into each nostril.
- Sniff up.
- Massage the inner walls of your nasal passage, so all the membranes are fully coated.
- Alternate between your left and right nostril until each has received three applications of Nasya oil.
How Often Should You Use Nasya Oil?
In Ayurveda, the correct lifestyle choices – including Ayurvedic diet, yog-asana, and even Nasya treatment – depend on the individual. But in most cases, Nasya oil can be used as part of a nourishing daily routine.
When Should You NOT Use Nasya Oil?
While Nasya oil treatment is generally safe, there are a few important contraindications. You should NOT use Nasya oil:
- If you have an active fever
- If you are experiencing an acute illness
- Before eating or drinking
- Before taking a shower
- If you are currently pregnant
- If you’ve recently given birth
- During menstruation
- If you experience dyspnea, COPD, or asthma
- If you are younger than seven or older than 80
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