Skin Care

Abhyanga or self-massage is perhaps one of the most valuable techniques from Ayurveda for Westerners. It is grounding, and nourishing, and promotes longevity, calmness and endurance throughout the day. Take an hour in the morning to apply a suitable oil for your Prakruti and Vikruti to help protect the body’s largest organ, which is continuous with the inner skins or linings such as the digestive tract. Leave the oil on for about 45 mins for best absorption – your skin will have good immunity, lustre and youthfulness. Meanwhile, you can do gentle stretching and pranayama to prepare for a meditative and centred day. Abhyanga is not done during the menstrual flow days, if infection is present or if oiliness is excessive.