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Best Body Oils For Each Ayurvedic Dosha

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‘’Abhyanga should be resorted to daily. It wards off old age, exertion and aggravation of vata.’’ Ashtanga Hrdayam: Sutrasthana: II: 8-9

A therapeutic massage with oils (or Abhyanga) is said to bring balance to the three Ayurvedic Doshas of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Because the combination of these three Doshas is considered to be timeless, every individual has a constitution that is as bespoke as one’s own DNA.

For many who know of the Ayurvedic traditions, it is normal to have one primary Dosha with the second and third being slightly less prominent for each person. It is recommended that specific oils for massage are chosen depending on your most dominant Dosha.

All cold-pressed, unrefined, and organic oils are considered to be the healthiest types of oil  to use on your skin.

Oils for Kapha (oily skin)

It is best to use either a light or a stimulating oil for the Kapha Dosha. Examples are: Canola, Flaxseed, Corn or Safflower oils.

Oils for Pitta (overheated or sensitive skin)

It is best to use either a neutral or a cooling oil for the Pitta Dosha. Examples are: Coconut, Sunflower, Olive or Castor oils.

Oils for Vata (dry skin)

It is best to use either a heavy or a warm oil for the Vata Dosha. Examples are: Avocado, Almond, Sesame, or Bhringaraj oils.

The Benefits of Applying Oil Regularly to the Body

  • It is nourishing for the body
  • It can impart strength and softness to the body
  • It has anti-ageing properties
  • It can provide benefits to the condition of the skin
  • It can help you get a more restful nights sleep
  • It helps to impart a firmness into the limbs
  • It can pacify Pitta and Vata