There is no question that our individual nervous systems, and the collective nervous system of the entire world, has gone through extremely dys-regulating and stressful experiences over the past 1.5 years. The energy-field of our human population has becomes far more Vata-imbalanced, that is, heightened in the energies of the elements of air (vayu) and ether (akasha).
Ayurveda, the healing wisdom of the universe that was channeled through ancient Indian seers thousands of years ago and is, today, being validated by modern scientific research, teaches us of the very real downfalls of living in a state of Vata imbalance over a prolonged period of time. And thankfully, Ayurveda also shows us how we can bring in the medicines that balance Vata energy, and return to a state in which Vata Dosha is present in a healthy amount for every unique individual.
Vata energy has a catabolic effect, meaning that it breaks down, reduces and depletes. In Ayurveda, we call this effect 'Langhana.' Where there is excess Vata, there will be the Gunas (qualities) that are rough, light, dry, mobile, subtle, cold clear, and expanding. It's no surprise then, that Vata energy governs the senior years of our lives, when the body is slowing down as well as gradually breaking down, preparing for the process of returning our bodies to the soil.
This becomes problematic though, when our bodies and minds become elevated in Vata well before our final years. And we see this happening more and more to children, who are naturally in the Kapha stage of their lives, as well as adults, who are meant to be thriving and living out their Dharmic offerings in the Pitta phase of their lives. It can occur in the elderly as well, leading to more rapid aging and deterioration, tarnishing these wisdom years intended to be marked by rest and prolonged, inward reflection.
And although Ayurveda offers us so many ways that we can choose to return towards the path of nature, Abhyanga, the practice of self-massage with herbal oils, is one of the most pleasurable, powerful, accessible and simple. And yes, you can do this all on your own, from the comfort of your own home, in as little as 10 minutes per day.
Our Vata Abhyanga Oil, specifically, is so powerful for calming, grounding, lubricating and nourishing the body, the organs and the nerves because of its carefully arranged symphony of herbs.
Let's discover some of these herbs and the healing intelligence that they offer:
ASHWAGANDHA ROOT OIL:
Containing high amounts of Ojas (vitality), making it one of the best anti-aging herbs, Ashwagandha offers and enhances vital energy. This herb is crucial for people suffering from too much stress, or who are overworked. Literally translating to, 'that which has the smell of a horse,' this translation says nothing of its smell and refers instead to its offering of horse-like-levels of energy and sexual vitality. It is considered the very best Rasayana (rejuvenative) herb in Ayurvedic herbology.
Translating to, 'what gives strength,' Bala root can be classified as a Rasayana (rejuvenative), Bruhana (nutritive), and a Vajikarana (aphrodisiac). It feeds the nerves and reduces nervine inflammation, making it very soothing for arthritic nerve pain, a disorder associated with imbalanced Vata Dosha. It also stimulates the heart. Applied on the body, like in Abhyanga massage, Bala root softens muscle cramps and relieves numbness.
Bhringaraj works mainly on the circulatory, nervous and digestive systems and has a mild laxative action. It strengthens and rejuvenates the bones, skin, hair, teeth, sight, hearing and memory, which can take a severe beating when excess Vata is present. Especially when applied to the head, it calms the mind and supports sound sleep. You can also find Bhringaraj in our Hair Oil.
JATAMAMSI ESSENTIAL OIL (INDIAN SPIKENARD):
Jatamamsi is a tri-doshic herb that offers sedative properties while also acting as a brain tonic, washing Vata from the brain and promoting awareness and strength in the mind. It is excellent for addressing and treating psychological dis-ease and subconscious traumas. As well, it is highly revered in Ayurveda for treating anxiety, insomnia, headaches, nerve pain, muscle cramps, hysteria and more.
To find out how to apply our this oil onto your body on a daily basis, watch this video:
With dedicated daily use, this could truly be the healing balm that will recover your body and mind as well as strengthen and regulate your nervous system, so that you can move through any stressful times that may come from a solid and deeply-soothed foundation.
And with that, we are wishing you all a sustained connection to the peace that belies all chaos, and that rests within your own Self.