Updated: Aug 6, 2020
Learn why and how to integrate nasya oil into your daily wellness routine.
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 call this therapy Nasya. Nasya 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
Support yourself and your overall health with Nasya oil and you’ll see benefits right away, like less tension, a clearer mind, and improved quality of breath.
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 brain to promote concentration, mental clarity and a sharper memory. You’ll even feel that you’re perceiving the world around you more clearly – both consciously and physically, as Nasya oil also supports clear vision.
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.
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 mucous 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.
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.
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 two ways.
Lie down on your back and get comfortable, place a small pillow beneath your head if you find you need the support. If you are on a bed, you can hang your head off the edge.
Tilt your head back slightly, with our 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.
Take a comfortable, upright seat.
Place one drop of Nasya oil on your little finger, and gently insert it into your nostril.
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.
Saumya Ayurveda can help
With a daily anointing of Nasya oil, you’ll experience many benefits for your mind, body, and soul. Best of all, it’s so simple, it takes less than five minutes every day. If you have more questions or would like a consultation personalized to your health needs, please get in touch.
Don’t use nasya oil in combination with other nasal cleansing methods like a neti pot, or if you have a cold, sinus infection, or the flu.