This has been a true Michigan winter. Living in the artificially warmed environment of our homes and offices can be challenging on many health aspects of the body. One of the techniques that I personally favor to ease the winter dryness is nasya oil.
Nasya means “of nose” and in ayurveda the administration of medicine via the nostrils. Today we are talking about the oiling of the nostrils and nasal passages. One practice from my daily routine or dinacharya is Jala Neti. I have demonstrated this previously on WOTV and it is simply the rinsing of the nasal passages with warm saline water. During these winter months when it is also cold and dry I follow this practice with nasya oil.
There are many suitable nasya oils available online. I use and sell at my office the banyan botanical product. It is very easy to use and quite soothing on a physical and emotional level. If time allows I will lie on my bed with head back and drop 2-3 drops into each nostril. Then I rest this way for several minutes sniffing lightly. My other application and more every day method is to simply put a couple drops of oil onto my finger tip and then apply to each nostril. Regular use of nasya oil will help to clear and lubricate the sinus passageways, provide relief of sinus problems such as allergies, congestion, dry nasal passage, and snoring. Nasya also helps to relieve headaches, migraines, stiff neck, fatigue, insomnia, and stress related problems. It can reduce anxiety, clear and strengthen the mind, and stimulate the nervous system.
Here’s a link to the product if you’d like to give it a try: http://www.banyanbotanicals.com/prodinfo.asp?number=3181&a_aid=52f3d5b9b685e&a_bid=f36893de