The Oil Bath: An Ayurvedic Home Remedy.

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on Jun 2, 2013
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Oil bath is a traditional, weekly Ayurvedic home remedy still practiced widely in South India.

Shri K. Pattabhi Jois routinely recommends oil bath to his yoga students especially for the relief of back and knee pain as well as stiffness. Weekly oil bath reduces excess internal heat (pitta in Ayurveda) particularly in the joints, liver and skin. This heat is generated by poor lifestyle, including consumption of oily, processed and difficult to digest foods, alcohol and tobacco, in addition to stress, air pollution and inadequate sleep. This imbalance increases with the heat generated by yoga practice and hot climate. Eating an over-sufficiency of healthy foods that are deemed “heating” in Ayurvedic terms, also adds to this imbalance.

Excess heat can…read the rest of this great info and article at Living Mysore.

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Editor: Jessica Walden began a daily yoga practice in 1994 and, over the last 12 years, has made several trips to Mysore, India, to study with Guruji, Sharath, and Saraswati. She is married to Andrew Hillam and a happy mother of two boys and one chihuahua. Editor: Elise Espat first practiced Ashtanga Yoga with Guruji when she was living in NYC and has since made several trips to Mysore, India to practice with her teachers Guruji, Sharath, and Saraswathi Jois. A couple of years ago Elise and her husband moved to New Mexico where they enjoy spending time in nature with their little dog named Maple. Most mornings (except Saturdays and moon days) you’ll find Elise teaching at the Albuquerque Ashtanga Yoga Shala. She also keeps the blog Cartoonist: Boonchu Tanti, an engineer who loves drawing cartoons, began a daily yoga practice since 2007. He has made several trips to Mysore, India to study Ashtanga Yoga at KPJAYI with Sharath since then. He now works and resides in Bangkok and draws cartoons as hobby during free time. Find his works at


9 Responses to “The Oil Bath: An Ayurvedic Home Remedy.”

  1. solfulsoul says:

    Olive oil is good for a daily dab as well

  2. Helen McGinn says:

    Thank you for sharing! I'm going to give this a go.

    For a daily face routine, mix of equal measure organic castor oil and olive oil; castor oil draws out the impurities and olive oil puts in moisture. Get a face cloth as hot as possible and squeeze out excess moisture; place over the face and press down, leave for 30 seconds then rub off every bit of oil from the face. This is brilliant no matter the skin type, it takes make up and eye make up off beautifully. You will love it. <3

  3. Lexa Ann Timothy says:

    spent a week at an ayurvedic retreat in india and was given one of these hot oil baths with one of the two daily massage, my oh my, the most amazing feeling on the planet.

  4. Gaby says:

    Please collect the oil! don't let it run into the water bodies! it will pollute lots of water!!!!

  5. crowhillhouse says:

    First, how exactly would one collect oil off one's skin? Second, this is not motor oil, it's a vegetable based oil that breaks down naturally. Also, a lot of it is absorbed into the skin. Really…it's not going to pollute our water.

  6. Nithia says:

    Indians will use shikakai powder instead of soap or shower cream if they are having oil bath. The powder helps to remove the oil from our skin but it keeps it moisture all day long.

  7. Tamara says:

    Is this safe to do when still nursing a baby?

  8. jodie says:

    Can you get this in uk?

  9. shiva says:

    yea, u can try in indian shops especially south indian shops if any. Other than Shikakai powder, V-care shikakai also good which u may order online.