Role of healing oils in Ayurvedic treatment


Ayurveda is a storehouse of healing oils, which are regularly used in the Ayurvedic line of treatments in the form of massages.

In Ayurvedic tradition, regular oil massage, referred to as ‘Snehana’ is considered an effective form of therapy for all sorts of ailments. The herbal oil massage helps reduce pain, as it tames vata, alleviating joint and muscle stiffness, improves circulation, mobilizes toxins and relaxes the body.

Ayurvedic therapies in the form of oil massages, helps get rid of impurities embedded in tissues, and helps liquefy them for easy absorption into circulation, thereby eliminating pain. Warm oil massages are always soothing and rejuvenating for body, and helps tackle the imbalance otherwise caused due to vata dosha.

For example, ‘Murivenna’, is a classic ayurvedic preparation, which has been in use in Kerala, India, for the past 250 years. The preparation contains equal quantities of Aloe vera, Erythrina indica, Pongamia pinnata, Borreria hispida, Allium cepa, Moringa oleifera, Piper betle, Asparagus racemosus and rice bran.

In fact, Ayurvedic physicians say that these healing oils can even be self-prepared if you have access to these herbs if you own a garden or farm, although it may be difficult to procure for people living in urban areas. In fact, you can give yourself oil massage daily.

‘Dhanwantharam thailam’ is another classic Ayurvedic oil designed to treat pain in the joints due to excess vata in a person’s body. This oil helps relieve rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis, spondylosis, headache and neuro-muscular conditions. The oil comprises herbs like Balamoola, Yava, Kola and Kulatha, which can be used on daily basis.
Anotheroil which specifically treats ailments caused due to excessive vata dosha is ‘Kottam Chukkadi Thailam’, which is mainly used to relieve pain and inflammation in the joints. With a combination of ingredients like garlic, ginger, vasambu, moringa, sesame and mustard oil, this is particularly helpful for people suffering from low back pain, arthritis, and spondylosis. This oil gives long-term relief if used on regular basis.

‘Pinda Thailam’ is cooling oil, usually prescribed for rheumatic disorders, and is extremely efficient in relieving joint pain and inflammation. It is especially made for people with high levels of pitta in the body, as this oil helps reduce

egradation of bones, and slows down progress of arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in particular.
Herbal oil made of ingredients like Vilva, Bhrihat, Ashwagandha and Sesame seed oil is ‘Valiya Narayan Thailam’, which helps in relieving arthritis associated joint pain. It works to balance vata and pitta dosha in the body. This oil is also useful in treating disorders related to the eyes and nervous system.

Apart from the above mentioned traditional ayurvedic oils, other essential oils like that of Rosemary and Thyme increases blood flow to muscles and create warmth, while peppermint and myrtle have temporary painkilling effects. You can sprinkle a few drops into an aromatherapy diffuser, or your massage oil or event during a hot bath. However, test first before applying.