As I was going through my training, I was horrified when I kept hearing story after story of people being told that it is perfectly safe to use essential oils indiscriminately. For example, a few drops of an oil on your tongue or in your drinking water; using essential oils for pregnant and/or lactating women, children and infants; essential oils in eyes, ears, and nose; undiluted on skin. This is remarkably irresponsible. And by the way, it has nothing to do with any particular brand. It has to do with chemistry and biology.
The most important daily Ayurvedic practice is self-massage, otherwise known as Abyangha (ah-bee-YAWN-gah). I’m excited to introduce you to this, as the timing is perfect: performing a self-massage will help you manage the stress of the holidays, and "daily Abyangha" is a great thing to add to your list of New Year's Resolutions!
Hands-down, it’s my favorite daily practice and the one that makes them most difference in how I feel. It takes a little getting used to and can be daunting to try for the first time. All that oil. Sheesh. But ladies. If you’ve been needing an excuse to slather your entire body with warm oil infused with medicinal herbs on a daily basis, look no further.
Ayurvedically speaking, its mandatory. This practice can take you from crazy to calm in 15 minutes. And women the world over have been doing it for thousands of years. Once you try it, you’ll understand why...