The Benefits of Ayurvedic Oil

Ayurvedic oil has been relied upon for thousands of years as a fundamental part of Ayurveda. Oil is traditionally used in Ayurvedic healing in a variety of ways including raw consumption, cooking, massage, bathing, gargling, basti (colon nourishment), and nasya (nasal passage nourishment).

Two basic categories of Ayurvedic oil:

  • Herbal Oil—A base oil infused with a decoction of one or more Ayurvedic herbs—combining the nourishing and soothing qualities of the oil with the healing properties of the herbs.
  • Base Oil—Pure, whole, organic oil from a natural source (such as sesame, almond, coconut, or sunflower)

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Ayurvedic oil is calming, soothing, moistening, and lubricating. Furthermore, the word for oil in Sanskrit—sneha—is also a word for love, and therefore holds a special place in the Ayurvedic tradition as the ultimate nourisher and carrier of love. Ayurvedic oil transmits these qualities deep into the tissues of the body.

Banyan Botanicals offers these pure, unrefined, and certified organic base Ayurvedic oils:


We also make traditionally formulated herbal Ayurvedic oils: