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  • Body Oiling and the Skin Microbiome
    • Ayurvedic Oils Uses
    • March 15, 2021
    Body Oiling and the Skin Microbiome

    Just like the gut is teeming with beneficial bacteria, our skin is also home to essential microorganisms. Learn how using oil can support the skin's microbiome.

  • Loving Your Muscles & Joints with Mahanarayan Oil 
    • Ayurveda & Fitness
    • February 03, 2021
    Loving Your Muscles & Joints with Mahanarayan Oil 

    Mahanarayan Oil acts as a powerful ally to support the health and longevity of the joints and muscles so that we can enjoy a long, full, and active life. 

  • 5 Reasons to Start Putting Oil in Your Nose
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • January 26, 2021
    5 Reasons to Start Putting Oil in Your Nose

    Nasya, the practice of lubricating the nasal cavities and sinuses with herbal oil, can help ease mental and emotional stress and tension, among other benefits.

  • Why You Want to Put Oil in Your Ears Every Day
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • January 04, 2021
    Why You Want to Put Oil in Your Ears Every Day

    Banyan's Ear Oil is specially formulated with Ayurvedic ingredients to support vibrant ear health. Find out how to use it to massage your ears as part of a healthy daily routine.

  • What's with All the Oils in Ayurveda? [video]
    • Ayurvedic Oils Uses
    • December 11, 2019
    What's with All the Oils in Ayurveda? [video]

    People often wonder why Ayurveda holds oil in such high esteem. In this entry in our Ask Banyan series, we discuss what makes oil the perfect choice for self-massage and self-love. 

  • Why Our Herbal Oils Are Unique
    • Ayurvedic Oils Uses
    • October 17, 2019
    Why Our Herbal Oils Are Unique

    You might be surprised and delighted to learn that, while we do use some machines to expedite the process, our method of preparing herbal oils is still an Ayurvedic tradition at heart.

  • Why Ayurveda Prefers Oil over Lotion
    • Skin Care
    • July 26, 2019
    Why Ayurveda Prefers Oil over Lotion

    Oil is a close match to the skin’s outer layer and complements our natural oiliness. It helps draw out impurities and balances our skin’s hydration—even overly oily skin can come back to balance by using oil. The result? Beautiful, balanced, hydrated skin.

  • Why You Should Wash Your Face with Oil Instead of Water
    • Natural Beauty
    • July 16, 2019
    Why You Should Wash Your Face with Oil Instead of Water

    Oil is more skilled at cleansing and balancing the hydration of your skin than water, and it is a closer match to your skin’s natural outer layer. It has a soft quality that can help to draw out impurities, making it much easier to unclog pores, leaving clean, soft, hydrated skin.

  • 7 Reasons Castor Oil Is the Secret of Ayurvedic Beauty
    • Natural Beauty
    • July 11, 2019
    7 Reasons Castor Oil Is the Secret of Ayurvedic Beauty

    Finding beauty products that are natural and chemical-free, yet effective, can be quite a challenge. But one of the most effective, most natural, beauty products is as simple as one ingredient—the oil from Ricinis communis (castor oil).

  • Achieving Vibrant Women’s Health with the 4 Pillars
    • Health and Wellness
    • May 27, 2019
    Achieving Vibrant Women’s Health with the 4 Pillars

    Diet, lifestyle, sleep, and energy. These are the four pillars of Ayurveda. When we neglect them, we inhibit the proper flow of prana, which gives rise to the possibility of dis-ease. For women, this can be reflected in the menstrual cycle, and later, in the transition through menopause.

  • Calming Your Mind with Shirodhara
    • Health and Wellness
    • November 01, 2018
    Calming Your Mind with Shirodhara

    Shirodhara as a treatment consists of a stream of warm oil run continuously on the forehead. The purpose of shirodhara is to calm the nervous system. Inherent in this process is choosing an oil that has qualities which support the mind and body to come back to balance.

  • Ayurvedic Oil Massage: 4 Ways to Warm Your Oil
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • September 06, 2018
    Ayurvedic Oil Massage: 4 Ways to Warm Your Oil

    One of the most important qualities of self-massage is using warm oil. It’s not just about moisturizing—it’s about getting the vata-balancing qualities of oily and warm into your life, and onto your skin. Here are four ways to warm your oil, guaranteeing a perfectly warm, but not-too-hot oil, that can be easily and quickly incorporated into your daily routine.

  • How to Avoid an Oily Mess During Abhyanga
    • Ayurvedic Oils Uses
    • September 29, 2017
    How to Avoid an Oily Mess During Abhyanga

    Abhyanga, or self-oil massage, has many health benefits. Overall it protects and nourishes the skin, but it has a bonus effect as the oil absorbs into our deepest tissues to keep them supple, strong, and toned, and enhances their quality.

  • How to Get Oil Out of Your Hair
    • Ayurvedic Oils Uses
    • August 15, 2017
    How to Get Oil Out of Your Hair

    Wonderful Ayurvedic treatments like abhyana or shirodhara leave oil in your hair. Try these three tips for getting the oil out of your hair.

  • Your Daily Companion for Massage
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • April 03, 2017
    Your Daily Companion for Massage

    Find out why Daily Massage Oil is the go to for a great tridoshic abhyanga. Featuring high-quality Ayurvedic herbs, this oil is good for any Ayurvedic body type.

  • The Benefits of Traditional Ashwagandha Bala Oil for Adults & Children
    • Ayurvedic Oils Uses
    • January 05, 2016
    The Benefits of Traditional Ashwagandha Bala Oil for Adults & Children

    Ashwagandha Bala Oil is one of Ayurveda's most beloved oil blends for the muscles and is especially helpful in supporting developing muscle tone in children. 

  • Why Oil is Your Biggest Winter Ally & How to Massage Your Face with Oil
    • Ayurvedic Oils Uses
    • December 23, 2015
    Why Oil is Your Biggest Winter Ally & How to Massage Your Face with Oil

    Winter has settled its blanket of arctic air on the northern hemisphere. You can feel the pervasive cold and dryness at a deep level. The days are short. Nature is quiet, resting in the long frozen nights. The animals and the trees are in hibernation, adapting with the seasonal shifts. Can we do less?

  • Castor Oil
    • Natural Beauty
    • June 19, 2015
    Castor Oil

    Castor Oil has quickly become one of my very favorite beauty routines. It’s warm, oily, and heavy qualities do wonders for my eyes and lips.

    Using castor oil on the eyes has been said to reduce puffy inflammation, promote eyelash and eyebrow growth, and soothe irritation.

  • Ayurvedic Oils Help You Feel More Content
    • Emotional Wellness
    • May 27, 2015
    Ayurvedic Oils Help You Feel More Content

    Thankfully, Ayurveda equips us with many helpful tools to help access feelings of contentment—including the practice of abhyanga, or self-massage with oil.