Abhyanga, or self-massage, is one of the daily rituals prescribed in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian form of medicine. It is the process of anointing yourself with warm oil and massaging it into the entire body before bathing or showering.
It is considered to be the ultimate form of self-love.
There are many benefits to this type of self-massage:
- Nourishes the skin
- Soothes the senses
- Calms the nerves
- Increases circulation
- Reduces stiff joints
- Feels so good!
Combining aromatic essences with a plant oil transforms this self-massage practice into an aromatic ritual of self-care.
The Recipe: The Queen Body Oil
In this intoxicating and sensual body oil, the Queen of Spices (Cardamom) pairs perfectly with the Queen of the Flowers (Rose).
- 30 mL jojoba oil
- 5 drops Rose (Rosa damascena) absolute
- 5 drops Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) essential oil
Mix ingredients together in a glass bottle.
The Ritual: Aromatic Self-Massage
Before you begin, you’ll need to heat the oil. Simply boil a small pot of water, let it cool down for a minute. Then place your bottle of aromatic oil into the warm water for a few minutes to let it heat up.
Find a peaceful and comfortable space in your home where you can be alone. I like to place a towel on my bed and do the self-massage there. You can do it standing up or perched on the edge of your bathtub….whatever works for you.
Remember you are anointing your body with oil as a way of loving yourself. Take your time. Be gentle and soft with yourself.
- To open the ritual, light a candle or simply state the words “open”.
- Take a few deep centering breaths.
- Start by applying a small amount of oil to the top of your head. Massage the oil into your scalp.
- Massage in a circular motion on your forehead, temples, cheeks, and jaws – always moving in an upward motion. Make sure to massage your ears.
- Use long strokes on the limbs (arms and legs) and circular strokes on the joints (elbows and knees).
- Massage the abdomen and chest area in broad, clockwise, circular motions. On the abdomen, follow the path of the large intestine; moving up on the right side of the abdomen, then across, then down on the left side
- Finish the massage by spending at least a couple of minutes massaging your feet.
- Sit with the oil and let the oil soak in for 5 – 15 minutes.
- Take a warm bath or hot shower, and gently towel dry. Take care as your feet might be slippery due to the oil.
- Express gratitude to yourself for taking the time to complete this aromatic self-care ritual.
- Repeat at least once a week.
If you don’t have the time to do a whole body self-massage, you can anoint only your face and neck or maybe just your feet or your head. It is entirely up to you. The most important thing is that the ritual works for you.
If you practice this ritual, let me know how it goes. Did you like the recipe for the Queen Body Oil? Do you have a