100% wildcrafted, cold pressed, black sesame oil
Sweet, bitter and astringent in taste, warming in action, black sesame easily penetrates and nourishes the skin. Soothing and reducing the effects of Vata, without aggravating Kapha, it is known to promote stability, strength & softness. Owing to its warming nature, black sesame is indicated for those who run cold, experience dry skin, or live in cooler climates.
It’s best to apply the oil thickly & warmed before you shower or bathe, as the warm water will open the pores and the oil will penetrate deeply. You can warm the oil by sitting it in a container inside another container of hot water (We place our bottle in the bath, whilst filling the bath with warm water).
Apply the oil for 5 minutes before showering or bathing, using long strokes on the limbs and smaller circular strokes around the joints. Apply at least a palm full of oil starting with the head, oiling the ears, nostrils the scalp, nape of the neck , décolletage and centre of the chest or heart. Oil the feet, and pay special attention to the hips, buttocks and lower abdomen, known as the seat of Vata. Once you’re in the warm water, continue to massage the oil into yourself – do not use soap to remove the oil – just soap the intimate parts to remove oil. As you towel off, gently pat your body dry and avoid getting dressed immediately, this way the oil can continue to penetrate the body.
For best results, once a week, apply the oil and allow yourself a 15 min rest or meditation (in a warm place and warm robe) before you shower or bathe. This practice allows the nerves to calm and for impurities to be softened and carried out of the body. It helps with pain management, strengthens the nervous system and enhances immunity. Be sure to apply the oil with patience and kindness, this is not a rushed practice, in Ayurveda it’s known as ‘snehana‘ or ‘self-love’, and is literally an application of love. Take good care during this practice and make sure to clean the floors and bath room during and after so as to avoid slipping. Covering the floor with a rug or large towel is advisable.
*never dry towels used for abhyanga or oiling in your dryer, place them outside to sun dry.