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Anoint Yourself

Try ayurvedic self-oil massage to saturate your mind and body with love.

The Sanskrit word sneha means both “oil” and “love.” Thus, to anoint your body with oil is to saturate yourself with love. The ayurvedic practice of abhyanga, self oil massage, is a deeply nourishing practice that’s easy to incorporate into your daily or weekly routine. The benefits are tremendous: lubricated joints (less popping and crackling), reduced fine lines on the face, increased alertness, softer skin, improved elimination, deeper sleep, and an overall sense of calm. The skin is your largest organ, and abhyanga is a marvelous way to feed it.Abhyanga differs from Western-style massage in technique and effect. To begin, purchase an organic, unrefined oil that’s appropriate to your constitution. Banyan Botanicals offers oils with medicinal herbs, and Hale Pule provides oils as part of a guided purification process. According to ayurveda, the body is composed of seven layers of tissue. To allow sneha to penetrate the deepest layers, where it loosens toxins at the cellular level, apply it very slowly and leave it on for at least 20 minutes.Follow this sequence for best results:1. Warm ¾ to 1 cup of …

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