A new fall bedtime ritual I have is putting oils on my body before going in the shower. Going into fall this is very calming and protects against dryness. My children love doing it with me and its a time to bond and another moment to teach my children that they need to be in the bodies, breathing & relaxing ( rather than in their minds & multi tasking). It also gives me time to honor myself, something I had forgotten to do with all the to do list ).
Ayurveda, the ancient holistic health care system of India, explains that there are three dynamic forces in nature, called Doshas, which are constantly changing and therefore affecting your personal balance. According to Ayurveda, the Doshas control your body’s physical, mental and emotional systems. Ayurveda also recognizes balance in the relationships of the Doshas in nature, we experience the fluctuations of the Doshas on a daily basis; the cooler, dryer morning is Vata; the hot, humid mid-day is Pitta; the wet, rainy late afternoon is Kapha. In a lifetime your dosha also changes being born in a kapha state, being in Pitta during adult hood and later as we age becoming more Vata.
Ayurveda recommends aromatherapy in your daily routines by: applying aromatic oils to your skin (abhyanga), inhaling diffused essential oils, burning natural candles and incense, keeping arrangements of fresh fragrant flowers in your home or work place and growing aromatic plants and trees in your garden.
You can make your own dosha type oil with this guide. If you do not know what dosha you are, you should read this great article. http://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/prakriti-quiz/
You will want to use therapeurtic grade essential oils. I use doterra oils and have a wholesale account where I can get oils for up to 40% off. Here is how to sign up and get your oils within a few days.
Here is a list of Dosha specific essential oils and carrier oils:
Vata Dosha – elemental force of Air and Ether
The cold, dry, quick and irregular nature of Vata is balanced by using sweet, warming and grounding scents.
Essential oils: amber, angelica, anise, basil, bergamot, camphor, cardamom, chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, coriander, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, ginger, jasmine, jatamansi, lavender, lemongrass, myrrh, neroli, patchouli, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, sweet orange, tangerine, thyme, vanilla, vetiver, ylang ylang
Carrier oils: sesame, avocado and castor, coconut and shea
Pitta Dosha – elemental force of Fire and Water
The hot, sharp and intense nature of Pitta is balanced by using cooling, soothing and calming botanicals.
Essential Oils: birch, brahmi, chamomile, champa, clary sage, coriander, fennel, geranium, jasmine, jatamansi, lavender, lemon balm, lemongrass, lime, mandarin, myrtle, neroli, peppermint, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, spearmint, tangerine, tea tree, vanilla, wintergreen, yarrow, ylang ylang
Carrier oils: sunflower, coconut and olive, sunflower, coconut and shea
Kapha Dosha – elemental force of Water and Earth
The cool, heavy and slow nature of Kapha is balanced by using stimulating, warming and cleansing aromatics.
Essential oils: angelica, anise, basil, bay, bergamot, birch, camphor, cardamom, cedarwood, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, fir, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, hyssop, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, lime, marjoram, neroli, myrrh, myrtle, petitgrain, peppermint, rose, rosemary, sage, sweet orange, tea tree, wintergreen, yarrow
Carrier oils: mustard seed, almond and grape seed, coconut and shea butter
So know that you know what dosha you are and what oils to use, you can make your oil.
I make mine in a quart glass mason jar that I can quickly warm up in a hot water bath. I fill up the mason jar half way with my carrier oil of choice and then add about 20-40 drops of my essential oils of choice. Give the oils a few hours to infuse before using.
When you are ready to use to warm it gently. You can place a glass bottle of oil in hot water for 5 minutes. Now massage lots oil into your body from head to toe, leisurely and fluidly. Allow the oil to seep into your scalp and skin, bath in it. Sesame oil penetrates past the dermis of the skin. Oil massage helps retain heat.When your body is soaked in oil, lay down in a warm quiet spot for 15 minutes or more. Really relax. People with dry skin will notice that after 15 minutes, much of the oil has been absorbed into your skin. Oil bath’s calm my nerves very well, its well worth the time. After the oil bath get in the shower and gently wash the oil off with a natural non toxic soap. The oils do need to be washed off.