According to Ayurveda, the delicate skin of the nasal passages and the Eustachian tubes of the ears require lubrication to stay healthy, balanced and protected in the colder months.
Nasya is the practice of lubricating these passages with a special herbalized oil referred to as nasya oil. This practice is especially important after neti, or Ayurvedic nasal irrigation, which does a remarkable job of clearing out debris in the nasal passages but can often leave them dried out. This is where Nasya Oil comes in to soften and protect the newly cleaned nasal passages.
The cervical lymph, which houses the majority of the immunity in our ears, nose and throat, also benefits from the lubrication provided by the nasya practice. When using nasya to lubricate the cervical lymph, it is recommended to tip your head back, put a few drops into the nose and then sniff sharply so as to feel the oil reaching the back of your throat.
Nasya is also a very handy tool for children’s’ health, included in John Douillard’s book, Perfect Health for Kids, as a prophylactic against wintertime sneezes and sniffles when used in the ears and nose. Be careful, especially in the case of little ones, to use only a little bit of oil and not harm the delicate passageways of the ears and nose. Dabbing the oil with a cotton swab is a great way to administer nasya for kids.
It’s also listed as one of our Air Travel Survival tools, as the sinus passages are very vulnerable to drying out in the compressed and recycled air of an airplane cabin, often causing headaches and increasing our susceptibility to getting sick on the plane.
Nasya is especially helpful on days that are cold, dry, or windy, or when the air is dusty or full of pollen.
In addition to happy sinuses, nasya has some unexpected benefits like greater clarity of mind and a calmer nervous system.
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Nasya Oil: LifeSpa’s Nasya Oil contains the brain tonic herbs Brahmi, Calamus, and Skullcap, scented with the invigorating aroma of Eucalyptus essential oil in a sesame and olive oil base. This lovely oil provides a lubricating barrier and soothing feel to the delicate skin of the nasal passages.
Neti Pot for Nasal Cleansing: The precursor to Nasya, Neti is a system of nasal irrigation, or cleansing, that helps keep the nasal passages free of dust, pollen, and other irritants from the air. LifeSpa’s ceramic model is chosen by most people as their primary nasal cleansing pot for use at home.
Neti Salt: The Neti method uses a saline solution of water and salt to irrigate and cleanse the nasal passages. This Nasal Cleansing Salt may be used with any brand of nasal cleansing pot or a nasal saline rinse squeeze bottle.