Dina Charya (a daily routine) is one of the most important elements of Ayurvedic medicine and forms a crucial part of maintaining good health and well-being.
Living an Ayurvedic lifestyle is all about creating a daily routine, where we intend to do the same things at the same time every day. This helps to keep our mind and body in co-ordination with our internal clock or circadian rhythm.
What is Nasya
According to Ayurveda the nasal cavity is the gateway to the brain, mind, consciousness, and Prana, the lifeforce which is carried to the body through the breath. Administration of herbs through the nasal passage is a potent way to improve the flow of Prana and treat any conditions that affect our mind and alter our consciousness.
Our nasal cavities are in direct contact with pollutants and allergens every day, it’s the proliferation of these pathogens which Nasya treatment protects against. Cleansing and lubricating our nasal passages improves our immunity and enhances protection against transmission.
Types of Nasya
There are different types of Nasya for different purposes, blending different Ayurvedic herbs and oils to cleanse or be nutritive. Nasya can be self-administered as part of ‘Dina Charya’ or be administered under the guidance of a practitioner as a Panchakarma cleansing treatment.
The role of Nasya as part of your daily routine, is to cleanse, moisturise, decongest, protect & strengthen our nasal mucous membranes to combat daily pathogens & improve immunity. Anu Tailam is the medicated oil for choice and safe to use every day.
For Panchakarma, nasal administration of specific herbal oils, ghee & fine powders are chosen as part of a 5-day treatment to address imbalances & ailments related to any areas above the clavicle, including memory, our thoughts & emotions.
Our Anu Tailam key ingredients
Anu Tailam is the traditional Nasya oil recommended in the classical texts, safe to use as part of a daily routine. Made in Kerala using traditional Ayurvedic methods, our Nasya oil is a blend of 26 herbs based in Sesame Oil, its key ingredients are:
- Jeevanti (Leptadenia Reticulata): improves vision and overall immunity.
- Devadaru (Cedrus Deodara): helps balance Vata and Kapha. Helpful in treating cough, cold and sinusitis.
- Tvak (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum): known for its antiseptic, carminative, and haemostatic properties.
- Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus) known as the queen of herbs, it is rejuvenating, antioxidant, anti-microbial, antidepressant.
- Bilva (Aegle Marmelos) very effective for treating sinusitis and tridoshic ailments.
- Tulsi (Holy Basil)
- Other herbs include Hrivera, Darvi, Patra, Kushta, Prishniparni, Rasna, Brihati, Ushira all known for their anti-inflammatory properties.
10 reasons for using Anu Tailam as a daily routine
- Protects against ageing
- Prevents hair loss and early greying of hair
- Lubricates the nasal mucosa in dry winter months
- Improves the integrity of the mucosa, protecting it against allergens and pathogen in hay fever season
- Reduces Sinusitis and headaches
- Improves eyesight & reduces cataract
- Helpful in chronic catarrh and rhinitis
- Improves memory & reduces emotional stress
- Releases tension in the head, neck, jaw, & shoulders
- Relieves mucus congestion, opens nasal passages, sharpening sense of smell and improving flow of Prana
When and How
Nasya is best done in the morning on an empty stomach, after brushing and scraping your tongue and 30 mins before your shower.
- Gently massage the face, (avoiding the eyelids) using warm Sesame oil or Ksheerabala Tailam. If you suffer from headaches & sinuses use Mahanarayana oil
- Warm the face by exposing it to sunlight or by applying a hot towel
- Warm the Anu Tailam by submerging it in a bowl of hot water
- Tilt your head right back & instil 1 -2 drops of the oil in each nostril
- Massage the oil in by rubbing the sides of your nose
- Spit out any sputum or oil that drips to the back of your throat
- If there is a burning sensation, then wash your face with cold water
If lying down is not convenient you can apply Nasya oil by placing a little on your little finger and gently massage the nasal passages. Alternate left and right nostril till each have received 3 applications of oil.
Suitability and Contra indications
Nasya is not suitable for under 7 years and over 80 years.
It is contraindicated if you are pregnant, feeling ill, under the influence of alcohol, straight after eating, soon before or after a shower (allow 30 minutes), suffer from indigestion, have acute fever or cold, are menstruating.
Sneezing, mild irritation or burning in the throat, nose and mouth is normal when first using Anu Tailam. These should disappear in a few minutes. Gargling with warm salted water helps reduce the irritation. If it persists after 30 minutes, then reduce the number of drops or apply using your finger.
Anu Tailam is safe to use daily as part of your morning routine and is one of our best-selling products due to its numerous benefits.
What our customers say:
“After struggling with sinusitis & the beginnings of the hay fever season, I needed something to moisturise my sinuses. This has worked a treat”.
“A little piece of self-care I would like to carry on with. Less migraines and a clearer head for the foggy days”.
“These drops have really helped me with seasonal winter nasal congestion”.
“I had terrible hay fever, even a single tablet a day was no good. Then I found Nasya oil. Helped a lot in my hay fever. On days I could manage without a tablet which was such a big relief from the state I was in”. M, London
“Tried this last year as was suffering from terrible hay fever. This little bottle of goodness has been such a success in helping me get away from antihistamine tablets and helps my husband get relief from headaches” Malleka, London
“I found it has helped calm my nerves. It has also helped with my allergies! I would recommend Nasya oil to anyone who has allergies or anxiety issues” Claire W, London