The beauty of oil is extremely under appreciated and brushed over. Oil. The word has become such an enemy in our societies. It has become so associated with negativity--fat and greasy, slimy and gross, the list goes on and on. I'm sure that a lot of people when they read "beauty of oil" might have even been a little dumfounded. But, alas, in Ayurveda, there is room for oil. Not only is there room for oil, oil is appreciated and stuck up on a pedestal like you wouldn't even believe.
Oil plays such a huge role in our life, and we don't even realize it. One Sanskrit word associated with oil is snehan. Snehan also happens to mean love and compassion. Yes, you read that right too. There's a reason why oil is so important. Here are the many benefits of oil:
The list literally goes on and on. You might be wondering why oil plays an important role in a detox and cleanse program. Well, it really is quite amazing. In a traditional Ayurvedic Pancha Karma, you are attempting to pull all of the toxins from all over your body back into your GI tract so that you are able to eliminate it through your natural eliminatory pathways. Think of these toxins as sticky and gooey--they're not going slide out of your little nooks and crannies so easily. With proper oileation and guidance from a practitioner, the oil helps to lubricate all of your channels so that the goop easily will slip and head back towards your GI tract. The beauty of oil.
Here are some healthy ways to incorporate oils into your day to day routine:
Oil doesn't have to be the enemy. Think about all of the good it does for you next time you ask for something oil-free!
*To learn more about healthy ways to incorporate oils into your life, contact me! Be sure to seek proper guidance before starting any cleanse routine, and speak with your health care provider!