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June 22, 2008

Oiling the nose and ears

Every morning I end my cleaning routine by dipping my little finger in some sesame oil and gently rubbing it inside my nostrils and ears. I love it, but D hates it and skips this part of the routine. So try it and see what you think.

This practice balances and calms the mind and brings peace and clarity to the senses. It is very soothing and can help in cases of anxiety. This daily routine is esecially useful for counteracting the effects of air conditioning, travel, exposure to germs and dehydration. Oiling the nose stimulates hair growth and discourages premature grey hairs. The oil also acts as a safegaurd, adding an extra layer of protection from germs, dust and bacteria.

Warm oil is best and sesame suits all doshas, unless Pitta is especially angry in which case use coconut oil. Oil can be applied regularly throughout plane trips or whilst travelling in less sanitised places. Make sure your nails are not long, and do not to pull hairs from the nose, this will damage the eyes. You'll know if you do because your eyes will start watering!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Really helpful tips.Nice blog

spillay said...

I've been thinking about oiling my ears for a while now - it may help with the dermatitis that I have in my ear canal (Yes - I'm that Dry!!).

Julia said...

Do try it and let me know how you go!

Whatsup said...

Hi Julia,

This is very interesting. I have all those things, Dehydration, hair loss, and stress related anxiety. Anyways, can I use ear bud to apply the oil inside my ears and nostrils.

Regards
Soujanya.

Mythreyee said...

Thank you so much for the tips. Will surely try this.

Julia said...

I've never tried using ear buds, my only concern would be inserting them too far. Little fingers are just the right shape and size for the job. Warm oil is most effective if you can be bothered.

Me said...

I have been following your blog for a while now. It is an excellent one.

I suffer from nose bleeds. Started all of a sudden and was on and off for quite some time. Consulted a doctor who suggested cursing and sitting with a moist towel on nose. Friends suggested humidifier. It did help a lot but I felt dryness through out the day at work and then I landed on your post almost a month back. I am following this routine everyday and I am free from dryness.

Thanks a lot.

Julia said...

Great to hear from you. I'me very happy that the dryness has gone, it can be so uncomfortable. Have the nosebleeds stopped?

Me said...

Yes the nose bleeds have stopped.

Julia said...

Excellent!

Me said...

Whenever you get some time, can you please share your thoughts on Nasal irrigation easing allergy symptoms.

Julia said...

This is something I have been meaning to write about. Yes, nasal irrigation, or neti, is wonderful thing! My husband is prone to congestion and does it every morning. I tend to be more dry and only do it every now and then if I feel a bit stuffy.

I don't know much about allergies but neti will clear the sinus well because it creates a vacuum to pull mucous out from deeper than just the nose. You can learn how to do it out of your mouth as well as your nose for an extra deep clean.