The Wisdom of Abhyanga

April 25, 2016

The Wisdom of Abhyanga


In Sanskrit, "Abhyanga" means "loving hands."  In Ayurveda, we massage regularly with carrier oils infused with herbs and/or essential oils specific to our current needs (vikruti).  "Sneha" refers to "oil" or "love".  Such as the experience of being loved, receiving Abhyanga can bring about the feeling of being loved and cared for.

 It is suggested that we incorporate Abhyanga into our daily care regimen (dainacharya).  

“The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to accidental injuries, or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age”

Charaka Samhita Vol. 1, V: 88-89  
(One of the Great ancient texts of Ayurveda)


 Jivana Ayurveda and Yoga is a natural, customized skin care and wellness company based upon the ancient principles of Ayurveda.  To keep Jivana products authentic and true to Ayurveda wisdom, I follow the techniques as described in the Vedas, ancient holy texts such as the Charaka Samhita quoted above, to carefully and lovingly hand create all of my products.  No artificial ingredients, fillers, or preservatives of any kind are added.


1. Nourish the entire body and decreases the effects of aging

2. Imparts muscle tone and vigor to the dhatus (tissues) of the body

3. Imparts a firmness to the limbs

4. Lubricates the joints

5. Increases circulation

6. Stimulates the internal organs of the body

7. Assists in elimination of impurities from the body

8. Moves the lymph, aiding in detoxification

9. Increases stamina

10. Calms the nerves

11. Enhances sleep—better, deeper sleep

12. Enhances vision

13. Makes hair (scalp) grow luxuriantly, thick, soft and glossy

14. Softens and smoothens skin; wrinkles are reduced and disappear

15. Pacifies Vata and Pitta and stimulates Kapha 

Step-by-Step Guide to performing Abhyanga:

Appropriate Products:

Jivana offers 3 distinctly different Abhyanga oils, each custom designed with a blend of 5-6 herbs in carrier oil specific to each dosha.  These oils are created slowly over the course of several hours, cooked gingerly and methodically until the right solution is achieved.

Kapha Abyhanga: An invigorating blend of herbs and essential oils in a base of sesame, jojoba, and grapeseed oils to nourish, treat, yet not over moisturize your naturally hydrated skin.

Pitta Abhyanga: A soothing, cooling oil with rose and sandalwood notes and calming herbs.  Perfect for Pitta's easily reactive, red and inflamed skin.

Vata Abhyanga: Grounding and toning herbs form the base of this oil to help build, center, and quiet the fluctuating energy of the Vata mind and body.








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