One of the best natural therapies for anxiety is abhyanga or daily oil massage.
I continue to read and hear from people who practice applying oil to their body daily and they have seen tremendous results in reducing anxiety. Here’s 2 tips on the type of oil and when to apply it.
Organic Sesame Oil is the best choice. It’s naturally warming to the body, it’s a heavy oil and it seeps deep into all the seven tissues, per the wisdom of Ayurveda. Think of it as a holistic blanket that is giving you an internal hug. You can purchase the same organic sesame oil that is sold in the oil aisle of your local market (it’s cheaper and the same oil in a less fancy bottle).
Applying the oil: first thing in the morning is ideal. Massage up and let the oil soak into your skin (our largest organ) for a minimum of 15 minutes, prior to showering. An alternative for when you are on the go, is to apply the oil right after showering when the pores are still open.
This is also a great daily practice for women who are pre or post menopause.