Banyan Botanicals Organic Neem Oil - 36 oz. (1064 ml)
Neem Oil is the most cooling of all Ayurvedic oils and brings the powerful pitta soothing qualities of organic neem to a warm, lubricating base of organic sesame oil. With the cleansing and immune supportive properties of neem leaves cooked directly into this pacifying herbalized oil, neem oil is the best choice for pitta- related skin irritations (imbalanced pitta often manifests as heat in the skin). Neem's intense nature alleviates the excess hot and oily qualities of too much pitta, allowing the skin to replenish and rejuvenate. Neem Oil can be used on the face as well as any areas on the body where excess heat is showing itself through the skin.
- Cooling and soothing effect to calm pitta
- Cleanses and pacifies excess heat and irritation
- Promotes healthy skin
- Supports natural immune function of skin against unwanted microbes
Abhyanga: Ayurvedic Oil Massage
Abhyanga is the anointing of the body with oil. Often infused with herbs and usually warm, the oil is massaged into the entire body before bathing. It can be beneficial for maintaining health and is used therapeutically for certain disorders. Abhyanga can be incorporated into a routine appropriate for almost everyone.
The Sanskrit word sneha means both “oil” and “love,” and the effects of abhyanga are similar to being saturated with love. Both experiences can give a deep feeling of stability, warmth and comfort. Sneha – oil and love – is sukshma, or “subtle.” This allows it to pass through minute channels in the body and penetrate deep layers of tissue.
Ayurveda teaches that there are seven dhatus, or layers of tissue in the body. Each is successively more concentrated and life-giving. It is taught that for the effects of sneha to reach to the deepest layer, it should be massaged into the body for 800 matras, roughly five minutes. If we consider that the entire body needs this kind of attention, a 15-minute massage is the suggested minimum amount of time.
About Banyan Botanicals
Banyan Botanicals was founded in 1996, based on the dream of creating a company that would provide:
- The best in Ayurvedic herbs and products
- Excellent service and guaranteed satisfaction
- Education, inspiration and motivation to those seeking greater health and well-being
Banyan Botanicals' mission is to provide you with the highest quality Ayurvedic herbs and products possible such as their popular Triphala Chyawanprash and Shilajit. Banyan Botanicals believes a high quality product is one that is pure, effective and produced in an environmentally-friendly, ethical manner. To fulfill this mission Banyan Botanicals is committed to the following practices in the production of their herbs:
- USDA Certified Organic
- Sustainable Sourcing
- Fairly Traded
USDA Certified Organic
When you purchase certified organic herbs from Banyan Botanicals, you can be confident that you are making a healthful choice, while also contributing to a healthier planet. Organic herbs are grown by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Certification is your guarantee that the herbs and products are produced without pesticides, chemical fertilizers, sewage sludge, bioengineering or ionizing radiation.
Most Ayurvedic herbs are wild-harvested without regard for long-term effect on the species or the environment. Many widely used plants are threatened and in danger of being unavailable either through extinction or protective legislation. Banyan Botanicals is working to reverse this trend by supporting sustainable projects that use ecologically-friendly methods of farming and harvesting.
Fairly Traded Herbs
Banyan Botanicals is committed to trading fairly with everyone involved in the farming and production of their herbs. In doing so...
- Their farmers are paid a fair and stable price for their products
- They provide extra income for farmers to improve their quality of living.
- They assist small farmers in achieving a stronger position in world markets
- They supply a closer link between consumers and products
Ayurveda, ancient yet timeless, gives you the means of attaining and maintaining your own optimal health and wellbeing. The benefits of Ayurvedic medicine have been proven over centuries of use, and its methodologies are as applicable today in the West as they were thousands of years ago in India.
History of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is the traditional healing modality of the Vedic culture from India. It is said to be 2000 to 5000 years old, meaning it has stood the test of time. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that literally translates as “the wisdom of life” or “the knowledge of longevity”. In accordance with this definition, Ayurvedic medicine views health as much more than the absence of disease. The wise seers and sages of the time, intuitively understanding the physiology and workings of the mind-body-spirit long before the advents of modern medicine, explained the basic principles of Ayurveda.
Ayurvedic medicine was originally an oral tradition, taught and passed directly from teacher to apprentice, who would learn and work side by side. The oldest written codification of Ayurvedic principles is found in the Rig Veda. The fundamentals are then laid out in several major treatises, including the texts from Charaka, Sushruta, and Vaghbhat. There are also numerous other smaller works, written over time to explain the various branches of Ayurveda, which include disciplines such as general medicine, pediatrics, surgery, toxicology, fertility, and rejuvenation. The beauty in the way these have been explained is that they rely on basic principles which can be applied practically in any day and age.
Ayurveda has thus been passed down through the centuries as a complete healing system, evolving to meet the needs of the time, and yet remaining committed to its core principles. Various cultures have drawn upon the ideas of Ayurvedic medicine, and it continues to thrive in both the East and the West. In India, an Ayurvedic physician must undergo at least a 5 year post-graduate degree program (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) to become qualified. In the West, Ayurveda is recognized as a Complementary and Alternative Health System by the National Institutes of Health, and is blossoming in various educational institutions.
Basic Principles of Ayurveda
While Ayurvedic principles can be used to explain the complexity of not only health, but also the world around us, there are several simple basics that become the building blocks for everything else:
- Ayurveda’s fundamental approach to well-being is that you must reach your unique state of balance in your whole being—body, mind, and spirit.
- Ayurveda views the world in light of 3 constitutional principles: vata, pitta, and kapha. These are explained in more detail below.
- The first line of defense in combating imbalances is to remove the cause of the problem. If the trouble-maker is out of the picture, the body starts being able to heal itself. For example, if pollutants are bothering your nasal passages and sinuses, rinse them out with a traditional Ayurvedic remedy, the neti pot
- If there are any lingering imbalances after removing the inciting cause, then bring balance by using opposites. For example, the
- Ayurvedic remedy to excess heat is to use something cooling. So for excess heat or acidity in the digestive system, you could use cooling and soothing herbs like Guduchi
- Always support the digestive fire, so that nutrition can be absorbed and waste materials can be eliminated.
Vata, Pitta, and Kapha: Your Viewing Lenses
Once you put on the lens of Ayurveda and see things in terms of vata, pitta, kapha, and combinations thereof, the whole world comes alive in a new way. Look at the world around you! The doshas take form in endlessly interesting ways.
Composed of air and space, vata is dry, light, cold, rough, subtle/pervasive, mobile, and clear. As such, vata regulates the principle of movement. Any bodily motion—chewing, swallowing, nerve impulses, breathing, muscle movements, thinking, peristalsis, bowel movements, urination, menstruation—requires balanced vata. When vata is out of balance, any number of these movements may be deleteriously affected.
Pitta brings forth the qualities of fire and water. It is sharp, penetrating, hot, light, liquid, mobile, and oily. Pitta’s domain is the principal of transformation. Just as fire transforms anything it touches, pitta is in play any time the body converts or processes something. So pitta oversees digestion, metabolism, temperature maintenance, sensory perception, and comprehension. Imbalanced pitta can lead to sharpness and inflammation in these areas in particular.
Kapha, composed of earth and water, is heavy, cold, dull, oily, smooth, dense, soft, static, liquid, cloudy, hard, and gross (in the sense of dense or thick). As kapha governs stability and structure, it forms the substance of the human body, from the skeleton to various organs to the fatty molecules (lipids) that support the body. An excess of kapha leads to an overabundance of density, heaviness, and excess in the body.
Your Unique Constitution
The key to Ayurvedic wellness and healing is the knowledge that health is not a “one size fits all” proposition. One must understand the unique nature of each person and situation, taking into account the individual, the season, the geography, and so on.
Each person has an Ayurvedic constitution that is specific to him or her, and movement away from that constitution creates health imbalances; if such imbalances are not addressed, Ayurveda says that illness may develop. So, the early signs of imbalance serve as a wakeup call to make gentle and natural shifts in behavior to return to balance—such as adjusting diet, modifying daily activities and taking herbal remedies for a time.
Determining your prakriti—your fundamental balanced constitution—requires an assessment of your most natural state. Consider your physical structure as well as mental and emotional tendencies. Remember to think of what is most natural to you, rather than what you’re like when you are stressed or ill. Ayurveda says you can understand your basic nature and tendencies by understanding your balanced state.
Dosha imbalances (your vikruti, or current condition) can manifest in various stages, from a general feeling of “something is not right” all the way to diagnosed illnesses with serious complications. To address this, Ayurveda presents a vast toolbox of treatment modalities to choose from; but whatever the treatment, the goal is to reestablish your natural balance of vata, pitta, and kapha.
Ayurveda and Remedies
Ayurveda offers a number of ways to balance doshas and find your well-being. The key is to find balance with a wholistic approach—addressing mind, body, and spirit. Ayurvedic remedies draw on a number of modalities:
- Diet modifications
- Lifestyle and Activity adjustments
- Herbal Supplements
- Yoga, Pranayama (Breath Techniques), and Meditation
- Marma (Energetic Pressure Points)
- Cleansing Processes, such as Panchakarma
- And much more!
About Banyan Botanicals
Banyan Botanicals was established in 1996 as your reliable and knowledgeable source for Ayurvedic herbs and products. To support the planet and your health, they are committed to products that are pure, USDA certified organic, vegetarian, sustainably sourced and fairly traded. Let Banyan Botanicals know how they can support you on the path of Ayurveda.