Nasya is one of the Ayurvedic detoxification therapy techniques. It is the application of herbal substances into the nose. The nose is the gateway into the head, the sinuses, and deeper into the lungs.
When Nasya is performed correctly it enhances mental and sensory acuity, promotes mental clarity and emotional happiness, clears the nose and sinuses of obstruction, promotes cleansing and flow of lymphatic fluid, bestows a clear voice, promotes lightness of the body, soothes dryness in the nose, and eliminates the symptoms of disease.
Nasya is indicated for all chronic disorders of the head and neck, disorders of the brain and central nervous system, chronic upper respiratory disorders, chronic headaches and migraines, disorders of the eyes, ears, mouth, throat and the glandular structures of the head.
Proper Procedure for Home Nasya practice:
Wake in the morning, wash face, eliminate bowel contents and cleanse the mouth.
Warm nose oil by placing the glass dropper bottle in a cup full of boiled water allowing the oil to heat from the transference of heat through the glass.
If doing Abhyanga then perform it now. If not doing full body abhyanga then place a drop of oil on the fingers and gently massage the sinus cavities and around the eyes. Avoid getting oil in your eyes. The main purpose here is to warm the sinus cavities for increased opening and penetration of the oil.
Lay down on your back with a pillow under your thoracic spine so your head is gently tilted back and your nose facing skywards. Place 1-5 drops of the nasya solution up each nostril (or as prescribed) and relax for 2-5 minutes while the oil penetrates the sinus cavities, lymphatic channels and the nervous system.
Rise to an upright position and inhale the nasya so that you can spit it out through your mouth. Do not swallow the nasya as this solution will now contain bodily toxins, doshas and other influences that you want to eradicate from the body.
Gargle and rinse the mouth out with warm water
As there is some irritation of the mucous membranes, for some people there may be continual cleansing over the next couple of hours. This is a good sign of effective treatment and you should continue to spit out whatever comes up. If it lasts more than a couple hours then you should consult your qualified health practitioner for guidance.
Mini Procedure for days where there is limited time:
It is ideal to warm the oil which increases penetration and effectiveness. Although it can be skipped in warm weather, it is still important for cold body types to warm the oil.
Place one drop of the warmed oil on the tip of your little finger. Before it begins to drip down your finger insert it into your nostrils and gently massage the inside of your nose going as deep as is comfortable. Do not use objects smaller than your little finger.
While blocking the other nostril gently inhale and then spit if any fluid comes into your mouth.
Continue with the other nostril
Rinse the mouth with warm water
Avoid contact with the eyes. Keep out of reach of children.
1 ounce amber glass dropper bottle