Shiro Vasti involves an intensive herbal oil application that is essentially an herbal oil bath for your head. Before the procedure, it is crucial to follow a proper examination from an Ayurvedic practitioner and have an accurate diagnosis of ailing conditions.
- Stress Reduction
- Pain Management
- Skin & Hair Care
- Eye Care
- Mental Health
The patient first sits upright on a wooden stool. The head is secured with a leather cap so that oil does not leak out, creating a container to hold the medicated oil. The oil stays on the head for roughly 45 minutes and is then drained out. The practitioner is expected to examine the wait time until the appropriate signs of treatment manifest. The head is then cleaned with a cloth and afterwards, the medicated oil is massaged into the patient’s head, forehead, shoulders, palms, and soles.
Rasnadi choornam, an herbal powder for pain, is then rubbed over the head. The patient should rest for at least an hour before proceeding to a warm water bath.
When Shiro Vasti is administered, the selection of oil plays a vital role in the effectiveness of the treatment.
Tila tailam (sesame oil), Bala Tailam, Brahmi Tailam, Chandanabala Lakshadi Tailam, Ksheerabala Tailam, Mahamasha Tailam, Yashtimadhu Tailam, Dhanwantaram Tailam, Balashwagandhadi Tailam, and Karpasasthyadi Tailam are the preferred oils for performing Shiro Vasti.
Sirovasti is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that promotes general health and wellness in addition to providing specific benefits like stress relief, promoting healthy sleep, nourishment for the body, and soothing doshas. We do not however recommend this for pregnant women, people with fractures, and chronic illnesses.