Ayurvedic Massage Oil: Frequently Asked Questions Answered in Detail

1. What are the different types of Ayurvedic massage oil?

There are various different types of ayurvedic massage oils. To be honest, there is a whole sea of options and it is not easy to navigate. We have carefully crafted a hand picked collection of non-sticky, light oils. The premium collection of ayurvedic massage oil at Arotatvika contains the following: 

Abhyanga Massage Oil

Ingredients: Prasarini, Nirgudi, Amia Atibala, Punarnava.

Benefits: Nurtures and heals the soul, mind, and body.

Wild Orchid, Green Tea, and Cedarwood Massage Oil:

Ingredients: Cedarwood Oil, Green Tea Oil, Neel Pushpa, Wild Orchids, Green Tea Leaves.

Benefits: Floods you with peace, pleasure, and healthcare benefits.

Citrus Massage Oil

Ingredients: Lime and Orange Oils, Sunflower and Wheat Germ Oil, Kshirkekoli, Anantmool roots.

Benefits: Flexes wholesomeness, restoring and renewing qualities.

Shirodhara Massage Oil

Ingredients: Organic Sesame Oil, Lavender, Rose Petals.

Benefits: Deep Moisturization, Rich in Antioxidants, Calming and Soothing Effects. 

Lavender, Orange, and Bergamot Massage Oil

Ingredients: Lavender, Orange, Bergamot essential oils.

Benefits: Soothes the senses, creating a tranquil atmosphere.

Ginger and Turmeric Massage Oil

Ingredients: Ginger and Turmeric extracts.

Benefits: Natural Aromatherapy, Beautiful & Healthy skin

2. What is the benefit of oil massage in Ayurveda?

Enhances Blood Circulation:

Ayurvedic massage oils play a pivotal role in improving blood circulation, a process vital for overall health and well-being. Massage stimulates the production of nitric oxide in the body, a vasodilator that helps relax blood vessels. This promotes better blood flow, delivering oxygen and nutrients to cells and tissues. Alongside it contributes to the efficient removal of metabolic waste products, reducing the risk of inflammation and supporting the body's natural healing processes.

Promotes Relaxation:

The rhythmic application of Ayurvedic massage oils has profound effects on the nervous system. The touch and pressure exerted during a massage stimulate the production of feel-good hormones like serotonin and oxytocin. These help in lowering cortisol levels, the primary stress hormone. 

Nourishes Skin:

Oil massage is a time-tested method for maintaining skin health, and Ayurvedic massage oils are specifically crafted to nourish the skin deeply. For instance, sesame oil, commonly used in Ayurvedic massages, is rich in linoleic acid and exhibits antioxidant properties, contributing to skin barrier function and protection against oxidative stress. Regular oil massage enhances the skin's natural moisture retention, preventing dryness, and promoting a healthy complexion.

3. Which Ayurvedic oil is best for a full body massage?

Abhyanga Massage Oil is the best option for a full body massage.

How to Use: Apply generous amounts all over the body.

Best Time to Use: Evening before a warm shower

Benefits of Abhyanga Massage Oil

   - Muscle Relaxation: Applying Abhyanga Massage Oil in the evening allows the natural compounds to work synergistically, potentially promoting muscle relaxation after a day's activities.

   - Prepares for Sleep: The calming effects of the oil, combined with a warm shower, create a soothing pre-sleep routine, contributing to a restful night.

Details of Abhyanga Ayurvedic Massage Oil

  1. Prasarini, Nirgudi, Amia Atibala, Punarnava:

   - Prasarini (Paederia foetida): Known for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, Prasarini supports joint health and may provide relief from muscle stiffness.

   - Nirgudi (Vitex negundo): Exhibits anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory effects, contributing to the oil's potential to address joint and muscle discomfort.

   - Amia (Emblica officinalis): Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, Amia nourishes the skin, promotes collagen production, and contributes to overall skin health.

   - Atibala (Abutilon indicum): Known for its moisturising properties, Atibala helps in keeping the skin hydrated and may aid in maintaining skin elasticity.

  1. Organic Sesame Oil:

   - Deep Moisturization: Sesame oil has natural emollient properties that deeply moisturize the skin, preventing dryness and promoting a soft and supple texture.

   - Rich in Antioxidants: The antioxidants in sesame oil, including vitamin E, help protect the skin from free radical damage, contributing to overall skin health.

   - Soothing Effects: Sesame oil has a calming effect on the skin, making it suitable for a relaxing full-body massage.

4. Which Ayurvedic oil is used in head massage?

Shirodhara Massage Oil is the preferred choice for head massages.  

How to Use: Apply in long, calming strokes for mental clarity.

Best Time to Use: Night for a serene experience.

Benefits of Shirodhara Massage Oil for Head Massage:

- Promotes Mental Clarity: The combination of sesame oil, lavender, and rose petals in Shirodhara Massage Oil aims to provide mental clarity. The calming strokes during the head massage may help release tension and support mental well-being.

- Soothing Scalp and Hair: The nourishing properties of organic sesame oil, combined with the soothing effects of lavender and antioxidant benefits of rose petals, contribute to a head massage that addresses both scalp and hair health.

- Nighttime Serenity: Using Shirodhara Massage Oil at night enhances the overall serene experience. The calming properties of lavender can contribute to relaxation, making it an ideal choice before bedtime.

Details of Shirodhara Ayurvedic Massage Oil

  1. Organic Sesame Oil:

   - Deep Nourishment: Organic sesame oil serves as a rich base for head massage, deeply nourishing the scalp and hair. It penetrates the skin, promoting overall scalp health.

   - Calming Properties: The natural calming effects of sesame oil contribute to a relaxing head massage experience, potentially reducing mental stress and tension.

  1. Lavender:

   - Stress Reduction: Lavender is renowned for its stress-relieving properties. In a head massage, the aroma of lavender may help alleviate mental fatigue and promote a sense of calmness.

   - Soothing Scalp: Lavender's soothing properties extend to the scalp, potentially addressing issues like dryness or irritation during the massage.

  1. Rose Petals:

   - Antioxidant Boost: Rose petals bring antioxidants to the mix, helping combat oxidative stress. In a head massage, this may contribute to maintaining a healthy scalp and hair.

   - Aromatherapy: The aromatic essence of rose petals enhances the overall sensory experience, adding a touch of luxury to the head massage.

5. What are the differences between ayurvedic massage oils and essential oils? 

Following is a table of comparison that states the top differences between ayurvedic massage oils and essential oils. 


Ayurvedic Massage Oils

Essential Oils 


Base oils infused with herbs, less concentrated

Highly concentrated extracts from plants


Holistic well-being, dosha balance

Specific therapeutic benefits or aromatherapy

Method of Use

Applied for massage or as part of Ayurvedic rituals

Used in aromatherapy, diluted for topical application

Therapeutic Focus

Balanced energy, overall health

Targeted effects on mood, stress, or physical ailments

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