A warm oil massage, done at least once a week (if you have more Vata in your make-up, you would want to try to do it two to three times a week), has the following benefits:
* It lubricates and conditions the scalp, helping to prevent flakes and dry scalp without the use of harsh chemical shampoos.
* It helps enhance blood circulation in the head and neck area. When the scalp is “tight” from stress, circulation and hair growth are impeded.
* It helps relax the scalp and increase pliability.
* It helps strengthen the roots of the hair and nourishes the hair-shafts, promoting new hair growth and strengthening current hair.
* It helps soften and condition the hair, making it more manageable.
* It spreads the natural oils of the hair, increasing hair luster and vibrancy.
* It helps protect hair from the damaging effects of the sun and harsh weather by improving resiliency over time.
* It is replenishing and rejuvenating for dry, damaged hair, and helps prevent excessive brittleness and split-ends.
* It helps pacify Vata dosha. Especially when enriched with Vata-pacifying herbs, a warm oil hair and scalp massage can be wonderfully relaxing for the mind and nervous system.
* When fortified with cooling, Pitta-pacifying herbs, the hair and scalp massage can help balance Pitta dosha and help prevent Pitta-related problems such as premature graying or thinning of hair.
* It also helps reduce body heat in general, especially if you have been up late a few nights or your eyes are smarting from too much close work on the computer or reading.
* A Pitta-pacifying massage also helps promote emotional balance. The massage helps relax the muscles in the neck area.
* The hair and scalp massage can help promote sound sleep at night.
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