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What The Heck Is Nasya Oil?

Written By: Sue
March 7, 2012

Ayurvedic Medicine

Recently Dr. Oz did a show on Ayurvedic medicine. We got wind of this days before the show, which we thought was going to be about neti pots. Again! This time he surprised us with a discussion on the different aspects of Ayurvedic medicine including nasya oil.  Although I think his show is a bit glittery, he does have some useful information and is bringing alternative therapies like Ayurveda to mainstream America which is great!

Before I explain nasya oil, I want to discuss Ayurvedic medicine, which is the traditional medicine of India. ‘Ayur’ means life and ‘veda’ means knowledge or science. Ayurvedic theory states that all areas of life (body, mind & spirit) impact one’s health. Those of you reading this blog may already understand this. When I discovered Ayurveda, I felt like I was coming home. I was seen as a whole person not just a body with parts. Ayurvedic theories are time tested and it is considered the oldest medicine in the world. People like Deepak Chopra and Robert Svoboda have brought it to the forefront in the US.

Nasya, an Ayurvedic therapy like nasal rinsing, helps improve sinus health and additionally does much more! The Ayurvedic Encyclopedia defines nasya as ‘nasal’ herbal therapy to be used for diseases of the throat, neck, head and senses.

Nasya, as practiced by most practitioners in the US, is made from sesame oil or ghee with medicinal herbs. There are actually five different kinds of nasya therapy that range from powdered herbs blown into the nostrils to herbal juices which are inhaled. For the purpose of this blog, I’ll only write about that which is made from sesame oil or ghee.

In Ayurvedic medicine, the nose is considered the gateway to not only our head but to our life force; our prana. Nasya oil made of sesame and ghee usually contains medicinal herbs that hydrate the nasal cavity, nourish the tissues and prevent colds.  The oil is often warmed before being administered into the nostrils via a dropper. It’s inhaled to the back of the throat and often spit out.

sinus rinseYears ago I was given a nasya treatment and was inspired to create Baraka’s Dry Nose Oil which is similar to nasya yet different. I wanted an oil that people could use when they were on-the-go so I chose an organic sesame oil combined with 4 essential oils. While the sesame oil moisturizes, the blend of essential oils mildly decongests and rejuvenates the nasal tissues. It is a lifesaver to combat dry nose in the winter or in high or arid climates and even during plane flights.

Many people like to nasal rinse and then use a nasya oil. It is often suggested to use it in the morning and before you lie down at night. How often you use it is up to you. If you have a dry nose you’ll feel its effects immediately. As with any therapy don’t over do it. Start slowly using it once or twice a day and see how that works.

We’d love to hear from people who practice nasya. Comment here or visit us on facebook.

11 Responses to “What The Heck Is Nasya Oil?”

  1. Alicia Alfaro
    22. April 2014 um 08:31

    How do I purchase Nasya?

  2. Stephani
    23. April 2014 um 19:55

    Our Dry Nose Oil is similar to Nasya Oil and you can purchase it right here on our website: We also sell to several Natural Food Coops and Stores through the country. Please contact us directly if you are looking for a location near you.

  3. Gayle
    15. October 2015 um 13:53


  4. Stephani
    16. October 2015 um 15:28

    Hi Gayle. Our Dry Nose Oil has been effective in preventing frequent nose bleeds. Saline solutions can be drying to your sinus cavity- leading to more nose bleeds. I believe the product is worth a try for you. I can’t say that it will “heal” but hydrating your sinuses will help your overall situation. At first use a couple of drops in each nostril and see how your sinuses feel. This product is different for everyone and understanding what your body’s needs are will be important. Please feel free to contact us directly if you have any further questions.

  5. Kay
    4. February 2016 um 22:25

    Would you please provide the kinds of essential oils used in this product? I can’t find it anywhere and I’m sensitive to some. Thanks!

  6. Stephani
    5. February 2016 um 16:53

    Hello Kay! In our Dry Nose Oil the base is sesame seed oil, cape chamomile, German chamomile, cardamom and everlast. You can find more information here: DRY NOSE OIL.

  7. JillK
    17. January 2017 um 21:13

    I have struggled with allergy/sinus issues my entire life, with dozens of antibiotic/steroid courses. Correcting a deviated septum surgically in the last 10 years helped a lot, both made it possible nasal rinse and forced me to start (post-surgical instructions). I’ve been using NeilMed but when I read about mold-origin sinusitis, sought an enhanced salt product to combat it. WholeFoods put me onto Baraka infused salts, and it has become the keystone of my management efforts. This year I had a serious head cold and mild sinus infection and for the first time, it did NOT advance into a bad cough and bronchitis. I haven’t been on antibiotics in over a year. This is nothing short of amazing. I strongly credit Baraka. I just went to buy more, discovered WF has discontinued it, and placed a big order here to make sure I never run out again. (Applying organic teatree oil to soles of the feet has also been a big help in managing infection.)

  8. Oana
    2. April 2017 um 17:16

    I’m struggling with congested sinuses and morning nose bleeding and was looking for an all-natural remedy. I’m pretty excited about this product, but not sure I’m allowed to use it during pregnancy. I’m almost 6 months pregnant.
    Please let me know if it’s safe during pregnancy.

  9. Stephani
    3. April 2017 um 22:06

    Hello Oana,I’m unable to recommend the usage of essential oils during pregnancy. However, nasal rinsing should help with your congestion and if you followed up with just a sesame seed oil for hydration that might help your issue. I would recommenced talking with your doctor or midwife about using an essential oils during pregnancy, they would be able to provide you with more detailed information.

  10. Nanju
    4. February 2018 um 07:54

    I struggle with recurring anosmia (loss of smell taste). Steroids and nasal sprays provide temporary relief. CT scan indicated presence of polyps and surgical correction was recommended, which I opted not to undergo. I opted for homeopathic treatment which provides temporary relief. I am also alcohol intolerant. Consumption of alcohol leads to congestion with very thick mucous. I will appreciate any suggestions that could improve my condition of anosmia.

  11. Sue
    5. February 2018 um 19:43

    Hi Nanju – I’m sorry you have struggles with breathing. Nasal congestion is complex! It can be caused by digestion, airborne allergies, mold, dryness and much more. If you read through our blogs, it’s my hope you will come across some information that might help you.

    About your anosmia, I wrote a blog about it several years ago and suggested that people read a book by Rachel Herz titled Scent of Desire, which goes through this condition in detail. Here’s the link to my blog. Best of luck!

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