Herbal Oil Head Bath Therapy

The head is an integral component of our bodies and runs the administrative system in the most efficient way. What would happen if this system were to fall out of balance?

Imagine an unhealthy roof of a house. It would certainly be difficult for it to withstand extreme conditions and subsequently crash one day. Shiro Vasti is an Ayurvedic therapy that focuses on the “roof of the human body.”

What is Shirovasti?

Shiro Vasti or Shiro Vasti is sometimes referred to as Shiro Basti. Shiro means head and vasti means container. This procedure is aimed at relieving neurological ailments and diseases. If the patient seeks strong immunity both mentally and physically, Shiro Vasti is highly recommended.

Shiro Vasti is the process of servicing your body, just as we do with automobiles. This servicing rejuvenates, enhances the life span of cells, boosts immunity, and increases metabolism in the human body. Depression, chronic headaches, migraines, and many other conditions are successfully treated in Ayurveda by Shiro Vasti.  

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How is Shiro Vasti Performed?

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.

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.

Oils Used in Shiro Vasti

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.

Duration of the Procedure

Based on health conditions and body doshas, the duration of Shiro Vasti for respective disorders may vary:

  • 50 minutes for vata
  • 40 minutes for pitta
  • 30 minutes for kapha

Shiro Vasti is normally performed over a period of 7 days, but in the case of persistent health conditions, the treatment may extend to up to 2 weeks.

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Conditions Treated by Shiro Vasti

  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Deafness
  • Facial paralysis
  • Burning scalp sensation
  • Optic atrophy
  • Schizophrenia
  • Dryness of nostrils
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure
  • Hemicranias
  • Migraine headaches

Benefits of Shiro Vasti

  • Prevents psychosomatic diseases
  • Promotes intellect
  • Balances the brain and skull
  • Alleviates pain as marma points are stimulated
  • Promotes sleep, calms the mind, and reduces anxiety and depression
  • Nourishes the roots of hair resulting in healthier texture
  • Helps balance the vata and kapha in the brain
  • Eases disorders related to the eye
  • Relieves sinusitis problems
  • Improves skin complexion

Shiro Vasti enhances one’s state of well-being. The extremes of life such as stress and strain are inevitable; however, therapies such as Shiro Vasti can help overcome health-related issues that arise from neurological imbalances, adding an ageless and “feel good-look good” aspect to your health.

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Netra Tarpana is a procedure where circular formed frames made of a powdered Masha paste are placed around the eyes. Lukewarm medicated “ghee” (according to the dosha) is then poured into the frames.


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Greeva Vasti (Herbal Neck Pain Therapy)

Greeva Vasti is a Sanskrit term where greeva stands for neck and vasti means to hold something. Greeva Vasti is essentially the holding of herbal oils on the spine, starting from the neck.


Techniques and Benefits

Techniques and Benefits of Shiro Abhyanga in Ayurveda

Shiro Abhyanga is a Sanskrit term comprised of two words: Shiro (head) and Abhyanga (massage). Shiro Abhyanga essentially means a complete massage of the head, neck, and shoulders using Ayurvedic herbal oils.



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What is Ayurveda?

Practiced by the great sages of ancient India, Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of holistic medicine defined as Knowledge of Life (Ayu meaning life and Veda meaning knowledge). It describes the healthy and unhealthy state of life (mind and body) and describes the methods of balancing unhealthy conditions. Ayurveda focuses on the wellness of every person as a whole. Since the constitution differs from person to person, the wellness therapies also differ and are unique to every individual.

What is Naturopathy?

Human beings have remarkable recuperative powers that can heal the body on its own without external chemical or surgical interference, which simply suppresses symptoms but does not heal nor remove the root cause of the disease. Naturopathy seeks to heal the body by promoting its own internal processes. Naturopathy gives importance to internal hygienic conditions using healing therapies such as Dietetics, Hydrotherapy, Mud therapy, Reflexology, and Massage, among others.

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a lifestyle, to be incorporated. It includes practices like Kriyas, Asanas, Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra, Meditation etc.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a holistic energy healing technique where a certified healer directs universal energy to the person who seeks healing. This restores your emotional, physical and spiritual energy.

What is included in your all-inclusive package?

If you choose our all-inclusive package, you will get a well-appointed luxurious room, Ayurvedic therapies, Naturopathic therapies ( hydrotherapy, massage, mud therapy, reflexology, dietetics) yoga sessions, acupuncture, all meals, all amenities, and a personal wellness consultation.

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Our culinary program is based on a wholesome, balanced and portioned diet. All of the food served at YO1 is locally sourced, organic, and sustainable. The ingredients that are used are free of harmful chemicals, alkaline, and genetic modification to create meals that promote an optimum state of health.

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