Ayurveda has used warm therapeutic oils to calm the body and mind for thousands of years. The term shirodhara comes from the Sanskrit words shiro (head) and dhara (flow). It is where a steady stream of warm medicated oil is gently poured over the forehead to help soothe and heal a frayed nervous system. According to Ayurvedic teaching, the gentle but constant application stimulates healthy blood circulation to the brain and pituitary gland, while certain added herbs can provide relief from symptoms such as headache and neuralgia. You’re left feeling deeply relaxed, which allows the nervous system to repair itself.
Shirodhara helps in clearing our mental fog and nagging thoughts, and allows the nervous system to calm down. Its other medicinal purposes include the treatment of depression, headaches, sinusitis, anxiety, allergic rhinitis, premature hair graying, hearing impairment, insomnia, Meniere’s disease, skin problems including psoriasis, tinnitus, neurological disorders and vision problems. Plus it’s also used non-medically for its’ amazing relaxing properties.