Vanakam and blessed day to all precious Atma,
Deepavali is a very important occasion for Hindus. It is a grand celebration all around the world. It is a day of solidarity among Hindus and others. It is a day to unity together with differences of belief culture, creed , caste and environment. It is a day of light over darkness, , wisdom over ignorance and victory over failure.
3 important things that we need to do .
1. Deepavali Eve Night - Ancestor worship
Tonight, serve cooked vegetarian food for our ancestor with untasted cookies, biscuits and the clothes you bought for your family. Light up a ghee light and make sure you serve the food with water. Seek their blessings and forgive and forget mentally. It is a time to reconcile with our ancestors and also with our grandparents, parents all our family members, relatives, friends, acquaintances and business associates.
2. Early morning have your oil bath.
Benefits of Oil Bath
In South India people have a traditional health habit of taking oil bath to improve and maintain good health. It was believed by the people of previous times that the oil penetrates into the roots of hair and adds cold to the body. We know in the modern era that isn't possible however in our hot climate this has the benefit of giving the skin which is our largest organ a very effective source of moisture and nourishment. This helps us stay healthy and helps us look and feel younger which is something we all want!
Commonly two varieties of oils such as coconut and gingle(sessame) oils are used in this treatment. But it is experienced by the people that coconut oil is more desirable than the other one. In some places coconut oil is mixed with broken spices like pepper and garlic before boiling it to get the additional properties of spices. However, the plain coconut oil is used in the most parts of the country. About 25 ml of coconut oil is taken in a small amber colored or white colored bottle. Strictly avoid taking oil in plastic bottles just before the application as they might affect the medicinal properties of coconut oil. A small quantity of oil is applied on the top of the head and it is left for a few minutes. Mostly warm water is preferred by the people to take oil bath. A green colored herbal powder ( soap nut powder ) and shikkakai powder are used to rinse on the head to remove the applied oil thoroughly. Toilet soaps are avoided in oil bath to have good result. Weekly once oil bath is followed by the people to have nice health. Fridays are selected by ladies to take oil bath and Saturdays for men.
Ayurveda suggests to have oil bath every day because the oil bath dissolves the toxins and flushes them to center of the body so that they can be eliminated by the kidneys.
Method of taking oil bath
The traditional method of taking oil bath is applying sesame oil (gingelly oil ) or coconut oil all over the body from head to toe using a a gentle massage .Leave it for half an hour and wash off with hot water and use shikkakai for your hair. The sesame oil is used to make your skin more soft and lustrous and the coconut oil is a good choice for clarifying your skin
For those who are too busy to enjoy an oil bath can enjoy it by putting a few drops of oil in a mug and splashing it all over the body,after the bath patting dry with the towel ,gives almost the same result as it immediately spreads a thin layer of oil evenly on the body
Benefits of taking oil bath
1. It clears oily substances from the skin of total body and facilitate the same to transfer heat from its inside to outside.
2. By giving healthy cold to our body we can have good appetite and feeling of taste.
3. Healthy cold prevailing in our body prevents many diseases like jaundice, cancer and other viral diseases.
4. We can get healthy, deep sleep and good concentration in our daily activities.
5. Side effects of severe diet control can be cleared by this good healthy habit.
6. Skin and hair health can be maintained as it removes surface tension on the body.
7. It is very economical and also required once in a week.
Source : https://naturalremediesforcure.blogspot.my/2013/02/diwali-special-oil-bath.html?showComment=1477616816529
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Sivajnani Nagappan @ Artha Dharma