A Simple Beauty Ritual for Longevity & Glowing Skin

A Simple Beauty Ritual for Longevity & Glowing Skin

By Eliza Ceci

Since our skin is the largest organ in our body it makes perfect sense to take extra, loving care of her! One beautiful way to do this is to practice a daily, warm sesame oil self massage. This Ayurvedic tradition has been practiced for thousands of years and for good reason.

Also referred to as Abhyanga when practiced routinely has many benefits:

  • Produces softness, strength and color to the body
  • Decreases the effects of aging
  • Can enhance or promote good vision
  • Nourishes the body
  • Increases longevity
  • Improves skin tone & texture
  • Stimulates the internal organs of the body, including circulation

When applied to the scalp benefits include:

  • Less facial wrinkles
  • Hair can grow thick and glossy

The effects of this self massage are close to the same benefits of loving touch!

As humans we desire touch and love in order to thrive and live full healthy and vibrant lives. It is amazing that this warm oil massage – an act of self-love, gives the fabulous benefits of loving touch. It apparently does not matter whether the love is from another, or lovingly given by our own hand – love is love and our bodies need this much needed ‘nutrient’ to not only survive but to thrive!

Simple Warm Sesame Oil Self Massage:

  • Put some sesame oil in small squeeze bottle. Simply fill your bathroom sink with warm water and plug the drain. Place the bottle of oil in the sink until the oil is warm to touch making sure it isn’t hot!
  • Apply the oil to your entire body. Massaging the oil in gently with love and attention- start at the feet and work your way up to your arms, chest and neck. If you have ever done dry brushing apply the oil in the same way you would dry brush – long strokes on limbs and circular movements around joints like elbows and knees.
  • Next take your bath or shower as you normally would. When finished pat dry and put on a pair of organic cotton socks to keep in the extra moisturizing effects.

Done! You should feel beautiful, pampered and ready to have an amazing day!

If you can take 15 minutes out of your morning at least two times per week, this beautiful act of self love will compliment not only the look and feel of your skin but the way you feel about yourself inside. It feels wonderful to take time for ourselves in such a loving, special way!



  1. Keisha says

    Is there a particular reason to use sesame oil? Or will it work with any natural oil?

    Also I had completely forgotten about the benefits of applying oil to the body prior to showering…great reminder! Thanks


    Reply by Danielle on July 14th, 2011

    Hi Keisha,
    I also asked Eliza (who wrote this piece) that same question and here’s what she told me…I love this: “Basically in Ayurveda they believe applying oil to our bodies can be compared to a tree receiving water – it fosters growth and a feeling of nurturing. In terms of the sesame oil it is really used mainly because it is warming to the body which stimulates the deep tissues of the skin. Amazing how something so small can make such a huge impact on our bodies! And you can use other oils but sesame oil is recommended. You could use: neem. coconut, almond, sunflower oils all would be wonderful :)”
    Danielle Greason,
    The Raw Divas


  2. says

    Rosie- If possible use an un-toasted organic sesame oil. I always buy mine from Mountain Rose Herbs.

    Becky – Yes, this massage technique is great for cellulite and also helps with firming up our muscles and our skin and is great for circulation as well.

    I hope everyone enjoys experimenting with this massage! xxo


  3. Aurora says

    Cold pressed sesame oil is good. Sesame oil is warming, while cocoanut oil is cooling, so once summer comes around you can use cocoanut. Either way, the ayurvedic massage is so luxurious!


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