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From your dadi and nani, to your mum – there’s one home hack that they all swear by! Yes, they love putting all sorts of navel oils. You might think of it as absurd, but turns out that putting navel oil regularly has some serious health and beauty benefits. FYI, even Ayurveda testifies this theory.
Navel oiling or navel therapy is an age-old practice of massaging the belly-button with essential oils to achieve astounding health benefits, thereby helping to treat various ailments in the body. Once a gateway to the life-sustaining umbilical cord, the belly button serves as a centre of balance in adulthood, where a lot of energy is stored. What’s more, the belly button is connected to every organ of the body through multiple veins, so massaging oil can help to nourish the nerve endings and help the body stay healthy.
“According to Ayurveda, the navel (nabhi) represents the origin of life, acting as a hub to allow the transfer of nutrients from mother to child during nine months of pregnancy. The first place of nourishment is thus considered to be the powerful energy center,” suggests ayurvedic expert and CEO of Medy365.com, Shreyansh Jain.
Intrigued to know how you can benefit from navel oil therapy? Let’s go.
Massaging the belly button with a few drops of mustard oil can help to relieve irritable bowel syndrome, aid gut health, and reduce other digestive issues like an upset stomach, bloating, or constipation.
Daily application of mustard oil around the edges of your belly in circular motion helps to release gastric and bile juice from the spleen in the liver, which improves digestion. To get relief from nausea and gut pain, you can also apply peppermint or ginger oil on the belly button.
Rhythmically stimulating the belly button with circular motion can help to de-stress and relax. Activating the parasympathetic nervous system, navel therapy can help to balance out your emotions and increase concentration. Lavender oil, popularly used in aromatherapy for de-stressing, can also be used to massage the belly button for improved mental well-being.
For a smooth, clear, and glowing complexion, massage your belly button with olive oil every day. Enriched with natural fatty acids and antioxidants, olive oil can help to reduce inflammation, prevent skin problems, cure skin infections and moisturize the skin from head to toe, including lips and heels.
“Navel therapy ensures the oil transdermally navigates everywhere from the belly button, even the places that can be missed in a topical application, and thus ensures glowing and supple skin,” suggests Mr Jain.
Connected to 72,000 veins inside the body, the belly button helps the body to absorb minerals that are responsible for healthy hair growth and volume. Providing nourishment to the veins responsible for graying of hair can help to prevent premature graying, making the hair strong from the roots.
Rich in vitamins, minerals, vitamin C, B, E, copper, and zinc, coconut oil is the best choice to prevent hair loss and improve hair quality. One can also use olive oil or jojoba oil on the belly button to prevent excessive dry scalp and hair.
“Massaging the belly button with essential oils can improve reproductive health in both males and females. Putting a few drops of neem oil, rosehip oil, coconut oil, or lemon essential oil to the belly every day can help to increase sperm count, relieve menstrual cramps, boost fertility, and prevent reproductive disorders,” recommends ayurvedic expert, Shreyansh Jain.
Inflammation in muscles or excessive wear and tear could result in joint pain. Using castor oil, rosemary oil, for navel therapy can help to reduce pain, strengthen joints, and improve flexibility. Navel therapy is a natural alternative for people in their early stages of arthritis or with weak bone density.
Pollution, too much reading, watching the screen, smoking, aging, or any other medical condition could result in dry eyes that might hinder your vision and result in a burning sensation in the eyes. Massaging your belly button with coconut can help to nourish the dry veins, which in turn improves blood circulation and improves eye health.
So wait no more, and try them out to make the most of navel oil therapy.