Oil Pulling: after brushing your teeth and scraping your tongue in the morning put about a TBS of organic sesame, coconut or veg oil in our mouth and swish around for 2-20 minutes. The longer the better. Overall, it pulls ama out of the various channels of the body via the mouth, while cleaning the teeth, breath, helping with receding gums and overall health. I use sesame oil and spit it out in the trash can when I am done because it will really clog the plumbing. You would think it makes your mouth feel slimy but it doesn't at all but sometimes I do rinse after with warm water. The other reasons it works for overall health - for ex) joint mobility is due to the fact we all dry out as we age so this is a subtle way to pull the toxins out, while lubricating the tissues that are drying out.
Snehana is a warm oil therapy that is applied to the client. Snehana means 'love' and through this nourishing, nurturing, warming therapy the vata dosha is brought back into balance. When I first had a snehana therapy I was in a state of bliss. I felt balanced, calm, centered, and my skin was finally not dry and scaly but radiant and thankful for all the moisture it so desperately needed in our dry climate!
Whole Healing Ayurveda
The teachings of Ayurveda are as pertinent today as they were thousands of years ago.