SHISHU ABHYANGA: AN ESSENTIAL BABY RITUAL FOR GROWTH & WELLNESS
In our lifespan, we tend to grow most rapidly during our childhood years. The bones lengthening, muscles becoming sturdier, sense organs getting stronger; brain growing rapidly, so does the immunity.
With so many activities going on during childhood, it is necessary for the body to have sufficient care & maintenance. This can happen in two ways –
1. Healthy and nutritious food that facilitates healthy metabolism
2. Care of the body through Oil massage.
-- Oil Massage in Babies
-- Benefits of Abhyanga to baby
-- Proper way & time for Abhyanga
-- Baby massage oil by Kerala Ayurveda
-- Why Kerala Ayurveda Baby oil is safe for your Baby?
The traditional practice of Abhyanga done to babies is very much in accordance with the principles of Ayurveda. Childbirth is a natural process involving considerable stress & strain both to mother & child. Such activities increase Vata dosha in the body. According to Ayurveda, Abhyanga (oil massage) is considered best in controlling aggravated Vata dosha. Traditionally we find babies been given an oil bath and then covered well with warm clothing so that they feel well. Having a balanced Vata Dosha is essential for the proper growth and development of babies.
Abhyanga is a fantastic way of developing a bond between mother & child. The touch or tactile sensation creates a sense of security & pleasure in both the mother & the child.
Previously modern doctors would negate the idea of baby massage as unhygienic & unscientific. But modern researches have proved the benefits of baby massage. Tactile stimulation caused during massage is said to release hormones like Oxytocin which creates a pleasurable feeling both in mother & child, it improves their mental bonding. The physical maneuver done during the massage is found to be helpful in neuromuscular development of the child. Studies have also shown that oil is not just a lubricant but various oils used have got other added benefits like weight gain & providing nutrition.
With all the above considerations, Kerala Ayurveda has designed an excellent – ‘Baby oil’ which caters to the needs of the growing baby. The formulation is inspired by an ancient Ayurveda formula from the book – ‘Arogya Raksha Kalpa drumam’. This oil has a history of usage for more than 500 years. Kerala Ayurveda Baby Oil is prepared with a unique base of Urukku Velichenna i.e., Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (derived from the milk of mature coconut). It has got a perfect combination of Ayurvedic herbs like Peepal leaf, Sandalwood, Ashwagandha, Liquorice & Jatamansi.
In a study done in the Philippines on extra virgin coconut oil, it was found that this oil increased skin surface lipids & thus improved skin hydration. It was concluded safe for use. Another study conducted on the effect of Coconut oil versus other mineral oils used for baby massage showed better weight gain with Coconut oil. Coconut oil is certainly one of the best media for baby massage oil.
-- Ashwatha (Ficus religiosa)
It is noted for its wound healing property. Studies have shown that it has got flavonoids that are anti-inflammatory in nature & thus stimulate circulation. This reduces the fatigue on the lower limbs after the massage.
-- Bilva (Aegle marmelos)
An essential herb for balancing Vata Dosha and to relieve muscle swelling and inflammation.
-- Yastimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
It is an excellent Ayurveda herb for skincare. It relieves skin rashes, promotes skin complexion and glow (Ayurveda texts explain Yashtimadhu having the quality of Varnya – that which improves skin complexion). Studies have shown that it helps to regenerate elastin & collagen in the skin. It has got natural anti-microbial & anti-fungal properties. Glycyrrhizin present in Liquorice is found to be helpful in reducing redness & swelling of the skin.
-- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha is a popular herb to promotes immunity, muscle & bone strength, promotes growth and nourishment.
-- Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi)
A well-known Ayurveda herb for its Medhya (improving memory & intellect) effect. It is highlighted for its soothing & calming effect on the brain. It is also described as Kantiprada – that which improves the complexion & luster of the skin. Studies have shown that it contains antioxidants that prevent skin from damage by removing free radicles.
With the richness & goodness of all these herbs, Kerala Ayurveda Baby oil is a perfect choice for massaging your baby. It can be surely accepted & trusted for its purity & efficacy.