Is the cold weather and forced air heating making your skin feel like alligator scales? Dry and itchy? Here’s an easy, low cost, natural way to shift your winter skin back into balance, and keep it there all winter long. I learned this treatment from a friend who was studying Ayurveda Medicine back in the 1990’s. Ayurveda is an ancient, traditional, holistic healing system from India. It was introduced to the United States by Dr. Deepak Chapra, MD. The name comes from the ancient Sanskrit word meaning vital life and knowledge. The treatment uses sesame oil, a highly valued healing oil in India, and has been called “The Queen of Oils”.

About Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil has long been valued for its ability to restore and nourish skin. It is rich in fatty acids, high in antioxidants, and has anti-inflammatory properties. The antioxidants contribute to its ability to be easily absorbed, penetrating deep into the pores, and stimulating circulation, thus lubricating the tissues with vitamins E, D, and B complex. And, it has a wonderful fresh, gentle, relaxing  nutty aroma.

When purchasing sesame oil for this purpose, choose only cold pressed, unrefined, organic oil. It should have a lovely yellow color. The best may come in a colored bottle to protect it from light. Because oils contain fatty acids, they easily become rancid. Once you open a bottle, keep it in the refrigerator. For more information on sesame oil and its many uses, visit

Turn Your Bathroom Into a Spa

You will need:

  • A natural bristle body brush, long or short handle
  • Sesame Oil and a small cup or bowl
  • A terry cloth towel
  • Shower
  • Enhancers: candle, soft music, a cup of your favorite herbal tea, etc.

The Procedure

  1. Warm a fourth to a half cup of sesame oil in a small cup or bowl. Best to do it in a hot water bath as microwaving can change molecular structure.
  2. Brush your body to remove dead skin cells and stimulate circulation. Brush your legs, hips, back and arms in long motions toward your heart. Avoid breasts and other tender places during brushing. Don’t forget the bottoms of your feet.
  3. Massage the sesame oil over you entire body, including your hair.
  4. Let the oil soak into your skin for ten minutes. During that time you can sit quietly, enjoying your music and tea, and meditate. Relax.
  5. Step into a lukewarm shower to remove excess oil (no soap). Caution! The bottoms of your feet will be slippery with oil. Use a bathmat or other nonskid item to keep from falling.
  6. Pat your skin dry with a terry cloth towel.
  7. Enjoy the magical silky smoothness, and sweet nutty odor of your skin.
  8. Repeat often throughout the cold, dry months.


  • Share your spa treatment with a partner and do it to each other.
  • For a quick moisturizer, massage sesame oil completely into your skin after a hot shower while your pores are open. Wait ten minutes before dressing.
  • Sesame oil is known to remove skin toxins. Apply oil before taking a bath. Let it soak in. Washing your body after applying the oils will help remove skin toxins.

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