Who doesn’t love a good bath? Bath has a place of its own in Ayurveda and the Indian system of medicine stipulates the right time and the use of oils and herbal agents that go into a fine bath.
The old Malayalam term ‘Thechu kuli’ would mean the use of oil on an appropriate spot on the head. The spot, right near the centre of the head (crest of the head), is considered a nerve centre.
Applying oil there is deemed good for health. Oil seeps down through the spores, thereby preventing water from going down and causing fever and congestion. Earlier, Kerala had copious rains and it was not deemed a fever time. This was because the people extensively used oil on their crests.
Use of coconut oil
Oils without water content should be used on the head. Raw coconut oil has water content in it may cause illness in some. Coconut oil may be kept in the sun or seasoned with shallots and Tulsi. Medicinal oil on the crest can, in the long term, cure one of sinusitis, asthma, throat ache, tonsillitis and common cold.
A time to bath
Morning, evening, and dusk are deemed the best time to take bath. A morning bath lends energy and freshness to the day. Physicians say it even gives one longevity. Avoid taking bath in the afternoon and late in the night. Always use water on the head first. Warm water should not be used on the head. After washing down the head, pour water on the body. If the body is watered first, the body heat will get transferred to the head, causing headaches and even hair loss. Prolonged use of warm water on the head can be bad to the eyes too. One can wind up the bath by using cold water on the head and feet once.
Oil on the body
Oil may be applied on the body routinely. It is good for rejuvenation. It eases out the muscles and imparts drives out weariness for longer durations. Oil should be applied on the crest of the head, forehead, ears, and on the sole. Oil on the sole is good for the eye. Under medical supervision, oil could be used in the eyes for dental health. The body should be given a gentle massage after application of oil. Gingelly oil is best advised.