Remember those times when your grandmother or mother would oil you as a baby and later would do the same thing to your siblings. It was quite fun to hold them then as the oil smelt so good. Well, oiling your body should have been continued even after you grew up. Considered as a traditional remedy, oiling or massaging your body is a practice that should be encouraged even now. Along with oiling your body, many people believe that oiling the navel helps in curing many problems. According to Ayurveda, the navel is a strong button that holds the key to the proper operation of several bodily functions. That’s why you should pay more attention to your belly button! Oiling the navel is one such way of caring for it. You can either use natural oils or essential oils with the carrier oils.
If you are still reluctant in using this magnificent technique, then here are some benefits that will help you in changing your mind.
Moisturizes Your Skin – Known as natural moisturizers for the skin, oils are amazing and they work really well on areas that are usually forgotten, like the belly button and the stomach. It is useful in the winter when your skin becomes dry. Coconuts and olive oils are some good options as they have emollient effects. Just add a few drops on your stomach and lather it allover your body, use it especially after a shower or bath.
Removing Dirt – It is quite normal that you forget to clean your belly button when showering, the dirt that you clean from the upper half of your body gets accumulated in your navel, making it an area that needs some special cleaning. You can use a cotton swab and light oils such as grape-seed, safflower or jojoba oils. These oils softens the dirt accumulated and easily removes with a help of a cotton swab. Remember to be gentle as you don’t want to injure yourself there!
Cures Infection – Since the belly button is prone to get dirty, it is the perfect abode for germs and bacteria to grow. Thus giving you more reasons to have infections as your belly button remains moist for a considerable period. You can also get infections in that area especially if you get injured there. It is better to use oils such as mustard, coconut, and tea tree as it can ward off these infections with ease. These three oils contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and it is recommended to apply either one of them twice a day until the infection is cured.
Relieving Menstrual Pain – It is known that period pain is one of the worst forms of pain that can disrupt your daily schedule and make you unable to do anything else apart from taking rest. You can cure this problem with the right use of oils on your belly button. Essential oils such as clary sage, peppermint, cypress, and ginger have pain relieving properties and those must be massaged around the tummy to heal those cramps.
Cures Stomach Aches – If you suffer from stomach pain and do not want to get the help from medication, then you can try by applying oil to your belly button for some relief. This is suitable for pains caused by common stomach ailments such as food poisoning, indigestion, and diarrhea. The best options for essential oils are ginger and peppermint and use them with a carrier oil such as almond or olive oil.
Makes You Fertile – It is known that your belly button is directly related to your fertility and also connects your baby to you when you are expecting. Massage this spot with the oils that will boost your fertility, irrespective of your gender. Use carrier oils with essential oils such as juniper, damiana, clary sage, or guava leaf to get the desired results. These oil will help in relaxing your body, keeping your sperm healthy for men and cure menstrual problems in women.
Balancing Your Swadhisthana ( Navel Chakra) – According to Ayurveda, your belly button chakra is the source of imagination energy and also home to your deepest desires and goals. So to maintain the balance of your Navel Chakra, you can use essential oils such as rosewood, sandalwood, and ylang-ylang to stay connected to your creative side and make your dreams come true. Do this once every week, and it will suffice.
Remember always that your navel is sensitive and take care of it when cleaning it!