During my time in Kerala, I sampled Ayurvedic medicine and met with the wonderful Dr Sreejithkumar. Being a sufferer of dry skin, he prescribed for me the following oil to make from home and apply in the traditional Ayurvedic Abhyanga (oil- massage) technique.
If you fancy it, try it out for yourself and let me know how you get on!
Ayurvedic sesame seed dry skin oil
50g sesame seed oil – rich in copper, manganese, calcium and magnesium. Full of antioxidants making it both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. The oil is easily absorbed into the skin, nourishing it from the inside out promoting skin softness.
1 tbsp almond oil – rich in Vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc, besides a number of other minerals and vitamins, making it so good for our heart, skin and hair.
100ml cows milk (or almond milk if you prefer).
Boil all ingredients for 5 minutes. Leave to slightly cool. Apply the hot oil to the body. Begin on the right foot working up the right side body in circular motions then down the left side.
For more on the benefits of Abhyanga and method of application please see here.