Highly sensitive people can benefit from one of the best health practices in Ayurveda: oil massage called abhyanga.

Abhyanga is the practice of pouring herbal oil on the body and massaging the  oil into the body to help restore and maintain balance. Abhyanga is a daily massage practice for promoting general health or it can be part of the Ayurveda detoxification program called panchakarma.

According to The Ayurveda Encyclopedia abhyanga benefits the lymphatic system which is used throughout the body to carry nutrients to and remove toxins from the cells. This role gives the lymphatic system an important place in maintaining the nourishment of the body and detoxing as well.

The Ayurveda Encyclopedia lists the following additional benefits of abhyanga:

  1. reverses and prevents aging
  2. releases fatigue and stress
  3. heals and prevents nervous system disorders
  4. helps vision
  5. nourishes the body and improves sturdiness
  6. remedies insomnia
  7. promotes electrochemical balance in the body
  8. prevents dehydration in the skin
  9. strengthens nerves
  10. helps the electromagnetic field of the body
  11. strengthens the immune system by increasing antibodies.

These important benefits of a daily oil massage are very beneficial for highly sensitive people in several ways. HSPs can help their nervous system because the oil goes into the skin, tissues and the nerves providing relief for stress, insomnia and fatigue.

When the massage is done daily, it helps prevent the buildup of stress and nerve damage in the body. Unlike medication for stress and nerves, oil massage doesn’t have any side effects. A daily abhyanga practice keeps skin supple and helps reverse the aging that comes with the buildup of toxins.

One of the most important things you can do everyday for your health is detox.  You cannot escape the need.  Even if you eat pure organic food every day, it is impossible to escape the toxins from pollution and stress.  Abhyanga is a kind of immunization from toxins if done daily. For highly sensitive people who need every help they can get, oil massage is an easy way to obtain many health benefits, reduce stress and strengthen their nervous systems.  Oil massage is perfect for HSPs.

About Maria Hill

Maria Hill is the founder of Sensitive Evolution. She is the author of The Emerging Sensitive: A Guide For Finding Your Place In The World. In addition, she has created the immersive Emerging Sensitive Program of "sensory processing yoga" using frameworks to help sensitive people master their sensitivity and turn it into the asset it can be. She also offers the Emerging Sensitive Movie Club focused on movies and discussions about living in the world as a sensitive person and navigating the challenging cultural shifts of our times. She is a longtime meditator, reiki master, student of alternative health and Ayurveda. Maria is also an abstract painter whose portfolio can be found at Infinite Shape and also very interested in animal and human rights and the environment.


  1. Ivana on June 28, 2016 at 5:44 am

    What oil do you recommend?

    • Maria Hill on June 28, 2016 at 6:08 am

      I use sesame oil. You can purchase it from an Ayurvedic supplier. I use Banyan Botanicals.


  2. Jennifer on June 5, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Wonderful information! Thank you.

    • Maria Hill on June 5, 2019 at 11:22 am

      I am glad you liked it. You may want to visit our Health which has more information under Daily Routine.

      All the best,

  3. Ted Zeff on June 5, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Hi Maria,

    I used to be an ayurvedic practitioner and learned that sesame oil is the only oil that soaks into all 7 tissue layers so it’s the best oil to use for abhayanga. However, it’s also the most heating oil so I don’t recommend to use it during the hot months. During summer if you are in a hot climate it’s best to use coconut oil.

    Thank you,

    Ted Zeff, Ph.D.

    • Maria Hill on June 5, 2019 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks, Ted. Many Ayurvedic sites, like Mapi and Banyan Botanicals offer formulated oils for each dosha which I have found helpful. They usually include sesame oil.