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A Modern Take on Traditional Medicinal Oil

The “Oil Boil”

One afternoon, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait demonstrated this traditional method of making medicinal oil at the Himalayan Institute campus in Khajuraho, India. We happily share these warm summer memories with you at this time for a distraction from the severity of winter.

(preparing medicinal oil in Khajuraho, India)

(preparing medicinal oil in Khajuraho, India)

The best location

The best location to dig a fire pit is under the edge of a large shade tree canopy – shaded from the sun but not too close to the tree itself, digging the pit large enough to accommodate the pot (the larger the pot, the larger the pit and more wood required).


Fire Safety

There are 2 concerns when working with fire, especially in an open setting: safety and ventilation.

(chulha, or earthen stove)

(chulha, or earthen stove)

chulha, a traditional earthen stove, alleviates both concerns: the fire is placed in a pit which keeps it from spreading and limits flying sparks; the sideways chimney allows for air intake and for the easy addition of wood.


The best ingredients

A carefully selected blend of high quality herbal ingredients (brahmi, bhringraj, and triphala) and water were brought to a rolling boil to extract the medicinal properties of the herbs. Then the oil was added, in this case, equal parts of sesame and mustard oils. The oils and ingredients were specifically chosen to act as a tonic for the mind and to support memory.


(the fire was kept going by adding wood from the side “chimney”)

It took several hours to reduce the oil and for all the moisture to boil away. All the while, it frothed and hissed and bubbled like a cauldron of magic!


(monitor the process by watching the bubbles at the surface)

The best product

The important healing properties from the herbs were completely released into the oil, making it easy for the skin/scalp to absorb via massage. Granted, the process is time consuming and far beyond what you can do at home. However, our very own triphala oil–made with 100% sesame oil–is available from our warehouse. When you order the product online, you save hours of boiling time!

(a watched pot takes a long time to cool off!)

(A watched pot takes a long time to cool off!)