Nasya is the nasal administration of herbal oils, ghee, or fine powders. If you were to receive nasya in a panchakarma treatment at an Ayurvedic clinic, you would lie face up on a table with your head tilted back, nostrils “facing the sky.” A small amount of an appropriate powder might be placed into your nostrils, or 3 to 5 drops of a medicated oil or ghee.

When you do nasya yourself, simply dip your little finger (clean and with the nail closely trimmed) into ghee or whatever herbalized oil might be recommended, and lightly massage the inside of your nostril with your little finger. Then gently sniff to draw the oil upward.