Abhyanga self-massage in Ayurveda has been used for thousands of years for many health benefits. The skin is the bodies largest organ so it is no wonder why warm medicated oil is not only amazing for the skin but can also help reduce stress and calm the mind to improve sleep. For this fall season you can use warmed sesame oil which has a warming and grounding effect, mustard oil or dry brushing for spring to stimulate and cleanse, and coconut oil in the summer for a cooling yet soothing effect. If you are interested in the addition of medicated oil I highly recommend Banyan Botanicals or finding a practitioner who makes them in your area.
In this 14 minute video, Dr. Geetika Kumar and Dr. Vrinda Devani deliver their talk titled "Effect of Ayurvedic Self-Massage Technique (Abhyanga) with an Ayuverdic herbalized oil on Perceived Stress, Sleep Disturbance, and Overall Quality of Life"