BENEFITS & USES OF VIBHUTI (BHASMA | HOLY ASH).Vibhuti also called Bhasma and Thiruneer refers to the holy ash or
sacred ash used by Hindus. Applying vibhuti has many benefits. Holy ash is applied on the forehead to remind us
always of the impermanence of our life. The act of applying holy ash always remind us that this world is maya and since
we always are reminded of our impermanence, we don’t get too attached to worldly things.
Usually bhasma refers to ash that is got by burning different ingredients and it can be used internally or externally. For
eg, swarna bhasma is prepared form gold, godanti bhasma is prepared from gypsum, shankh bhasma is prepared
from conch shell, mandur bhasma is prepared from iron oxide and vanga bhasma is prepared from tin.
These are all very important Ayurvedic preparations that is used internally for treating different illness and should only
be consumed under the strict supervision of an experienced ayurvedic practitioner. I would suggest to never internally
consume vibhuti at home without consulting an expert.
Holy ash increases the positive energy. The smell, the act of applying it, the chanting before it, everything increases the positive energy. It is also one of the reasons our mothers and grandmothers always insisted we pray morning and evening daily and apply vibhuti on our forehead.
2. Prevents Headaches:
Applying holy ash prevents headaches. Since it is made with lots of herbs that have amazing health benefits including analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, when we apply vibhuti on our forehead it helps reduce the headache pain. Try not to use perfumed vibhutis on your forehead when you are having headaches.
Applying holy ash is said to regulate all the 7 chakras in the body which is the basis for good health. Illness is said to be mainly due to the imbalance of our seven glands (chakras). Applying vibhuti balances the chakras and therefore keeps us healthy.
4. Treats Cold:
Thiruneer also prevents colds and is very good for preventing all cold-related headaches. Holy ash made from the method given below is especially good for cold-related problems as it is made with the ashes of many wonderful herbs that help both treat and relieve inflammation.
5. Increases Compassion For Others:
It always reminds me of the impermanence of our lives, my grandma used to tell me that the thought that we are here in this world for a short span of time will decrease our worldly desires and increase compassion for others.
We get small amount of vibhuti in all the temples in India for free whenever we go to pray there. If you want large amount of vibhuti for daily use, you can buy from the shops outside the temples, usually, they stock vinhuti. Try to buy one that is not perfumed as it might cause skin allergies. Though we can get perfumed vibhuti from the shops, as usual I prefer to make my own.
Traditionally to make the vibhuthi, we use karukkai (semi grown paddy grains) from the paddy fields. They are usually discarded and we use it to make the holy ash. To make the holy ash, cow dung is made into balls, flattened and sun-dried well. Then on an auspicious day, they are layered with karukkai and hay till they are about 6 to 7 feet in height.
After the prayers and chanting, the fire is lit, it burns for several days. The hay retains the heat and the karukkai prevents it from burning instantly which results in white ash which is collected after several days. But to make the vibhooti, cow dung that is obtained from organic grass-fed native cows should be used.
We usually store holy ash in a special wooden box called thiruneer poti which is usually passed on from generation to generation. But since it will be difficult for many to collect cow dung and do the whole process, I thought I would share an alternate method.
How To Make Vibhuti – The Easy Way!
For external applications, as I mentioned before using cow dung is one way and the other is using the ash after doing homam (pooja ceremony). For example, I collected the ash after ayush homam, for the ritual 9 different herbs and more than 54 herbal ingredients were used. The ash of all these various herbs have wonderful healing properties and this is the one I used for my son when he was a baby. The ash collected is not white in color like made with cow dung but it has wonderful medicinal properties.BENEFITS & USES OF VIBHUTI (BHASMA | HOLY ASH)