Karnapoorna! Or Karna Purana. And there might be a 3rd or 4th spelling or 5th spelling, but no matter, it’s important to know that it exists. Do you know what it is? For the seven of you raising your hands, awesome! For the rest of you, let me happily share.

Karnapoorna is one of the many therapies in Ayurveda that is done with oil. It means, putting oil in your ears! Now, not only is it a therapy, but it’s also used as swastha vritta (mmwaahahaa..I love throwing in sanskrit sometimes just to keep you on your toes), which means preventative medicine :) You can do karnapoorna as needed or once a week as part of your routine to stay healthy.Karnapoorna is best for vata imbalances including:
• Insomnia
Ringing in the ears
• Headaches
• Anxiety or worry
Jet-lag and ears popping/crackling in airplanes

Other benefits are:
• Improves hearing
• Loosens ear wax (who doesn’t want that?!)
• Strengthens the bones in the ear
• Prevents neck stiffness

Intrigued yet? Give it a try. It might tickle at first, but stick with it for about 30 seconds, then you should feel calm and happy. ***Do not do karnapoorna after a shower or swimming. Oil and water do not mix and it could do bad things. Mmkay?!***

Here’s what to do:
Warm some sesame oil or ghee and put in shallow bowl
Use a cotton ball to soak up the oil
Lay on one side and squeeze the oil out of the cotton ball into your ear (it will tickle)
Massage your ear lobe and bones gently for a couple minutes
Lay for 20 minutes (even 10 minutes does some good), bonus points if you so hum
Put a towel over your ear, tilt your head so the oil drizzles out
Repeat other side
Aaaannnnd, goodnight ;) You will probably want to sleep.

4 Responses to Karnapoorna

  1. Rocio says:

    Hi Monica! This is Rocio from Holland. I have a question for you, hope you really can help me…
    My upper body is thin, i have thin arms and small breasts… my under body curvy with much more fat on legs, butt and hips ;-) I have a lot of frizzy hair, a round face with big lips, small eyes with long lashes.. My skin is dry. I am always cold, never sweat, I have lots of water retention. I love to eat and always eat more than I shoud and I have constipation… I have done the test on your web and I should be a Khapa-Vata.

    My question for you is: how should I eat, not to have constipation and not to get fat… I can get heavy really easy.. I guess because of the water retention… I hope you can help me. And thanks a lot for your website. I already bought lots of spices to keep me warm!

  2. Ray says:

    Oh, I forgot to mention that she’s trying to gain weight so there’s no confusion!

  3. Ray says:

    Hey Monica! haha
    I just wanted to let you know that I like your blog. I became interested in Ayurveda several years ago and find your site to be more helpful along this constant re-studying/learning of such ancient knowledge and wisdom.
    Of course, I did have a few questions to pose. First thing’s first: This ‘Karnapoorna’ is mostly for vata imbalances, right? Traditionally, the autumn season is considered vata season but I’ve found that springtime seems to be aggravating to vata…no? That being said, I do have a good friend of mine who has traveled the Ayurvedic path with me for sometime (vata/pitta with possibly everything imbalanced). The problem is, I try telling her she needs to be a healthy weight for all to come back truly into balance. Trouble is, though she’s willing to try now, she fears that since it’s spring (kapha and cleansing season) she will only accumulate ama and fat pounds. (Boy is her vata out of hand with those worries and fears! lol) Sadly, I can’t really tell her what to expect with gaining weight during this season since I haven’t really thought about making one’s body go through the reverse process of what should naturally happen during this time. Sorry for the lengthy post. I do hope you can reply with some insight into this!

    • Monica says:

      Hey Ray! :)

      Thanks for liking my blog – I’m glad you find it helpful. Yes, karnapoorna is mostly for vata imbalances. Springtime is usually aggravating for kapha. Vata gets more “wetness” which is a relief for them from the dry winter, but it’s still often chilly. Vata doesn’t usually feel 100% like themselves until summer when it’s warm AND humid :)

      OK. And your note has made me want to create a video. Cause you are like the 10th person in the past couple weeks who is talking to me about a vata eating like a kapha! They will feel AWFUL. Your friend will not gain weight (really, I can’t type fast enough here – I even have a success story to share about this very thing)…she needs to eat a vata pacifying diet so that she feels FULL – that way she won’t eat as much and her mind will be more at peace. For the sake of your friend and all those vatas out there…I’ll make a video! My jaw can flap faster than my fingers can type :) THANK YOU for this!!!!

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