5 Top 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.

What is Vibhuti?

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.

Applying Vibhuti On Our Forehead Benefits:

1. Increases Positive Energy:

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 soon. Try not to use perfumed vibhutis on your forehead when you are having headaches.

3. Regulates The Chakras:

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 therefor keep us healthy.

4. Treats Cold:

Thiruneer also prevents cold 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 helps both treat and relieve the inflammation.

5. Increases Compassion For Others:

It always reminds 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.

Where To Get Vibhuti?

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.

How To Make Vibhuti?

Traditionally to make the vibhuthi, we use karukkai (semi grown paddy grains) from the paddy fields. They are 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, 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 got 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 will share an alternate method.

How To Make Vibhuti – The Easy Way!

For external application like 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…

METHOD:
1. These are some of the dried herbs used in the homam. I am sorry for not taking pictures of all the ingredients, I didn’t want to disturb others during the pooja…

2. During the pooja the ingredients are offered along with pure ghee accompanied by holy chanting.

3. The pooja went on for almost 3 to 4 hours. Once the pooja is finished, let the ash cool overnight.

4.Take a thin muslin cloth and tie it taut around a vessel using a rope.

6. Take the ash and place it on the taut cloth and rub it gently around to get a fine powder.

7. The resulting mixture should be as fine as this.

NOTES:

  • If you don’t do these poojas at home, you can easily get the ash from your friends or neighbors when they do the pooja in their home, every one will be more than willing to share it.
  • Holy ash lasts for years without getting spoilt.
  • Try to sieve it only through a thin muslin cloth to get a very very fine mixture.
  • You can use this vibhuthi for young kids too..
  • You can use the ash of any homam.

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25 Comments

  1. murali
    August 28, 2015 / 7:25 am

    Ramya, I have been a silent follower of your blog. I admire your simple language, creative steps you take in your photography (The colour of Vessels, the background etc so many minute details you take effort a lot of effort I can say).And last not the least the wonderful knowledge you posses due to your own experience also learnt from elders.And now I see you have appropriately warned about not taking in various Bhasmas without supervision.What you are creating is an excelllent work to our Culture and to this Great land we call India. Do keep it up, One suggestion is to quote where you obtain these information. For e.x if it is from a Vaidhyar in your Town, It would be nice to read about him / Her too.Best regardsMuraliKrishna.J

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 31, 2015 / 4:02 pm

      Thanks a lot for your kind words, it means a lot to me….

    • Anonymous
      June 29, 2017 / 6:33 pm

      I am overwhelmed by your open heart. I do desire to have access to the many herbs and spices throughout your site. Thank you for sharing.

  2. RG
    October 16, 2015 / 3:16 am

    Hi Ramya, I second everything the above commenter has said. I have been catching up on your blog reading backwards and this is the best post. Just seeing the pictures takes me back to my grandmother, great grandmother, and all the wonderful gifts they have given us. For those of us who have moved so far away in time and distance, thank you for keeping it close and fresh.

  3. RG
    October 16, 2015 / 3:18 am

    My daughter has a lot of allergies and sensitivites, and I am not able to use any of the commercial pottu or mai. Kumkumam rubs off too easily. Do you have a recipe for both?Thank you.

  4. Anonymous
    July 25, 2016 / 3:11 pm

    Thank you for sharing.What else can we do with the homam ashes?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 12, 2016 / 3:08 pm

      We mostly use the homama ash only for applying on the fore head as we consider it very holy…

  5. Anonymous
    August 21, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    Hi, I just want to know if one can also consume it for internal healing?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 2:36 pm

      I would suggest not consuming holy ash internally…

  6. RanjaniN
    September 21, 2016 / 10:25 am

    I have become addictive for great Vibuthi. The moment I think immediately I wanna swallow (just a pinch only).

    • sujana kasa
      January 21, 2017 / 10:42 am

      me too.. i can't stop eating vibhuti if i see it. is it harmful?

    • Anonymous
      January 19, 2018 / 7:16 pm

      i am also eating vibuthi it is very taste and nanjangud vibuthi is very taste try it.

  7. Chan mos
    October 11, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    Good and simple explanations. Thank you

  8. Syma6212
    October 21, 2016 / 6:39 am

    Is this edible or it's for external use only

  9. Anil Wadehra
    February 26, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    You may have some mineral deficiency. . Get some good multi vit/minerals or start eating a lot of green raw food.

  10. Persey Tshuma
    May 17, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    Can i consume it to conceive?

  11. Anonymous
    May 21, 2017 / 7:25 am

    Please don't consume it. It is not meant for consuming. Holy ash certainly will benefit you, only when you are applying it on your forehead and body as per the bhasmadharana vidhi. If you smear it as per the vidhi, then it will purify your body, mind and the soul. As per the vidhi, after the bath bhasma should be applied as three parallel lines on 5 or 8 or 16 or 32 places on your body including forehead. Once in the morning and then in the evening. Men should smear wet bhasma in the morning ,but dry bhasma in the evening. Whereas women should smear dry bhasma only both in the morning and in the evening on their forehead and body.

  12. Anonymous
    September 27, 2017 / 6:05 am

    I am an south African. I used holy ash for bathing since then my heart beat so fast. What should I do pls help I'm a Zulu I don't know this things

  13. Anonymous
    March 26, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    GreetingsI always use holy ash when bathing as protection but iam not sure if Ian using it the right way since I combine it with soap.please advise me to that point should I leave soap or it OK to use together Thanks

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 30, 2018 / 4:41 am

      I would advice not to combine holy ash with soap. We usually apply it after bathing and after our morning prayers…..

  14. Manjunath.KH
    September 4, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    can I eat the holy ash??as I am addictted to consume quite often???

  15. ZaZanel
    September 11, 2018 / 3:19 am

    Is ththe any danger that Holly ashacan coarsc inside my stomach as am eating it all most everyday.

  16. Manjunath.KH
    October 3, 2018 / 5:32 pm

    can I eat the holy ash??as I am addictted to consume quite often???

    • Ramya (Wildturmeric)
      Author
      October 5, 2018 / 10:36 am

      I would suggest not to consume holy ash, it will cause health problems…

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