Religious expression, marital status, traditional value or/and spiritual approach are various reasons behind the application of tilak on the forehead of Hindu men and women. It is a distinctive spot or shape in between eyebrows, formed by colored powder or paste which in ancient times used to be home-made. Now-a-day, not very much, people rely on market products which are readily available for use.
This eyebrow spot is mentioned as Anjna Chakra in terms of Yoga, which is the sixth and the most important chakra. It is the junction where the highest number of neurons meets, hence described as the most important yet sensitive zone, while there is spiritual and scientific significance to the concept of Tilak.
Scientific Facts and Health Benefits
Application of tilak has some major benefits, but it has to be done right. According to Vedas, one must put on tilak using the middle finger, by gently pressing, this allows electromagnetic waves to pass through and stimulates neural network.
1. Headache, Stress, and Insomnia-
In Ayurveda, to cure mental stress, fatigue, insomnia, there is a treatment named Shirodhara, which is constant dripping of warm oil on the forehead, right between eyebrows. The basic principle behind this treatment is to take out excess heat and relax the system. Similarly, application of tilak daily is a brief massage, be it sandalwood, kumkum or vibhuti, the effect is almost the same, when they are pure in form. It permanently cures headaches, also offers instant relief from stress.
2. Cures Sinusitis-
Sinusitis is a condition where, sinus is swollen, in turn making respiration difficult. The mucus layer turns cloudy and jams the passage of air. The trigeminal nerve is stimulated by pressing this area, which increases blood pressure in the nasal passage, reduces the swelling and relieves blockage.
3. Boosts Immune and relaxes the system-
Application of tilak boosts immunity as GV 24.5, a point in accordance with acupressure is stimulated. The regular utility keeps any infectious diseases away. Several nerves and muscles are relaxed during the tilak Dharan (application). Sandalwood is used by many in summers as cooling face packs, it is obvious when applied on the forehead, where all facial nerves congregate, and it keeps the system cool.
4. Wrinkle-free, younger-looking skin
In Yoga, there are facial exercises which demonstrate how to apply pressure or massage particular areas of the face to get rid of fine lines, wrinkles and eye bags. Forget all that, tap some kumkum or any tilak of your choice using a finger to get wrinkle-free, younger-looking skin. The supratrochlear nerve which connects to several fibers and muscles of eyes and skin is stimulated when mild pressure is applied to the center of the forehead. It reduces under-eye darkness by supplying oxygen and boosting blood pressure, while the eyesight enhances and skin becomes flawless.
These are some scientific facts and health benefits of applying Tilak on the forehead.