The Art of Sak Yant Thai Temple Tattoos and Natural Alternatives to Post Tattoo Care

 By: Nora Finch, Esthetician/Flower Alchemist,

Owner of n.Sati natural skin and body care

The History of Sak Yant – Sak means to “tap” tattoo and yant is Thai for the Sanskrit word yantra.    This art form goes back at least 2000 years ago, originating in Cambodia, during the Khmer empire, when warriors adorned themselves from head to toe, as a form of protection in battle to wear along with their sacred amulets.

They were sacred geometry designs (Yant/Yantra) tattooed onto the skin, originating from Buddhist, Brahman and Animist imagery, as well as they revealed magical incantations written in Khom (script used to write the ancient language, Pali), known to invoke supernatural powers.  The designs also incorporated Buddhist prayers, or Mantras.  As well as some were chosen for good luck in business and love.  They were only applied by magical practitioners and highly respected people such as Buddhist Monks, Brahman Masters and Ruesi ascetics.  It is practiced throughout Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand.

How it is applied: It is traditionally punctured into the skin with a long bamboo stick sharpened to a point (called a mai sak) or alternatively with a long metal spike (called a khem sak).

Sak yant a well respected, widely recognized art form on the internet continues to thrive, however anyone interested should take into account its spiritual value, as well as its rules of conduct.

It is a highly respected piece of ink, I would recommend anyone considering placing it on their body should consult an authority in this specialty.  They would most likely recommend traveling overseas for the work. Another thing to note of importance is that it would be highly offensive to the Thai culture to have it placed on an area considered inappropriate, which could simply be: its position on what they consider the lower portion of the body, which is usually anywhere below the heart.  So, please research and take this beautiful and ancient art form seriously.

Post Tattoo Care Alternatives

By Nora Finch

As we all know, taking care of your tattooed skin after a session is incredibly important. We at n.Sati Skin Care believe in using natural products for all skin care needs including post-tattoo care. From protecting your skin and healing scabs to moisturizing and ensuring the best possible canvas for your ink, natural skin care products free of synthetics and man-made chemicals are the created specifically to promote healthy, beautiful skin.

If you’re interested in adding more natural products into your post-tattoo regimen, we’ve recommended looking for four very important ingredients while shopping:

  • Cocoa Butter: keeps skin moisture and aids in healing of wounds
  • Olive Oil: helps retain necessary moisture
  • Wheat Germ Oil: regenerative
  • Vitamin E: excellent for scar healing and prevention because it prevents the attack of free radicals, which damage the skin and inhibit healing

Essential oils can also provide additional benefits to tattooed skin. At n.Sati Skin Care we recommend:

  • Lavender: fights infection and builds new cells
  • Helichrysum: many benefits, wound healing, generating new skin cells as well as helping to alleviate pain, known to be the only essential oil that plays a major role in scar reduction

The best and safest way to use essential oils on the skin is to dilute a few drops into carrier oils, such as jojoba or coconut oils before applying them directly to the skin. Generally, adding just a few drops of essential oil to the carrier oil is enough to reap the benefits of using oils like lavender and helichrysum while keeping your tattooed skin healthy and supple.

About Nora:

Nora Finch, long time practicing Esthetician in the Sacramento area believes in a holistic approach to wellness.  She is a strong advocate for intentional self care, by empowering and cultivating our overall and well-being inside as well as out.  She is dedicated to educating her clients about minimizing the use of chemicals, synthetics, artificial dyes, and colors they put into their bodies as well as products we put on the skin topically.

Nora, of Thai Ancestry, is the owner and founder of n. Sati (which translates to Mindfulness in the ancient language of Pali), a natural face and body care line, where she offers many beautiful and exotic essential oils, as well as flower essence blends.  They are clean, safe, and handcrafted to awaken the beauty and love within, bringing you beautiful scents of the spa.

By using the tools of nature to balance mind, body and soul, you’ll not only achieve the best results in skin care, but in self-care as well. To learn more about the n. Sati Skin Care product line and services, please visit our website at

n. Sati Product Feature:

Balancing Oil

(face/body serum)

This nutrient-rich serum delivers optimum restorative benefits to the skin.  Though it contains helichrysum oil which speeds healing, it is recommended 3-4 weeks after the skin has healed, post tat care.  Its precious blend of botanicals and intoxicating scent keep the skin moisturized and not oily, as well as it keeps your ink as fresh looking, as the day you left the shop!  Can be used on the face as well in place of a moisturizer. 


Find it here:


2 thoughts on “The Art of Sak Yant Thai Temple Tattoos and Natural Alternatives to Post Tattoo Care

  1. I’m no longer positive the place you are getting your info, however good topic. I needs to spend some time studying much more or understanding more. Thanks for fantastic info I was on the lookout for this information for my mission.

    • Hi,

      If you are speaking about my sources for Sak yant, it mostly came from Wikipedia. But will tell you most everything you would need to know I would think. I love that site.

      If you are speaking about the natural alternatives, that comes from my research in Holistic Skincare in Esthetics as well a site I found that sells a post care product for tattoos.

      Thanks for checking my blog out.

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