Aroma Therapy of The Three Doshas - Ancient way of living a balanced life
Ayurvedic aromatherapy is an ancient science that gives us a complete paradigm of life. It covers the medicinal aspect, and also touches our consciousness, mind, thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
Ayurveda believes that every living being on Earth is made up of five basic elements – fire, earth, water, ether and air. It further believes that these elements will combine in various forms and leave us with at least one of the three doshas. Doshas are functional intelligence within the human body that are responsible for all the physiological and psychological processes. Three doshas are Kapha, Pitta and Vata.
Does aromatherapy help to balance the doshas? Aromatherapy is a very important part of the Vedic holistic treatment system. Ayurveda believes that aromatherapy can restore the balance of the doshas and help us feel strong, healthy and happy with life.
Ayurvedic doctors use essential oils for treatment of a wide range of illnesses. Some oils help with wound healing as they have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects (such as cedar, pine, fir and chamomile oil). Others increase efficiency, concentration and improve memory (such as fir, ginger, tea tree, lemon, basil, verbena, rose).
Aromas can be experienced as spray, essential oil rubs, incense, soaps, sachets or even massages. Irrespective of the delivery method, they have similar benefits. Irrespective of the delivery method, each oil used in Ayurveda has special properties that help us relax, concentrate, restore strength, balance our emotional state and fight off various health issues.
Vata (or Vayu): Vata is predominated by the space (ether) and air elements and governs movement, transportation, drying and separating functions of the body. This dosha is characterized by coldness, lightness, agility and dryness. People with this type of constitution often suffer from insomnia, constipation, headaches, dry skin, have nutrition problems and anxiety.
To restore Vata dosha’s balance, sweet, soothing and warm essential oils are used. Some of these are- cinnamon, camphor, eucalyptus, bergamot, sandalwood, rose and jasmine.
Other oils that are also suitable for balancing Vata dosha are vanilla, lavender, lemongrass, lemon, ginger and ylang ylang.
Pitta: Pitta represents fire and some air and water elements, and it governs all metabolic processes.
People with Pitta dosha have a hot and intense character and often suffer from ulcers and inflammation of the skin.
To balance the Pitta apply oils that stimulate sweating and have a cooling effect. Such oils are jasmine, gardenia, rose, mint and chamomile and yarrow
Kapha.: Kapha or Kapa is made up of the earth and water elements and governs structure, liquidity, growth and cohesiveness. People with this type of constitution are prone to cold and respiratory diseases and therefore the right oils for them are warming, stimulating oils such as basil, cedar, myrrh, sage, anise, laurel, birch, ginger.
One main issue faced by people with Kapha dosha is lymph stagnation, accumulation of mucus and other body fluids that delay metabolic processes. To solve these problems Ayurveda uses essential oils that activate metabolism and strength the body like parsley, dill, cinnamon, coriander, lemon grass.
Once the metabolism is activated, essential oils such as cardamom, coriander, chamomile, juniper, sage, eucalyptus and others that combat pathogens must be used.
Further note on Effects of essential oilsRefreshing – peppermint, lavender, tangerine, lemongrass, orange, fir, lemon and other essential oils have this effect.
Relaxing effects – ylang – ylang, camomile, lavender, basil, balm, orange, mimosa, sandalwood, vanilla, cedar.
Soothing effects include lemon, lavender, jasmine, dill, chamomile, vanilla, wormwood oils.
Against depression and severe mental conditions – the essential oil of bergamot has the greatest effect.
Stimulating effects – coriander, musk, juniper, cloves, mint, lemon, rosemary.
Cleansing properties – aromatic oils of geranium, lavender, magnolia, musk, orange, rose, rosemary, sage, lemon.
The aromatic oils of geranium, jasmine, tangerine, mimosa, orange, marjoram, rose and sandalwood harmonise and balance.
Elevating mood effects – jasmine, bergamot, cardamom, geranium, tangerine, patchouli, orange, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang, sage, lemongrass.
Soothing and relaxing effects – musk, mint, rosemary, wormwood, cedar, lavender, lemon oils.
Geranium, jasmine, bergamot, coriander, lavender, mimosa, patchouli and other essential oils have an anti-stress effect.
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