In our previous article
on Ayurveda, we briefly touched upon the topic of the three fundamental doshas or
culpabilities and how aromatherapy can help balance them in a person.
Here, we explore
the topic a bit more and talk about the three doshas or shortcomings, as well
as some of the other aspects of aromatherapy within Ayurveda.
Do you know, according
to Ayurveda, aromas can balance or disbalance the doshas?
the disbalance and choosing the right aromas is an important step.
One of the three
doshas, the Vata dosha, is associated with elements of air and space. Vata is
what is believed to manage the movements in the mind and body, such the flow of
blood, purifying toxins and evacuation of waste, breathing, and the thinking
process itself. This is why it is the most crucial of the three doshas. Vata
dosha can be better understood by the sum of its parts, which comprises of five
types of movement – Prana Vayu, Samana Vayu, Vyana Vayu, Udana Vayu, and Apana
Vayu. Each of these Vatas represent a particular part of the body and, as such,
perform different functions. Collectively, however, an unbalanced Vata dosha is
believed to cause many ailments, including mental illnesses.
Vata dosha usually involves staying warm and calm. Many of the illnesses that a
disbalance of this dosha causes are insomnia, anxiety, indigestion,
constipation, headaches, and nutrition deficiencies.
and energizing essential oils, combined with calming oils are recommended for
balancing this dosha. Blends that contain oils like camphor, jasmine,
sandalwood, cypress, vanilla, lavender, and ginger are perfect for balancing
the Vata dosha.
The Pitta dosha
comprises of the elements of fire and water. Pitta controls heat, metabolism,
and transformations in the body and the mind. Because of its association with
fire and heat, an unbalanced Pitta can lead to ulcers and inflammation of the
skin. An unbalanced Pitt also promotes anger and jealousy. It is also
associated with various digestive ailments like nausea, heartburn, and stomach
the Pitta dosha requires cooling and soothing oils like sandalwood, gardenia,
jasmine, mint, and chamomile. These oils can help with skin conditions as well
with stomach ailments.
The final dosha,
the Kapha dosha, is associated with earth and water. Kapha is what provides
robustness to all things and gives the cohesiveness required to maintain form.
Kapha is also associated with the movement and hydration of various bodily
structures. Unbalanced Kapha leads to weak appetite, dehydration, loss in
energy, and dry skin. An unbalanced Kapha can also lead to respiratory
diseases, lymph stagnation, accumulation of mucus and other bodily fluids.
light, stimulating aromas like sage, pine, eucalyptus, coriander, chamomile, and
lemongrass are recommended to balance the Kapha dosha.
Being one of the
senses of the body, our sense of smell plays a very important role in
maintaining the body’s health. Hence, aromatherapy works so well in dealing
with many ailments. Aromatherapy is one of the most ancient form of medicine,
and has managed to sustain over time for it’s unique healing ability that can
help balance the doshas for a healthy body and mind.