Aromatherapy is a natural treatment that uses the vital essences of plants or flowers for healing purposes. This vital essence of plants is called essential oil.
Each sense has a direct channel to the brain and therefore the stimulation of each of the senses has an effect throughout the physiology. Stimulation of the sense of smell through the aromas has a direct effect on the emotions and the mind.
For thousands of years Ayurveda has used this ability using aromas chosen for their balancing effects. But always taking into account the constitution of the person. So, what distinguishes Ayurvedic aromas is the unique way of mixing different aromatic oils. Then, the used of the correct combination of the different oils not only produces effects, but also balances.
Aromatherapy and Ayurveda
Essential oils are very valuable substances found in different plant tissues. Aromatherapy is a very old technique that uses these essential oils for therapeutic purposes, both physically and emotionally. So, as these oils are responsible for transmitting the natural properties through applications and treatments.
Each essential oil contains the specific properties of the plant from which it is obtained. For example, an essential oil can stimulate the nervous system, like rosemary, others are antibacterial, like thyme, or with analgesic capabilities, like peppermint, among others.
Doshas and Aromatherapy
According to Ayurvedic texts, the human body and mind are influenced by five basic senses: air, fire, water, earth and ether or space. So, when two of these elements are combined, the “doshas” or higher operative principles are formed (Vata, Pitta and Kapha).
VATA (ether and air)
It controls movement, breathing, blood circulation, digestion and the central nervous system. The balanced vata state is imaginative, sensitive, spontaneous, cheerful and adaptable.
Unbalanced vata status suffers from nervous tension, mood swings, scattered thoughts, insomnia, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression. Also, it can suffer from premenstrual syndrome, inattention, loss of concentration, muscle pain, noise hypersensitivity, constipation, impatience, poor stamina, Hypertension, intolerance to cold weather and windy.
At the physical level we will notice it in the large intestine, bones, and joints in the state of the skin that will tend to dry and in some cases also rough. The excess air extinguishes the combustion that makes the body, therefore, as we get older it will be more noticeable.
To balance Vata with aromatherapy: warm aromas, sweet and sour
-Warm: angelica, basil, bergamot, cardamom, cedar, cinnamon, cloves, fennel, frankincense, ginger, marjoram, patchouli and vetiver.
-Sweets: chamomile, grapefruit, tangerine, jasmine, lavender, orange, palmarosa, rose, sandalwood, vanilla, ylang-ylang.
-Acids: Lemon and lime.
Pitta (fire and water)
It controls the metabolism, the assimilation of food and water. The balanced pitta state is intellectual, self-confident, enterprising and joyful.
Unbalanced pitta state suffers from anger, hostility, violent outbursts, jealousy, self-criticism, resentment, controversy, tyrannical behavior, intolerance to delays, excessive hunger or thirst, hot flashes (during menopause), severe menstrual pain, heartburn, odors unpleasant bodily, intolerance to wet weather in summer, or to the atmosphere charged with electricity before the storm.
Pitta people should cool their digestive system with raw foods, salads, avoiding to the maximum the very hot meals. So, the bitter taste comes in very well, as well as the sweet and astringent that will help you regulate your body temperature. Also, you should avoid spicy, sour and salty flavors, as well as greasy and spicy foods.
To balance Pitta with aromatherapy: sweet and fresh aromas
-Sweets: bergamot, chamomile, cinnamon, coriander, fennel, geranium, jasmine, cardamom, neroli, sandalwood, ylang-ylang.
-Fresh: cypress, lavender, mint, petitgrain, pine.
Kapha (earth and water)
It controls the structure and formation of muscles, fat, bones and joints. The balanced kapha state is calm, indolent, courageous, gracious and affectionate.
The unbalanced kapha state suffers from mental sluggishness, lethargic, possessive character, stunning, depression, procrastination, and inability to accept changes. Also, it could suffer from, seasonal emotional disorders (winter depression), premenstrual lassitude, menstrual fatigue, excessive sleep, slow movements.
The nature of kapha is stable and slow, so sometimes good stimulation will come in handy. He is very good at exercising and controlling his weight and diet. As far as possible, it is advisable to reduce the cold and humidity.
To balance Kapha with aromatherapy: warm and spicy aromas
-Warm: basil, bergamot, cedar, coriander, elemi, frankincense, geranium, marjoram, myrrh and rosemary.
-Spicy: black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, juniper.
At the end, these three doshas are relate to each other. So, that when a dosha is unbalance, the three are unbalance according to the constitution of each.
Then, in this way, by observing the symptoms and mental state, you can identify which dosha is unbalanced and look for the right combination of essential oils. So, you can provide re-establishment of balance.
Benefits of Aromatherapy in Ayurveda
-Reduces stress and anxiety.
-Alleviate the pain.
-Increase the defenses.
-Helps chronic stomach problems.
-It serves to sanitize a room, clothes or personal items.
-It increases the body’s defenses.
Nowadays the oils are use individually or in combinations that are reinforce with each other, both individual oils and mixtures of oils. Then, with similar properties can have a “strong effect”, which can generate unexpected imbalances.
So, mixtures of therapeutic aromas combine the right oils in the right proportions. So, each oil helps the other, tempering the formula to help create balance in the process.
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