Aromatherapy & Ayurveda

A synergistic blend of healing substances, according to Ayurveda, delivers a holistic benefit that is greater than the sum of its parts. And careful balancing of ingredients is reported to counteract possible side-effects from a single healing substance. Note: Out of all the oils tea tree oil and saffron oil treat all three disorders.

When selecting which doshic scent and application (diffuser, massage) to use, you need to address where the imbalance is.  For example, if your mind is racing, but your body is sluggish, you may have a ‘menta/mind’ imbalance that requires you to pacify vata or pitta, but a body imbalance that requires you to use a kapha massage oil.  When in doubt, for a basic reference, refer to the dosha quiz on my website, but for more accurate assessments, visit an Ayurvedic practitioner near you. ~ KB

VATA:
Oil bases to pacify vata include sweet warming oils that soothe the mind, emotions & enhance serenity.

Vata Scents:  Bergamot, Camphor, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium Rose, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Neroli, Rose, Rosewood, Sage, Sandlewood, Sweet Orange, Tumeric, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang,

Vata Massage Oils:
If used for massage, combine with a pacifying base: Sesame, Avocado, Flaxseed.
When making massage blends for Vata it is recommended you use one, at most two oils as the purpose is to calm the mind, and bring focus. Various scents will stimulate and divide.
Combine 20.ml of carrier with 10 drops of one (or two) of the following essentials:

 Vata Massage Techniques:

  • Vata body imbalances benefit the most from frequent massage
  • Nightly self massage of the feet and hands to stimulate circulation and warm.
  • Utilize a light touch with focus on dry, tight areas.
  • Fluid, slow and gentle movements with the focus on calming.
  • Switch blends after 2 weeks to avoid toxic buildup.

PITTA:
Oil bases to pacify pitta Include sweet cooling oils in combinations to promote calmness and focus.

Pitta Scents:
Clary Sage, Gardenia, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Lotus, Neroli, Sandalwood, Vertiver, Tea tree oils.

Pitta Massage Oil:
If used for massage, combine with a pacifying base: Coconut, Olive, Sunflower
Combine 20.ml of carrier with 10 drops of one (or two) of the following essentials:

Pitta Massage Techniques:

  • With the intent to calm and relax.
  • Gentle, light movements on areas that are stiff or sore.
  • Fluid movements in one direction with symmetry in actions.
  • Combine 20.ml of carrier with 10 drops of one (or more) of the above essential oils.
  • Switch blends after 2 weeks to avoid toxic buildup.

KAPHA:
Oil bases to pacify kapha include spicy warming oils that awaken and stimulate.

Kapha Scents:
Basil, Bergamot, Camphor, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary, Saffron, Sage, Ylang Ylang.

Kapha Massage Oils:
A Kapha imbalance benefit most from a dry (minimum oil use), invigorating masasage, however, if an oil base is used the following will assist to pacify a Kapha Body imbalance: Sweet Almond, Safflower, Mustard.

Kapha Massage Techniques:

  • Vigorous to stimulate metabolism and encourage regularity.
  • Focus on the hip and groin area to encourage lymphatic drainage.
  • Focus on the glands around the armpits to release any lymphatic congestion.
  • Ultimately, a dry message with a talcum powder or a ‘scrub’ base are best.
  • Combine 20.ml of carrier with 10 drops of one (or more) of the above essential oils.
  • Switch blends after 2 weeks to avoid toxic buildup.

DISCLAIMER:

Throughout my site you will find information based on my spiritual and/or healing practices which have been deemed safe for my use. Before utilizing any substance found on my site, please consult your family doctor first, and then (if you have one) holistic and/or spiritual practitioner to determine if it is safe for you to do so. There are ‘contra-benefits’ for all herbal and western therapies that need to be considered on an individual basis for which I am not qualified to assist you. Generally, essential oils must be diluted in a carrier, should not be taken internally, and the scents and base should be changed every two weeks to avoid toxic buildup.

Suggested reading from my Ayurvedic and Healing Library:

  • The Magick of Aromatherapy: by G. O’Hara
  • A Compendium of Herbal Magick: by P. Beyerl
  • The Ayurbedic Year: by C.Brown
  • The New Life Library : Ayurveda : by S.Morningstar
  • Simply Ayurveda : by B.Vyas

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