Aromatherapy and Ayurveda
'Aroma' therapy plays an important role in Ayurveda to help soothe the mind, encourage concentration, meditation and to calm the emotions, as well as to soothe the nerves and improve peace of mind.
Infusing your home or work space with the natural aroma of essential oils is a wonderful way to nourish your senses.
I use an electric diffuser or a traditional oil warmer with a tea light candle. Add a few drops of pure essential oil to the water and you have a delightful fragrance to help uplift your mood and refresh your space.
Ayurveda and the senses...
Our sense of smell is the sensory quality that relates to the earth element
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy makes use of highly concentrated natural essential oil extracts from flowers, fruits, herbs, spices, grasses and trees, to enhance well being. It is important to seek the guidance of a professional aromatherapist when using essential oils directly for therapeutic purposes.
Aroma oils for each of the Doshas -
for vaporiser or oil warmer added to water
Safety: never leave a burning candle unattended. Refill the water as it evaporates.
Vata - warming and pleasant oils are best, not too stimulating
Sandalwood, frankincense, lemongrass, cinnamon, jasmine, sweet orange, eucalyptus, geranium, ginger and basil.
Pitta - cool, calming and sweet oils are best, mainly flower essences, though some cooling spices are useful too.
Sandalwood, rose, lemongrass, lavender, fennel, geranium, jasmine, lemon balm, lime, mandarin, neroli, peppermint, spearmint, tangerine, tea tree, ylang ylang, grapefruit and sweet orange.
Kapha - warming, stimulating oils are best and those that are refreshing.
Cinnamon, cloves, sage, thyme, frankincense, anise, basil, bergamot, cardamom, cedarwood, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, ginger, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree and grapefruit.
Here are my top 3 favourite 'aromas' from natural essential oils:
Which is your favourite essential oil?
If you would like to share, click in 'comments' with the name of your favourite essential oil and what you like about it. You might just inspire someone to try a new aroma!
When using essential oils for therapeutic purposes, always look for 100% natural, pure essential oil. For further information, seek advice from a professional aromatherapist
This information is written for general interest purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, prescribe or heal any health condition or to replace standard medical treatment or advice.