AYURVEDA & Aromatherapy
Ah, incense! It all goes back to our primitive origins, with the discovery of fire. When wood was burned, people discovered the amazing aromas that came from the burning wood and the effect that the aroma seemed to have on our emotions.
At some point we began experimenting with the effects of burning various materials such as leaves, herbs & fruit. As the smoke carried the aroma upward, toward heaven, we viewed that as a spiritual experience.
Burning fragrant objects became a part of many religious and spiritual rituals and was seen as a gift from the gods as well as an offering to the gods. In both the Buddhist & Hindu tradition incense is offered as a devotional. Burning incense also can accompany meditation and is often burned on home altars, daily.
According to AYURVEDA, there are five elements – and the different types of incense fall into these five categories, which are burned to help balance energy. Here is an example of each:
- Air: (leaves) – Patchouli
- Space: (fruit) – Anise
- Fire: (flower) – Clove
- Water: (stems and branches) – Sandalwood
- Earth: (roots) – Ginger
Incense was the beginning of aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the science of using the fragrance of essential plant oils in healing treatments.
The practice of burning incense can be artful– you can burn one fragrance at a time, or create a blend depending on the kind of effect you want to achieve.
Aromatherapy is an energetic healing technique that uses the vibratory power of certain aromas to shift energy within the body and bring about relief from various physical symptoms. The aromas are distilled directly from plants and combined with an oil base, creating what is called the essential oil.
We connect to the physical world through our five senses: vision, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Aromatherapy has many benefits and can be calming, relaxing, energizing or soothing. It can help us to get to sleep or it can help wake us up!
These are the fragrances that help balance each the DOSHAS:
• Vata – vanilla, orange, lavender, pine
• Pitta – rose, jasmine, sandalwood, peppermint
• Kapha – cinnamon, basil, eucalyptus, musk
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