Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural oils extracted from different plant parts to enhance psychological and physical well being. What can aromas do for you?
Aromas from essential oils are widely believed to enhance brain functions. They can be absorbed through the skin, enter the blood stream and provide whole body healing.
Aromatherapy has even shown its power in dementia patients. It is known to enhance memory.1
Does Ayurveda recommend Aromatherapy?
Of course, it does. Ayurveda recommends aromatherapy in your daily routines. Here’s what you can do.
Apply aromatic oils to your skin (abhyanga).
Inhale diffused essential oils.
Burn natural candles and incense.
Keep arrangements of fresh fragrant flowers in your home or work place.
Grow aromatic plants and trees in your garden.
How To Use Aromatherapy For Vata Imbalance
Fall and winter are generally associated with Vata dosha.
Warm, sweet and sour aromas generally help to warm Vata dosha. These aromas include – Basil, Orange, Clove, Rose, Vanilla, Geranium, Patchouli, Amber, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Sandalwood, Thyme, Lemongrass, Frankincense, Coriander, Cardamom and Camphor. Aromatic blends for Vata dosha can also be a nice way to receive the benefits of essential oils.
How Vata Body Types Can Use Essential Oils
- You can add essential oils to an aromatherapy diffuser.
- Add ten drops of your favorite essential oil to a hot bath.
- Mix with your massage oil and practice Abhyanga or self massage with this. The ideal base oil for Vata predominant persons will be… Castor oil, Jojoba oil, Sweet almond oil or Sesame oil.
- Apply on your feet with carrier oil at bedtime.
By practicing these simple techniques the cold, irregular and quick nature of Vata can be tackled. You can attain concentration, improve memory and reduce stress. It can also help you get a good night’s sleep.
1 Jimbo, D, et al. “Effect of Aromatherapy on Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease.”Psychogeriatrics : the Official Journal of the Japanese Psychogeriatric Society., U.S. National Library of Medicine, Dec. 2009, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20377818/.