Perfumes + Scents: Warming Aromas For Vata Dosha

Perfumes + Scents: Warming Aromas For Vata Dosha

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

  1. You can add essential oils to an aromatherapy diffuser.
  2. Add ten drops of your favorite essential oil to a hot bath.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

References
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/.

Arya Krishna is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, educator, and speaker. She completed her Bachelors in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Amrita School of Ayurveda, Kerala, India. She is registered as an Ayurveda doctor (Reg No: 14664) under the Indian Medical Council. She received a Fellowship in Orthopedic Rehabilitation from Apollo group of Institutions, Hyderabad. An editor with the International Ayurvedic Medical Journal, she previously served as the associate editor of the American Ayurvedic Journal of Health. Before moving to the US in 2015, she was Resident Medical Officer (Ayurveda) in AyurVAID hospital, Bangalore and has knowledge and experience in precision and evidence-based Ayurveda. She was an Ayurveda Domain expert with Health Connect 24 – a unique platform to bring together Ayurveda, Yoga and swadeshi. She is efficient in performing all Panchakarma procedures (purification therapies) and has knowledge of Marma Therapy. Other areas of expertise include Ayurveda diet and lifestyle, women’s health, and rasayana (rejuvenation). She works for the promotion and propagation of Ayurveda by offering lectures, webinars and contributing to various journals. She is a resource person for the Council of Ayurveda Research (CAR) and is an Ayurvedic blogger with Mother Earth Living. Currently, she is residing in Danville, Pennsylvania and is listed as a BAMS doctor with AAPNA (Association of Ayurveda Practitioners of North America). She is an Ayurveda Consultant and Educational coordinator with Be Mind Body Skin, New Jersey and Subject Matter Expert at At Home with Ayurveda, UK.

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