Aromatherapy is a personalized treatment and is done through scents or fragrances. An aroma that works for you might not work for everybody else and similarly, an aroma that works on your friend might not work on you. Aromatherapy can tell which aroma benefits your health and which scent can work wonders for you. People often practice the “trial and error” method to find out which scent works best on them.
True that the “trial and error” method sounds like a long and challenging process, but do not give up yet as Ayurveda has tricks to identify the fragrance you can benefit from. Ayurveda, over the years, has developed unique and various ways to recognize the essential oils that best suits people, and this depends on certain factors about people, especially their type of mind and body.
Aromatherapy: The Basics
Aromatherapy is an integral part of Ayurvedic practices, and over time, it has been believed that essential
This is how aromatherapy, in Ayurveda, emerged. Certain fragrances were found to benefit the human body and mind and essential oils came into being. These beneficial oils include basil, cinnamon, sandalwood, rose, jasmine, lavender, rosemary, angelica, frankincense, and many more. Ancient Ayurvedic studies have recommended the use of essential oils to balance, strengthen, energize, and revitalize the seven chakras present in the human body:
1. Jasmine and ylang-ylang for the base or the root chakra
2. Vertivert for the hara
3. Rosemary and lemon for the solar plexus chakra
4. Neroli for the heart chakra
5. Benzoin for the throat chakra
6. Sandalwood for the third eye chakra
7. Rose for the crown chakra
For instance, it has been observed that sandalwood oil is blended with any carrier oil and rubbed between the brows, where it is believed that the third eye
Types Of Bodies According To Ayurveda
The human body has been classified into three basic types by Ayurveda: the vata, the pitta, and the kapha. According to these body types, Ayurveda has found which essential oils and their scents benefit people.
The Vata Type
The vata type of body is generally prone to get headaches, dry skin, constipation and also, suffer from hypersensitivity, insomnia, and nervous anxiety. People with the vata type of bodies must avoid sharp or strongly perfumed essential oils. These people get benefited from warm and energizing oils such as camphor, cinnamon,
The Pitta Type
The pitta type of body is generally prone to ulcers, acidity, fever, inflammatory skin, anger, and agitation. People with pitta type of bodies benefit from cooling and calming oils that have flowery fragrances such as jasmine, rose, mint, gardenia, and sandalwood, and any one of them must be blended with a cooling carrier oil like coconut oil to reap all the benefits.
The Kapha Type
Those people who are predisposed to respiratory ailments are the ones who have the kapha
Check which of the health issues make you uneasy and use the essential oils accordingly to benefit your health and prevent yourself from diseases, helping you stay calm and stable.