Essential Aromatherapy Oils Keep You Balanced All Year Long
Date Posted:4 October 2011
Maharishi Ayurveda places great importance on aromatherapy; using extracts from flowers and herbs, aromas can treat many psycho-physiological issues. Synthetic or chemically-produced fragrances simply do not have the same health benefits and may even cause more harm than good. The most common way of using aromatherapy in Ayurvedic medicine is through a blend of many different aromas. The aromas enter the body through the senses and go straight to the bloodstream. By carefully combining several ingredients, potential side effects of any one single substance can be avoided. Single essential aromatherapy oils can be used, but more often several are combined.
In Maharishi Ayurveda the three doshas—Vata, Pitta and Kapha—each need to be balanced for optimum physical, mental and emotional health. The three doshas, which control all functions of the mind and body, are associated with the seasons of the year. Vata is associated with autumn and winter, Kapha with spring, and Pitta with summer. Maharishi Ayurveda recommends particular aromatherapy blends to restore balance in each season.
Blends created to balance Vata include sweet, warming oils that create a feeling of serenity and calm the mind. Try Sweet Orange, Frankincense, Geranium Rose and Ylang Ylang. For a lovely, relaxing full-body massage oil, mix a few drops of Frankincense, a few drops of Ylang Ylang and 2 ounces of a light Jojoba or Sweet Almond oil. Create your own facial steam treatment by adding two drops of the Maharishi Ayurveda Vata aroma blend to a basin of hot water. For a relaxing night-time soak in the bath, add an infusion of Lemon, Sweet Orange and Jasmine to your bath water.
Extreme heat (both in terms of the weather and emotions) can cause Pitta to become imbalanced. Good Pitta-balancing aroma blends are sweet, cooling oils, such as Rose, Fennel, and Sandalwood. Sometimes small amounts of soothing Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, or energising Lemon or Peppermint, can be added for the best results. If the weather gets too hot for you, mix 4 drops of Ylang Ylang and 4 drops of Sandalwood to make a bath infusion. W
arm Kapha blends are spicy and energising—perfect if you need a little help to wake up on a damp, cold morning. Basil, Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Rosemary are good Kapha-balancing oils. Add them to balancing oils such as Frankincense and Ylang Ylang. Create your own Kapha shower gel by adding 4-6 drops of Peppermint, Frankincense and Ylang Ylang to 2 ounces of unscented cleanser. Perk yourself up on a cold day with a Basil and Eucalyptus steam treatment—add one drop of each to hot water to clear your mind and freshen your spirits.
Once you have tried using essential aromatherapy oils to restore balance to your health, you will wonder how you coped without them. If you are unsure about creating your own at this stage, why not start with the Maharishi Ayurveda aroma oils. The Vata, Pitta and Kapha aroma oils are carefully balanced and can be used all year round to boost your mood, promote wellbeing, and restore harmony to your body, mind and spirit. One very special blend from Maharishi Ayurveda is the Aroma H blend for soothing Sadhaka Pitta. This oil helps balance and soothe both the physical and emotional heart.
Millions of people all over the world will attest to the wide range of psychological and physiological effects of aromatherapy oils. Users have reported various benefits, including relief from headaches, reduced stress levels, better sleep, elevated moods, muscle relaxation, an improved immune system, better blood circulation and relief from the symptoms of certain skin conditions. Some people swear by essential aromatherapy oils to relieve the symptoms of depression and other mental health issues. Aromatherapy treatments can be used alongside other natural health treatments, to allow you to create a natural, personal treatment package. Spend some time learning about the properties of different oils, which will help you create your own blends for your particular health needs. If you want to embrace herbal health remedies and beauty products (because beauty comes from within), aromatherapy essential oils are a good place to start.
Remember to exercise caution when using essential oils, both when you are blending them and using them. Only diluted oils should come in contact with your skin, and they are for external use only. Pure essential oils are extremely potent. Do not use any essential oils during pregnancy until you have checked with your doctor or midwife, as some oils are not suitable for use during pregnancy.
- Tips for Beauty and Aging from Maharishi Ayurveda (getbalance.co.nz)
- Experience the Beauty of Aromatherapy Essential Oils (getbalance.co.nz)