Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, translates best as “the science of life”. Ayurveda, using the five sense therapies, seeks to restore the true inherent nature in ourselves that was present at our birth. This true nature is called “prakruti” and we all have a unique thumbprint of a combination of the three doshas. The three doshas are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These doshas are life forces that are combinations of the five elements. Vata is air and ether. Pitta is fire and water. Kapha is water and earth. The doshas are predominant in different seasons.
Vata’s season is winter as it is airy, light and cold (which embody the qualities of air and ether). Pitta’s season is summer with the hot, wet and oily nature of fire and water. Kapha’s season is the cool, wet, heavy spring that embodies the qualities of water and earth. To pare down Kapha: water and earth getting together makes mud. Kapha emerges with the heavy wetness of spring, and with this, often mucous and sluggishness tag along.
Living a life out of balance of our inherent constitutions, or prakruti, gives rise to excess dosha within ourselves. This excess dosha shows itself as symptoms of the body and mind. Ayurveda is the path to bringing the excess doshas back to their original state, thus restoring optimal health and peace of mind.
Aromatherapy for Kapha
Ayurvedic protocol to restore balance employs the five senses to take in appropriate therapies to reduce excess dosha. Aromatherapy employs our sense of smell to take in essential oils, resins and incenses that will pacify the excess doshas. When making essential oil blends for reducing Kapha it is best to select oils that are spicy, warming and slightly drying. Opposites balance in Ayurveda: warm and dry qualities will balance the heavy, cold and wet nature of excess Kapha dosha. Cardamom, cedar, cinnamon, ginger, pepper, clove, frankincense and tulsi are all good choices. These oils are pungent and powerful and there is no need to be heavy handed when making your blends. A blend should remain pleasing overall, and seeing that we all are made of a combination of all the doshas, adding in soothing chamomile and lavender to a spicy Kapha Blend will appeal to your other doshas and make the blend more palatable.
When spring arrives we will all naturally feel an increase in the Kapha dosha as it takes its seasonal lead above the other two doshas. If you are prone to excess Kapha constitutionally, or just to counteract the natural increase, use aromatherapy as an effective therapy for keeping the cold, wet heavy dosha in check:
**Use aromatherapy often in kapha reducing massages, which include brisk, stimulating strokes and a Kapha essential oil blend enriched massage oil.
**Use Kapha Blend to add to your diffuser or a room spritzer. Keep this by your desk, or any area where you are engaged in the mind yet inactive in the body, and spritz as often as needed. It will help to get up and walk around a bit in the freshened up air.
**Use Kapha Roll-On on your pulse points throughout the day and give yourself short, stimulating massages. You can also use Kapha Roll-On as a perfume or layer under your body lotions, or it on your wrists throughout the day to wake up and break through a sluggish moment.
**Perhaps the easiest way to reduce Kapha through aromatherapy is to apply a drop of Kapha Blend to your palms, rub them together briskly and inhale deeply a few times. This takes only a moment and is highly effective.
Aromatherapy is a highly pleasing, convenient and effective way to bring Ayurveda into our everyday lives. Please check out the Kapha blend product pages for more info on Kapha aromatherapy.