"Doshas" in Ayurveda refer to your unique physical and mental constitution, which influence your personal well-being.
Balance & Imbalance:
The doshas are dynamic energies that constantly change in response to our actions, thoughts, emotions, the foods we eat, the seasons, and any other sensory inputs, such as aromas, that feed our mind and body. Everyone has a predominant dosha, plus each dosha has five sub-doshas, giving you a unique constitution. Ayurveda treats you based not only on your symptoms but also on your constitution. Thus, two people with the same symptoms may receive different treatments.
Imbalances can arise from any number of influences, including poor diet or, more generally, carrying too much stress in life. You can restore balance, however, when you understand both your unique constitutional make-up and how to harmonize your internal environment and its needs with the external world.
Ayurveda is not a “one pill fits all” approach to health, but a system of individualized care. It offers specifically tailored recommendations for every individual, ranging from general lifestyle changes to the treatment of disease, which is a state of imbalance.
We will talk about the three main Doshas. Each person has their own dominant dosha or combination of two or three of these elemental forces. If you are interested in finding out what your Dosha or sub-Dosha is, please take our free short quiz HERE.
Vata is linked to creativity and flexibility. A person with a predominantly Vata constitution will have physical and mental qualities that reflect the elemental qualities of Space and Air. That is why Vata types are commonly quick thinking, thin, and fast moving.
A balanced Vata individual is active, creative, and gifted with a natural ability to express and communicate. Common signs of Vata imbalance include anxiety and bodily disorders related to dryness, such as dry skin and constipation.
Tips for VATA:
-Engage in wholesome and contemplative activities (like spending time in nature).
-Follow a regular daily routine.
-Go to bed early.
-Do gentle physical exercise like yoga, swimming, tai chi, or walking.
To restore balance in Vata, scents should be soothing and warm. Our vata scent Peace Out is made with patchouli, vanilla + clove.
Pitta is closely related to intelligence, understanding, and the digestion of foods, thoughts, emotions, and experiences; it governs nutrition and metabolism, body temperature, and the light of understanding. A Pitta type will have qualities reflective of Fire and Water, such as a fiery personality and oily skin.
A balanced Pitta individual is blessed with a joyful disposition, a sharp intellect, and tremendous courage and drive. An imbalanced Pitta displays anger, rage, and ego, leaving an individual who is bitter with life and overbearing towards others. Pitta imbalances commonly manifest in the body as infection, inflammation, rashes, ulcers, heartburn, and fever.
Tips for PITTA:
-Avoid artificial stimulants.
-Engage in calming activities, like spending time in nature.
-Do calming physical exercise, such as yoga, swimming, tai chi, or walking.
To restore balance in Pitta, scents should be refreshing and cooling. Our pitta scent Zing is made with lemongrass, spearmint + green tea.
Kapha lends structure, solidity, and cohesiveness to all things, and is therefore associated primarily with the earth and water elements. Kapha also embodies the watery energies of love and compassion.
A Kapha type will typically have a solid bodily frame and calm temperament, reflecting the underlying elements of Earth and Water. When out of balance, Kapha triggers emotions of attachment, greed, and possessiveness and can also create stubbornness, lethargy, and resistance to change. Physically, kapha tends to invite stagnation and congestion in organs and tissues throughout the body-including the mind.
Tips for KAPHA:
-Avoid a luxurious, leisurely lifestyle
-Focus on non-attachment in daily life.
-Do emotional housekeeping regularly.
-Make time for introspective activities, like meditation and writing.
-Make a distinction between being nice and being taken advantage of.
-Go to bed early and rise early, with no daytime naps.
To restore balance in Kapha, scents should be warming and stimulating. Our Kapha scent Mornin’ Sunshine is made with lemon, rosemary + lemongrass.
What does soap have to do with my Dosha?
Ayurveda and Aromatherapy Tap Into the Power of Neuro-Associative Conditioning
The linking of a particular smell to an emotional state is known as neuro-associative conditioning, a technique that can be used to activate your inner pharmacy and increase your body's healing response. For example, if each time you sit to meditate you diffuse a sandalwood fragrance, you will soon learn to associate the feeling of relaxation with that aroma.
Imagine stepping into the shower or bath and feeling instantly balanced, as if a switch has flipped. You are surrounded by the calming scent of oils blended specifically for your Dosha type.
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