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Ayurveda & Aromatherapy

Poonam Bhatia


Aromatherapy is a healing process that uses essential oils to correspond with each of the three doshas. Utilizing floral and herbal extracts, as well as incense, aromatherapy appeals to our sense of smell, which is very sensitive for human beings. When specific aromas are smelt, they trigger the brain to feel a certain emotion. This is similar to how the smell of a food being prepared can trigger a pleasant memory and then make you feel happy, or how a perfume scent can remind you of someone you know who wears that perfume and then trigger a certain feeling, whether it be negative or positive. 

These triggers that are prompted by aromas help to balance dosha disorders because they affect both the conscious and unconscious mind.

Combining certain oils can provide a sense of balance to the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) if they have been causing disorders and illnesses, and can be very therapeutic for the mind. For example, a headache can be caused by an imbalance of Vata. If you use aromatherapy oil combinations that appease the Vata dosha, the headache will disappear. Using modern pain medication seems unnecessary when a headache can be cured in a non-invasive manner.  

Keep in mind that these holistic techniques should never be a substitute for medical attention. Although they may aid in the correction of some disorders, these stress reduction methods are only an alternative approach. 

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