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Healing Aromatherapy for Your Ayurvedic Type

Healing Aromatherapy for Your Ayurvedic Type

The state of your weight, your digestion, your skin and hair are all reflections of your dosha, or Ayurvedic type. This ancient system not only gives fascinating information about you and your basic constitution, it suggests the perfect aroma oils for balance and healing. Take our quiz to find out your dosha, get helpful information from this traditional wisdom–and then treat yourself to a luxurious healing experience with oils and ingredients formulated just for you.

According to ancient wisdom, the three basic Ayurvedic types are earthy Kapha, airy Vata, and fiery Pitta. Take the quiz to find out your Ayurvedic type.

Our skins are highly permeable; any substance we place on them will be absorbed into our bodies to some extent (which is why it’s essential for our beauty products to be pure). Combine this transdermal effect with aromatherapy, which demonstrates the impact of certain aromas on our mind/body/spirit, and we have a winning combination for balance and healing.

Kapha may be sluggish and slow to burn off extra pounds, with oily hair and skin, enlarged pores and acne. To balance too much Kapha, try these invigorating or warming essential oils:

Basil, coriander, eucalyptus, juniper, lemon, rosemary

Vata may be anxious and ungrounded, constipated, with sensitive skin and hair and a taut or dry complexion. To balance too much Vata, soothe yourself with calming or warming essential oils:

Amber, clove, frankincense, lavender, rose geranium, sweet orange, ylang ylang

Pitta may be irritable, with frequent heartburn, and skin tending to rashes and inflammations. To balance too much Pitta, choose soothing and cooling oils:

Fennel, jasmine, mint, rose, sandalwood, vetiver

Just place 2 to 4 drops of oil in your bath, or add a few drops to one ounce of carrier oil, such as jojoba, and use for massage.

Or treat yourself to a lovely Dosha Spa Bath:

Kapha: Add the peel of one organic lemon, a sprig of fresh or dried rosemary, and a sprig of fresh basil to your bath, along with a few drops of your favorite essential oil from the list.

Vata: Stud a small organic orange with a few whole cloves and add to your bath, along with a sprig of fresh or dried lavender and a few drops of your favorite essential oil from the list.

Pitta: Toss a handful of organic rose petals and a sprig of fresh mint into your bath, along with a few drops of your favorite essential oil from the list.

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By the Care2 Staff.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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8:49AM PDT on Jun 30, 2011


2:08PM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

Now, I know why I love the smell of lemon. I really like basil and rosemary too.

1:17PM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

thank you

4:45AM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

Noted with thanks.

4:31AM PST on Jan 17, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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5:27AM PDT on Jun 23, 2010

great-- thank you for this article :-)

8:35PM PDT on May 23, 2010


4:41AM PDT on May 18, 2010

They're all so interesting :D

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