Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural oils extracted from different plant parts to enhance psychological and physical well being. What can aromas do for you?
Aromas from essential oils are widely believed to enhance brain functions. They can be absorbed through the skin, enter the blood stream and provide whole body healing.
Aromatherapy has even shown its power in dementia patients. It is known to enhance memory.1
Of course, it does. Ayurveda recommends aromatherapy in your daily routines. Here’s what you can do.
Apply aromatic oils to your skin (abhyanga).
Inhale diffused essential oils.
Burn natural candles and incense.
Keep arrangements of fresh fragrant flowers in your home or work place.
Grow aromatic plants and trees in your garden.
Fall and winter are generally associated with Vata dosha.
Warm, sweet and sour aromas generally help to warm Vata dosha. These aromas include – Basil, Orange, Clove, Rose, Vanilla, Geranium, Patchouli, Amber, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Sandalwood, Thyme, Lemongrass, Frankincense, Coriander, Cardamom and Camphor. Aromatic blends for Vata dosha can also be a nice way to receive the benefits of essential oils.
By practicing these simple techniques the cold, irregular and quick nature of Vata can be tackled. You can attain concentration, improve memory and reduce stress. It can also help you get a good night’s sleep.
1 Jimbo, D, et al. “Effect of Aromatherapy on Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease.”Psychogeriatrics : the Official Journal of the Japanese Psychogeriatric Society., U.S. National Library of Medicine, Dec. 2009, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20377818/.
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