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What is Ayurvedic Aromatherapy and how do we use it?

In general, aromatherapy is applied using the therapeutic properties of essential oils. Although the Ayurvedic perspective is similar, energetic properties are taken into account as well. The chemical makeup of each oil has certain energetic effects, such as soothing, heating, cooling, and carminative. For instance, in Ayurveda essential oils composed of phenols are considered heating oils, such as clove and oregano. Whereas essential oils composed of sesquiterpenes are considered to be cooling, such as chamomile. There are also essential oils that are more neutral, which contain esters and are considered balancers, such as lavender.

Utilizing this concept and in combination with a person’s Prakruti, environment, mood, and preferred fragrance, we can curate blends for a desired effect. Let’s provide an example and if you have not read our Dosha blog yet, it would be useful to do so in order to understand this concept better. Let’s say you’ve discovered you have a Vata predominant Prakruti. Vata types have a tendency to have dry skin and with an added cold environment, their skin might be more scaly and flaky. Now remember certain environments, diets, and lifestyles affect our Prakruti leading to imbalances if proper care isn’t taken to prevent deviations from our unique equilibrium.

So how do we remedy this? We will use a carrier oil that has hydrating properties combined with heating and moisturizing essential oils, bringing upon a soothing effect. That is the beauty of having a pharmacist as our head Ayurvedic Aromatherapist. Using the chemical properties and Ayurvedic energetic principles of essential oils, Anjali has curated flagship products that can be used in all Prakruti constitutions. In order to attain a desired effect, a knowledgeable aromatherapist must understand the chemistry within the essential oils to achieve a synergistic blend. So the person from above benefits from using the Vata Balancing Body Oil. The carrier oil in this blend is sesame oil which is an effective emollient, very hydrating and nourishing to the skin. The blend also has essential oils myrrh, eucalyptus, and frankincense which produce an Ayurvedic effect of warming, providing comfort and a grounding sensation.

Ayurveda helps us be more aware of our wellness and keeps us in tune with our minds and bodies. Understanding these principles can benefit those who are willing to make an effort in dedicating time to an inward journey. Applying our body oils via the Abhyanga technique is one method to help better understand ourselves, by practicing self-love we are attune to the subtleties of our underlying emotions. Anjali uses modern blending techniques in combination with Ayurvedic energetic principles to create natural bespoke skin care, while keeping in mind the safety and desires of her clients. It is truly worth gifting yourself the knowledge of natural wellness by taking our dosha quiz or reaching out to Anjali for a consultation today.

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