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Ayurveda and Doshas?
Ayurveda is a healing philosophy native to India. It is based on early literature from the Vedic period. Over the centuries, ayurvedic practitioners have developed medicinal procedures based on this philosophy.
Ayurveda is based on 5 elements including Ether, Earth, Water, Fire, and Air that compose both the universe and the human body. These elements are grouped together to create three doshas. Doshas are important because when they are in balance, the body will be healthy. When they are unbalanced, the body will be unhealthy.
Ayurvedic theory suggests that each human possesses a unique combination of the doshas and that they define the person's character and attributes. Think of it as the grandfather philosophy of all of the personality type studies in modern times.
The Pitta Dosha is Fire and Water. The Kapha Dosha is Earth and Ether. The Vata Dosha is Ether and Air. A person can be strong in any one dosha but have attributes of all doshas.
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Once you know what your dosha is, you can begin to help keep yourself in balance through following the aryuvedic principles for proper eating, exercise, & meditation. Essential oils are also recommended to help keep your dosha in balance.
Essential oils can be used to help balance the doshas:
Pitta Dosha: Associated with the elements of fire and water, Pittas are passionate and intense. They have a joyful disposition but they are subject to anger, jealousy, and short tempers when unbalanced. There is often a need to cool off and obtain clarity.
If you are a Pitta type, you may need calming and cooling oils to keep the fire element balanced. Oils such as Hawaiian Sandalwood, Indian Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, and Lavender would be great for cooling and calming. Oils such as Grapefruit, Wild Orange, and Lavender would be good for a refreshing massage.
Vata Dosha: Associated with the elements of ether and air, Vata types are quick thinking, thin, and fast moving. They are active and creative and have a natural ability to communicate. When unbalanced, vatas can have high anxiety and fast moving emotions.
Kapha Dosha: Associated with the elements of earth and water, Kappa types are patient, forgiving and slow to anger. They are loving and become easily attached. When they are unbalanced, kaphas can become lazy or stubborn as well as greedy.