Dr Rama Prasad

Aroma in Therapy
  • Essential oils are used in ayurvedic therapies for subtle, complete and accelerated healing. 
  • Essential oils play an important role in transdermal formulations and skin care that spices do in cooked preparations and compound herbal formulations that we eat.
  • Apart from being powerful healers, they work as yogavahis (those optimizes the bio-availability of other herbs).
  • Essential oils help create health through the sense of smell, and many offer targeted benefit for different subdoshas (all doshas hve 5 or more subdoshas).
    • Example: Rose is renowned for its ability to pacify Pitta aggravation (overheating, red skin, burning sensation), and in particular Sadhaka Pitta, the subdosha of Pitta that governs the emotional heart.
    • Example: Sandalwood is another aroma that helps pacify Pitta, particularly, Sadhaka Pitta.
    • Example: Lavender helps pacify Prana Vata, the subdosha of Vata that governs the mind and nervous system, and thus helps promote restful sleep.
  • Like herbs, aromas need to be combined carefully for synergistic results. If used incorrectly, aromas can actually create health conditions and lead to irritation, headaches and the like.

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