Ayurveda and Aromatherapy 

In Ayurveda aroma or essential oils collected from the plant are considered their life force or soul. 

The innate intelligence of the plant captured in essential oil can awaken our body, mind and senses. From an Ayurvedic perspective the ‘aroma’ is the life force or #prana, uplifting quality of the oils increases our Ojas (immunity) and the response of the body or the interaction of the body with the oil can improve Tejas (radiance and glow). 

Ayurvedic practitioners use essential oils, incense, and floral water to uplift the mood, calm and relax the nervous system, relieve imbalances of the doshas and improve cognitive and other physiological as well as psychological functions of the body.

Ayurveda also indicates to be mindful about the seasonal changes when using essential oils. In winter strong, spicy and hot oils such as eucalyptus, thyme or camphor can be used. The essential oils potentially are antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. They also have the ability to alter body chemistry and therapeutic responses.

Which Aromas are Best for Vata? 

Vatas are full of energy and creativity when their dosha is in balance. When unbalanced, Vatas have a hard time focusing that energy and they can become anxious and restless. That’s where aromatherapy comes in. 

Aromas suggested for Vata 
For someone whose primary dosha is Vata, warm, sweet, and sour aromas are generally the most balancing. 








You can place a drop of the oil on the back of your hand or wrist and inhale the scent. Another way to use aromatherapy is to place about 10 drops of an essential oil in hot water and allow the scent to fill the room for a half hour. It’s fun to experiment with the combinations and create your own essential oil mixtures. 

Explore for yourself and see which aromatherapy techniques work best for you.