aromatherapy for vata dosha – essential oils for relaxation

[Versione italiana dell’articolo – Bilanciare il dosha Vata con l’aromaterapia – Essenze antistress e rilassanti]

If you sometimes feel restless, with many thoughts on your mind, and because of this you lack clarity or you don’t have time to reflect, you may be experiencing an imbalance in the Vata dosha. Vata in Ayurveda is the dosha that speaks about activity, movement, and lively intelligence; but it also tells us how these characteristics can lead to their opposite: restlessness, lack of vision, loss of one’s orientation, and mood swings.

Those who live the Vata dosha need to relax to be able to concentrate; they need to take a breath and to use their talents for their own benefit, and not against themselves. Vata often trips himself up, his great speed of thought and sometimes movement leads him to get lost in action or reflections, with the result of losing concreteness and lucidity, and perhaps ending with exhaustion.

So when we feel this kind of imbalance, our essential oils can help us. Not only that: the practice of Ayurvedic massage is a very useful practice, because Vata tends to forget his own body (and that of others), so he also needs to anchor himself to physical sensations, body pleasure, and sensoriality in general. A choice of foods in line with one’s “earth” needs will also help, so nutritious foods and not just chips and snacks.

bergamot essential oil

Which essential oils can help us? I have chosen two, which can also be smelled every day, in the diffuser, or used in massages or self-massage.

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia): a prince of aromatherapy, it gives both a sunny sensation and a feeling of balance and composure. Ideal when we feel unbalanced, restless, and out of place. Or simply when we realize that it is time to put our feet on the ground (symbolically and physically), or that a hot bath or foot bath would do us really good to experience a nourishing pleasure.

Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia): the oleoresin extraction gives an enveloping and nourishing scent, which combines intensity and well-being. The first documented use of Vanilla was a drink made from cocoa beans (Theobroma cacao) by the Aztecs. It was then introduced to Europe by the Spanish in the 16th century and to Madagascar by the French in the 19th century.
Unmissable in massages, but also in self-produced body creams. A typical element of gourmand fragrances, in which we can indulge ourselves in creating pastry creams … to spread on the body! To be used when we feel we need a cuddle and to slow down a little in a pleasant way.

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