Aromatherapy is one way Kaphas can reinvigorate their dosha and get back on track.
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Many people have experienced powerful results using this ancient practice, including relief from migraine headaches, joint pain, skin rashes, anxiety, insomnia, and many other physical and emotional conditions.
Tap Into the Power of Neuro-Associative ConditioningThe linking of a particular smell to an emotional state is known as neuro-associative conditioning, a technique that can be used to activate your inner pharmacy and increase your body's healing response. For example, if each time you sit to meditate you diffuse a sandalwood fragrance, you’ll soon learn to associate the feeling of relaxation with that aroma.
Which Aromas Are Best for You?For someone whose primary dosha is Kapha, warm, spicy, and stimulating aromas are generally the most balancing. These aromas include …
Aromatherapy TechniquesOne 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. You can also use an electric aromatherapy diffuser or a candle-powered aroma pot. Portable diffusers that plug into USB ports are available now too, so you can use them at your desk. And if you have a USB port in your car, you can transform your daily commute from a dreaded event to a healing experience.
Aromatic oils are also used in Ayurveda as part of steam therapy. You can try this at home by placing a few drops of oil on a towel in a hot shower and spending a few minutes bathing your body in the aromatic steam.
You can also carry the scent with you by placing a drop of the oil on the back of your hand or wrist and inhaling the scent periodically. The pure oil itself can be diluted with carrier oils such as olive oil, jojoba, or grape seed oil. Experiment with the combinations and create your own essential oil mixtures for your daily Abhy or self-massage.
Explore for yourself and see which aromatherapy techniques work best for you.