The Origin of Ayurveda Dates Back from 3000-5000 BC .Ayu Means “Life” and Veda Means “Science” – Ayurveda - The Science of Life.
In the Ayurveda healing system there are three different body types. Or “Doshas.” They are the Vata, Pitta and Kapha Doshas.
Vata Dosha (Body Type).
Vata types are thin framed people who move quickly and are full of frenetic energy.
The primary qualities of Vata body type are dry, light, cool, rough, subtle, and mobile. Which means warm oils are especially good for pacifying or calming Vata.
Let’s start with the base oils for massaging.
Because Vata types feel the cold more than other body types, Sesame Oil is the preferred choice of oil. It is naturally warming.
Another good choice for Vata body type is Almond oil because it is warming.
This body type is muscular and lean.
The main attributes of pitta are, oily, sharp, hot, light, fleshy-smelling.
Because Pitta and base oils share a number of qualities it’s best to use herbal oil when you are aiming to balance Pitta.
Other than herbal oils Sunflower Oil or Coconut Oils are great for the Pitta body type.
Big frames, slow learners, and lots of stamina once they get going. Usually dark hair.
The main qualities of Kapha body type are oily, cool, heavy, slow, smooth, soft, and static. Sesame Oil, almond oil, olive oil and corn oil are all warming.
Overview of essential oils for each body type.
For the primary Vata dosha, warm, sweet, and sour aromas are best for balancing this body type. For example… Basil, Orange, Rose, Geranium, Clove, Patchouli, Vanilla.
For the primary Pitta dosha, sweet and cooling aromas are generally the most balancing like Sandalwood, Mint, Jasmine, Lavender.
For someone who is the Kapha body type, warm, spicy, and stimulating aromas are the most balancing include Camphor, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Marjoram and Clove.
Vata essential oils.
Essential oils that suit Vata types are generally warmer, sweeter, calming, soothing oils that perhaps balance basic body and cell functions:
Carrier oils that are good for Vata include rich, warming oils like Avocado oil or – as they do well with seeds – Sesame oil as mentioned earlier.
Pitta essential oils.
Essential oils that suit Pitta types are generally light, cooling, and calming oils, which also help balance things like fevers, inflammation, and irritation:
Carrier oils that are good for Pitta include light, cooling base oils like Coconut oil or Olive oil as mentioned earlier.
Kapha essential oils.
Essential oils that suit Kapha types are generally warming and stimulating, helping with lymphatic drainage, and improving metabolism and immunity.
Carrier oils that are good for Kapha include ‘Tri-Doshic’ (all dosha) suitable oils like Coconut oil or Shea Butter.
Come into our shop and ff you are drawn to a particular oil… it can be because you are imbalanced, and you crave more of your dosha style.
other words, listen to your body because it knows what it need to right itself.
The body type test is free. You can download it by going to the top menu and select body type test. Or click this text. Once you're on the body type test page, right click on the PDF to download it to your device. Then follow the instructions on the test.