Aromatherapy to Balance an Ayurvedic Springtime

wet spring

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The traditional medicine of India is known as Ayurveda. This 5,000-year-old system looks at health in a different way. Each person is seen through their ‘dosha,’ and illness is tended to based on this dosha. The times of year have a dosha attached to them as well. This time of year – with wet, heavy spring weather – is attributed to the dosha associated with water and earth. So, we can see why allergies and congestion play a strong role in early spring. Now, let’s examine these problems in an Ayurvedic way.

‘Kapha’ is the dosha for a cool springtime as water and earth forge to make mud. On a muddy spring day you can tend to feel heavy and bogged down like the wet earth. You have excess mucus that makes breathing difficult so you try to sneeze it away. Or, you feel sluggish and lose the motivation to complete that morning run. Ayurveda says to combat this slow-moving Kapha time you need warmth to balance the cool wetness.

Aromatherapy is a pleasing and effective method often used daily in Ayurveda. Essential oils can ease spring congestion and balance Kapha. Warming oils, such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove and ginger, can be used in massage to dispel the heavy weight of Kapha. Stuck mucus can be moved by inhaling essential oils of eucalyptus, hyssop or rosemary. To help with immunity try an Aromatherapy bath with basil, oregano or thyme.

A technique to motivate Kapha off the couch, or out of bed, is to diffuse a blend to give this dosha a little get up and go.
Move Kapha diffuser blend
3 drops Basil (Ocimum basilicum) essential oil
1 drop Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) essential oil
3 drops Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) essential oil
5 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil
Mix essential oils in a dropper top bottle. Add to a diffuser per the manufacturer’s instructions.