Essential oils for Your Dosha

Mood Oils

Here are a few sample recipes you can try at home. Massage one of the mixtures on your pulse or add it to any ayurvedic treatment that calls for essential oil. You can also omit the oil base and put a mixture into an aromatherapy diffuser or a hot bath.

Calming and warming (relieves anxiety; balances vata)
3 drops each neroli & lemon + 2 drops each jasmine & sandalwood + 1 drop vanilla + 1 oz. pure jojoba oil base

Calming and cooling (relieves anger; balances pitta)
5 drops each sandalwood & vetiver + 1 drop jasmine + 1 oz. pure jojoba oil base

Stimulating (relieves depression; balances kapha)
4 drops bergamot + 3 drops each lavendar & basil + 1 oz. pure jojoba oil base

Sedating (relieves insomnia; balances vata & pitta)
6 drops rose + 2 drops each jasmine & chamomile + 1 oz. pure jojoba oil base

Grounding and strengthening (relieves fear; balances vata)
4 drops patchouli + 2 drops each sandalwood & cardamom + 1 oz. pure jojoba oil base

Aromatherapy for Personal Balance in Every SeasonAyurveda talks about restoring balance to mind, body and spirit in every season. The three ayurvedic operators — Vata, Pitta andKapha — that control all the functions of the mind and body have seasons associated with them as well. Fall and winter are associated with Vata, spring with Kapha and summer with Pitta. There are traditional aroma blends that are particularly useful for restoring overall balance in each of these three seasons. Calming Vata, Cooling Pittaand Stimulating Kapha aroma blends are also useful for personal balance. If you need to pacify one of these doshas, these aroma blends are a convenient and very pleasant way to balance your environment.

Vata-balancing blends generally include sweet warming oils that soothe the mind and emotions and enhance serenity — Sweet Orange, Geranium Rose, Ylang Ylang, and Frankincense, for example. Try equal parts of Ylang Ylang and Frankincense (2-4 drops each) mixed in 2 oz. of a light massage oil such as Jojoba or Sweet Almond for a relaxing therapeutic full-body massage.

Pitta tends to get out of balance in situations of extreme heat, whether it be weather-related or emotions-related. Aroma blends for balancing Pitta include sweet cooling oils such as Rose, Fennel and Sandalwood, often with smaller amounts of soothing oils such as Ylang Ylang and Frankincense and some uplifting oils such as Lemon or Peppermint. The combinations are designed to keep you calm, yet focused and alert. Try 4 drops each of Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood for a bathwater infusion on hot days. 

Kapha blends are generally warm, spicy and invigorating, designed to wake you up on damp, cold, gray spring days. They contain vital oils such as Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Basil, with smaller amounts of balancing oils such as Frankincense or Ylang Ylang. Try four drops of Peppermint and 2 drops each of Frankincense and Ylang Ylang as a bath infusion in a morning bath or as part of your shower gel (use 4-6 drops per 2 oz. of unscented cleanser).