Use of Essential Oils in Ayurveda

by Sumedha Rewar

Aroma creates a triggering effect for the body, mind, and emotions. The natural essential oils have therapeutic values having a positive impact on the body. They can act on the body with direct impact on the nervous system. There is a deep sense of smell triggering in the range of effects. The natural essential oils are always having therapeutic values with their effect on the sensory mechanism.

There are many blends of Ayurvedic oils helping in getting the balance of mind and body. The use of essential oils is becoming popular these days and people are adapting the natural ways of healing. Ayurveda uses only the essential oils from plant origin. Aromatherapy includes Ayurvedic concepts relating to Prana (life force), Soma (regenerative fluids), Pancha Mahabhutas (5 universal elements) and Ojas (immunological essence).

Ayurveda contains richly fragrant ingredients. The treatments include aromatic oils which have the herbal ground for therapeutic treatments.

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Aromatic Plants used in Ayurveda

Ayurveda is filled with aromatic plants having unique properties. The herbaceous species include coriander, holy basil (Tulsi), fennel, mint, and sages. Flowers include rose, lotus, jasmine, Champa, and marigold. Aroma roots include calamus, vetiver, and valerian. The resins include frankincense and guggul. Aroma trees are pine, eucalyptus, cedar, sandalwood, and agarwood. The spicy elements are cinnamon, long pepper, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and cardamom. Lemongrass is a special aromatic grass for ayurvedic feel.

Uses of Aromatic Plants

There are many raw ingredients used in aromatherapy with diversified preparations. It could be massage gels, diffuser, room spray, formulations or any form of the aroma oils to use the ayurvedic concepts.

Medicated Oils

Medicated oils are used in Ayurvedic treatments. They are applied during massages and applied in the body with rhythmic motions. There are many combinational oils having aroma plants as their primary ingredients. It improves blood circulation, reduces inflammation, treats skin infections, calms mind and anxiety. It can be diluted with carrier oils for massage.

Steam and Sauna

Ayurvedic oils are included in full body steam baths. In some cases, direct herbs and plants are used for aromatic therapy. The patient sits in the steam cabinet and uses the herbs placed in the steamer with water vapors for direct impact on the body. It opens the pores of the skin and infuses herbal qualities into it.

Nasya therapy

This therapy includes the usage of medicated substances being injected to the sinus. It is a treatment for chronic sinus, migraines, brain, and insomnia. The sinus cavities are cleared off and the blood circulation in brain region increases. Nasya therapy has to be done by a trained practitioner as the essential oils can’t be put directly into sinuses.

Pills, teas, confections, and powders

Ayurveda offers herbal preparations for ingesting through teas, pills, powders, wines, syrups and other forms. The herbs are used for different purposes and have different benefits. Digestive and respiratory problems can be cured and it gives relief to decongestion, immunity and other benefits. Herbal flowers are commonly used in the preparation of flavored tea.

Incense and diffusers

Incense therapy is used for many centuries and they exist in Ayurveda. Fumigation is commonly used in Ayurveda for purification and protection. It can treat emotional stresses and eliminate anxiety from your body. There are herbs having direct effects on mood and emotions. Some of the aroma ingredients are used for treating your inner spirit. There are flowers, spices, and resins used from the herbal plants and trees for ayurvedic treatment.

Always remember that herbal plants could have toxic effects on the body. There are many synthetic fragrances having no use for the body but still used at many places. Some natural herbs are non-suitable for ingestion. Hence, you must take guidance from an expert practitioner before making use of the essential oils in any form. You can get the best out of your efforts only after your full research and association with a knowledgeable practitioner.

Best of Luck..!!


Sumedha Rewar
Sumedha Rewar
Sumedha Rewar is an expert in aroma-therapy and has experience in sharing valuable information for Reiki and Yoga articles as well. She is eager to know about the newest trends in the market and researching about them in the best way. Her experiments in essential oils with the scientific study have motivated her towards sharing the valuable information for the same.

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