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Aroma gifts from nature - the power of fragrances

According to Maharishi Ayurveda, the key to our health lies in the three doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha. If they are in their natural, individual balance, we feel good, productive and are in very good health *. If, on the other hand, the doshas become unbalanced, Maharishi Ayurveda knows various therapies to balance them.

Some of these therapies use our five senses directly, for example music and sound therapy (sense of hearing), massages and abhyanga (sense of touch), color and light therapy (sense of sight) or Ayurvedic nutrition (sense of taste). According to Ayurveda, we can also use the sense of smell to balance the doshas. With the incredible energy of the fragrances.

Why do fragrances affect us so strongly?

Did you know that the sense of smell is one of the oldest senses in vertebrate evolution? We smell with every breath. There are around 10 million olfactory cells in our olfactory mucous membrane!

When we first walk into a room or meet a stranger, it is usually the sense of smell that creates the first impression. Many people unconsciously say: "I can't smell him / her". Our memories, our emotions, are also closely linked to smells and smells. A smell can suddenly transport us back to a long-ago and long-forgotten situation in which we first noticed it.

When seeing, hearing, feeling and tasting, the impressions first have to be processed and assessed in the cerebral cortex of the brain. Fragrances, on the other hand, reach the limbic system of the brain via the so-called olfactory bulb, which also influences the control of emotions, memory and drive. So before we consciously perceive a scent, it has already touched us on an unconscious level. The limbic system in the brain is also responsible for the release of endorphins, the body's own "happiness hormones". Therefore, fragrances can release these messenger substances and evoke feelings of relaxation, wellbeing and happiness.

How does Ayurveda use the power of fragrances?

In Ayurveda, a large number of substances are used as aromatic substances. Essential oils, the essences, also called "life force" or "soul" of the plants, are present in the flowers, fruits, leaves, woods, seeds, roots or bark of plants. Each fragrance unfolds its own effect on the doshas. For Maharishi Ayurveda, experienced Vaidyas (Ayurveda scholars) have composed exclusive fragrance combinations based on authentic texts, which can be used comfortably and effectively.

For a Vata aroma oil, sweet, heavy and sour aromas are used, such as orange, geranium and basil. They can help calm down an elevated Vata Dosha.

The Pitta Dosha is soothed by cooling, sweet aromas such as B. sandalwood, ylang-ylang and lavender. This is why the Pitta aromatic oil is particularly suitable for irritable moods and on hot summer days. Our Pitta aroma oil consists largely of particularly precious sandalwood oil of high and rare quality (Santalum album).

The Kapha type is stimulated by spicy, hot, bitter and warming scents such as rosemary, eucalyptus, camphor and frankincense. Kapha aromatic oil is therefore particularly recommended in spring and for people who are dominated by Kapha.

Nidra aromatic oil is wonderfully suitable for preparing for a relaxing, regenerating night's sleep and contains, among other things. Bergamot, marjoram, lavender.

Juniper, myrrh, peppermint: these essential oils form a.o. the balanced composition of the Meda aromatic oil. Ideal in conjunction with Meda food supplements. Many people in our affluent society have too much meda-dhatu (adipose tissue). Meda products can harmonize the dhatu.

The Maharishi Ayurveda massage and hair oils for Vata, Pitta and Kapha also contain carefully selected essential oils whose wonderfully fresh aromas have a wonderful dosha-balancing effect even during the body or head massage. For example Vata massage oil with lemon and Pitta massage oil with sandalwood.

It is important for Ayurvedic aromatherapy that only high-quality essential oils are used.

What are high quality fragrance oils?

The highest quality and the most effective aroma have essential oils that are 100% natural and completely pure, are made from organically grown plants or wild growth, gently and without the use of chemicals and that do not contain any synthetic additives. Criteria that are strictly adhered to with our Maharishi Ayurveda products.

High-quality essential oils should be cold-pressed and gently distilled. As a result, most of the active components contained in the oils are retained. The effort is accordingly high: to obtain just one kilogram of essential oil, you need an average of 70 kilograms of plant material! To produce one kilogram of lavender oil, it is even 160 kilograms and for one kilogram of rose oil the unimaginable amount of 4,000 kilograms of rose petals.

How are aromatic oils best used?

Good oils should be stored in colored bottles, protected from the sun and in a cool place. The most effective way to use essential oils is to use a micro-atomizer, which quickly turns the essential oils into millions of tiny ionized fragrance particles. As a result, the oils do not condense and fill the entire room with a wonderful fragrance for a long time.

Mixed with a base oil, for example almond or jojoba oil, your aromatic oil will also accompany you through the day as a perfume.

Pure wellness - with Ayurvedic aromatic oils

Many customers report that they always take a bottle of Vata aromatic oil with them when they travel. In the evening, dripping a few drops on a handkerchief lying on the pillow, the aromas soothe the heightened Vata dosha and ease it. Give it a try!

Pamper yourself in the evening with a relaxing full bath to which you add a few drops of nidra aromatic oil to prepare for a regenerating night's sleep and listen to the soothing sounds of Maharishi Gandharva-Veda music. Pure wellness!

* If you are new to Ayurveda and would like to find out more about the three doshas, ​​we recommend the article “What you should know about Vata, Pitta, Kapha”.