You might have been wondering how long it would take the ex-Aromatherapist to do an Aromatherapy post!
About a year before I closed up my practice (due to arthritis in my thumbs – occupational hazard!), I learned how to give a beautiful Ayurvedic Aromatherapy Facial. Shortly after, at a conference trade show, I came across Oshadhi, a supplier of high quality essential oils, and realised that they have specific Ayurvedic blends which would work very well in that treatment. They did indeed!
If you are not familiar with Ayurveda, let me just try to do the impossible and sum it up in a nutshell. It is the ancient Indian system of lifestyle and healing practices (Ayur means life, Veda means science or knowledge) which includes yoga, meditation, diet, cleansing practices and herbal medicine. One of the foundations of Ayurveda is the idea of Doshas, or constitutional types, of which there are three – Vata, Pitta and Kapha – and everyone falls into one or a combination of these.
These lovely oils are available in Vata, Pitta and Kapha, so if you’re interested in what your Dosha is, the most comprehensive set of questionnaires I’ve come across are here at Joyful Belly. However, I’ve been using all three as I’m still using up my old stock, and if the Ayurvedic side of things doesn’t interest you, just go for the one you like best! The smells are not particularly easy to categorise as they’re quite complex blends, but I would say that the Vata oil is a bit citrusy, the Pitta is fresh and kinda spicy, and the Kapha is more woody.
I’ve been using them as facial oils at night. I wouldn’t have been able to do that as a youngster as I always had oily skin which didn’t really tolerate any extra oil, but now that my skin is drier these are such a treat to use a few times a week. I would recommend using them on evenings you are able to put them on early (you know, the ‘put your feet up in front of Outlander’ type of evenings – surely that’s not just me?) so that they’ve worked their way in before you go to bed. Your pillowcase will thank you, that’s all I’m sayin’.
Oshadhi have a whole range of other facial oils which I haven’t tried (yet!), so if you have or do, or if you try these Ayurvedic ones, please come back and let us know what you think of them.
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