I have been dipping my toes into Ayurveda and aromatherapy lately. Why? For two reasons: 1. I have found myself very stressed and not feeling ‘myself’ lately and 2. I find both concepts rather interesting. Some people think Eastern medicine is a little ‘airy fairy’, but I personally believe it has merit. I am by no means an expert on this topic, however I will try my best to explain some concepts. I have also been loving the store Perfect Potion as they have a great range of products to support Ayurveda.
So, just what is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an Indian health practice that treats illness through aromatherapy, diet, herbal medicine, acupuncture, yoga, massage, meditation and balancing of energies*. According to Ayurveda, there are three body types that have certain physical and emotional characteristics: vata, pitta and kapha. Your body type depends on what you should do to remain balanced and healthy, and also what treatment you need if you are unwell. At first I was of course a little skeptical about Ayurveda until I started researching the three body types and realised how much I resonate with one of the body types.
I am a textbook vata. Vata’s physical characteristics include having a thin, light frame, bursts of energy and bouts of fatigue, dry skin and cold hands and feet*. Vata’s emotional characteristics include having a love for excitement and new experiences, and when they are balanced they are energetic and creative. However when vata is unbalanced they experience weight loss, restlessness, weakness insomnia and anxiety. To stay balanced vata should go to bed early, not skip meals, meditate, do light exercise and favour heavy and warm aromas (to name a few things). Everything noted about the vata dosha is completely accurate for me and I know I feel better whenever I follow the vata guidelines.
I became aware of Ayurveda through the store Perfect Potion. Perfect Potion recently opened at my local shopping centre, and I was intrigued as I had never visited one of the stores before. I didn’t know much about the products or what the store was about so I took a pamphlet home and had a read – which is where I discovered Ayurveda. At this time I was also feeling very unbalanced within myself and I wasn’t sleeping too well, so I decided to pick up some products to help myself.
The products I purchased were:
- The Chakra Balancing Mist
- Sweet Dreams Balm
- Sweet Dreams Bath Oil (this was a Christmas gift as I loved my other products so much)
The Chakra Balancing Mist can be sprayed all over the body to help balance your chakra. If you don’t know, chakra is another Indian belief that there are seven centres of spiritual power in the body. Through practice and use of some essential oils the chakras can be opened and balanced. The Perfect Potion Chakra Balancing Mist contains 23 essential oils to help open all seven centres. If you don’t like the scent of essential oils and natural products the Perfect Potion products may not be for you (I personally adore those scents). The Chakra Balancing Mist makes me feel so relaxed, calm and centred. I spray this on myself several times a day and I keep it in my handbag. The mist contains essential oils such as rose otto, bergamot, neroli, sage, lavender, ginger and geranium to name a few.
The Sweet Dreams Balm is absolutely amazing. The main notes in this product are chamomile, lavender and orange. I rub this on my temples and the back of my neck when I hop into bed and it helps me drift off to sleep almost instantly. I have found that I have been having deeper, better quality sleeps from using this product too. Again, you might not appreciate the scent of this product if you are sensitive to scents but I really love it. The Sweet Dreams Bath Oil has the same scent as the Balm and it is great to use after a stressful day.
I am definitely going to keep researching Ayurveda and aromatherapy as I have responded really well to this health practice so far. I will also be trying out more Perfect Potion products as they have so many products to help with various issues and skin types.
What are your thoughts on different medicine practices?
* Information from Body and Soul and The Chopra Centre.