Ayurveda, the science of Indian medicine which means “science of life,” goes back 4000 years in written script but the origins of this ancient science is said to be over 40,000 years old! The Vedas (ancient texts) state that there was a conference in the Himalayan caves by all the sages and masters to discuss how to alleviate human suffering. They put their heads together and realised that man was a microcosm of the macrocosm. Man was inter-dependent with nature and had to live in harmony with the Universe and firstly with himself. For this he needed to attain Mental Equilibrium. Ayurveda has specified ways in which aromatics, diet, herbs and even cosmetics could help sustain this mental equilibrium, as a good mind is of utmost importance for the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
In Ayurveda Aromatherapy we use the essential oils and base oils following the principles of this age-old science according to the elements, body types, personalities and, above all else, the state of the mind. Ayurveda is all about balance. It follows the ancient principle that believes anything in excess is poison. It greatly emphasizes the sense of Rasa (taste and smell) together with the Virya (potency) of the herb/oil and the Vipaka (post-digestive effect) of the herbs and oils, and determines the way they can be used for different disorders and conditions. Even cooking is therapeutic if done according to the Ayurveda principles and philosophy. The Ayurveda physicians mainly use herbal oil decoctions which are made by boiling the whole plant or plants together and adding a base oil, not the essential oils themselves.
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