According to ancient Ayurvedic medicine, there are three doshas which govern the human body: vata dosha, kapha dosha, and pitta dosha. Every individual has each of these three doshas within them, but we all have a dominant dosha that defines our physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual makeup.
Through balancing this dominant dosha, we are able to feel physically, mentally, and spiritually at our peak. When this dosha is not balanced, we feel the negative affects.
The kapha dosha is a watery, earth element, often exhibiting soft, round, and glowing characteristics. The kapha predominant type is usually easy-going and relaxed, preferring to take life as it comes, and not rushing anywhere. They tend to have stockier builds and may struggle with weight gain. Kaphas almost always have oily skin and thick hair. While they tend to have healthy immune systems, kapha dominant body types suffer from frequent sinus problems, including congestion and infections.
Overall, kapha doshas do best when balancing themselves with cool (but not cold) and dry environments. The same is true for essential oils. Reaching for oils that have cool, drying effects and using them in conjunction with lighter carrier oils, like sesame oil or grape seed oil as well as witch hazel, will offer the perfect balance, cleansing the skin and cooling the body.
The following essential oils are perfect for most kapha doshas:
Tree tree oil is known for its cleansing and purifying properties. Despite its ability to stimulate blood circulation and enhance hormone secretions, tea tree oil actually has a drying affect to the body, creating a perfect balance for the kapha dosha. When used in aromatherapy, it makes a great expectorant, bringing relief from sinus congestion and preventing infections.
This versatile oil is great for the skin of a kapha dosha. Naturally cleansing, it reduces the size of pores and dries out the skin while also offer rejuvenating affects. Lavender reduces acne caused by the oily skin of a kapha. Similar to tea tree oil, lavender also works well to break up congestion and relieve the throat and sinuses.
The familiar scent of peppermint essential oil is mentally stimulating and invigorating. When the kapha dosha is off balance, the mind can feel slow and sluggish, making them more prone to depression. Peppermint offers an uplifting scent which aids in reducing feelings of mental fog. Complete with cooling properties, peppermint mixed with witch hazel in a glass spritzer bottle offers the perfect cooling and balancing affect for the kapha dosha.
Sage essential oil is among the top oils for cleansing and purifying. With expectorant properties similar to tea tree oil, this oil aids in reduction of excess mucus. It also reduces inflammation caused by elevated body heat when subjected to humid climates. It’s aroma increases mental stability and clarity, uplifting cognitive abilities.
Eucalyptus essential oil makes a great addition to a kapha dosha’s bath or shower. The uplifting scent offers mental clarity while the cooling and cleansing properties of this familiar oil are perfect to balance oily skin. It also makes a great addition to aromatherapy for purifying the breathing passages.
Each of these oils can be used in blends for spritzing or rolling onto the wrists throughout the day, as well as aromatherapy in a diffuser. By using these essential oils in daily life, combined with high impact, energizing exercises, the kapha dosha is sure to see a great deal of balance in their mind, body, and spirit.