The Ayurveda system relies on multiple regimes to attain health and includes diet, lifestyle, yoga, life-affirming mental attitude, therapies as well as Ayurvedic medicine.
The doshas refer to specific elements of nature and every person is made up of various combinations of such doshas. Although the universal elements are divided into five - that being air, earth, fire, water and ether - the Ayurveda system only uses the three idosha to make up the individual, although the doshas incorporate all five elements in varying degrees within the doshas.
Kapha is a combination of earth and water, with water being the dominant one. Kapha governs the body's structure, tissues and maintains stability, cohesion, fluid balance as well as biological strength. Kapha is also sometimes referred to as phlegm.
People that are predominantly Kapha are solid, steady, have great endurance, even-tempered and calm with a predisposition to gain weight on their normally large body frame, as well as having problems with their sinuses, obesity, mental and physical lethargy and a tendency to procrastinate.
Kapha Traits: The main qualities of Kapha are unctuous, cool, heavy, slow, smooth, soft and static. Kapha and oil share most qualities. Because like increases like, using oil, especially cool oil, may increase Kapha rather than decrease it. However, because oil has the ability to absorb the qualities of substances it is prepared with, appropriate herbal oils can decrease Kapha.
Types of Oil That Are Best for Kapha: Abhyanga with warm oil is best for kapha. While sesame, corn and mustard oils are all helpful because they are warming, herbal oils are an even better choice for Kapha, as they add more Kapha pacifying properties to the oil. Kapha Massage Oil is a good choice for general use.
|Wintergreen||Gaultheria procumbens (wintegreen)|
|Asafoetida||Ferula assafoetida oi|
|Basil||Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil|
|Eucalyptus||Eucalyptus globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil|
|Marjoram||Marjoram (Origanum Majorana) Oil|
|Tea Tree||Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil|
|Cinnamon||Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Leaf Oil|
|Ginger||Ginger (Zingiber Officinate) Root Oil|
|Juniper||juniperus communis (juniper) berry oil|