Ayurvedic Essential Oils – Usage and Relevance to Doshas
Ayurvedic essential oils have been used since 1000s of years. They had their roots in ancient India and China. Essential oils were even gifted to kings and queens during cultural and religious ceremonies. So, what is their importance? What are some of the significant oils that can help us in our day-to-day life?
The Ayurvedic pharmacy is filled with aromatic plants that are well known throughout the world, as well as its own collection of unique species. Herbaceous species include tulsi (holy basil), coriander, sages, fennel and mints. Aromatic roots include vetiver, valerian, and calamus. Flowers include roses, jasmine, champa, marigolds and lotuses. Tree species include sandalwood, cedar, agarwood, pine, and eucalyptus. Many resins are utilized, including frankincense and guggul, a species of myrrh. Ayurveda is also rich in spices, including cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, long pepper, ginger, nutmeg, and clove. Several aromatic grasses are found, such as lemongrass.