The powerful fragrant scent of incense is supposed to purify the mind, body and spirit. During religious rituals and other ceremonies, the scent rising upwards is supposed to take our prayers, requests, and gratitude towards heaven.
We find a very important and surprisingly similar correlation to lighting incense and religious ceremonies all across the world across various religions and faiths.
Aromas for the various Ayurvedic Body Type
Warming and pleasant aromas are best for Vata types. Care should be taken that the fragrances are not over-stimulating, since that would have an adverse effect on the already nervous Vata mental state.
Fragrances such as Sandalwood, Lotus, Cinnamon, Camphor and Basil are best for Vata types.
Some typical aromas for Pitta are-
Cooling and pleasant aromas are best for Pitta types.
Fragrances such as Sandalwood, Rose, Lemongrass, Lotus, Lavender, Lily, Gardenia and Iris are best for Pitta types.
Some typical aromas for Kapha are-
Spicy and Resinous aromas are best for the Kapha types.
Fragrances such as Clove, Sage, Cedar, Frankincense and Myrrh are best for Kapha types.
The mixed Ayurvedic body types could use aromas from either of the dosha types category, depending on which dosha is more predominant at a given time or for whose imbalance therapeutic healing is sought.