Though principal incense usage in Ayurveda is for therapeutic reasons, they are also used daily for religious and other personal rituals for their effect on mind and mental states. The aromas were long known for bringing about a sense of relaxation, well-being and piousness- which further aid in meditation and de-stressing/relaxation practices.
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 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.
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