BC Alliance of Aromatherapy Continuing Education one day event was held on September 30th in Tsawwassen, BC. The speaker for this one day event was “The Spice Mistress” Glynnis Osher. In this one day event Glynnis Osher presented holistic aroma-wellness concept of Ayurveda, Aromatherapy, and Aromanutrition. Glynnis is a passionate teacher, artist, certified Ayurvedic practitioner, and published author specializing in the healing arts of Ayurveda, Aromatherapy and Aromanutrition. She is magnetically drawn to the wellness paths of Ayurveda and aromatherapy and she strongly advocates these modalities as a way to awaken to a life of sustainable wellbeing and beauty.
As per Glyniss words “Ayurveda is an ancient science of life, that can help us fulfill our life purpose while living healthy and happy life. By integrating wisdom of the Ayurvedic daily practice with the aromatic botanical intelligence of essential oils we can achieve this. This living healing system taps into our inner knowing for the health of our entire being as connected to the dynamic rhythms of Nature.”
In Ayurveda, the most basic building blocks of the material world are the five elements: ether (space), air, fire, water, and earth. Doshas are one of the most foundational concepts in the tradition of Ayurveda, representing three basic types of energy.
Vata Dosha is characterized by the mobile nature of AIR energy. Vata governs Movement and Communication.
Vata-balancing essential oils generally include sweet, dense warming oils that soothe the mind and emotions and enhance serenity such as Sweet Orange, Geranium Rose, Ylang Ylang, Nutmeg, Cardamom Frankincense, Palo Santo, Cedar wood.
Pitta Dosha embodies the transformative nature of FIRE energy. Pitta oversees Digestion and Transformation.
Pitta tends to get out of balance in situations of extreme heat, whether it be weather-related or emotions-related. Aroma blends for balancing Pitta include sweet cooling oils such as Clary Sage, Lotus Rose, Fennel and Sandalwood.
Kapha Dosha reflects the binding nature of WATER/EARTH energy. Kapha provides Cohesiveness, Structure, and Lubrication.
Kapha balancing blends are generally warm, spicy and invigorating. Kapha needs to be energized and stimulated by aromatherapy. The best practice is to use essential oils such as Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Basil, Bergamot, Lemon and Juniper.
The Fall is consider a Vata season. Here is an Aromatic Rx that Glyniss Osher recommended that will keep you warm during the Vata Season.
6 TASTE CHAI ELIXIR
- In a small pot add 1tsp each of whole coriander, fennel seeds, cardamom pods, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 2 cloves, 1 star anise or 1tsp crushed chunks, and 1 cracked cinnamon stick to 3 cups water.
- Bring to boul. Turn down to simmer for 20min with lid in.
- Add 1tsp or 1 teabag of rooibos
- Simmer for another 10-15min
- Strain into a nice big mug
- Add a tiny pinch of sea salt
- Add one drop of organic cardamom essential oil to 1tsp honey to taste. Stir in.
- Optional: Add coconut or almond milk for a creamy chai drink. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.