Balancing Vata, Pitta, & Kapha
Air + Ether
KEY Qualities: Dry, light, sharp, mobile, cold.
Physical Indicators: Dry skin, gaseous, ~1 bowel movement per day, thin hair, variable hunger (can go extended periods w/o eating), poor circulation, cold extremities.
Emotional Indicators: Difficult to make decisions, exclamatory language (words like "AWESOME" or "AMAZING" are used often), head-in-the-clouds, very creative, spontaneous, adores travel, experiences stress, insomnia due to anxiety, & quick-to-worry.
KEY Tips: Increase warm + moist therapies.
Oil: Sesame + almond oil
Herbs: Ashwagandha, Triphala, Cinnamon, + Cardamom.
Foods to Favor: Well-spiced soups, eggs, ghee, milk, soft nuts, root vegetables.
Essential Oils/Aromatherapy: Lavender, cedar, + valerian.
Fire + Water
KEY Qualities: Hot, sharp, light, oily.
Physical Indicators: Rosy cheeks, 2-3 bowel movements per day, sweats easily (pungent smell), susceptible to rashes or acne, irritable when hungry, strong appetite, sleeps soundly, can withstand great physical activity.
Emotional Indicators: Very passionate (often reflects in work or hobbies), adores challenges, quick(er)-to-anger, concise with words, conversation may lead to debate, tendencies toward judgment (self & others), high intensity, enjoys competition, strong-willed, will fight strongly to support beliefs.
KEY Tips: Increase cooling + calming therapies.
Oil: Safflower + Sunflower
Herbs: Coriander, Cilantro, Fennel, + Cardamom
Foods to Favor: Cool-spiced rice dishes, steamed vegetables, fruits, smoothies.
Essential Oils/Aromatherapy: Rose, Sandalwood, Jasmine + Neroli
Earth + Water
KEY Qualities: Heavy, moist, stable
Physical Indicators: Thick hair, teeth + nails, big-boned, large eyes, 1-2 bowel movement per day, sluggish digestion, feelings of lethargy, pale, even-tempered, + slower speech.
Emotional Indicators: Loyal, patient, steady, doesn't stimulate change, often dependent, stubborn, enjoys creating a personal space, fosters privacy, emotionally steady, and slower paced.
KEY Tips: Increase warming, stimulating + dry therapies.
Oil: Mustard + Safflower
Herbs: Cayenne, black pepper, ginger, + cinnamon
Foods to Favor: Warm-spiced soups, small quantities of steamed vegetables, rice + lentils (easy to digest foods).
Essential Oils/Aromatherapy: Peppermint, Bergamont (citrus), Himalayan Cinnamon.