In one of our previous articles, we explored Gandhashastra – the science behind aromatherapy. Also known as the science of fragrances. The deep-rooted history of aromatherapy is well-embedded with Ayurveda. One cannot exist without the other. And therefore, both aromatherapy and Ayurveda share an important history.
Although aromatherapy has now become a well-known practice, it is important to trace its origins. Where did aromatherapy begin? What is it’s underlying connection with Ayurveda? How does Thailam come into the picture? Let us try to answer some of these questions in today’s article –
Ayurveda – the backbone of aromatherapy
In Sanskrit, the word Ayurveda refers to the “science of life”. This science has stood the test of time for 5000 years and over the years has grown and evolved to become better. All the growth has been achieved with keeping the central Vedic principles in mind. The principles that were devised by accomplished masters in the ancient age. The fact that they still bear relevance in the modern world speaks volumes about the “mother of all healing”.
This art focuses on using herbs, spiritual healing and natural resources to replenish the body and the soul. In Ayurveda, we focus on three basic energies present in everyone’s bodies –
- Vata – The subtle energy associated with movement – When Vata is balanced, we are creative and flexible. When unbalanced, it gives way to fear and anxiety.
- Pitta – It expresses as the body’s metabolic mechanism – When Pitta is balanced, it gives us understanding and intelligence. When unbalanced, it breeds negative emotions like anger and jealousy.
- Kapha – It is the energy that forms the body’s structure – When Kapha is balanced, it gives us positive energy in the form of love, calmness and forgiveness. When unbalanced, it leads to attachment, greed and envy.
Thailam and its types –
Now coming to what are Thailams are the role they play in healing the body. Essentially speaking, Thailam or Thaila is a unique type of ayurvedic medicine. Its potency to help resolve the body’s problems can be improved by the addition of various ingredients. These ingredients further determine the type of Thaila –
- Amruthadi Thaila is recommended for the treatment of conditions ranging from the common cold to rheumatic pains and jaundice.
- Asanavilwadi Thaila helps cure oedema (fluid retention), and all ear, nose and throat disorders.
- Chandanadi Thaila has a cooling effect and is given for the treatment of neural disorders, haemorrhoids, rheumatoid arthritis and burning sensations in the body.
- Karpasasthyadi Thaila is used to alleviate joint aches, pains and the effects of hemiplegia (total or partial paralysis).
- Nagaradi Thaila is used for curing mouth and nose related disorders, and oedema.
- Sahacharadi Thaila relieves pain and numbness, especially in the lower limbs afflicted by rheumatic ailments.
All of this just goes to show how crucial a role Ayurveda and Thaila has played in the understanding of aromatherapy. All the advancements and all the progress this art has made is down to the beautiful foundation laid by Ayurveda and Thaila.
We at MysticAura® , treasure the arts of Ayurveda and Thaila, they are both central to our crafting of fragrances, essential oils and everything we do. It is important for us to respect the history of our beautiful art of aromatherapy. This is the same spirit with which we create the magical fragrances, that lift your spirits and your heart.