In Ayurvedic medicine, your dosha represents your entire constitution at the present moment. This includes your physical body, as well as your mental and emotional states. There are three doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each dosha has its own unique characteristics and is associated with certain elements, such as air, fire, and earth, respectively. By analyzing your current mind-body state, you can determine, on your own or with the help of a professional Ayurvedic healer, what doshas are out of balance within your system.
You can be out of balance in one or more doshas. When this happens, one dosha may not be expressing itself enough while another is over expressing itself. This leads to various states of disease. By figuring out what dosha, or doshas, are out of balance, you can work on bringing all of the three doshas back into harmony within your body. As a result, you will find yourself feeling better all around.
Using Teas to Balance Your Doshas
There are myriad ways to bring your doshas back into balance, and one way that is quite popular, because it is easy to implement into everyday life, utilizes special teas. The use of specific teas for each dosha can help you bring your body back into a state of balance.
Below are the types of teas that are recommended for each type of dosha.
When Vata is out of balance, you tend to feel scattered, anxious, nervous, and ungrounded. This is because Vata consists of the air element, so when there is too much air in your world, you tend to get too much motion going and this can lead to feeling frazzled. You need to counteract this by utilizing relaxing teas.
Choose herbal teas that do not contain caffeine but do contain relaxing herbs and spices. Chamomile, licorice, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, chicory, nutmeg, and even lemon are all great choices. You can find many of these spices in chai teas. The warmth and aroma of these teas will be sure to calm you down completely.
Kapha represents the earth element, so when there is too much Kapha in your world, you tend to become sluggish and weighed down. There is not a lot of movement going on and you feel like you are congested and fatigued, lacking creativity and energy.
To invigorate a Kapha, you need to drink teas that are naturally decaffeinated, yet contain the right blend of herbs that will awaken your senses and get your body going. Choose teas that contain ingredients like fenugreek, peppermint, cloves, black pepper, orange, and allspice.
Whenever a Pitta is imbalanced, there is too much fire in the system. Therefore, there is too much movement and too much heat. There is not enough control and so the body tends to get exhausted.
To balance a Pitta, you need to drink soothing teas that will bring a cooling effect into the body that feels like it is burning up. Try teas containing hibiscus, fennel, spearmint, and citronella.
About the author: Hayley is a writer who is very interested in learning about natural healing modalities, and Ayurveda is one of her favorites. She loves the way the simple act of drinking the right herbal tea can help soothe the entire system. When shopping for teas online, Hayley recommends Buddha teas.