The science of Ayurvedic medicine has been practiced in India for over five thousand years. Considered to be the mother of the Eastern systems of medicine, it is based on balancing the vital essences. The essences are categorized into three types or doshas:
Kapha - earth (water, oil, mass)
Pitta - metabolic fire and transformative energy
Vata - air and space
The vital essences are prevalent in all living things and well-being is achieved through balancing them. When one dosha is higher than another, the person (or plant or animal) will exhibit ailments that reflect that particular set of vital essences. For example, if a person is imbalanced in Vata, they will have a tendency towards health problems that relate to air and space - dry skin issues, weight loss, constipation, anxiety, insomnia, and the like.
Understanding what different ailments are expressing, and what energies (vital essences, the doshas) are imbalanced when we experience them, allows us to choose herbs and foods for healing based not only on their medicinal constituents, but their energy. When imbalanced, a person should consume those things that add to the body the opposite energy their symptoms represent, through which you bring the doshas back into balance, and support your body’s own natural immune system to function properly. (Not to mention achieve beautiful radiant skin, and physical and emotional well being!)
These blends are listed under the doshas that are typically imbalanced when their intention is needed. Throughout the website, on the product details page for each blend, you will notice a V,P,K, (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) rating where the energy of the blend is described. A (-) means it lowers that dosha, (+) means it raises that dosha, and (=) means it is neutral to that dosha. For example: -V,+P,-K would describe a blend as balancing (lowering) to Vata, would raise Pitta and lower Kapha.