In Ayurveda, fragrance, or “gandha,” is considered an important aspect of healing and well-being. It plays a role in balancing the doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha), enhancing mental and emotional states, and promoting overall health. Here are some of the key effects and uses of fragrance in Ayurveda:
Balancing Doshas: Ayurveda teaches that fragrances can influence the doshas. Different scents can either increase or decrease specific doshas. For instance, sweet and grounding scents like vanilla and cinnamon can help balance Vata, while cooling and soothing fragrances like rose and mint can help balance Pitta, and warm, earthy aromas like cedarwood and frankincense can help balance Kapha.