Ayurveda is an ancient type of natural healing that was founded in India over 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda is based on the belief that imbalances in your body, energy, and environment can trigger diseases. Using therapies like herbs, massage, diet, and lifestyle changes, Ayurveda aims to regain the equilibrium in the mind, spirit, body, and environment to promote health, healing, and wellness. Luckily, different healing crystals and gemstones can be used with Ayurvedic principles to rejuvenate your body and create a harmonious life.
What Are the Doshas?
Ayurveda and yoga describe three primary mind-body-energy constitutions, named doshas. Each person is made up of a combination of the doshas, with one dosha being prevalent. Your dominant dosha can affect everything from your body shape to your skin health, to your sleep. The three Doshas are pitta, Vata, and Kapha. Each dosha controls one or two of the five basic elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth.
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Pitta means “that which cooks,” and its associated elements are Fire and Water. Pitta’s qualities are oily, sharp, hot, light, moving, liquid, and acidic.
When out of balance, pitta dosha is prone to short tempers, rage, inflammation. Signs of pitta dosha imbalances mainly appear on the eyes, liver, skin, brain, or gastrointestinal tract. You may experience the following signs when your Pitta gets out of balance:
- High sensitivity to heat
- Excessive hunger or thirst
- Skin rashes
Vata translates to “that which moves things,” and its associated element is Wind. The qualities of Vata are lightness, spontaneity, expressiveness, intelligence, and creativity.
When out of balance, Vata dosha is prone to anger, anxiety, nervous energy, insomnia, and overthinking. You may experience the following signs when your Vata gets out of balance:
- Rough and dry skin
- Distention and gas formation in the abdomen
- General body aches
- Low vitality
- Nervousness and anxiety
- Fear and confusion
Kapha means “that which sticks,” and its associated elements are Earth and Water. The qualities of Kapha dosha are stability, softness, cool, calmness, loving, caring, and affectionate.
When out of balance, Kapha dosha is prone to weight gain, depression, lethargy, coughs, sinus congestion, and water retention. You may experience the following signs when your Kapha gets out of balance:
- Excessive amounts of mucous
- High body weight
- Excessive sleep
Crystals and Gemstones to Balance Pitta Dosha
Larimar is a deeply soothing crystal that helps to cool down your tempers, relieve stress, dispel fears, and calms an overactive body and mind. This Water element stone helps to cool hot tempers and can transform excessive passion into inner peace. Further, Larimar naturally raises consciousness, improves communication, alleviates guilt, and removes fear.
Moonstone soothes emotional instability, reduces stress, and eliminates short tempers. It also gives you feelings of acceptance and tranquility to eliminate feelings of failure and setbacks. Moonstone promotes intuition, balance, inner growth, and strength.
Blue Lace Agate
Blue lace agate soothes your over-reactive mind and body, relieve stress, and maintains calmness. You get a sense of peace as it eradicates fiery emotions and enhances your circulatory system.
Other gems that help balance Pitta are amethyst, blue sapphire, pearl, diamonds, celestite, aquamarine, amethyst, purple agate, and lapis lazuli, rose quartz, morganite, and opal.View all of our mala beads with gemstones that balance Pitta Dosha →
Crystals and Gemstones to Balance Vata Dosha
Howlite is a powerful calming and soothing gemstone that is excellent to use for meditation. It will promote patience and wisdom, calm an overactive mind, ease insomnia, promote sleep, reduce anger, and decrease stress.
Tree Agate brings mental calmness, inner peace, and patience to give you stability and groundedness. This stone of abundance and protection facilitates meditation and prayer. It also promotes determination and the ability to see difficulties as a challenge and a lesson.
Moss Agate gives you ample mental and emotional stability, especially if you are susceptible to mood swings. This healing stone encourages patience and calm, helps release fear and stress, and promotes trust and hope.
Other gems that help to balance Vata are aquamarine, ruby, garnet, yellow sapphire, peridot, emerald, topaz, yellow calcite, citrine, pyrite, jade, green aventurine, and onyx.View all of our mala beads with gemstones that balance Vata Dosha →
Gemstones That Balance Kapha Dosha
Tiger’s eye is a stone of courage that unlocks potential, passion, and new beginnings. It motivates you to indulge in new projects with great determination and belief in yourself.
The Rhodochrosite brings inner peace, joy, and enables you to unleash your inner passion. It lets you feel exuberant and spontaneous with a sense of independence. Further, it’s a symbol of empathy and selfless love.
Fire-Opal brings passion to your heart and stimulates positivity. The crystal encourages you to continue progressing in life while pushing you to make positive changes. It’s also a seductive stone that intensifies your emotional state.
Other gems that help to balance Kapha are ruby, garnet, blue sapphire, red jasper, carnelian, orange calcite, pyrite, fire agate, chrysocolla, turquoise, and cat’s eye.View all of our mala beads with gemstones that balance Kapha Dosha →