Essential Oils for Calming a Pitta Mind

Written By: UMA Editorial Team |

Published on: July 11, 2024

Achieving and maintaining a calm mind can be challenging. Our minds are constantly bombarded with information, stress, and distractions, which can lead to feelings of anxiety, frustration, and irritability. For those with a predominant Pitta dosha, or during the hot summer months when Pitta is naturally elevated, these feelings can be even more pronounced. 

Ayurveda, the ancient system of natural healing, offers valuable insights and remedies for balancing the mind and emotions. One of the most effective and accessible methods is through the use of essential oils. These aromatic oils not only soothe the senses but also bring harmony to the mind and body, making them a perfect tool for calming an agitated Pitta mind.

What is Pitta Imbalance?

Before diving into specific essential oils, it’s important to understand what causes Pitta imbalance. Factors contributing to an aggravated Pitta include excessive heat, stress, spicy foods, and overworking. When Pitta is out of balance, you might experience symptoms such as:

  • Irritability and Anger: Feeling easily annoyed or quick to anger.
  • Overheating: Both physically, with sensations of heat, and mentally, with heated emotions.
  • Acidity and Indigestion: Experiencing heartburn, ulcers, or acid reflux.
  • Inflammation: Prone to inflammatory conditions like rashes or acne.

To calm a Pitta mind, the goal is to cool, soothe, and reduce excess heat.

Essential Oils for Calming Pitta

Here are some essential oils known for their cooling and calming properties that can help balance Pitta:



Sandalwood is a precious oil known for its grounding and cooling effects. It has a rich, woody aroma that helps reduce anxiety and promotes mental clarity. Sandalwood is excellent for meditation and can help you stay centered during stressful times.

  • Usage: Add a few drops of sandalwood oil to a diffuser during meditation or apply it diluted to your pulse points.



Rose essential oil has a gentle, floral scent that is incredibly soothing. It is known for its cooling properties and is often used to calm the heart and mind. Choose the UMA Ultimate Brightening Rose Toner that helps in alleviating feelings of anger and frustration.

  • Usage: Mix rose oil with a carrier oil and massage it onto your temples or wrist. You can also add a few drops to your bath for a relaxing experience.



Lavender is perhaps the most versatile essential oil, known for its calming and relaxing properties. It helps in reducing stress, anxiety, and promotes restful sleep. Lavender’s cooling nature makes it ideal for pacifying Pitta.

  • Usage: Diffuse lavender oil in your bedroom before sleep or add it to a warm bath. You can also mix it with a carrier oil and use it for a calming massage.



Peppermint essential oil has a refreshing and invigorating aroma. It is excellent for cooling down both the body and mind. Peppermint oil helps in reducing mental fatigue and promotes alertness without overstimulating.

  • Usage: Inhale peppermint oil directly from the bottle for a quick pick-me-up or diffuse it to cool down your environment. Dilute it with a carrier oil and apply it to the back of your neck for a cooling effect.


German Chamomile

German chamomile is known for its deep blue color and strong anti-inflammatory properties. It has a sweet, herbaceous scent that is calming and soothing. Chamomile helps in reducing anger and promotes emotional balance.

  • Usage: Add a few drops of chamomile oil to a diffuser or mix it with a carrier oil for a calming massage. It can also be added to a warm bath to relax your muscles and mind.



Lemon essential oil has a bright, citrusy aroma that is both uplifting and calming. It helps in clearing mental fog and reducing emotional tension. Lemon oil’s cooling properties make it perfect for balancing Pitta.

  • Usage: Diffuse lemon oil to create a refreshing atmosphere or mix it with water to make a cooling room spray. Always dilute lemon oil with a carrier oil before applying it to the skin.

Using Essential Oils for Pitta Balance

To effectively use essential oils for calming a Pitta mind, consider incorporating high-quality products like the UMA Ultimate Brightening Face Oil, UMA Wellness Oil Trial Kit, and UMA Pure Calm Wellness Incense into your routine.

1. Diffusion:

Diffusing essential oils is a simple and effective way to enjoy their calming benefits. A few drops of oils from the UMA Wellness Oil Trial Kit, such as the Pure Calm Wellness Oil, can fill your space with a soothing aroma that promotes relaxation and mental clarity.

  • Tip: Use a cool mist diffuser to enhance the cooling effect of the oils. The Pure Bliss Wellness Oil from the trial kit is excellent for creating a joyful and uplifting environment.

2. Aromatic Baths:

Adding essential oils to your bath can provide a luxurious and calming experience. Consider using the UMA Ultimate Brightening Face Oil for its instant radiance and hydration boost. The sandalwood and rose extracts in this oil not only nourish the skin but also help to calm an agitated mind.

  • Tip: Mix the UMA Ultimate Brightening Face Oil with a carrier oil or Epsom salts before adding them to the bath to ensure they disperse properly.

3. Massage:

Massaging with essential oils can help reduce physical and mental stress. UMA’s Pure Energy Wellness Oil from the trial kit invigorates and energizes, while the Pure Rest Wellness Oil encourages deep relaxation and restful sleep.

  • Tip: Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba before applying them to the skin. A typical dilution ratio is 3-5 drops of essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil.

4. Pulse Points:

Applying essential oils to pulse points (wrists, temples, behind the ears) can provide quick and effective relief from stress and anxiety. The UMA Ultimate Brightening Face Oil, formulated to absorb quickly and provide deep nourishment, can be gently applied to pulse points for a calming effect.

  • Tip: Carry a small roller bottle of your favorite blend from the UMA Wellness Oil Trial Kit for on-the-go application.

5. Inhalation:

Inhaling essential oils directly from the bottle or using a personal inhaler can provide immediate benefits. This method is particularly useful for quick relief during stressful situations. The UMA Pure Calm Wellness Incense, made with chamomile and lavender, can be used to create a tranquil environment, perfect for inhalation during meditation or yoga.

  • Tip: Take a few deep breaths of the essential oil to instantly calm your mind and body. The natural resins and sandalwood in the UMA Pure Calm Wellness Incense ensure a clean and safe burn, enhancing meditation sessions.

Creating Your Own Blends

Combining essential oils can enhance their effects and create a more personalized experience. Here are a few blend ideas to get you started:

  • Cooling Calm Blend: 3 drops of peppermint, 2 drops of lavender, 1 drop of lemon.
  • Serene Mind Blend: 3 drops of sandalwood, 2 drops of rose, 1 drop of chamomile.
  • Stress Relief Blend: 2 drops of lavender, 2 drops of sandalwood, 2 drops of lemon.

Final Words

Balancing Pitta dosha, especially during the hot summer months, is essential for maintaining emotional well-being and mental clarity. Essential oils provide a natural and effective way to cool and calm an agitated Pitta mind. By incorporating oils like sandalwood, rose, lavender, peppermint, German chamomile, and lemon into your daily routine, you can reduce stress, alleviate anger, and promote a sense of tranquility.

Remember to choose high-quality essential oils and always dilute them properly before use. Whether through diffusion, aromatic baths, massage, or direct inhalation, these essential oils can be powerful allies in your journey towards a balanced and harmonious life. Embrace the wisdom of Ayurveda and let these natural aromas guide you to a calmer, more centered mind.