Kapha dosha

Earth and water

What are Kapha people like?

If your main dosha is Kapha you are likely to be caring, loyal and have clear, slow speech.

Kapha consists of the element earth and water and is characterised by qualities such as oily, cold, heavy and slow. These qualities translate into things like, smooth soft skin, dislike for exercise, prefer warm conditions, prone to crave sweet and fatty foods.

Kapha types generally have a solid build and are prone to weight gain. They often have thick, oily skin and large, soft eyes. Kapha tend to be loyal and grounded. Kapha people and are often slow at learning new things but never forget once taught!

Imbalanced or aggrevated Kapha

When Kapha is imbalanced this can affect different parts of the body and mind. Kapha increases by eating inappropriate foods (too much heavy food, oily foods), being exposed to cold, wet conditions and by being sedentary.

When kapha is aggravated you may become lethargic, gain weight and become overly sentimental. Digestion will be decreased. As Ayurveda believes all disease is the result of digestion, it is very important to gain control of foods and lifestyle practices which alleviate Kapha.

Kapha types are prone to allergies, diabetes type-2, sinusitis, bronchitis, mucous congestion and heart disease. Kapha dosha is prevalent during childhood, as a result many respiratory disorders, such as coughs, colds, allergies, asthma, are noted in this age group.

How to balance Kapha

Skin, hair and nails

  • exfoliate weekly to remove dead skin cells and keep skin smooth
  • ensure skin is cleansed twice daily due to excessive oiliness
  • use a light moisturiser
  • for the body, try a light oil or moisturiser, such as coconut oil


  • vigorous exercise
  • regular exercise


  • go to bed by midnight
  • kapha requires the least sleep of all types


  • eat light, warm, dry foods
  • avoid too much raw food
  • avoid oily, fatty foods
  • eat in moderation
  • avoid unhealthy snacks and eating when mood is low
  • eat foods with predominantly pungent, bitter and astringent tastes
  • avoid foods with sweet, salty and sour tastes


  • meditate regularly
  • try new things
  • avoid getting stuck in routine

Treating your skin if you are Kapha

If your dominant dosha is Kapha you should use products that purify and detoxify your skin. Because Kapha skin is generally oily and thick, look for ingredients such as enzymes and light texture moisturisers to maintain hydration and also keep your skin clear of congestion.

Even oily skin needs oils! Don't be mistaken and think oily and congested skin is not suitable for oil based products. Pure plant oils, such as hemp seed oil are ideal for Kapha skin too. Thicker skin generally ages much better than a thinner skin.

We recommend the following products specifically for Kapha skin types to help you rehydrate and rejuvenate your skin:

amala Clearing Serum

tula Enzyme Hydra Lotion

vimala Gentle Cleanser

samskrta Skin Polish

ayus Superior B Infusion

codayati Renewal Retinol 1%

zaakti Purifying Tonic

jamba Clay Salicylic Acid Mask

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