Herbs

Tulsi Tea (Holy Basil): “The Incomparable One”

Tulsi is one of the first teas (or tinctures) that I recommend to new students and clients.Tulsi brings a boost of energy to the body-mind, helping you to feel calm, grounded, clear-minded and focused. It supports a healthy immune system, good digestion, good concentration, and helps to clear "stuck" energy from the body-mind.In India, Tulsi is considered to be "the Queen of the Herbs", a manifestation of the goddess Lakshmi, associated with wealth, prosperity and Vishnu (the force of preservation).When Tulsi was introduced in Europe, it was also widely [...]

Ayurvedic Uses of Jeerak Seeds

Jeerak seeds have been used for medicinal purposes in Ayurveda for over 5,000 years. Jeerak is also known as cumin in English, cuminum cyminum in Latin and jaran or deerghajeerak in Sanskrit. Jeerak contains the volatile oil called thymene that gives it a distinct taste and aroma. In the ancient texts of Ayurveda, jeerak is classified as having a vatakaphashamak karma which pacifies kapha and vata in the body. The ushna veerya brings warmth to the body to reduce the cold effects of kapha and vata. Jeeraks’ unique Ayurvedic medicinal action called [...]

Triphala: Ancient formulation for a modern you

Triphala is a simple formulation that has been used since thousands of years for restoration, rejuvenation and balance. Traditionally prescribed as a mild laxative, there are lot more beneficial effects hidden within this traditional preparation for the up-to-date you. Triphala means 'the three fruits'. These three fruits are native to the Indian subcontinent. To understand it better, let us take a sneak peek into its three main ingredients - Amalki, Haritaki and Bibhitaki.Triphala – The three fruitsAmalki (Emblica officinalis): This fruit has cooling effect on the Pitta Dosha and [...]

Guduchi – The Immune Modulator

If there is one Ayurvedic herb that displays immune, anti-inflammatory properties as well as serves as a tissue tonic, it is Guduchi; latin name Tinospora Cordifolia. Often referred to as ‘Amruta’ or divine nectar, Guduchi is one of the most powerful herbs in the Ayurvedic pharmacy.There is an interesting story, how this wonderful herb originated on the earth as mentioned in BhavaprakashNighantu. The Asura (demon) King Ravana, the King of Lanka, abducted Sita, the wife of Lord Rama and carried her to his kingdom of Lanka. Lord Rama, accompanied [...]

importance of spices
importance of spices

Importance of Spices as Herbs in Ayurveda

Ayurveda uses many spices to alter long-standing conditions by eliminating metabolic toxins. Also known as 'cleansers', certain herbs improve the immunity of the person, thereby reducing conditions such as fever.Herbs such as ginger, black pepper, long pepper, cinnamon, coriander and turmeric are known for their alternative properties.Spices such as cumin, fennel and peppermint are used as antacids, neutralizing the acid produced by the stomach, to retain healthy gastric acid needed for proper digestion.Antibiotic herbs like turmeric are useful in inhibiting the growth of germs, harmful microbes and bacteria.Ayurvedic practitioners [...]

Application of Herbs
Application of Herbs

Principles of Application of Herbs in Ayurveda

Basic Concept of Health and TherapeuticsAyurveda is the millennia old Traditional System of Medicine (TSM) from India. TSMs lack scientific vigour and systematic methods are the common public perception. But, contrary to this perception, Ayurveda is a systematic, structured, rationalized knowledge system about health and life which operates on robust principle based theoretical underpinnings. These principles are outcome of long standing keen and methodical observations of a supremely talented and unbiased sect.Health is said to be functional, dynamic and harmonious balance among the components of the living being. This [...]

ginger herb
herb ginger

The Herb of the month GINGER- The Universal Medicine

Ginger extracts have been extensively studied for a broad range of biological activities including antibacterial, anticonvulsant, analgesic, antiulcer, gastric ant secretory, antitumor, antifungal, antispasmodic, antiallergenic, and other activities. Gingerols have been shown to be inhibitors of prostaglandin biosynthesis. Scientific studies show that gingerol, one of the primary pungent principles of ginger, helps counter liver toxicity by increasing bile secretion. Ginger has potent anti-microbial and anti-oxidant (food preservative) qualities. A recent study, furthering ginger's reputation as a stomachic, shows that acetone and methanol extracts of ginger strongly inhibits gastric ulceration. [...]