Amalaki commonly known as Amla, is considered one of the most powerful rejuvenating herbs in Ayurveda. In Sanskrit, Amalaki means “The Sustainer” and has traditionally been prescribed to strengthen the immune system and cool the body.
The fruit is an important source of vitamin C, minerals and amino acids. It contains three times the protein concentration and vitamin C than apple.
In Sanskrit, Guduchi is known as ‘Amrita’, which literally translates to ‘the root of immortality’, because of its abundant medicinal properties. The stem of Guduchi is of maximum utility, but the root can also be used. Studies support Guduchi’s role as an adoptogen, a potent herb that increases the body’s resistance to stress, anxiety, and illness.
Ashwagandha has been an important herb in the Ayurvedic and indigenous medical systems for over 3000 years. The roots of the plant are categorised as rasayanas, which are reputed to promote health and longevity by augmenting defence against disease. Maximizing the body's ability to resist stress, it enables the body to reserve and sustain vital energy throughout the day while promoting sound, restful sleep at night
Bilva is an excellent herb for promoting the proper function of the bowels. It helps heal ulcerated intestinal surfaces. It possesses antiviral, anthelmintic and anti-inflammatory properties.It also has antispasmodic properties that ensure optimum gut function
Brahmi is a renowned mental rejuvenative traditionally used to promote the intellect, enhance mental performance, and support proper function of the nervous system. The leaves are highly satvic and historically have been eaten by yogis to assist in meditation. Brahmi is said to improve concentration, memory, and alertness. It is a natural blood purifier and helps support clear, healthy skin. Brahmi is also famous for promoting healthy, lustrous hair and is often applied as an oil for this purpose.
As one of the three ingredients in the Ayurvedic super formula Triphala, Haritaki is considered to be one of the best herbs for balancing vata dosha. Supporting the body's natural cleansing process, it gently removes accumulated natural toxins in the gastrointestinal tract. As a rejuvenative, it strengthens and nourishes the tissues and supports the proper function of the colon, lungs, liver, and spleen
Jamun seeds play a key role in the management of diabetes in a natural way, it helps in detoxifying the body of harmful chemicals. The seeds contain alkaloids - chemicals which prevent the conversion of starch into sugar and hence aid in keeping your blood glucose level in control. Jamun seeds are loaded with healthy compounds.
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Curry leaves have always been sought after for their unique flavor and usefulness in cooking, but there are also a number of health benefits that make them highly appealing.
In Ayurvedic medicine, curry leaves are believed to have several medicinal properties such as anti-diabetic, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and hepato-protective (capability to protect the liver from damage) properties. The roots are used for treating body aches and the bark is used for snake bite relief.
Karela has a wide array of uses, it has particularly attracted a lot of attention as a herbal treatment for diabetes. It's effectiveness in this regard has been supported by clinical research and it is deemed a natural alternative to conventional drugs for treating diabetes. Karela consists of at least three different groups of constituents – charantin, insulin-like peptides, and alkaloids, which have the ability to lower the level of blood-sugar in the system.
The herb supports the normal function of the specialized beta cells of the pancreas which secrete insulin and normalize blood sugar levels. Its Sanskrit name Meshashringi means ‘sugar destroyer'. It has been used in India since the sixth century BC to support normal blood sugar levels in the body.
Methi is a pungent, flavorful seed commonly used to add a pop of flavor to a meal. It is a warming spice that kindles the digestive fire and supports the body’s ability to break down food and maintain a comfortable digestive experience. Methi is especially beneficial for vata-type digestion where there is a tendency for gas or bloating after meals.
In Ayurveda’s prime text, the Charaka Samhita, Neem is described as sarva roga nivarini (that which keeps all diseases at bay) or arishtha (reliever of disease). Neem Tree extracts have been used in the Ayurvedic tradition for thousands of years for maintaining health and overall well-being. The roots, bark, gum, leaves, fruit, seed kernels and seed oil are all used in therapeutic preparations for both internal and topical use.
In Sanskrit, Shatavari means ‘she who possesses a hundred husbands,’ implying its ability to help support fertility and vitality. It regulates hormonal secretion and acts as a galactagogue, which promotes lactation in nursing women.
Due to its strong flavor, Shunti is an essential ingredient in many Asian cuisines. Its therapeutic benefits have been recorded in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Shunti is a potent anti-nauseatic and is beneficial in treating upset stomachs.
According to Indian Medicinal Plants—An Illustrated Dictionary by C.P. Khare, Dhub Grass is used as a remedy for inflamed tumors, cuts, wounds, bleeding piles, cystitis, nephritis, scabies and other skin diseases. It has astringent, diuretic, antidiarrheal, anticatarrhal, styptic and antiseptic properties.
As its name implies, triphala is a combination of the fruits of three plants, which are dried, ground into powder, and precisely blended: Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula), and Vibhitaki (Terminalia Belerica). The specific combination of these three fruits creates a beneficial synergistic effect.
Triphala acts as a rejuvenative, helping maintain a state of good health in the mind and body. Taking triphala daily with honey and ghee (triphala rasayana) is said to have the power to “make a person live for one hundred years devoid of old age and diseases,” according to the classical Ayurvedic text the Charaka Samhita.
Tulasi is one of the most revered plants in India. In Ayurveda, it is often said to be the ‘elixir of life’. A sacred plant in Hinduism Tulsi means ‘the incomparable one in Sanskrit’. In Ayurvedic tradition, Tulasi is used to support the normal respiratory function, promote good health and longevity.
Yeshtamadhu is a sweet, nourishing herb that is excellent for supporting healthy lungs. It is used to treat a wide array of illnesses including lowering cholesterol levels, healing respiratory tract disorders and boosting immunity levels. Recent studies have found that by limiting the damage from low density lipoprotein (‘bad’) cholesterol, Licorice may discourage artery-clogging plaque formation and contribute to the healthy functioning of the heart