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The Herb Glossary contains the most common Ayurvedic herbs used by practitioners, all of the herbs in our formulations including all of the herbs we have in stock. Herbs are powerful healers provided by nature to boost our immune systems, strengthen our digestion, clear the mind and calm the body alongside countless other benefits that are easy to incorporate into our diets.
Ayurvedic herbs and spices have no side effects and are completely safe to ingest, but should always be taken under supervision and used responsibly, as they are indeed medicines and they have powerful effects on the body. Please consult with a physician or a practitioner before taking any unfamiliar herbs so we can make sure they are used properly and yield the highest benefit possible for you. The Herb Glossary is intended solely for educational purposes.
ALOE VERA (Kumari, Indian Aloe)
This healing plant is used both internally and externally for a number of ailments. The clear gel from its leaves imparts a cooling action in the body, internally for heat and inflammation, and externally for cuts, abrasions, allergic reactions, burns, and inflammatory skin conditions. It is particularly beneficial for excess Pitta in the blood and for hot, fiery people prone to inflammatory problems- and personalities-like those who are fiery, angry, irritable, and self critical. Aloe Vera is an excellent bitter tonic for the liver and digestive tract, enhancing the secretion of digestive enzymes, balancing stomach acid, and for regulating sugar and fat metabolism. It clears toxins and protects the gut lining, supports gut flora, combats harmful microorganism in the stomach and bowel, and immune-enhancing as well as being antibiotic, antiviral, and anti-tumor. Aloe is used as a rejuvenative, for regulating periods and relieving heavy bleeding, PMS, hot flashes, and other Pitta female imbalances, and is helpful with inflammatory eye problems. Also a popular ingredient in skincare products, Aloe is excellent for rejuvenating the skin, reducing wrinkles, soothing, and speedy healing.
AMLA // AMALAKI (Indian Gooseberry, Emblica officinalis, Phyllanthus emblica)
Also known as Indian Gooseberry, Amla is the world's richest source of natural Vitamin C, with anti-bacterial and astringent properties. Its potent concentrated source of antioxidants help promote tissue nourishment and the removal of natural toxins. It heals the skin and prevents infection, referred to as the best medicine to prevent aging and promote health with beautiful skin. Amla is a wonderful tonic for Pitta due to its heat and inflammation reducing properties throughout the body. It contains a high concentration of amino acids, minerals, a high density of tannings, polyophenols, and flavanoids, as well as promoting strong immune boosting properties that protect against viruses, bacteria, fungi, candida, coughs, colds, flus, infections, and cancer. Amla promotes a healthy glow to the skin and delays wrinkles, protects against oxidative damage to the skin, slows hair loss and graying while improving the thickness and texture, and acts as a natural conditioner. Amla is also used as an aphrodisiac, for uterine debility, menorrhegia, and leucorrhea. Amla is good for the digestive system by assisting in natural internal cleansing, gently maintaining regularity, supporting a healthy stomach lining, helping to reduce toxins, calming acid reflux, ulcers and liver diseases. Its nourishing properties help purify the blood, rebuild tissues after injury or illness, improve eyesight, relieve allergies, strengthen teeth and bones, protect the liver, and regulate blood sugar. Used widely for headaches, skin problems, anemia and diabetes, amla also helps with wound healing, bleeding gums, redness in the eyes, and nose bleeds by removing excess heat from the body and maintaining natural balance. It is famous for relieving debility following illness, stress, or in old age. It is the main ingredient of Chayawanprash, a super nutritive multi herb brain tonic blend that improves memory, concentration, and calms anger and irritability. Amla is used in our individualized herb blends, and in the Pitta Body and Yoga Oils.
ANANTAMU L // INDIAN SARSPARILLA // SARIBA (Hemidesmus indicus)
Excellent for promoting healthy skin, Anantamul helps keep a clear complexion and removes natural toxins from the blood. It supports proper functioning of the kidneys and urinary tract, also known as the genitourinary system. Because of its Pitta reducing qualities, Anantamul is traditionally used to cleanse the mind of negative emotions. Furthermore, its cooling action reduces Pitta in the digestive tract, joints, nerves, and reproductive system.
ARJUNA (Terminalia arjuna)
Arjuna is a traditional rejuvenative tonic for the heart that strengthens and tones the heart muscle, promoting proper function of the circulatory system. Arjuna helps maintain healthy cholesterol and blood pressures of those already within normal range. Excellent for emotional balance, Arjuna is said to mend a "broken heart" and to impart courage and strengthen the will. It is a wonderful herb for those experiencing grief and sadness.
ASHWAGANDHA (Winter Cherry, Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha is one of the most prized herbs in Ayurvedic Medicine and is known to "give energy like a horse." With antibiotic, anti-bacterial, immune boosting and nourishing properties, it acts as an aphrodisiac, sedative, anti-aging, nervine, analgesic, and an overall body rejuvenator. It is an adaptogenic herb that boosts energy and vitality, combats the effects of physical and emotional stress, adapts to physical and mental challenges, helps improve memory and learning, reduces depression, helps reduce brain cell degeneration, and lowers cholesterol. It is an exceptional nourishing nerve tonic and Vata rejuvenator, and Sattvic in nature thereby promoting calmness, wisdom, and clarity. It strengthens the lower abdomen and is excellent for urinary problems. It helps balance the reproductive system in men by helping with infertility, sexual or general debility, low sperm count and low vitality. In women it helps with painful periods and menstrual problems associated with excess Vata, and during pregnancy strengthens the uterus and the fetus. It supports the proper functioning of the adrenals and promotes healthy joints, acting as a good pain killer for inflammatory problems while calming anxiety, stress, nerve pain, muscle pain, emaciation, insomnia, arthritis, sciatica, MS, rheumatism, and paralysis. Ashwagandha strengthens the respiratory system and increases resistance to infections, calms coughs and asthma, and helps soothe migraine headaches. Its immune system benefits help prevent and treat cancer by increasing the sensitivity of cancer cells to radiation therapy, making it more effective. Externally, the oil is used for painful joints, nerve pain, back pain, to heal wounds, sores, dry itchy skin, eczema, and psoriasis. Ashwagandha can be found in the Vata, Pitta, and Kapha body oils, and in the Yoga oil.
ASTRAGALUS (Radix Astragalus)
Praised in China for its ability to stimulate the body's vital protective energy, Astragalus fights fatigue, strengthens resistance to disease, and overall makes the body stronger. It is an adaptogen, helping to protect against physical, mental, and emotional stress by boosting the body's immune system. Astragalus root extract improves the function of white blood cells and increases antibody levels as well. Used to treat heart disease, hepatitis, upper respiratory infections, influenza, asthma, allergies, digestive disturbances, cancer, and for the prevention and treatment of colds. Astragalus works best as a preventative, helping to ward off bacteria and viruses before they invade the system, but will also zap infections once they get started due to its high levels of immune-activating proteins (interferons) that fight infections and tumors. Available in herb capsule, herb tea, and tincture form.
BACOPA // BRAHMI (Bacopa monnieri)
Brahman is the Hindu name given to the universal consciousness and Brahma the divinity responsible for all "creative" forces in the world. Used for centuries to promote memory, intelligence, and concentration, Bacopa is an excellent mental rejuvenate that supports proper function of the brain and nervous system. It calms the mind and soothes the nerves while also promoting clarity and awareness. It is one of the two herbs known as the ancient Ayurvedic mental rejuvenative "Bhrami."
BALA (Indian Country Mallow, Sida cordifolia)
Bala is used externally to support muscle health and comfort. It tones the muscle tissue, calms the nerves, releases tension and anxiety, and strengthens and energizes the body. It is a great tonic and rejuvenative, and is one of the best adaptogenic and nourishing herbs for Vata. It increases life force energy, vitality, immunity, fertility, resilience to stress, and helps with insomnia, headaches, arthritis, eye disorders and exhaustion. It also eases coughs, asthma, infections, bronchitis, soothes an inflamed gut, calms acidity, and relieves urinary-tract infections. Usually found as an ingredient in massage oils to calm muscle and nerve pain. Bala is an integral herb in both the Vata and Yoga Oils.
*Bala is not available in the US in herbal supplement form. Herbs containing ephedrine alkaloids have been banned by the FDA since 2004 for use in dietary supplements. Although Bala is an entirely different species of plant than Ephedra, it was included on the list of herbs containing ephedrine alkaloids. Repeated tests of bala powder for ephedrine alkaloids have all come up negative for ephedrine alkaloids, Bala is still prohibited and very limited in terms of allowable use. It is therefore not promoted as a dietary supplement, but still used for external preparations because of its powerful contributive properties to muscle tone and comfort.
BHRINGARAJ (False Daily, Eclipta alba)
A superb rejuvenative, Bhringaraj has antioxidant properties that increase longevity and protect against the aging process. Prized in India for its ability to support strong and healthy hair growth, Bhringaraj is a powerful hair tonic that helps maintain natural hair color and luster, and works on the premature greying of the hair and balding. With a special affinity for the head, it also calms the mind, promotes healthy skin, bones, teeth, eyes, hearing, concentration and memory. It is traditionally used for vertigo, declining eyesight, calming nervous tension, anxiety, and for soothing irritability and anger. Bhringaraj is one of the best herbs for Pitta and high Pitta imbalances, such as mental agitation. It improves digestion and absorption, stimulates the bowels to eliminate toxins, acts as a liver cleanser by enhancing the flow of bile, and protects the liver against damage from infection, drugs, chemicals, and alcohol. It is also a happy supporter of the proper functioning of the lungs. Bhringaraj can be found in the Vata, Pitta, and Hair Oils.
BHUMYAMALAKI (Phyllanthus fraternus)
Bhumyamalaki is the classic Ayurvedic herb for supporting the liver. It cleanses, detoxifies, and strengthens the liver and supports a proper functioning of the gall bladder. The digestive tract benefits from this herb's cooling properties, and its light and dry qualities also work to balance Pitta and Kapha. Bhumyamalaki helps with keeping the skin healthy and maintains a clear complexion.
BIBHITAKI (Beleric Myrobalan, Terminalia belerica)
Bibhitaki fruit supports the proper functioning of the lungs, helps maintain balanced body fluid levels, and tones and cleanses the colon. It is used frequently in Kapha imbalances to rejuvenate and to ease out Kapha from organs and tissues where it may be accumulated. It enhances immunity and when taken in powder with honey, can relieve coughs, colds, sore throats, allergies, asthma, rhinitis, arthritis, and eczema. It regulates and soothes the bowels, heals hemorrhoids, and helps with Crohn's disease and ulcers. Other benefits include support and protection for the heart, liver, and kidneys. As an excellent brain tonic, it helps with Vata problems like insomnia. Healthy hair, a healthy voice, and a strong vision along with healthy comfortable breathing also go hand in hand with using this herb. Bibhitaki forms one-third of the famous formula, Triphala.
BOSWELLIA (Frankincense, Shalaki, Boswellia Serrata)
Also known as Indian frankincense, the natural gum resin of Boswellia detoxifies joint tissues. A natural and healthy inflammation response by the body is extremely important, and Boswellia supports this action by soothing and cooling of the joint and reducing swellings. Healthy circulation, strengthened blood vessels, clearer airways, lessened nerve pain, and comfortable movement follows its use. Frankincense has a long history of use in religious ceremonies, understandably so since another one of its important benefits is the supported natural flow of energy within the body channels. Boswellia deepens breathing, opens the mind, and has a meditative effect. Boswellia is an important ingredient in the Yoga Oil.
BRAHMI // BACOPA (Bacopa monniera)
Bhrami derives its name from Brahma, which translates to mean "the energy of universal consciousness," or "pure consciousness." Traditionally used in Ayurveda to promote intellect and enhance mental performance, Bhrami has an amazing ability to calm mental turbulence, aid in meditation, promote memory and concentration, and increase awareness and learning capacity. Its rejuvenating properties support a healthy brain and nervous system, while calming the mind and Vata disorders. It also calms a disturbed Sadhaka Pitta. Even better, it is known for promoting healthy and lustrous hair. It is used as a tonic for Pitta, to calm Vata, and to reduce excess Kapha. Other mind related remedies Brahmi is good for include anxiety, epilepsy, insomnia, learning problems, ADD, ADHA, Asperger's syndrome, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, dementia and mental illness. Stress related skin problems like eczema improve with Bhrami, as well as inflammatory responses like joint pain. It increases resilience to stress, combats nervous exhaustion, relieves depression, and calms coughs colds, bronchitis, and asthma. It is also an excellent heavy metal chelator, as it binds to them and cleanses them from the blood stream. The word for the herb Bhrami is used interchangeably with Bacopa, and it is often confused with Gotu Kola, which is also called Brahmi in Northern India. Bhrami oil used on joints help to relieve pain, and on the head clear the mind, relieve headaches, and promote healthy hair and improved memory. Bhrami is used in the Vata, Pitta, Kapha, Strethy Oil and Hair Oils.
BURDOCK ROOT (Arctium lappa)
Among the safest and best tasting herbs, Burdock root is extremely helpful in treating skin problems, both internally and externally. Eczema, Psoriasis, acne and problem skin, boils, dry, itchy, and irritated skin are dramatically improved with its use. Signs of liver stress include poor digestion, gas, excess weight, and a tempered, hot and agitated personality, and Burdock is beneficial is treating all of these by "cooling" the liver. Scientists are currently studying its anticancer and anti-tumor potential as well, and it is part of a very well known Native American anticancer formula called Essiac. Burdock's benefits extend to include a positive effect on the lymphatic and immune system, and it is recommended whenever there is lymph stagnation or congestion. Extremely easy to grow, Burdock is a blessing to herbalists and includes such key constituents as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, chromium, inulin, sesquiterpenes, bitter glycosides, flavanoids, and volatile oils. Available in the Cooling Liver Tincture.
CALAMUS // VACHA (Acorus calamus)
Calamus is one of the most renowned herbs of the ancient Vedic seers. It is a rejuvenative, purifier, and revitalizer for the brain and nervous system. It is also a rejuvenative for Vata and secondarily for Kapha. Calamus clears the subtle channels of obstructions. It promotes cerebral circulation, increases sensitivity, sharpens memory and enhances awareness. It is one of the best sattvic herbs for the mind and helps feed kundalini energy. Calamus is highly aromatic and is used externally, mostly to invigorate the skin. Useful for the removal of massage oil.
CALENDULA (Calendula officinalis)
The Calendula flower is a powerful vulnerary, healing wounds by promoting cell repair and growth. Its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities make it a common ingredient in creams, salves, and ointments that treat bruises, burns, sores, skin ulcers, skin infections, and rashes. The flowers are edible and are a lovely addition to salads and gourmet treats. It is a wonderful herb for babies since it is potent but gentle, and its soothing properties help treat cradle cap, diaper rash, and other skin irritations. Calendula is effective against a fever, and its mild astringent and antiseptic properties help treat gastrointestinal problems like ulcers, cramps, indigestion, and diarrhea. It cleanses the lymphatic system, and treats swollen glands. Mixed with other lymph cleansers like burdock, red clover, cleavers, and chick weed, calendula works to stimulate lymphatic drainage and move congestion out of the body, like that associated with irritated Kapha.
CARDAMOM (Ela, Eletteria cardamomum)
Cardamom lifts spirits, imparts joy, and induces a calm, clear, meditative state. It eases tension, anxiety, lethargy, nervous exhaustion, and improves memory and concentration. Because this popular kitchen spice is warming and invigorating, it supports digestion, promotes a healthy appetite, supports healthy lungs, aids in comfortable breathing, and helps create a favorable post-meal experience. It helps keep the breath fresh, soothes sore throats, clears colds and coughs, soothes asthma and chest infections, enhances circulation, increases energy, strengthens a weak bladder, and eases stress related digestive problems like constipation, nausea, vomiting, and travel sickness. It is beneficial in removing excess Kapha from the GI tract and helps with the elimination of mucus without aggravating Pitta. It is helpful in a massage oil for joint pain. Cardamom is used in the Yoga Oil.
CHAMOMILE (Chamaemelum nobile, Matricaria redutita)
Chamomile is a healing wonder. It is gentle yet potent and effective, and is used to treat a number of conditions ranging from cholic and indigestion to muscle spasms, tension, inflammation, infections, and arthritis. Its rich amounts of azulene, a volatile oil with anti-inflammatory and anti-fever agents, are what make this flower so useful in treating arthritis and the other inflammatory conditions. It helps relieve general aches and pains, headaches, nervousness, stress, digestive upsets, and is extremely soothing as a calming tea that promotes sleep. It can be added to bath water for a relaxing and soothing bath, and its oil is effective for relieving stress, anxiety, and muscle soreness.
CHITARK (White Leadwort, Plumbago zeylanicum)
Chitark root strengthens the digestive fire, stimulates appetite, aids proper digestion, clears toxins, and helps maintain a healthy body weight. This powerful heating herb supports healthy metabolism, removes toxins from the intestines, and helps the proper function of the liver by supporting the digestion of fat and sugars. Chitrak's properties help energize the body naturally by boosting proper absorption and assimilation of nutrients. Optimal weight management is achieved by balancing Kapha as it moves stagnant Vata caused by a congested Kapha. It works well for nervous problems, painful arthritis, skin conditions, vitiligo, coughs, fevers, and menstrual disorders.
CINNAMON (Twak, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Cassia)
This common kitchen spice is loaded with astounding benefits, including the support of natural toxin elimination in the GI tract, the kindling of the digestive fire, nourishment of the reproductive system, support with a healthy and comfortable menstruation, and the easing of mild to severe headaches. Healthy circulation is facilitated throughout the body by Cinnamon, and it promotes warmth in the extremities, joints, kidneys, and lungs. Cinnamon combats infections, improves resistance to stress, relieves fatigue and low spirits, improves memory, protects against gut lining irritations, improves diabetes, lowers cholesterol, strengthens the kidneys, and aids a low libido when taken as a tonic. It can be used in inhalations as a decongestant for colds, sore throats, coughs because it clears Vata and Kapha in the lungs, in oil massage for tense and aching muscles, and as a wash for cuts, wounds, bites, stings, and infective skin problems. Cinnamon increases Ojas, is Sattvic and is excellent for Vata problems.
CORIANDER (Dhanya, Coriandrum sativum)
Coriander is an excellent herb for strengthening the digestive fire without aggravating Pitta in the body. It cools the GI tract, promotes proper functioning of the kidneys and of the urinary tract, and removes excess heat from the body to cool Pitta conditions such as headaches, muscle pains, and fevers. Its seeds are antimicrobial, and the fresh leaves are rich in antioxidant vitamins and minerals that draw out toxins. It promotes mental clarity, improves mood and memory, relieves lethargy and anxiety, eases periods pain and PMS, enhances digestion and absorption, and combats allergies and colds/flus. It is a rejuvenative, aphrodisiac, analgesic, diuretic, and decongestant that helps sooth inflamed skin externally. Coriander is used in the Pitta and Yoga Oils, and in the digestive tea blends.
CRAMP BARK (Viburnum Opulus, guilder rose, water elder, snowball tree, European cranberry bush)
Cramp Bark is one of the most effective herbs for smooth muscle tightness relief, and in such is an excellent uterine tonic used to ease cramps and the symptoms associated with PMS. It is the most potent uterine antispasmodic tonic and offers relaxing effects to the intestines and skeletal muscles as well, giving you the much needed relief you need during the first few days of your menstruation. Cramp bark is available in tincture and tea form.
CUMIN (Jeera, Cuminum cyminum)
A well known digestive aid, Cumin enhances the appetite, supports healthy digestion, aids in absorption, and clears toxins from the gut. It relieves excess Vata and Kapha, helping with Vata's bloating, poor digestion, nausea, indigestion, and Kapha's congestion in the lungs, coughs, chest infections, and asthma. Cumin holds an affinity for the female reproductive system and reduces pain and inflammation, while enhancing the production of milk in nursing mothers-especially when combined with Shatavari.
DANDELION (Taraxacum officinale)
Dandelion is the easiest plant to grow- and because of its abundance, there is no real reason to plant it since it will grow just about anywhere. The entire plant has medicinal purposes and can even be consumed as food. Dandelion root is a classic liver tonic and blood purifier, with stimulating and decongesting effects on the liver. It encourages digestion and prepares receptor sites on the tongue to signal the digestive tract that food is on the way. It also stimulates the production of bile, which breaks down cholesterol and fat. Dandelion tea is used as a mild diuretic for water retention and kidney or bladder problems. It is a good source of and replenishes potassium, contains iron, calcium, vitamins, and is a source for other trace minerals. The milky latex of the flowers and stalks are helpful against warts, and as a tincture, dandelion is effective for cases of poor or sluggish digestion, skin conditions like acne and eczema, and all general liver concerns. Roasted Dandelion and Chicory tea tastes just like coffee but doesn't cause the stimulating effects caffeine or cause acidity, giving coffee lovers a tasty alternative.
DILL (Anethum graveolens, Sowa)
Dill is an aromatic herb that stimulates the appetite, helps with digestion and absorption, and relieves indigestion, constipation, and diarrhea. It is beneficial in helping re-establish a normal gut flora and a great brain tonic as it alleviates tiredness. Dill is also a good relaxant for Vata-type muscle tensions and pain, insomnia, stress, painful menstruation, and urinary tract infections. It is helpful for the female reproductive system as well.
ECHINACEA (Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea purpurea)
Echinacea is one of the top immune enhancing herbs of our time. It helps build immune system strength by raising the body's natural resistance to fight off disease and infection. It increases macrophage and T-cell activity-the body's first line of defense against foreign antigens, is rich in polysaccharides-which help protect against invasion of viruses and bacteria, and has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties-making it an effective medicine against fungal and bacterial infections. It is particularly effective when taken at the early onset of symptoms of an illness, and is very potent, but creates few side effects, making it safe for all ages. Echinacea has an affinity for bronchial and respiratory infections, sore throat, and oral infections.
ELDER (Sambucus nigra)
Elderberry and Elder flower are among Europe's most esteemed remedies for colds and flus. In Old World traditions, an elder bush was commonly planted at the edge of the herb garden as the "protector" of the garden. Elder flowers induce sweating and help lower fevers. Elder berries, often combined with Echinacea, have potent immune boosting properties that contain powerful antiviral properties, useful in treating viral infections, flus, herpes, shingles, and upper respiratory infections. They are rich in antioxidants and make an excellent heart tonic.
FENNEL (Madhurika, Foeniculum vulgare)
Healthy digestion, a strengthened digestive force, and calmed nerves and muscles are all incredible benefits of Fennel. It improves Agni without aggravating pitta, soothes inflammatory conditions (especially when combined with licorice), clears toxins, relieves indigestion, nausea, vomiting, cramps, coughs, fevers, and inflamed skin. It supports a healthy menstrual cycle by bringing on menstruation and relieving period pain, and supports the healthy flow of milk in lactating mothers as well. Fennel nourishes the brain and the eyes, is excellent for a comfortable, post-meal experience, allows Vata to flow, and reduces Kapha congestion in the chest. Fennel is found in the Pitta Oil and in the Inflammation Tincture.
FENUGREEK (Methi, Trigonella foenum-graecum)
Fenugreek is highly nutritious and aids in digestion; it soothes gastritis, acidity, peptic ulcers, serves as a laxative for constipation, reduces blood pressure and clotting, and helps to prevent cardiovascular disease as well as diabetes. It inhibits carbohydrate and cholesterol absorption while dissolving fat, thereby acting as a diuretic that aids in the elimination of toxins. It is a good tonic for convalescence and debility, and is an expectorant for coughs. It has antiviral properties that work against colds and flus, and is helpful with mouth ulcers and skin problems. It increases libido, reduces menopausal symptoms, can in women will enlarge the breasts and stimulate milk flow.
GINGER (Adrak [fresh], Sunthi [dried], Zingiber officinale)
Ginger is pungent and warming; it is an excellent digestive aid and helps bring about a favorable post-meal experience. It works well for nausea, travel sickness, dizziness, poor circulation, anxiety, food allergies, IBS, bloating, and elimination of natural toxins. It has powerful immune boosting, anti-inflammatory, and detoxifying properties that combat bacterial and viral infections, promote sweating, kill germs. It assists in the proper function of the lungs to bring about comfortable breathing and protection against colds, flus, gut infections, and bronchitis. It is ideal when taken at the onset of respiratory infections and it works well to clear fevers, colds, headaches, coughs, and asthma. Ginger is Sattvic in nature and highly rejuvenating; as an antioxidant it protects agains the aging process, stimulates the heart and circulation, promotes warmth and well being, and restores vitality. As a reproductive tonic, Ginger works as an aphrodisiac, is excellent for impotency caused by a deficiency of warmth, and relieves delayed, painful, and or scanty periods to allow for comfortable menstruation. Ginger brings about comfortable movement of the joints and helps with arthritis and muscle pains. Chewing fresh Ginger relieves toothache, powdered ginger on the scalp will promote hair growth, and used in oils, Ginger relieves painful joints-especially those aggravated by the cold. Ginger is used in the Yoga Oil and in customized herbal blends.
GOKSHURA (Caltrops, Tribulus terrestris)
Gokshura is a rejuvenative for both Pitta and Vata and balances all three doshas. It increases Sattva, promotes clarity, calms the nerves, and relieves pain. As a kidney tonic, it works as a soothing diuretic, relieves UTIs, eliminates toxins, dissolves stones, relieves gout, and pacifies arthritis and sciatica. It improves healthy blood circulation and reduces blood pressure, keeps healthy levels of body fluids, supports proper function of genitourinary system, and soothes membranes of urinary tract. Taken wish Ashwagandha, it enhances resilience to stress, and improves energy and sports performance. Taken in a milk decoction for men, it acts as an aphrodisiac that tones and rejuvenates the male reproductive system, promotes virility, helps with low libido, infertility, prostate problems, and the production of healthy sperm, and for women, rejuvenates female reproductive system, promotes fertility, prevents miscarriage, and speeds recovery after childbirth. Externally in oil, Gokshura is used for alopecia and premature balding.
GOLDENSEAL (Hydrastis canadensis)
Goldenseal is considered as one of the most useful and valuable plants on the North American continent, and one of North America's greatest contributions to the world of medicine. It has infection-fighting alkaloids and bitters, and is a natural antibiotic, disinfectant, and anti-fungal. Its rich bitter compounds help treat liver, gallbladder, and digestive problems. It is effective in treating infections of the mucous membranes of the respiratory, digestive, skin, and reproductive systems. Goldenseal is a common ingredient in disinfectant washes for eye infections like conjunctivitis, douches for vaginal infections, mouthwashes for sore mouths and gums, and topical treatments for eczema and psoriasis. The root is used in poulices for skin infections, abscesses, and wounds.
GOTU KOLA (Centella asiatica, Mandukaparni, Bhrami)
Gotu Kola is a trusted herb for enhancing memory, concentration, relieving stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression, mental turbulence, and protecting against Alzheimer's. It supports the adrenal glands and helps rebuild energy reserves, strengthens immunity and helps fight off infections, detoxes and provides anti-inflammatory responses, relieves skin problems and irritations, and relieves nervous indigestion like acidity and ulcers. Gotu Kola is an important herb for circulation and the speedy healing of wounds both inside and outside of the body. It also promotes hair and nail growth, increases the tensile integrity of the skin, reduces cellulite, protects against radiation, and calms the mind. Prepared as a tonic, Gotu Kola works as a memory and nerving tonic, to relieve headaches and prevent hair loss, and to promote sleep among other benefits. Available in the Memory Tincture formula and in the Stretchy Oil.
GUDUCHI STEM (Amrit, Tinospora cordifolia)
Guduchi is excellent rejuvenative for Vata and Pitta. It supports overall health and wellbeing, boosts immune system, promotes vitality, energy, and increases resilience to emotional and physical stress. It promotes brain function and eases tension as well as enhancing immunity to acute respiratory infections, fevers, coughs, colds, flu, sinus issues, allergies and asthma. It aids in the healthy elimination of natural toxins, supports function of liver and kidneys, and provides the foundation for healthy skin and a clear complexion. It improves digestion, regulates the intestinal flora, promotes absorption of nutrients, metabolizes the tissues especially fat, and helps regulate weight. Guduchi also reduces heat and inflammation by increasing urination, thereby relieving auto-immune diseases like arthritis, lupus, anemia, bleeding gums, eczema and cholesterol. Furthermore, it aids in the comfortable movement of joints, calms mind, facilitates the proper function of nervous system, and serves as a reproductive tonic for impotence and sexual debility. Guduchi Stem is in the Pitta Oil and Yoga Oil.
GUGGULU (Indian Myrrh, Commiphora mukul)
Guggulu is an honored Ayurvedic remedy for scraping toxins out of the body channels and lowering harmful cholesterol. It promotes the proper function and comfortable movement of joints and is renown for ability to carry other herbs with it deep into tissues. It works to detoxify and rejuvenate body, is a good anti-inflammatory, and is cleansing remedy for gout, sciatica and arthritis. It is an excellent immune booster by increasing white blood-cell count and helping to combat infections, and its antimicrobial/antispasmodic properties are helpful for coughs and chest infections. Healthy weight management is achieved with Guggulu since it is one of the best herbs for digestion and fat metabolism, and it helps to reduce excess weight by regulating the thyroid gland; it can reduce blood sugar in diabetes as well. It has the ability to break down growths and tumors, reduce clots, and prevent heart disease. It is an excellent herb for the reproductive system as it has an affinity for the lower abdomen, reducing fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and helping to regulate a woman's cycle. Externally, Guggulu may be used as a gargle for tonsillitis and oral health, and it is a valuable addition to lotions and creams for skin clearing, eczema, acne, and scarring.
GYNOSTEMMA (Herba Gynostemma)
Popularly believed in Asia to be an anti-aging longevity herb, Gynostemma is a valuable "cure-all." Its adaptogenic properties calm when overexcited and stimulate when depressed, making it useful in several mental and neurological conditions like anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia. It contains several amino acids, vitamins and minerals such as selenium, magnesium, zinc, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, and phosphorus, although it is the broad range of saponins present in Gynostemma that are the chemical constituents responsible for its adaptagenic characteristics. The local growers of Gynostemma call it "Magical Grass" because of its numerous health benefits. Some of many include: a strengthened immune system, a slowing of the aging process, reduced feebleness, reduced fatigue, increased vigor, improved digestion, strengthening of the mind, improved sex functions, calmed nerves, ease of pain, reduced inflammation, removal of mucus and improvement of cough, treatment of bronchitis, gum inflammation, gastric ulcers, chronic pneumonia, acne, warts, allergies, asthma, hair loss, chronic headaches, migraines, diabetes, insomnia, and a better assimilation of nutrients. Gynostemma also has a big reputation for being a weight control aid because of its ability to accelerate the body's metabolism. It adjusts blood sugar, reduces fat, lowers LDL and raises HDL. Its scraping qualities not only help the body remove toxins in the intestines but also in the fat accumulation in the blood vessels, making it essential in conditions such as arteriosclerosis, coronary heart disease, and simple obesity. Athletes taking the herb benefit from more lean muscle and improved appetites as well. Anticancer studies have shown significant cancer inhibition with its use, and it has proven to strengthen the immune system significantly.
HARITAKI (Indian Gall Nut, Terminalia chebula)
Haritaki is an excellent detoxifier and rejuvenator of Vata that enhances resilience to stress, promotes intellect and sight, improves longevity, and is a wonderful nerve and brain tonic. This astringent antioxidant protects the heart and arteries from the damage of free radical scavengers, reduces blood pressure, and lowers cholesterol, making it a rejuvenative herb that slows the aging process. It is helpful for increasing the digestive fire of Agni and promoting a healthy appetite, in so regulating the bowels, removing accumulated toxins from the GI tract, and alleviating Vata digestive issues like indigestion, constipation, hemorrhoids, IBS, vomiting, inflammation of the mucous membranes, and ulcers. It strengthens and nourishes the tissues and supports the function of the colon, lungs, liver, and spleen. Haritaki increases energy, immunity, intelligence and awareness. It combats bacterial and viral infections, reduces fevers, asthma, sweating, Kapha-type congested coughs, purifies breast milk, and clears skin problems. Haritaki is one of the three herbs that constitute the formula for Triphala.
HAWTHORN BERRY (Crataegus laevigata)
Hawthorn Berry is considered the herb supreme for the heart and makes an excellent tonic for cardiovascular health. Its berries, leaves, and flowers are rich in bioflavonoids, antioxidants, and procyanidins, which feed and tone the heart. It ensures the proper functioning of heart and is popular use in west for clearing the arterial channels and promoting healthy circulation by dilating the arteries and veins, enabling blood to flow more freely, It strengthens the heart muscle while normalizing cholesterol and blood pressure levels. It is good for Vata heart imbalances and works to calm heart and nerves. Hawthorn Berry also boasts the promotion of longevity. It helps stabilize collagen and supports the health and repair of ligaments, tendons, muscles, and capillaries. It helps ease grief and sadness, and makes a wonderful tea that helps literally and figuratively "heal the heart." Hawthorn Berry is used in the Heart Tincture and Healthy heart Tea blends.
HIBISCUS (Hibiscus rosa)
According to The Yoga of Herbs, Hibiscus offers physical and spiritual purification. It improves the growth and health of hair significantly and promotes a clear complexion. It supports the proper function of kidneys and of the female reproductive system. Hibiscus is useful in disorders of first and second chakras, and is cooling in nature, helping to balance Pitta. Hibiscus is used in the Nourishing Hair Oil and in special tea blends.
HING ( Asafoetida, Ferula asafoetida)
Taken before meals, Hing improves appetite, digestion, relieves bloating, constipation, and balances the gut flora. It is strengthening and calming, especially for Vata, and it eases nervous conditions, pain, cramps, tense muscles, sciatica, exhaustion, cough, asthma, and fever. For women, Hing helps regulate menstruation by stimulating blood flow to the uterus, eases painful periods, enhances libido, helps with urinary problems, impotence, infertility, and reduces Kapha congestion after childbirth. It is a main ingredient in the Ayurvedic digestive blend Hingvashtak.
HOLY BASIL - see TULSI
LAVENDER (Lavandula officinalis, Lavandula angustifolia)
Bees, butterflies, and people seem to flock to wherever Lavender grows. It has profound relaxing, calming, and uplifting effects with mild antidepressant qualities that help dispel depression and melancholy. Lavender is antibacterial, anti-fungal, and an antiseptic agent useful in treating a number of infections. It helps alleviate colds, flus, fungal infections, heal scrapes and burns, migraines, headaches, tension, stress, and insomnia. Traditionally used to instill courage and strength, Lavender is still a favorite herb to strengthen the heart and mind in stressful situations. It also works as an antispasmodic, used in digestive formulas to relieve indigestion and calm muscle spasms caused by IBS or Crohn's disease. Lavender essential oil has numerous uses and is considered "first aid in a bottle." Practical uses include using the oil to calm stress, disinfect doorknobs, ward off the flu or protect against germs when traveling, to disinfect and heal wounds, and pull out and calm a bee sting. Lavender is used in the Pitta Oil, Yoga Oil, the Coconut Lavender Body Oil, and is available in tincture and spritzer form.
LEMONGRASS (Bhu Trna, Cymbopogon citratus)
Lemongrass is cooling in nature. It raises Agni, clears Ama and toxins, and enhances digestion without aggravating Pitta. Lemongrass also eases bloating, abdominal pain and cramps, helps relieve menstrual period pain from excess Vata or Pitta, and promotes milk production. It makes a soothing diuretic for fluid retention and also works to clear the phlegm that comes with coughs and bronchitis. It eases spasms and congestion from asthma as well, and in hot infusions reduces fevers. Used in oil blends externally, Lemongrass increases circulation, relieves painful or swollen arthritic joints, and helps with skin problems. Lemongrass is used in the Yoga Oil.
LEMON BALM (Melissa officinalis)
Lemon balm is one of the most important members of the mint family. An "elixir of life," it is a remedy for heart disease and heartache, depression and anxiety, nervous disorders, and viral and bacterial infections. Its rich concentration of volatile oils, specifically citral and citronellal, calm the nervous and digestive systems with antispasmodic actions. Lemon balm is a mild sedative and is helpful for insomnia caused by grief and sadness, and for seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Its helps calm restless children, aids in ADD and ADHA, and soothes nightmares. Lemon balm is rich in polyphenols, which have strong antiviral properties; this explains its effectiveness against herpes and shingles. Available in the Heart Tea Blend and in tincture.
LICORICE ROOT (Liquorice, Yastimadhu, Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Licorice is a remarkable restorative and rejuvenative herb that helps harmonize the qualities of other herbs. It is 50 times sweeter than table sugar, and it is the glycyrrhizic acid that is sweet and is responsible in part for its amazing medicinal properties. It has a particular affinity for building the endocrine system and is an adaptogenic; it strengthens one's resilience to physical and mental stress, and because it is Sattvic in nature, it nourishes the brain, promotes good vision, memory, healthy hair, and healthy skin. It pacifies Pitta and reduces heat, dryness, toxicity, acidity, heartburn, indigestion, ulcers, and other inflammatory problems, as well as working as a mild laxative that eases constipation. It increases bile flow from the liver and protects it from damage, lowers cholesterol, aids in digestion, soothes the stomach, and removes Kapha from the stomach for better comfort. Licorice helps tremendously to relieve irritation and inflammation in the chest, and helps with sore throats, dry coughs, bronchial congestion, asthma, chest infections, and clear and comfortable breathing. Its immune boosting qualities combat infections and viruses, act as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis and skin problems like eczema and psoriasis, and bind to toxic chemicals and carcinogens in the body, helping to draw them out. As a nourishing tonic, it supports the proper functioning of the male reproductive system and its mild oestrogenic properties help with menstrual and menopausal problems. It also promotes contentment and harmony, and helps calm the mind. Licorice is found in the Vata Oil, Inflammation Tincture, Licorice Tincture, and in specialized Tea blends.
MANJISTA (Indian Madder, Rubia cordifolia)
Manjista is a quintessential blood purifier in Ayurvedic pharmacopeia that cleanses and cools the blood while removing toxins, making it an excellent Pitta pacifying herb. It removes excess heat, is a good remedy for fevers, inflammatory conditions, and for stopping both external wound bleeding and internal bleeding, such as in heavy periods, nosebleeds, ulcers, and inflammatory gut problems. It promotes healthy skin and clear complexion, and reduces eczema and psoriases. It is useful against herpes, scabies, athlete's foot, and vitiligo. Manjista maintains clear channels in the body and breaks up accumulations of Kapha in the bladder, liver, and kidneys, supporting a healthy urinary flow and clearing urinary stones and UTIs. Manjista is effective against painful irregular periods and endometriosis, in preventing miscarriages, in purifying breast milk, and in releasing excess Pitta and Kapha associated with female issues. It enhances immunity and has been used to relieve inflammatory chest and eye problems. When mixed with honey, it can be used for inflammatory skin problems and ulcers. Manjista is included in the Pitta Oil, Kapha oil, and Yoga Oil.
MUSTA (Mustaka, Nut Grass, Cyperus rotundus)
An excellent herb for regular comfortable menstruation, Musta regulates a woman's cycle, balances hormones, reduces painful periods, reduces breast tenderness, softens PMS, and balances emotions prior to and during menstruation. It is a great support for digestion and for a healthy digestive fire as it clears Ama without aggravating Pitta, and relieves the Vata pain, spasms, wind, and bloating that comes from poor digestion and absorption. It helps to re-establish the gut flora, soothes inflammation, supports proper liver function, enhances bile secretion, supports metabolism, and aids in eliminating natural toxins. Musta is used in the Pitta Oil and Yoga Oil.
NEEM (Nimba, Azadirachta indica)
Neem is one of the best antiseptic and detoxifying herbs of Ayurveda, according to The Ayurveda Bible. It is a valuable tool in combating infections and symptoms characterized by heat and inflammation, as well as in cooling the effects of excess heat in the mind, such as anxiety, stress, irritability, anger, and depression. Neem is a detox for both Pitta and Kapha, effective in dealing with all Pitta Kapha imbalances and in offsetting any Vata aggravating qualities a paired herb may impart. Neem is bitter, very cooling, and astringent, making it beneficial for regulating metabolism, aiding in weight loss, and lowering blood sugar. It supports healthy skin and a clear complexion, purifies blood, cleanses liver, supports the immune system, maintains healthy blood glucose levels, stimulates the appetite, calms nausea, combats infections, increases and protects liver function, reduces cholesterol and blood pressure, helps regulate the blood, and is extremely beneficial in dealing with skin conditions. It clears eczema, acne, psoriasis, boils, and abscesses. It clears infections in the chest as well, reduces fevers, and is a proven asset in the prevention and treatment of malaria. Neem oil is used externally for skin problems as well as a non toxic insecticide and pesticide for plants. Neem is used in the Pitta and Yoga Oils.
NETTLE (Urtica dioica, Urtica urens)
The ancient Greeks and Romans cultivated more acres of Nettle than any other crop, and they used it as food, medicine, and in clothing. Its important medicinal uses include remedies for gout, rheumatism, anemia, exhaustion, menstrual difficulties, skin problems, and hay fever. It is rich in a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals, especially iron and caldium, and is an excellent tonic herb for achy bones and joints. It addresses the "growing pains" of growing young children as well as elder folks with "creaky" joints. Its antihistamine properties make it effective against allergies, and its nutritive properties work on the liver. Nettle is a tonic for male and female reproductive systems and is frequently included in formulas for PMS, fertility issues, menopausal discomforts, and as a preventative and curative treatment for prostate issues. It builds energy when overworked and tired. Available in the Nettle tincture.
OREGANO (Origanum vulgar)
This pungent herb is extremely high in antioxidants which help boost the immune system. Tests carried out by the USDA found that oregano has a higher antioxidant activity than any other herb; forty-two times that of an apple, twelve times that of oranges, and four times that of blueberries. The volatile oils of oregano include thymol and carvacros, which both strong inhibition of the growth of bacteria making this herb a powerful anti-bacterial. It contains calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, is high in dietary fiber, and may help lower bad cholesterol. Available in the Oregano Tincture.
PASSIONFLOWER (Passiflora, passiflora incarnata)
Passionflower is one of the most calming herbs, providing an effective soothing effect on the nervous system. It is used to combat anxiety, sleep problems, and for a light sedative effect. Its compounds bind to the same areas of the brain affected by the calming neurotransmitter GABA, and its flavanoids are well-known antioxidants that may also contribute to its anti anxiety effects.
PEPPERMINT (Mentha piperata)
Peppermint's "blast of energy" instantly renews, refreshes, and energizes. It is versatile, delicious, safe, effective, and very easy to grow. It is a renowned digestive aid and the herb of choice for relieving nausea and gas. It is an antispasmodic, helps relax the muscles, reduces stomach cramps, alleviates headaches, bee stings, burns, and toothache. It also contains an assortment of important nutrients like calcium, magnesium, potassium, flavonoids, phenolic acid. It's volatile oils of those of menthol and menthone.
PIPPALI (Long Pepper, Piper longum)
Pippali is warming, energizing, and an excellent tonic when you are feeling cold and run-down. It increases Agni, clears toxins in the gut, dispels mucus in the lungs, enhances the appetite, aids in digestion, facilitates absorption, relieves anorexia, wind, indigestion, constipation, combats worms and candida. It enhances the liver's ability to break down toxins, thereby reducing liver damage from alcohol, drugs, and chemicals. Pippali stimulates circulation, reduces cholesterol, combats anemia, and boosts the immune system due to its antimicrobial effects. It is especially good for Kapha conditions and is the best rejuvenative for Kapha; it contains potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and is helpful in arthritis, back and muscle pain, swelling, infertility, painful menstruation, colds, coughs, bronchitis, fevers, asthma, allergies, and eczema. It increases blood supply to the brain and calms Vata related nervousness, such as tension, restlessness, anxiety, and insomnia. It works well as a mosquito repellent too as well. Pippali forms a part of the famous formula for Trikatu, alongside ginger and black pepper.
PUNARNAVA (Boerhavia diffusa, Indian Hogweed)
Punarnava is known as a famous Ayurvedic rejuvenative that strengthens vitality and boosts energy. A primarily Kapha rejuvenating and balancing herb, it promotes overall health and well being, supports the proper functioning of heart, liver, and kidneys, stimulates digestion, curbs heavy menstrual bleeding, and helps manage a healthy weight especially for those prone to gaining weight. It can be used for obesity and diabetes too. Punarnava helps maintain healthy fluid levels in the tissues, is helpful for swollen watery joints, arthritis, and as it moves toxins and fluid from the joints, it aids in their elimination via the kidneys. Comfortable movement of the joints for those with Kapha constitutions and imbalances follow its use. Punarnava is used in the Kapha and Yoga Oils.
SHATAVARI (Asparagus racemosus, Wild Asparagus)
An excellent nourishing tonic and the most important Sattvic rejuvenative for women, Shatavari translates as "she who possesses a hundred husbands." It beautifies, calms and soothes the skin, reduces the development of scar tissue, eases Vata problems like stiff joints and painful spasms, lowers harmful cholesterol, protects against heart disease, clears inflammations, and reduces Pitta in the system. Its particular affinity for the mind restores mental clarity, reduces anxiety, increases resilience to stress, pacifies ADHD, and balances when the mind and body are depleted. Shatavari soothes, cools, and moistens the dry or inflamed mucous membranes in the respiratory tract, kidneys, stomach, and sexual organs. Known to promote fertility in both men and women, Shatavari balances female hormones, promotes the proper function of the female reproductive system, relieves PMS, menstrual and menopausal problems, increases milk supply in lactating moms, encourages the healthy production of semen in men, improves libido, and increases vitality. It cools inflammatory problems in the digestive tract as well, making it useful in treating acid indigestion, ulcers, gastritis, chronic diarrhea, Crohn's disease, and even excessive thirst. Its adaptogenic properties enhance the immunity and development in babies and children by stimulating white blood cells and fighting infection. This makes Shatavari a valuable antibacterial and anti-fungal against such things as candida, salmonella, E-coli, pseudomonas, and an antiviral against herpes. Its properties include those of a valuable nutritive tonic, rejuvenative, adaptogenic, nervine, anti-inflammatory, aphrodisiac, antibacterial, and anti-tumor. Shatavari is also known to promote love and devotion. Shatavari is used in the Pitta and Yoga oils.
THYME (Thymus vulgarus)
Thyme's antioxidant power is at the top ten of all herbs. Its leaves have a powerful, aromatic flavor and its health benefits come from its volatile oils-mainly thymol oil. It is a potent anti-bacterial, offering protection against food poisoning bacteria and viruses, and it is rich in flavonoids, which protect against aging. Its research has shown to boost the effects of healthy omega-3 fats which have been proven important for healthy brain function, and it is also a good source of vitamin C and iron.
TRIKATU (Pippali + Ginger + Black Pepper)
Trikatu translates to mean "three pungents," referring to its three fiery ingredients-pippali, ginger, black pepper. It is useful for the digestion of Kapha and is a powerful heating formula traditionally used to spark digestive fire, burn fat effectively, and remove toxins. It promotes healthy metabolism, proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, and is a potent rejuvenative for Kapha constitutions.
TRIPHALA (Amalaki + Haritaki + Bhibitaki)
Triphala is a balancing formula for detoxification and rejuvenation. It is popular for its unique ability to gently cleanse and detox the system while simultaneously replenishing and nourishing it. It supports the proper functioning of the digestive, circulatory, respiratory, genitourinary systems, and aids in natural internal cleansing. Triphala removes excess Vata, Pitta, and Kapha from the body, maintains regularity, strengthens the eyes, nourishes and rejuvenates the tissues, and provides for healthy digestion and absorption. On an empty stomach in the morning, Triphala is a great support for the skin, and taken at night is a mild laxative that will help you start the day fresh the next morning. It is a natural antioxidant and is recommended and used more than any other Ayurvedic formula. Triphala means three fruits-Amalaki, Bibhitaki, Haritaki. It is taken as a support to maintain dosha balance.
TULSI (Holy Basil, Ocimum sanctum)
Tulsi is one of the most sacred plants in India. It is a rasayana-an herb that nourishes a person's growth to perfect health and promotes a long life. It is a wonderful adaptogen that increases resilience to physical and emotional stress, clears up lethargy and congestion that dampens the spirits, lifts a foggy mind, eases anxiety, depression, insomnia, and has an overall uplifting and strengthening effect on the mind and body. It eases stress related problem such as headaches, skin irritations, IBS, and lowers levels of blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides. Tulsi promotes optimal functioning of lungs and heart. It removes excess Kapha from lungs and respiratory tract, promoting comfortable breathing and thus clears coughs and chest infections as well as colds, flus, fevers, sore throats, histamine induced allergies, and asthma. (Used with ginger and black pepper for asthma.) It combats microorganisms like E.coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Mycolpasma tuberculosis, and Aspergillus. It is quite common to find a Tulsi plant outside of homes in India to help ward off pests, and Basil itself is a natural pesticide. It strengthens digestion and improves appetite and absorption, relieves spasms, bloating, urinary tract infections and painful urination; it is effective against anorexia, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, constipation, peptic ulcers, irritation of the gut lining, infections, dysbiosis, and worms. Tulsi's immune enhancing and anti-inflammatory properties clear toxins and protect healthy cells from radiation and chemotherapy-it in fact releases ozone to help break down chemicals and dispel disease carrying organisms, like viruses, bacteria, and insects. It promotes a healthy weight management, maintains normal body temperature, heightens awareness, and is extremely beneficial for improved mental clarity. Tulsi is used in the Vata Oil, Pitta Oil, Kapha Oil, and Yoga Oil.
TURMERIC ROOT (Haldi, Curcuma longa)
Turmeric is considered the most important herb in the world. This bright orange root is an extremely powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and overall health and well being enhancer. Turmeric aids in digestion, particularly of proteins and fats, promotes nutritional absorption, metabolism, and aids in weight loss. It enhances the function, protection, and detoxification of the liver and acts as a probiotic, regulating the healthy intestinal flora and protecting against candida, worms, indigestion, heartburn, wind, bloating, and diarrhea. It soothes the gut lining and protects it against stress, lowers blood sugar and helps maintain healthy glucose levels, lowers cholesterol, inhibits blood clotting, helps prevent heart and arterial disease, ensures proper functioning of the heart and pancreas, strengthens digestion, and removes natural toxins. It is beneficial for healthy skin and clear complexion, and its anti-inflammatory properties are excellent for comfortable joint and ligament movement; it also helps alleviate arthritis. Its excellent immune enhancing antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, antimicrobial and anti-oxidative properties fight against free-radical damage, microbes, and cancer-especially breast and colon cancers. It enhances the production of cancer fighting cells, and helps protect against environmental toxins. It is beneficial in reducing itching, relieving pain, promoting healing, treating skin cancer, and slowing the aging process. Turmeric is found in the Pitta and Yoga Oils.
VALERIAN ROOT (Tagarah, Indian Valerian, Valeriana wallichi, Valerian oficinalis)
Prized highly among the Greeks, traditional Chinese, and Ayurvedic practitioners, this medicinal herb is used to cure a variety of ills, mainly insomnia. Its name derives from the Latin word valere meaning "to be well" or "to be strong." Although used as something of a cure-all, its calming and tranquilizing effects are what are valued the most. Valerian is used both in Europe and the US as a sedative, to ease nervous tension, anxiety, treat nervous disorders, depression, panic attacks, to lessen the severity of epileptic seizures, and of course, to treat insomnia. (It was popular until largely replaced by prescription sedative drugs such as Valium.) Valerian is warming and grounding, aids memory and concentration, is helpful in ADHD, clears coughs and asthma by soothing bronchial passages, eases digestive upsets, liver disorders, urinary tract complaints, relaxes the uterus and colon, is used a diuretic, and is helpful when withdrawing from drugs or cigarettes. It can be used for stress-related heart and blood pressure problems like palpitations or irregular heart beats, and it regulates Vata related imbalances like muscle tension, cramps, constipation, pain, headaches, menstrual pains, and anxiety that affects the heart. It is effective as both a long-term nerve tonic and as a remedy for acute nerve problems, like those of headaches and pain. It carries a class 1 safety rating by the American Herbal Products Association, indicating that is a very safe herb with a wide dosage range. Valerian can be found in our Vata and Yoga Oils, in herb and herb capsules, and in tincture form.
VIDANGA (Embelia ribes)
Vidanga is one of the best Ayurvedic herbs to support the body's natural defenses in the gastrointestinal tract. It is an immunity and natural defenses booster that maintains a healthy digestive environment, eliminates natural toxins from GI tract, blood, and lymph. It works to remove excess Vata from large intestine as well, promoting intestinal comfort, a normal healthy appetite, supporting proper weight management. Vidanga is in the Yoga Oil and in tincture form.
VIDARI KANDA (Puernaria tuberosa)
Vidari Kanda is a sweet, moistening, nutritive tonic. A relative of the sweet potato, it is rejuvenating for both Vata and Pitta in the lower abdomen. It is an aphrodisiac that enhances fertility, boasting the proper functioning of the male reproductive system by increasing sperm production, sexual energy, and performance, and of the female reproductive system by reducing heavy periods, strengthening after child birth, and nourishing the channels that carry breast milk. Vidari Kanda promotes vitality, reduces debility, convalescence and nervous exhaustion, clears inflammation and dryness from the digestive tract, soothes pain and constipation, and softens sore throats, hoarseness, and coughs. Its properties nourish healthy muscle and nerve tissue and strengthen and rejuvenate seniors with Vata constitutions. Vidari Kanda is used in the Yoga oil and for customized herb blends.
**This information if for educational and reference purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, manage, or heal any condition. Please use herbs responsibly and under the supervision of a Licensed Herbalist or Practitoner.
*Sources: National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs, Banyan Botanicals, The Ayurveda Bible, Kerala Ayurveda Herbology Manuals, The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm, The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook, The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs, and Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs.