Herbs have always been an integral part of the ancient system of medicine, Ayurveda. According to Ayurveda, the cells of the herbs and plants carry the wisdom of celestial intelligence as well as the healing qualities of nature.
Hundreds and hundreds of herbs are used in Ayurvedic herbology and each come with a myriad of benefits, both for the mind, body and spirit. The herbs can be used to treat different ailments and diseases like obesity, skin problems, digestion issues and more.
Let’s have a look at 10 Ayurvedic herbs that are quite common and can be easily incorporated into daily life to reap many rewards.
1. Shilajit: This ayurvedic product oozes out from the mountains of the Himalayan ranges during the summers. This nutrient-rich product is used in Ayurveda for various purposes. It can be used to sharpen memory, retention of essential nutrients, usual detoxification of the body etc. Most importantly it is used for treating diabetes. It has been scientifically proven that shilajit has a good percentage of fulvic and humic acids necessary for energy consumption within the cells.
2. Guggul: This tree resin is produced from the flowering plant of Mukul Myrrh tree. It is famous for curing normal to high levels of cholesterol in the body. Apart from curing cholesterol, it is also used for the utilization of fat. The stored fat in the body is utilized as a fuel to maintain energy. Guggul is also used as incense. It is believed to balance the energy levels of the room and provides mental clarity.
3. Amla: This Ayurveda herb is an allrounder. It is used for digestion, immunity, detoxification, skin, respiratory and what not. It is a natural and abundant source of Vitamin C. Amla also supports healthy stools. As skin care product, it helps in whitening and brightening of the skin. It goes till the mucous membranes of the body and cures it.
4. Brahmi: This creeping herb is known as Brahmi because of the shape of its leaves. The leaves of the herb resemble cerebellum; hence, the name. This herb relaxes the central nervous system. It stimulates memory and intellect. It also induces restful sleep, balances the emotions, increases concentration and alertness. It aids in the growth of healthy microbes for good health, stabilizes mood, and cognitive functions. It is also a promoter of the natural healing process of the body.
5. Manjistha: This perennial herb is effective in purifying the blood. It acts on the arterial and circulatory system for proper functioning. Manjistha is also believed to slow down the aggravated pitta and discontinues the congested kapha. It is considered the most beneficial for the female body. It is helpful in supporting the reproductive system and is most effective during child-birthing years. It also cures menstrual problems.
6. Triphala: This ayurvedic herb is a fusion of three ayurvedic fruits. The ayurvedic fruits are Amalaki, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki. Haritaki looks after muscular walls of the digestive system. Amalaki supports the well-being of the intestinal skin and villi. Bibhitaki ensures removal of mucus and toxins from the walls of the digestive system. It has been observed that Triphala promotes healthy weight loss.
7. Ashwagandha: The name “Ashwagandha” is interpreted as smell, strength, and sweat of ten horses. It has amazing building and strengthening properties. Because of its building properties, it is also used for boosting the nervous system and sexual vitality. Its roots are used to increase the performance of an athlete. Ashwagandha has artificial herb intelligence that identifies the body’s requirement and increases or decreases the stress hormones accordingly. In general, it is an overall health tonic as it cures other diseases too.
8. Haldi: This is not just an herb but also a crucial ingredient in Indian cooking. The plant is used to make bright yellow powder which is available in almost every Indian kitchen. This herb cleanses the blood and intestines. It is recommended for joint pains as it reduces stiffness. It also strengthens the body. It purifies the blood enhancing the quality of the skin. For skincare, it is used for both topical and internal remedies. Haldi being an anti-coagulant can’t be absorbed by the body. Hence, it is advised to be paired up with black pepper for maximum benefits
9. Tulsi: As per Ayurveda, it is a holy plant. Yet again, another herb that manages the whole body. It heals the immune, cardiovascular, gastric, urinary, nervous and reproductive system. As it has the constituency of active agents; it is widely used in the cosmetic industry. The active agents provide healthy, rejuvenated and youthful skin. Apart from these, it supports tissues and organs from industrial pollution, counterbalances the stress, etc. It undoubtedly versatile in its healing properties.
10. Elaichi: This herb has the ability to transform a regular tea into a medicinal one. Going by the ancient scripts, it makes even hard-to-digest food, digestible. If intake of caffeine is a concern; adding elaichi will nullify the effects of caffeine. It increases the digestion process. It treats bad breath, gum diseases, sore throat, and even respiratory issues.
Incorporating these Ayurveda herbs in your daily life is no doubt a benefit. Combine all these ayurvedic herbs with your daily yoga practice. This composition will surely add years to your life.