The word Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that translates to; Ayur meaning “life” and Veda meaning “science”, together forming the science of life. The study of Ayurveda was done at a time when Sanskrit was the spoken language in ancient India. The ancient knowledge of sacred practice like Ayurveda and yoga can be found in the sacred Hindu Scriptures called the Vedas. There are 4 main Vedas namely the Rig Veda, the Sam Veda, the Yajur Veda, and the Atharva Veda.
The knowledge of yoga can be found in the Rig Veda whereas the knowledge of Ayurveda is in the Atharva Veda. This makes yoga and Ayurveda sister sciences of holistic healing and of life itself. Yoga is a life practice that makes the experience of life more enlightened as well as rich and full of experiences whereas Ayurveda is a life science practice that involves intrinsic and holistic healing with the use of many sacred techniques, natural herbs and medicines, massages and routinely practices.
Ever since yoga made it to the international audience it has spread like wildfire, as all good things do. And the best part about this knowledge spreading, apart from the development of this knowledge is that it has been able to transform many lives for the better around the world at no cost at all. Similarly, Ayurveda is another practice that is gradually spreading its wings to reach newer skies. Many studies have been performed on the works of Ayurveda and ayurvedic masters. And the approvals of many great medical institutions have come about in the favor of this ancient science.
Ayurveda basically involves natural healing processes for a humungous number of ailments and illnesses. But one of the most common benefits of using ayurvedic medicines is that it boosts the immunity in the bodies of its patients. If you are one of those people with an immunity problem if your immunity is weak and has negligible resistance towards foreign viruses and flu, here are a few herbs, which when used in the form of consumption or application, will do wonders to your immunity and boost its processes in no time.
Turmeric, or as you would call it in India, Haldi, is a very effective condiment used in almost all of the Indian foods. The wild form of turmeric is dried and pounded into a dust form, which is then used as a spice to add color to the foods while also adding medicinal properties to your diet. Turmeric is also used as a spice to heal external wounds. It is known to have a bulk of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that make it great for boosting the immune system and for any kind of healing. Haldi is mixed with mustard oil to form a paste that is applied to the cut or the wound and that helps the wound heal and close faster. Haldi is even mixed with a glass of warm milk or tea to help heal the wounds and ailments from the within. Turmeric is a super condiment that really boosts the immunity in many ways if consumed daily.
Amla is also known as gooseberry. This fruit is a great pacifier of all the three doshas in one’s body. People in India are known to consume amla in many forms; raw, pickled, and sweet pickled and murabba are some forms in which the sour gooseberry is consuming. Amla is known to bring back vitality and building youthfulness; it is also known to help in the process of digestion along with boosting metabolism. It is also known to better the functioning of the liver along with the regulation of hormones in a better way.
The root of mulethi, an herb is also known as licorice is used to increase the levels of a chemical called interferon. This chemical helps in interfering with the proliferation of any kind of pathogens in the body. This herb is widely used in an ayurvedic diet for pacifying the pitta dosha. It is known to prevent the growth of bacteria and relieves the body of chronic fatigue. It can be consumed in the form of a brew and by adding tea leaves, this makes for a super medicinal brew for one’s body.
One of the major causes of weak immunity is the presence of stress in one’s body. Ashwagandha is a great herb to pacify and calm the nerves in the body as well as the Vata Dosha. The pacification of stress then helps the body strengthen the immune system.
This is the queen of herbs in Ayurveda. In Indian households, this is the plant that is planted in a special vase and is prayed to every day. This is because each and every part of this plant is known to have medicinal properties. It is known to treat various respiratory diseases like asthma, common cold, and cough, sinus, and regulate sugar levels in the blood while preventing the growth of cancerous cells in the body. One can easily brew a few tulsi leaves or stems in the tea to make a concoction of this wonderful herb.
This bitter but marvelously medicinal tree is known for in anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-cancer properties have brought to it the name of being a “miracle tree”. Chewing 10-15 neem leaves or drinking a juice made out of the leaves of this tree directly fights bacteria, viruses, illnesses, fungal infections, and even cancer. Even the stems of the tree are used to brush the teeth in Indian households as it makes the teeth stronger and free from bacteria and plaque.
Satavari is an herb that is widely used for the rejuvenation of organs and vital body parts. Women use it especially after childbirth, to rejuvenate their body and energy levels and also for a healthy breast milk production. This herb is also known to promote faster organ and injury recovery.