Ayurvedic herbs are used to treat many diseases for thousands of years. In this post, I will talk about top ayurvedic herbs those are still being used in by Ayurvedic medical systems.
In ancient times, we were not used to take Chinese medicines if we got sick. Ayurveda is one of the oldest forms of healthcare. It is also known as “Science of Life”. Our mothers and grandmothers were used to use the Ayurveda for all the treatments. Ayurveda is based on the idea that human body is made up of five basic elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. Ayurveda’s approach to health takes into account individual body types, called “Doshas”, all of which have specific correlating elements. There are typically three types of body Doshas that people fall into. They are referred as Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
One can achieve optimal health and state of well- being by balancing all these three Doshas by regulating her/himself’s diet or with ayurvedic herbs and spices. There are hundreds of ayurvedic herbs and spices. Here we will discuss the top ayurvedic herbs and spices.
Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera)
It is one of the top tonics in Ayurveda. It is a rejuvenated tonic which boost up your energy.The root Ashwagandha is used for nourishing the nervous system and brain. It is very useful in relieving the physical fatigue, anxiety and depression. It is good for degenerative diseases like Parkinson and Alzheimer. It is an immunity booster.It may be consumed as tea, powder or extract.
Brahmi (Centella asiatica)
It is also called “Gotu Kola”. The leaves of Gotu kola are used as “brain tonic”. It increases the cognitive function, mental alertness, enhances memory and concentration. It should be consumed by children who studies. It will help them in sharpening of their memory and focus. Its leaves can be used fresh or dried.It can be consumed as tea or as powder.
Amla (Emblica officinalis)
It is also known as Indian Gooseberry. It is primarily used to treat digestive disorders. It improves the “digestive fire” and increases the appetite. It is specifically recommended for pitta dosha as it removes the excess heat from the body. It is cooling in nature. It is helpful in cleansing the intestines and colon. It supports healthy bowl movements. Except this, it is also used for better eyesight and to blacken the premature grey hair. In Addition, it helps to stimulate the production and regeneration of red blood cells. It is a great source of Vitamin C and thus boost up the immunity level. It is specific for soothing pain caused by inflammation of the joints. It can be used as powder, pickle, candy or as liquid extract.
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)
It is one of the great herb in all ayurvedic herbs for women of all ages. It is great for female menstruation and reproductive health. It is tonic for women experiencing menopause by effect of relieving hot flashes. It regulates the hormones and nourish the blood. It increases the fertility. Shatavari root is primarily used to balance vata and pitta. It is cooling in nature.It can be consumed either as powdered from or extract.
Tulsi (Holy Basil)
It is a sacred herb that has been used for thousands of years for various treatments. It often grown outside of Hindu households to honour the God Vishnu. They worship to tulsi. There are two type of tulsi available. One is Rama tulsi and the other is shama tulsi. But, rama tulsi is commonly used for medicinal purposes. It is helpful in treating respiratory issues. It basically removes the excess kapha or mucus from the lungs. It is also beneficial in fever. Tea made with tulsi should given to the patient having fever. It naturally energizes the body and have no caffeine in it.It can be consumed on the regular basis as it increases the blood circulation and good for heart health.
It is traditionally used common spice that comes from the root of Curcuma longa. It contains a chemical called Curcumin. Due to the presence of this chemical, it helps to reduce the swelling. It has warm and bitter taste. It is used to treat osteoarthritis, hay fever, depression, high cholesterol and itching. It is anti- inflammatory. It helps to remove toxins from the body, fight off germs and bacteria and purifies the blood.The turmeric powder can be consumed with warm milk. It has ability to heal the wounds quickly.
It is well- known ayurvedic herb. It is bitter in taste. Neem has miraculous healing power used in various health issues. It is anti-septic and anti-fungal. It is used in the treatment of acne, eczema and other skin diseases. It also helps to reduce fever, especially, the malaria fever. It helps to maintain oral hygiene. Its leaves are good for hair and to control the dandruff.
Arjuna is actually the bark of the arjuna tree. The bark from the arjuna tree has been used for thousands of years. It is great for the heart patients because it reduces the blood pressure and cholesterol. It is also helpful in opening the clogged nerves. It is a red coloured powder which you can consume by adding it in warm water or as tea. You can consume this ayurvedic herb regularly. It can be a great alternative to your daily beverage tea or coffee with no side effect.
Try to use all these ayurvedic herbs and spices in your daily life for its miraculous benefits.