In Ayurveda, herbs are an integral part of our medicinal system. It is said that herbs carry all the essence and healing qualities of the plant and nature. The sages and seers of India have compiled each and every healing properties of herbs so that it can be accessed by anyone. Every herb that has been described in Ayurveda has a multitude of benefits for our body, mind, and soul. These herbs can be used internally or for external purpose also like skin disease, boosting digestion, and immunity.
Let’s take a look at 10 ayurvedic herbs to incorporate in your daily life for maximum health benefits
Amla or Indian gooseberry is one of the all-rounder Indian herbs. It has a lot of health benefits that include boosting immunity, digestion, relieving from skin ailments and whatnot. It is also one of the great sources of vitamin C. It helps in keeping the body hydrated and also helps in detoxifying it. It is also a great skin and hair care product as it helps in brightening of the skin and makes your hair lustrous.
Guggul is a fragrant resin that is produced from Mukul myrrh tree and is actually famous for balancing high cholesterol level in the body. It also helps in effective utilization of fat by boosting metabolism hence effective for weight loss.
Ajwain is a very strong nervous and digestive stimulator and is one of the commonly used Ayurvedic herbs. It helps in weight loss by removing deep-seated toxins in the body. It also helps in healing joint pain due to its excellent Vata balancing abilities.
It is a highly nutritious product that is used in Ayurveda for various purposes such as retention of nutrients in the body, relieving the body from the toxins. It is highly beneficial in treating diabetes. It is famous as Indian viagra and known to revitalize the sexual vitality and vigour in men. However, one cannot consume shilajit in its raw form and should not be consumed without the consultation of the Doctor.
Infamous as a brain tonic, Brahmi got its name due to its staunch resemblance with the cerebellum. It calms down the nervous system and balances the right and left hemisphere. It improves the memory, intellect and concentration. It stimulates the pineal gland in the body and balances the emotions and restful sleep. It also enhances the overall cell intelligence and improves the natural healing mechanism of the body.
In Ayurveda it is known as a best anti-ageing herb, Ashwagandha is translated as the strength of eight horses. It enhances strength, vitality and boosts the nervous system and induces sound sleep. It is said that ashwagandha has its own herb intelligence and identifies the requirement of the body and manages the stress hormone accordingly hence known as the best stress managing herbs. It is an overall health tonic with lots of health benefits however, one has to take a note that most Ayurvedic herbs are fat-soluble in nature hence it should be taken with ghee, coconut oils etc.
Neem is one of the excellent Ayurvedic herbs that are also readily available in most Indian Household. It is a powerful detoxifying herb and blood purifier known in ayurvedic herbology. It works like a magic in various skin ailments such as eczema and psoriasis and also cures it of sunburn. Neem is a pitta pacifier hence heals most pitta related disorders.
Like ashwagandha (used for men) Shatavari is a powerful rejuvenator for women. It not only cleanses and nourishes blood but also female reproductive organs. Studies have shown that it is highly beneficial for female reproductive health as it can be used at all the stages women reproductive health right from the beginning of menarche to managing its symptom to menopause. It is also diuretic in nature hence aid in healing urinary tract infection and also keep the urinary bladder healthy.
Cardamom is a natural tranquillizer that means it brings mental clarity and feeling of joy to the mind and heart. Cardamom has the property to neutralise the mucus-forming ability of milk that means it can change your normal mil tea into a medicinal one. If you are having a concern of over caffeine intake adds cardamom and it will nullify its effect. It aids in digestion and curbs sore throat and bad breath and excess Kapha from the lungs and stomach.
Infamous as golden spice, Haldi or turmeric is found in every Indian household kitchen. Its main compound is curcumin that has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidants properties. It is a blood purifier, cleanses intestine and strengthens the body. It reduces the stiffness of joints and since it is a blood purifier it improves the complexion of the skin.
Combining these Ayurvedic herbs in your life along with daily yoga practice keeps you healthy and vital for the longest time.