Ayurveda is an ancient science of medicine that was originated in India 5000 years ago. It aims towards holistic wellbeing by bringing a balance in mind, body and spirit in accordance with nature. To achieve this balance Ayurveda implements a holistic approach by combining diet, lifestyles changes, and exercises. Since Vedic times humans and plants have some kind of natural connection and in Ayurveda, the herbs and spice are considered as an essence of plants and holds great medicinal importance. These Ayurvedic medicinal herbs have various health benefits that include improving digestion and prevent various diseases.
Here are the top 10 Ayurvedic herbs and their benefits
Ashwagandha is the most widely used herb in Ayurvedic medicine since ages. It powerful herbs that helps in managing stress efficiently with the best anti-ageing properties. It increases vitality, balances stress hormone, reduces blood sugar level, and also helps with adrenal fatigue.
You can use ashwagandha powder with your milk in the morning.
Turmeric is one of the most widely used herbs or spice in Indian household that give all the curries its characteristic yellow colour. Curcumin is the main compound that gives it a yellow colour and a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory in nature. It purifies the blood, improves blood circulation and improves brain and heart health. Due to anti-inflammatory in nature, it is beneficial to acne-prone skin and improves its complexion. In Ayurveda, it is highly recommended spice due to its doshas balancing properties.
You can use turmeric with milk and honey in the night before going to bed.
Brahmi is the most staple herb used in Ayurvedic medicine. In Ayurveda is Brahmi is literally known as a brain tonic. It balances the right and left hemisphere. It is tridoshic in nature especially effective in balancing the pitta doshas. It is said that regular usage of Brahmi boosts the nervous system and also helps in opening of pineal glands.
You can Brahmi in a powder form with milk or as a tea. In most medicated hair oil Brahmi is used as the main component.
Cumin a most commonly used spice in India kitchen. Cumin is good for digestion, boost metabolism and helps in effective absorption of nutrients. It removes excess Vata dosha and relieves you from irritable bowel symptoms.
You can use it in cooking or you can also use it in the herbal drink along with fennel and coriander seeds.
Triphala is an Ayurvedic herb that is made up with the blend of three herbs amla, bibhitaki and haritaki. It is a traditional digestive booster and balances the excess pitta dosha. It rejuvenates the liver and acts as a natural laxative that cleanses the system and improves the consistency of bowel movement.
You can consume Triphala powder or pill along with water in the night before going to bed.
Ajwain act as a very strong nerve and digestive stimulant and help in losing weight by removing toxins from the body. It balances excessive Vata dosha in the body and also relieves you from painful joints.
One can use ajwain in the form of tea or you can eat a teaspoon of ajwain seeds.
Infamous as a queen of spices cardamom is an integral part of Ayurvedic medicines since ages. Cardamom acts as a natural tranquillizer and helps in lowering blood pressure and improves breathing by remove excess mucous. It balances the excess Kapha dosha and removes the same from the lungs and stomach.
You can use whole cardamom pod in your tea or make its powder and put it into your milk.
Licorice roots are the rejuvenating herbs that widely used in both east and west. Licorice is anti-inflammatory in nature and heals a sore throat and protects oral health. Licorice manages the symptoms of stomach ulcers and relieves you from skin rashes.
One can use the licorice roots in the tea instead of artificial sugar as it acts as a natural sweetener.
In Ayurvedic herbology, Neem is one of the most prominent and powerful blood purifiers and detoxifiers. Neem is the most widely used herbs whether in purifying blood, treating skin conditions or healing wounds. It works as a miracle in treating skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis and also heals joints pain.
Neem is widely used in various medicated oil for skin and hair, face washes and soaps etc.
Manjistha is a blood purifying herbs and has some amazing cooling properties. It is anti-inflammatory in nature; it reduces the excess pitta dosha, boom for acne-prone skin, regulates the function of liver and kidney and detoxifies the blood.
One can consume Manjistha herb in a capsulated form in the morning and night if you have any pitta related disorders. You can also use its powder in face pack if you have any skin disease.
These herbs form an integral part of Ayurvedic medicines for thousands of years and adding these herbs in your food will not only brings flavor to your food but also boost your health.