Category Archives: Ayurvedic Herbs

Kapikacchu: A Rejuvenative Tonic for the Mind, Muscles and Reproductive Organs

kapikachu plant imageKapikacchu (aka Atma Gupta) is a large bean-sized seed that is most well known for its use in rejuvenating the nervous system, muscles and reproductive tissue.  Overall this Ayurvedic herb is considered a rejuvenating tonic (rasayana) as it strengthens the muscles, promotes energy and increases the sexual potency (libido).  It is one of the best options in any sexual disorder including impotence, premature ejaculation and low libido.  It enhances fertility and the root was traditionally taken for those wishing to conceive a male prodigy.  More recently Kapikacchu has been praised for its ability to increase levels of levodopa (l-dopa), a powerful precursor to dopamine, making this a great option for individuals with Parkinson’s disease, depression or addiction issues.  Continue reading »

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7 Powerful Ayurvedic Herbs for Detoxification and their Unique Health Benefits

Manjistha Root for Detox Detoxifying herbs are a great compliment to any cleansing program to heighten the results, but they can also be beneficial to take in smaller dosages for daily health and  maintenance.  Whether taking them for either purpose, it is important to chose the ones that are specific for your individual needs, current imbalances and overall constitution (Prakrtti).  As you will see, not all detoxifying herbs are made the same.  In fact, each herb possesses special energetics and healing properties that makes it unique when compared to the others.  So if you are looking for a detoxifying herb that is more specific for cleansing the liver, killing unwanted parasites or increasing digestion and elimination; this article will help you to decide which herb(s) may be the best options for you and your needs. Continue reading »

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Punarnava: An Ayurvedic Herb for Kidney Health, Congestion, Water Retention and all Things Kapha

punarnava rootAlthough Punarnava has not made its way mainstream here in the West, it is one of the most widely used herbs for Kapha imbalances in the world of Ayurveda.  Punarnava itself means “one that renews, repairs and regenerates the tissues”, and therefore it is also classified as a Rasayana or rejuvenative herb.  Punarnava is specific for both kidney and urinary issues, as well as edema (fluid retention), heart conditions, excessive weight and obesity, congestion, sluggish digestion and glaucoma; all of which can be classified under Kapha disorders. Continue reading »

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Guggulu: An Ayurvedic Resin for Weight Loss, Detoxification and Inflammation

guggulu picGuggulu is a widely used resin in Ayurvedic medicine.  Although the health benefits of guggulu are quite varied, some of its main uses include weight-loss, detoxification, removing obstructions such as tumors and stones, relieving arthritic symptoms, reducing pain and inflammation, stimulating circulation, lowering cholesterol and balancing the thyroid.  Guggulu is mainly used for Kapha and Vata disorders, as it has a strong affinity for stimulating the lipid metabolism (Kapha), while also healing and strengthening the nervous system (Vata).  Its ability to increase the potency of other herbs makes guggulu a top choice for multiple Ayurvedic herbal formulas. Continue reading »

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Bala: The Energizing Adaptogen for Strength and Muscle Rejuvenation

bala flowerBala in sanskrit is translated as strength and that is exactly what this Ayurvedic adaptogen is most well known for.  Bala is often used in Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapies due to its stimulating, anabolic (building) nature.  Its rejuvenative properties have a special affinity for the muscles and therefore is perfect for anyone looking to build muscle tone and increase strength.  As an adaptogen, Bala also can be used to reduce stress in the body and mind to create a state of balance and homeostasis.     Continue reading »

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Triphala Face Mask for Soft Skin and Glowing Complexion

triphala maskIn this latest article, I am excited to share one of my favorite home remedies for the skin.  This face mask is made from Triphala Churna mixed in coconut oil; but don’t let the simplicity fool you.  This mask is slightly exfoliating, mildly cleansing and powerfully radiating!  The triphala contains high levels of antioxidants, giving you an anti-aging boost while simultaneously helping to clear the skin.  The coconut oil is a nice compliment as the Triphala can be too drying on its own.  Using these two ingredients combined, gives you a balanced facial treatment in a simple and quick home remedy. Continue reading »

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Ask Ayurveda: How can I get Turmeric into my Daily Diet?

turmeric2Dear Ask Ayurveda:

“I have been hearing a lot about turmeric lately and all of its amazing health benefits.  I have acne and liver issues and I have read that turmeric may be useful for these conditions (among many others).  I do not typically use many spices in my meals and never cook Indian dishes.  Do you have any suggestions on how I can get turmeric into my daily diet?  I do not have any experience cooking with it, but it sounds like it would be really beneficial for me so I would love to find some ways to sneak it in.”  Turmeric Novice Continue reading »

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