Top Ten Ayurvedic Herbs
Herbs work. They are effective and dynamic, and you can feel their effects. I see it every day, and I’d like you to feel it. But how to get started?
In Ayurveda, herbs are naturally incorporated into the diet to a greater degree than in the west and are used for their beneficial effects. I’d like to introduce you to my ten favorites, and I’ll dive deeper into these over time.
Turmeric. This is my favorite herb. It’s often used as a kitchen spice, but it is a remarkable standby herb in Asia. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, supports healthy digestion.
Amla, Bibitaki, Haritaki. These three dried fruits, blended together, comprise the formula triphala. The “three fruits” blend supports healthy liver function and digestion, as well as to promote good circulation.
Long pepper. This warming, moisturizing peppercorn is used to help cleanse tissues.
Bacopa. This plant supports healthy nerve tissue and is also used to promote cognition and alertness.
Licorice. A sweet root, licorice is used to soothe occasional digestive upset and to support increased stamina.
Fennel. The tasty seed of fennel is used to help soothe intestinal gas.
Senna. The leaf of the senna tree is world renowned for aiding in occasional constipation relief.
Shanhkpushpi. Another nerve remedy, shankpushpi helps to relax you and promote sleep.
Ayurveda is a treasure trove of herbal powerhouses. Have you had success with any of these, or others you’d like to mention? In the near future, I’ll talk about these in more detail, and introduce many other outstanding herbal choices.