What are the uses of red sandalwood, also called Chandan?

Sandalwood is very well known as Chandan in Hindi.

Chandan or Sandalwood
Chandan has mesmerizing odour.

Part used: heartwood
Tissues: plasma, blood, marrow, and nerve, reproductive
Systems: nervous, circulatory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, respiratory
Properties: alternative, diuretic, sedative, stimulant, astringent, antiemetic, antipyretic, bitter tonic, antiviral, antibacterial, antihistaminic

Sandalwood is perhaps one of the most sacred trees in India and China. Continue reading “What are the uses of red sandalwood, also called Chandan?”

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Aloe Vera and its top 9 benefits

Aloe Vera is also called Kumari in Sanskrit.

Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is one of the most widely used herbs in Ayurveda.

Parts used: Gel, whole leaf (fresh and dried).
Tissues: All tissues.
Systems: Circulatory, digestive, reproductive, excretory
Properties: Alternative, bitter tonic, anti-inflammatory, laxative, purgative, rejuvenative, emmenagogue, vulnerary

It is so called because in Sanskrit, kumari means virgin or young girl. Continue reading “Aloe Vera and its top 9 benefits”

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What is Brahmi and what are top benefits of Brahmi?

Brahmi is another name for Hindu Goddess Saraswati.

Brahmi
Brahmi has several medicinal benefits.

Part Used: Aerial portions
Tissues: Acts upon all tissues
Systems: Nervous, circulatory, disgestive
Properties: Nervine, alterative, rejuvenative, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, anticonvulsant, diuretic

Brahmi is one of Ayurveda’s most well respected rejuvenating tonics for the mind and nervous system. Continue reading “What is Brahmi and what are top benefits of Brahmi?”

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Top 10 health benefits of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is also known as Winter Cherry.

Ashwagandha herb
Ashwagandha is widely available in the drier regions of India.

Parts used: Roots and Leaves
Tissues: Acts upon all tissues
Systems: Reproductive, tonic, aphrodisiac, nervine, sedative, analgesic, anabolic, astringent, alterative, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulator, adaptogen.
Properties: Rejuvenative, tonic, aphrodisiac, nervine, sedative, analgesic, anabolic, astringent, alterative, anti-inflammatory.

Ashwagandha name has been derived from Sanskrit word that means “the smell of a horse.” (Ashwa means Horse and Gandha means Smell) Continue reading “Top 10 health benefits of Ashwagandha”

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What are the top 10 benefits of Ajwan?

Ajwan, also called Carom, has some great medicinal benefits.

Benefits of Ajwan
Ajwan or Ajwain Seeds

Parts Used: Seeds, Roots
Tissues: Plasma, Blood, Fat, Nerve and marrow, reproductive
Systems: Digestive, Nervous, Urinary, Circulatory, Respiratory
Properties: Carminative, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Antiseptic, Laxative, Antilithic, Analgesic, Diaphoretic, Anthelmintic, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Stimulant, Alternative (root).

Ajwan and ajmoda have very similar properties and can be used interchangeably in herbal medicine. Continue reading “What are the top 10 benefits of Ajwan?”

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What is Haritaki and what are some of its benefits?

Haritaki is also known as ‘Chebulic Myrobalan or Terminalia Chebulla.’

Haritaki seeds
Haritaki is used to cure many diseases.

Highlights:
Parts used: Fruit
Tissues: Acts upon all tissues
Systems: Digestive, Respiratory, Excretory, Nervous
Properties: Rejuvenative, Digestive, Astringent, Laxative, nervine, expectorant, anthelmintic, antispasmodic


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It is said that when the god Indra was drinking nectar in heaven, a drop fell to Earth and manifested as haritaki. Continue reading “What is Haritaki and what are some of its benefits?”

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What are some Shilajit benefits?

Shilajit also know as ‘asphaltum punjabinum’ is widely used in curing many health ailments.

Black Shilajit
Shilajit in its raw form.

Highlights:

Parts Used: Mineral Pitch
Tissues: Works on all Tissues
Systems: Urinary, Reproductive, Nervous, Circulatory
Properties: Diuretic, Rejuvenative tonic, Nervine, Sedative, alternative, anthelmintic, anti-microbial, lithotriptic, aphrodisiac.

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Shilajit is a Sanskrit word meaning “conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness.” Continue reading “What are some Shilajit benefits?”

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