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 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.

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

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.


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.


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

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