According to Ayurvedic philosophy all matter is derived from pure consciousness. The natural world gives us herbs, incredible healing plants, which are manifestations of the conscious intelligence of the universe. Prana is the life force, the dynamic manifestation of consciousness. Each herb has its own subtle intelligence or unique attributes which give it energetic benefits as well as pharmacological constituents.
The inherent intelligence of the herbs restore pranic imbalances and health problems and reconnect us with consciousness, wholeness, which is the ultimate aim of Ayurveda.
Ayurvedic herbs not only work at a cellular level to treat and balance your body/mind consitution or dosha, they also have an effect at a psycho-spiritual level.
Some of my favourite Ayurvedic herbs that can be used to support deep healing:
Rose Water – rose petals treat and calm the heart, nerves and lift the spirits. They have an affinity for the blood, have a certain astringency that reduces inflammation and stops sweating. Rose water helps to balance irregularities in the menstrual cycle, is useful for nervous depression and anxiety and clears heartburn, acidity and inflammation from the digestive tract. Very useful to calm inflamed skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and itching.
Chywanaprash – ‘The Elixir of Life’ – the primary action of Chywanaprash is to increase resistance to infectious diseases, to build haemoglobin and white blood cells. It is especially good for the lungs as it nourishes the mucus membranes and helps to clear phlegm. It strengthens vata (energy) and increases ojas (enthusiasm for life). It is a superb remedy to include as part of a programme to facilitate recovery from illness and stress.
Ashwaghanda – a tonic herb that benefits the central nervous system, energy levels and reproductive system. Very beneficial in all conditions caused by stress, useful post-convalescence, as a pain killer and anti-inflammatory to treat arthritis and is useful to strengthen the lungs. Ashwaghanda is a tonic herb for both the male and female reproductive systems and is an adaptogen.
Triphala – is a key part of all programmes of health maintenance as it is used to purify and nourish the colon helping to treat sluggishness, constipation, bloating, flatulence, abdominal pain, indigestion. It can also help to heal ulcers, inflammations, and general dysbiois in the gastro intestinal tract. When there are signs of toxicity in the blood manifesting as skin inflammations, acne and boils, Triphala is used to detoxify the whole system.
Trikatu – the three spices formula (ginger, black pepper & long pepper), is a warming and stimulating herb for colder weather. It is effective in the treatment of a sluggish digestive system with bloating, abdominal pain and flatulence; also helps in conditions of poor assimilation due to low enzyme secretions. Its heating properties rejuvenate the lungs effectively treating colds with nasal or sinus congestion, coughs or wheezing with sticky white phlegm. Where there is slow metabolism with low energy and lowered immunity, Trikatu can be part of a treatment strategy and is also helpful in boosting circulation and warming the body.
Shatavari – a beneficial tonic herb for the female hormonal and menstrual cycle to regulate, clear inflammation and boost fertility. Very useful to treat various menopausal symptoms and is an adaptogen.
Gotu Kola – famous for its brain enhancing properties, it also benefits circualtion and skin quality. It is used in conditions of stress and emotional turbulence as it relaxes the central nervous system. It improves concentration, memory and alertness. It is the specific herb to treat inflammatory conditions of the skin. Also used to treat arthritis, gout and joint inflammation – clearing toxins and increasing circulation.
Amalaki – a nourishing fruit that is an immune tonic, high in vitamin C, benefits the heart and blood, is an anti-inflammatory and a mild laxative. Especially useful in inflammatory conditions of the intestines and can help to stop intestinal bleeding. It is a very effective liver cleanser high in anti-oxidant properties. Useful for general debility and weakness and for recovery post-illness.
Neem – a renowned anti-bacterial herb useful for intestinal and skin inflammations. Supports metabolism and regulates blood-sugar levels. Also useful in high fever.
Gokshura – is the tonic for the kidneys. It clears water stagnation anywhere in the body as well as urinary and kidney infections. Helps to dissolve kidney stones and relieves symptomatic pain.
“health brings happiness” Ayurvedic proverb