Ayurvedic Herbs- Aswagandha
Ashwagandha is an erect branching under shrub reaching about 150 cm in height. Its fleshy roots when dry are cylindrical, gradually tapering down with a brownish white surface and pure white inside when broken.
Names of the herb :
SANSKRIT – ASWAGANDHA
ENGLISH – WINTER CHERRY
HINDI – ASGANDH
MALAYALAM – AMUKKURAM
In Ayurveda Aswagandha is considered as Rasayan herb (Health Promoter). Many of the elements of Aswagandha are antioxidants. The main constituents of Aswagandha are alkaloids & steroidal lactones. Among the various alkaloid withanine is the main constituent. The leaves contain steroidal lactones which are commonly called withanolides.
Used part of Aswagandha are – Root & leaves. Tuberous roots are astringent, bitter, stimulant, diuretic, leaves are bitter.
It is chiefly meant to cure vitiated condition of Vata but it is also effective in Tridoshas i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Its healing benefits are-
1. It boosts immune system.
2. Improves memory and to promote overall wellness.
3. Lowers Cholesterol.
4. Reduces brain cell degeneration.
5. Contains antipyretic & Anti inflammatory properties.
6. Very good rejuvenator & revitalizer.
Main Preparation of Aswagandha are-
1. Aswagandha Choornam
2. Aswagandha Capsule
4. Aswagandhadi leham
Except for these it is an ingredient in most of the medicines of Ayurveda.
This is a genus of aromatic herbs or under shrub distributed throughout India as well as cultivated. The Plant has been classified as a pious and sacred plant. A number of religions all over the world included the use of this plant i.e. various rituals and worships as evident by its common name.
Tulsi-in English as holy basil, sacred basil
Latin name-Ocimum sanctum
In India its Language wise other common names are-
Sanskrit-Surasah, Mal-Tulasi, Krsiatulasi
Since older days the plant has been regarded as multidimensional effect. On one side it prevents/cures disease while on other hard it also purifies mental status, helps in meditation, yoga, worship etc.
Commonly it is classified into two types-
i) White (Light green Tulsi)
ii) Black (Purplish Black)
Property wise both are similar but due to its rich contents the black Tulsi carries more medicinal value.
Part used-Whole plant
It leaves contain a volatile oil which is yellowish green in color and has high antibacterial properties with specific fregrance.This fragrance helps in cleansing the polluted air and makes to refreshing.
Preparation of Tea-Effective in winter to avoid cough and cold.
Medicinal Properties-To keep away material attack or infection during the months of September and October Tulsi leaves should be chewed daily in the morning hours after mouth wash.
3/4 part of water left then mix milk+sugar or jaggery+cardeman-have it.
Bad breath-Tulsi leaves if chewed after meals, keeps away from bad breath.
Fever due to cold-1 teaspon of leave juice+1/2 teaspon honey gives three times a day. Tulsi juice also can apply on chest and forehead. Inhole the vapours emanated from the juice.Immuinty.
Cold and cough-
A) 1 part of Tulsi leaves+1 part of pepper grind together and rolled into small pills. Take 3-4 times daily cure cough.
B) Roast 4-5 cloves+Tulsi leaves-Chew slowly it relieves from cold and cough.
Asthma-Decoction of Tulsi leaf+ rock salt 2-3 gms. is effective
Vomiting-Tulsi swaras (extract) in pudina and sauf stops vomiting.
Teething of boby-Massage the gums with Tulsi leaf juice mixed with honey.
Falling and Graying of hair-Powder of Tulsi leaves+Amla-give massage to your hair and wash them with water.
Arthritis-decoction of whole plant 10-15 ml twice daily gives good relief.
Digestive- Tulsi leaves juice+ginger juice has digestive property.
Tulsi is main ingredients of
Tulsi cough syrup.
Tulsyadi thailam apply on chest in case of cough cold and Asthama.
Somewhere In The Middle.
The alarm goes off at 6 am. No matter how peaceful the ringtone may be, it sounds like a jack hammer to me. My mind instantly turns on full speed to make its case that the best thing I can do for myself is to turn off that alarm clock and go back to bed. “It’s dark outside. It’s freezing cold. You work so hard, you deserve to have just one morning off.” Luckily, I don’t take my mind too seriously these days. Sure it’s going to try to convince me to stay in bed. It doesn’t want me to suffer. It wants to protect my poor little sleepy feet from the shock of the cold hardwood floor, and my delicate face from the chill of the morning air as I walk to my car to head to the fitness studio in the dark. The fact of the matter is, the cold air and the hardwood floor are temporary discomforts. But the feeling of the Self over riding the mind because it knows better…that’s where the juice resides.
One month ago I made a commitment to myself to place more focus on my physical body and build strength and stamina. Check out my blog post, “The Before” to read about my Ayurvedic approach to achieving this goal. I am proud to report that I have stuck to my plan pretty firm, and am definitely seeing results. Sure my muscles have started to tone up and I may have shed a few pounds of fat, but more importantly… I feel so much stronger. My grocery bags feel lighter. I have more energy throughout the day. My appetite has increased, in Ayurveda-ville this means that my Agni (digestive fire) has improved.
This is all pretty sweet, but the coolest part of it all…an unexpected result… I am finally starting to really understand the nature of the monkey mind. These work outs are not easy. Sometimes I feel like walking out in the middle of the class because “I just can’t do it anymore”. But then my deeper wisdom self whispers to my mind. “You can do it Britt. Just 3 more. You signed up for this. This is good for you.” Through discovering this wild animal of a mind, I slowly but surely discovering that soft wise voice that has always been there. It’s a deeper knowing. And as that wise woman voice is growing louder, the Monkey Mind is beginning to know who is boss. And this growing sense of my deeper wisdom has infiltrated into all other aspects of my life as well. I have noticed it speak up more often with my career, how I navigate my relationships, my diet, and more. I never knew that focusing on the body would give me such a keen insight into my deeper self, and for this… I am deeply grateful.