Since ancient days, we have relied on natural products like herbal pastes and powders for our health and beauty needs. Although the value of these herbs went un-noticed for some-time, today, people have realized their value and they are once again in demand. Every herb in Ayurveda has multitude of health benefits, ranging from weight loss to beautiful skin, and overall vitality. Herbs can help transform your health in many ways.
Mentioned here are some health-boosting powerful herbs that could be incorporated in your routine, and can help in your overall well-being.
Guduchi – to beat infections
Guduchi is a herb with heart-shaped leaves, widely used in Ayurveda for treatment of infections like urinary tract infections, fevers, digestive disorders, and other water borne diseases. Due to its effectiveness in treating urinary tract infections, some people even carry guduchi powder when on vacations or leisure trips, as they may have to frequent public toilets and the risk of infections are high. Guduchi is also rich in antioxidants, and this makes it a good herb to combat ageing. Guduchi is best consumed in the form of powder, mixed with water and honey.
Wheatgrass – for immunity
Wheatgrass powder may be just the ideal herb to build your immunity. It is not only rich in vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K, but also excellent for increasing haemoglobin in the body. It is rich in proteins and contains 17 amino acids. Wheatgrass can be consumed as a juice, or just add the powder to water and drink before your morning workout. However, pregnant and lactating women should consult a doctor before consuming wheatgrass.
Shatavari – for hormonal health
Shatavari may be the ideal herb for women of reproductive age, as Ayurveda believes that it is a powerful formulation designed to strengthen and energize female reproductive system. Apart from helping in hormonal balance, it also makes women’s transition into menopause more peaceful. Shatavari is also an immunity booster, and helps in maintaining high energy levels. Mix half to one teaspoon of shatavari in warm milk, and add honey to taste. However, shatavari being a powerful diuretic, those who are already taking diuretic drugs should avoid it.
Ashwagandha – for vitality
Ashwagandha, the magical herb is considered as nature’s gift to mankind. It is one of the best anti-ageing herbs, and improves vitality. The herb is ideal for people who are overworked and suffer from excess stress. For ages, ayurveda has been using this herb to treat people’s daily issues like stress, anxiety, exhaustion, insomnia etc. It promotes physical and mental health, and has the ability to energize and calm at the same time, improves longevity and is one of the most powerful herbs in ayurvedic healing. Take half-a-teaspoon of the herb, cooked in milk and sweetened with a tsp. of raw honey.
Brahmi – brain tonic
Brahmi is the best tonic for brain and nervous system. It balances the left and right hemispheres of the brain, decalcifies the pineal gland, and very beneficial in balancing high pitta conditions. It helps eliminate toxins and blockages from nervous system, helps deal with depression, improves intelligence, memory and focus. It is ideal for improvement of overall cellular wisdom in the body. Boil it in water and consume as a tea, or boil it in milk and consume. Externally it can be used in the form of oil for hair growth too.
Note: Although, these five herbs are among the best herbs that can help in maintaining your overall well-being, do not go overboard. Always consult a certified Ayurveda practitioner before starting on these, to know about the quantities, as all these have medicinal value, and may not go well in people with certain specific medical conditions.