Do you know who’s obsessed with Ayurvedic herbs? The answer is simple – me!
Well, I have a confession to make – I’m obsessed with using Ayurvedic herbs every single day. After all, these herbs have superpowers that can heal your body in and out.
I’m no crazy scientist, but I’ve been doing a lot of successful experiments with these herbs (and they’re pretty much no-fail because they’ve been used for over 5,000 years in India).
Wondering how to use Ayurvedic herbs in your very own home?
Then stay with me… coz I’m going to show you 12 of my favourite you can start using immediately.
You think turmeric is just a trend? *no way, it is THE spice of life* This wild child grown in South & South-East Asia has a great medicinal value in Ayurveda. One of my most frequently used Ayurvedic herbs, turmeric cleans the blood & liver, makes your skin shine, fights the heat inside your body (read anti-inflammatory) and kicks acne in the butt.
Best of all, turmeric balances the 3 doshas, but it’s ultra-balancing for you if you’re Pitta.
How to use Turmeric
- Golden latte – Make yourself a golden turmeric latte regularly – it’s great for a cold, sore throat, indigestion and of course, your skin.
- Turmeric tea – Brew a cuppa turmeric tea with black pepper – this is the ultimate anti-immune boosting tea.
- Turmeric in your daily meals – Figuring out how to use turmeric for breakfast? I’ve got you covered with this turmeric smoothie recipe. All your three meals can have a bit of turmeric in them – be it stir-fry, soup, rice and curry. Want to see how I use turmeric in a meal? Check out my Ayurvedic lunch recipes here.
- Anti-acne face mask – Turmeric is magical for your skin and you can make an anti-acne face mask with it (check out my post on Ayurvedic ubtan). Take 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey with 1/2 teaspoon of ground turmeric. Mix them into a paste and apply on your face. Leave it on for 4-5 minutes. Rinse and shine!
Watch how Ela Gale use turmeric in her daily life:
Precaution: Though it’s completely harmless to use turmeric in whatever quantity you want, consult your doctor if you’re on any medication as turmeric might react if combined with other meds.
2.HOLY BASIL (TULSI)
Holy moly, meet The Queen of Herbs – the Holy Basil! Also known as Tulsi in Sanskrit and Luole in Chinese, this Ayurvedic herb is worshipped in India. There are 12 different varieties of tulsi found all over the world. Throughout the centuries, when the world needed relief from stress, digestion issues, colds, coughs and fevers, tulsi came to the rescue.
Tulsi is an adaptogenic herb and adaptogens help your body deal with stress in a healthy way. It’s also an important part of Ayurvedic medicine because of its healing properties. Abundant in antioxidants, it makes your mood better, slows down aging and even helps if you’re jet lagged.
How to use Tulsi
- Tulsi tea – Do you drink herbal teas? Once you start drinking tulsi tea, trust me you’ll become addicted. I can’t do without my daily dose of organic tulsi tea. (No wonder I look 10 years younger because of all the cups of tulsi tea I drink every day!)
- Tulsi tablets – If you want to do a natural detox process, try taking Tulsi supplements in a capsule form.
- Tulsi remedy – If you have asthma or bronchitis or even a flu, use this remedy – boil 2 glasses of water, add a few tulsi leaves, an inch of minced ginger and drink it with a tablespoon of honey. This will release the mucus and make you feel better immediately.
- Tulsi for cough & cold – Just chew on a few leaves of tulsi. This will soothe your throat.
Precaution: Pregnant or nursing women should not use tulsi without consulting a physician.
Ever chewed on a fragrant pod of green cardamom? The taste is pretty intense but guess what, cardamom is not just an exotic spice, it’s also an Ayurvedic herb that’s tridoshic (it will balance all your 3 doshas). If you’re trying to keep your Pitta in balance, go easy on the cardamom and have it in tiny amounts.
If you want to have a clear mind, then include some cardamom in your life as it happens to be a natural tranquilizer.
How to use Cardamom
- Mouth freshener – You know what’s my favorite use of cardamom? I use cardamom instead of mints or gum to freshen my breath. Just pop a single pod into your mouth and chew on it (and make sure to spit out the remains).
- Cardamom in tea, milk & rice – Cardamom gives a great kick to foods & drinks. Like masala chai? Use a few crushed pods while you’re brewing your chai and get a refreshing taste. For a good night’s sleep, mix cardamom powder in a glass of warm milk and drink it before bedtime (and sleep like a baby). Cooking plain rice? Just drop a few pods of cracked cardamom into the pot and get aromatic flavorful rice.
- Cardamom-flavored porridge – I also add cardamom to my morning porridge. Want to see how? Take a look at both my porridge recipes in this Ayurvedic breakfast recipes post.
If you thought cumin is a spice commonly used in Mexican food, it’s time for you to re-think cumin. This Ayurvedic herb is widely used in Indian cuisine. It is a blessing in disguise for your digestive system and metabolism. While being rich in manganese, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and vitamin B1, cumin offers an extra bonus – it helps your body absorb micronutrients better.
Cumin is also great for new mommies as it improves lactation and cleans up the reproductive system.
How to use Cumin
- Put cumin in your food – The best, easiest and tastiest way to use cumin is by adding in your daily diet – use it in tacos, fajitas and chili. Grind cumin along with other spices to make your own Mexican spice seasoning and Indian curry powder.
- Cumin yogurt dip – Make a savory yogurt dressing/dip with a small cup of yogurt, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, ½ teaspoon of crushed black pepper and a pinch of sea salt. Use cumin seeds for tempering – saute a teaspoon of whole seeds in ghee and add them to your lentil soup (make sure to stand away from the pan because the hot seeds sputter and fly, you might just get hit by one if you’re too close).
- Treat boils – Cumin is wonderful for your skin. If you get a nasty boil, take 4 teaspoons of freshly roasted cumin, grind it and mix it into ¼ cup of water to make a paste. Apply it on the boil and wash it off with cold water after 5 minutes (you can reapply after every 4 hours). This releases the toxins and infection-causing bacteria from the boil.
It’s hard to believe that once upon a time cinnamon was more precious than gold because it was rare to find. Now this fragrant and sweet spice is found in almost every kitchen. Know what? It has been used in Ayurvedic home remedies and traditional Chinese medicine for ages.
Cinnamon is world’s #1 antioxidant-rich herb. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and antimicrobial. Not just that, it is also immunity-boosting and protects you from cancer and heart disease. Now that you know how awesome cinnamon is, let me show you a few easy ways to use it.
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How to use Cinnamon
- Cinnamon tea – The easiest way to use cinnamon is to have it in tea. Boil 1 ½ cups of water with ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Drink this tea daily if you want to lower your bad cholesterol, regulate your blood sugar and improve your digestion.
- Treat cough & cold – Cinnamon is one of my favourite Ayurvedic herbs to help remedy colds, coughs, congestion and a sore throat. If you’ve got any of these, mix ½ teaspoon of cinnamon with 1 teaspoon of raw honey. Have this mixture 2-3 times a day.
- Clear sinuses – Don’t like how cinnamon tastes? If you’ve got a sinus infection, boil 2 cinnamon sticks in half a liter of water and inhale the vapor, and feel your sinuses open up.
- Cinnamon mouthwash – For taking care of teeth and freshening your breath naturally, use a cinnamon mouthwash or toothpaste flavored with cinnamon.
Precaution: Pregnant women should avoid using cinnamon or its essential oil in large amounts. It can cause contractions.
If you’re overworked and feel stressed most of the time, it’s time for you to get hold of Ashwagandha, one of my favourite Ayurvedic herbs that will improve your quality of life.. This vitality-enhancing herb helps you release all that stress you’ve been holding on to.
It also helps in relieving fatigue and increases concentration. You know what’s the best thing about Ashwagandha? It is a fantastic anti-aging herb.
How to use Ashwagandha
- Ashwagandha tea – Although Ashwagandha tea has a very particular taste, I still like to have a cup on days when I am super stressed. Trust me, it is super relaxing. If you want to skip the tea, you can have supplements in a tablet, liquid extract or powder form.
- Sleep remedy – Have trouble sleeping or struggling with anxiety? Stir ¼ – ½ teaspoon of Ashwagandha powder into a glass of warm milk (both regular and plant-based milk are fine). Add a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup to sweeten it. Drink this magical concoction to sleep soundly and recover your energy.
If there was ever a bitter tasting herb, boy, it has to be neem! Neem is an all-purpose Ayurvedic herb which is infamous for its bitter leaves and popular for its cooling energy. It purifies your blood and removes nasty toxins from the body.
In Ayurvedic medicine, this antibacterial herb is used to balance Pitta and Kapha. Too much Pitta in the body manifests itself in the form of skin disorders. Neem is a very effective treatment for skin issues like acne, itching, psoriasis, eczema and ring worms. If you’re suffering from digestion issues, then having neem can support your digestive system too.
How to use Neem
- Neem for skincare – Neem in available in many forms – as a tablet, powder, liquid extract, oil, soap and balm.
- Neem oil – For strong and healthy hair, massage your scalp with neem oil an hour before showering and rinse it off. If you’ve got irritated skin, gently apply neem oil over the affected area, let the skin absorb the oil for the next few hours and wash it off later. Battling with bad breath? Try oil pulling with neem oil by swishing the oil in your mouth and spit it out.
- Neem powder – Make a paste of neem leaf powder and water and gently apply it over the irritated skin. Let it stay until it dries, rinse it and pat dry.
Loving this list of Ayurvedic herbs? Grab yourself some Neem now.
8. AJWAIN (CAROM or BISHOP’S WEED)
Ajwain is commonly used in Indian and Afghan cuisines as a spice for tempering and baking. But it is also happens to be a cleansing Ayurvedic herb. If you’re trying to lose weight, try out Ajwain as it promotes deep detoxification and helps you shed those extra kilos in a gradual healthy manner.
Ajwain also strengthens your digestion and heals aching joints. Right from a toothache to a stomachache, there’s no ache that ajwain can’t fix (except for an aching heart)!
How to use Ajwain
- Ajwain tea – To make a weight loss tea, boil a teaspoon of ajwain seeds into 2 cups of water. If you’ve got a cold (especially in winter), brew a cup of ajwain tea – boil some regular black or green tea with 1 ½ cups of water, add ½ tsp ajwain seeds, 1 crushed green cardamom and an inch of grated ginger. Drink twice a day and watch your cold go away.
- Ajwain for stomachache – Here’s an instant remedy for stomachache – sip on a glass of warm water mixed with ½ teaspoon of ajwain seeds and a pinch of salt. You’ll feel better in no time.
- Cook with Ajwain – Want to use ajwain in your food? If you bake bread regularly, sprinkle ajwain seeds in the dough or on top of the bread before you put it in the oven. The bread will taste delish!
Do you know the feeling when you’re sitting in front of computer and zoning out instead of focusing? Honey, a little bit of Brahmi can clear up your brain fog and help you focus.
Brahmi is THE Ayurvedic herb to boost brainpower and it makes you more alert. Even the leaves of this plant look like the human brain, no kidding! If you have stress, anxiety and depression, you’ll find Brahmi calming and balancing. Oh yes, and if you want to improve your sex life, do remember that brahmi is an aphrodisiac too.
How to use Brahmi
- Brahmi oil – If you’re prone to headaches, rub a few drops of warm brahmi oil on your scalp and forehead for 5 minutes and take a small nap. Have a cup of brahmi tea when you wake up. This will ease the pain.
- Brahmi for hair – Want to grow your hair fast? Then get a bottle of brahmi oil and give yourself a nice head massage with it twice a week. Your hair growth will increase in a few months.
- Brahmi tonic & tablets – To make a brain tonic, mix ½-1 teaspoon of brahmi powder in a glass of warm milk. If you want to improve your overall energy, you can also take brahmi tablets every morning.
Never heard of this herb? If there’s an Ayurvedic herb that every woman should have, it is Manjistha aka the Indian Madder. Also used in traditional Tibetan medicine, Manjistha is a red colored root which acts a blood purifier and lymph cleanser.
If you struggle with PMS, you better get hold of Manjistha because it protects the female reproductive system. It is used to treat menstrual issues like period cramps & irregular periods. What’s more, it’s also anti-acne, anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory.
How to use Manjistha
- Manjishtha capsules – If you prefer a supplement, take a Manjistha capsule daily.
- Manjistha powder – Get some Manjistha powder and have it with a glass of warm milk instead (having it before bedtime works the best).
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Ever heard of Shatavari? This lesser known Ayurvedic herb is a kind of wild asaparagus that’s found in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Ayurvedic practitioners have used it for centuries as a reproductive and uterine tonic – especially for women. It calms the nerves, cures hyperacidity and aids digestion.
If you want to take care of your reproductive system naturally, Shatavari is your go-to Ayurvedic herb. It is used to treat infertility, lack of sex drive and the side effects of menopause. It also nourishes women’s reproductive organs, balances hormones and supports lactation for new mothers. By the way, Shatavari is also good for male reproductive health.
How to use Shatavari
- Shatavari powder – Ayurveda pros recommend taking Shatavari in a powdered form because as soon as you taste the herb, it stimulates the digestive system and the body begins to do its work. Again, if you’re new to this herb, have just ¼ teaspoon with a glass of warm milk and honey. Mixing Shatavari powder with ghee is another way to add this herb to your diet.
- Shatavari tablets – If you’re on the go and don’t have much time, consider getting Shatavari tablets.
Last but not the least, lets talk about Triphala. This is not just an Ayurvedic herb, it is one of the most versatile herbal formulations in Ayurvedic medicine. Triphala is made by blending three fruits found in the Indian subcontinent – Haritaki (which is tridoshic), Amalaki (manages pitta) and Bibhitaki (benefits kapha).
This traditional Ayurvedic herbs remedy is great for harmonizing your entire internal health – right from your respiratory system to your cardiovascular system. Triphala also fights cancer, reduces bad cholesterol, removes inflammation, and helps with arthritic pain.
If you suffer from constipation or digestion-related problems, trust me, Triphala is your way to a healthier gut. Also, If you’re looking to lose weight, then taking Triphala long-term is a good idea.
How to use Triphala
- Triphala tea – Make sure you take triphala on an empty stomach. To make triphala tea, add ½ teaspoon of triphala powder to a cup of hot water. Drink it after it cools.
- Triphala tablets – If you prefer tablets or capsules, you can take them once or twice a day before your meals.
Writing about my favorite Ayurvedic herbs makes me feel amazing because they’re one of the best gifts I can share with you. I want more & more women to discover them (just like I did and it changed my life). Frankly speaking, if the world of Ayurvedic herbs did not exist, the world of wellness would look very bleak.
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