Amalaki (Embilica Officinalis) Uses & Benefits

Amalaki (Embilica officinalis) is not only considered by many to be Ayurveda’s most potent fruit, but Amalaki is one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda that is used extensively in formulations.  Nomenclature English: Indian GooseberrySanskrit: Amalaki, aka Amla (vernacular).Latin: Embilica officinalis or Pjullantus embilica (less common) Synonyms: Dhatri (“Mother” or “Nurse”) – Amalaki is the ultimate carer and […]

Amla Pickle (Recipe)

This recipe can be for lemon pickle by replacing lemons with amla. Amla is the common name for the fruit of the Amalaki plant (Embilica officinalis). This is not only considered by many to be Ayurvreda’s most potent fruit, but Amalaki is also one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda. Tridoshic Fruit One of the marvels of […]

Astanga Hrdaya, Chapter 1 (Sanskrit/English Transcription)

Astanga Hrdayam of Vaghbata is one of the main classical texts (shastras) in Ayurveda which makes it an authoritative authentic text that Vaidyas acknowledge, trust and refer to.  Here the sanskrit of chapter one of Sutrastana is transcribed into english letters. Note that this text finishes before the end of the chapter before Vaghbata lists the chapters of […]

The 21 Herbs of Ganesh

Ganesh, the epitome of the earth element, is the symbolic representation of the state of consciousness in which all obstacles are transformed into opportunities. There are 21 herbs which closely relate to this playful and graceful elephant headed deity. This group of herbs are low GI (glycemic index). They strengthen the liver, help the lymph […]

Punarnava (Boerrharia diffusa) Uses & Benefits

This plant promotes cellular re-incarnation. Punarnava means “tech makes old cells new.” “Punarha” = again.“Navaha” = new. The old cell transfers it’s energy (through chemistry) to the new cell. The old body is renewed. Re-incarnation occurs on the cellular level. Cellular memory (“smriti”) in revitalised and restored to perfect health.  It is a superb herb […]

Dhumapana: Smoke Inhalation Therapy

As per Astanga Samgraha of Vaghbata, Sutrasthana, ch. 30. Pains of the head, eyes and ears Ophthalmia and heaviness of the eyes Hemicranial (persistent unilateral headache) Rhinitis, cough, dyspnoea Bad taste in the mouth Excess salivation, disorder of voice, bad smell from the nose and mouth, hiccup, diseases of the throat Toothache, looseness of teeth, […]

Ayurvedic Post Natal Care Plan

The initial 40 days+ after delivery is of immense importance. Both mother and the baby need special attention and care. Ayurveda explains in great detail methods for mother care and baby up-bringing at this vital postpartum time which determines the future health of the newly arrived guest. Here is a detailed post natal care plan. […]

Visha Kanyas – Venomous Virgins

Even a kiss can kill. The Visha Kanyas were poisonous young women who served as executioners in ancient India. Any contact with these toxic ladies would mean death.  These venomous assassins are not only instrumental for the destruction operator in nature, but they also exemplify a fundamental Ayurvedic concept on obtaining immunity, “Oka Satmya” or […]

Parijata – The Flower of God

Each morning at the first rays of light, the gentle skinny Parijata tree generously drops its highly perfumed, sweet scented orange-stemmed white flowers. They fall ever so easily.One small shake of the tree and the flowers shower in abundance to be caught by leaves, hands and the floor below. Generally, when flowers fall on the […]

108 Names of Dhanvantri (Astotram)

Dhanvantri is the perfect health aspect in consciousness. This Lord of Ayurveda is the physician to the Divine Beings (Devatas). He is the preserver of life allowing us to experience our spirit evolving through our well-being. People invoke “Lord Dhanvantri consciousness” to receive nature’s support and enliven perfect health. There are a set of 108 […]