Lavender: Uses & Benefits

Lavender is one of the most versatile and widely essential oils. Adored for its beauty and prized aromatic quality, the aroma is fresh, sweet, soft, and floral. It’s soothing, balancing, antibacterial and antiseptic properties make it a useful tool in the first aid kit. Lavender will enliven you when your energy is low, and settle […]

Vaca (Acorus Calamus / Sweet Flag) Uses & Benefits

Vaca (sanskrit) literally means “speaking.” This herb stimulates your voice, the power of your speech, self-expression and your intelligence.  Although the roots and leaves have a peculiar sweet smell, the taste sure ain’t sweet. It is pungent and bitter (katu and tikta rasa) and I sure am feeling the throat stimulation after eating a small […]

Is CBD Really Worth the Highype?

CBD (Cannabidiol), one of the phytocannabinoids found in the hemp plant (cannabis sativa), is all the rage right now. An increasing number of people are shouting and sharing health results on their Facebook and I am getting emails from companies I have never heard of, offering me to be an affiliate for a high commission. […]

Kakamachi (Solanum Nigrum / Black Nightshade) Uses + Jam Recipe

Botanical name: Solanum nigrum Sanskrit name: Kakamachi English name: Black nightshade. Plant Description: This nightshade grows abundantly along the eastern fringe of Australia. It grows like a weed. It also grows in India, Americas and South Africa. It is native to Eurasia. Pant Identification: The berries grow in clusters. If a plant has only single berries, it may […]

Grapes (Draksa) – The Best Among Fruits

Grapes are the best among all the fruits and the most wholesome according to Ayurveda.* The sweet taste (rasa) and post-digestive effect (vipaka) nourish the physiology with strength. Whether it be: building tissues and energy for the emaciated and depleted, a juicy aphrodisiac, or providing mental strength to brush off negativity and mistaken intellect and rise […]