Are you looking for more information about the top Ayurvedic herbs and how Ayurvedic herbs are used?
In traditional Ayurveda (and modern Ayurveda) herbs are used regularly to add nutritional benefits, as well as helps with skin complains, joint complaints, and many other issues. A Ayurvedic practitioner may prescribe certain herbs to you after an appointment, or you might self-prescribe certain herbs through your own Ayurvedic education.
A lot of these Ayurvedic herbs can be found online (Amazon is always a good place to look if you don’t have access to health stores), but local health stores also sell a variety of these herbs too. Always ask a shop assistant if you’re not quite sure where to look.
Here are the top Ayurvedic herbs, and how they’re used….
Also, I’ve linked to further articles on this blog from this post (where you’ll be able to find more in-depth information about each individual herb). I always recommend taking a read of these more in-depth explorations of the herb and it’s purpose before deciding to use it.
Ayurvedic herbs – Ashwagandha
First on my list of Ayurvedic herbs, it Ashwagandha. This is probably the most well known and well used Ayurvedic herb. Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb that helps with stress relief, and many also use it as a sleep aid (especially during times when they’re feeling anxious or worried). It can also offer joint support too. You can read more about the benefits of Ashwagandha here.
Ayurvedic herbs – Ginger
Likely one of the most easy to obtain Ayurvedic herbs, Ginger is found at most stores, and ginger power is a common supplment. Ginger has many health benefits, many of which I written in depth about. It helps with inflammation, digestion, sickness (and nausea) and even helps with things like travel sickness. It’s also a powerful antioxidant too, so it’s easy to see why this is such a well used Ayurvedic herb.
Ayurvedic herbs – Bacopa
Bacopa is a brain boosting Ayurvedic herb that is popular for people who want more clarity of mind. It can help with restoring memory function, and also helps with concentration of focus. For this reason, it’s clear to see why this Ayurvedic herb is often popular with people who have demanding jobs, or who are taking exams.
Ayurvedic herbs – Shatavari
When it comes to libido and sex drive, Shatavari is the most popular Ayurvedic herb. The name actually means “100 husbands” which refers to the increased libido benefits the herb can give people (!). As mentioned, Shatavari enhances the sex drive, but it also helps with the female reproductive system, and is often as important supplement and Ayurvedic herb through the fertile and child-bearing years of a woman’s life, especially if she chooses to have children. It can also help with breast milk production too.
Ayurvedic herbs – Boswellia
Boswellia is often described as “Indian Frankincense” and it’s used mostly for pain relief. It’s particularly useful for helping with joint pain and inflammation – but it can also assist with balancing blood sugar levels, and improving your complexion too. It’s easy to see why this Ayurvedic herb is a popular choice for many.
Ayurvedic herbs – Neem
Neem is the next Ayurvedic herb on my list of important Ayurvedic herbs. Neem helps with skincare and also helps to detoxify the liver and blood too. There are different parts to Neem, and these different parts are often used to help with different ailments. For example, the bark is used for stomach and intestinal ulcers, pain and fever symptoms. The flower is used for reducing and controlling phlegm, and can even help to treat intestinal worms.
Ayurvedic herbs – Triphala
Triphala is often used to help control the bowels and improve how the bowels work and function. It contains 3 super fruits; Amalaki, Bibhitaki and Haritaki – all which work towards giving Triphala it’s well known benefits. This Ayurvedic herb helps to lubricate the colon, and also helps to absorb nutrients more efficiently, including the important job of emptying your bowels!
Ayurvedic herbs – Turmeric
Last on my list of important Ayurvedic herbs, it’s Turmeric. Turmeric is one of the Ayurvedic herbs that has also become welcome know globally outside of Ayurvedic medicine. Turmeric is really beneficial, and helps the body in many ways including; being anti-inflammatory, a digestive aid, brain boosting and concentration improving! It’s no wonder people love this Ayurvedic herb so much!
I hope this list of the key Ayurvedic herbs in Ayurvedic medicine has been helpful!
Don’t forget to explore the blog for moreAyurvedic nutrition advice and tips. There are plenty of resources on this website, should you want to find out more about any of the particular Ayurvedic herbs mentioned on this list.