While most people wouldn't think of ancient civilization for medical answers, Ayurvedic traditions have long been proven effective for overall wellbeing.
Ayurveda, also known as "the science of life", is a 5,000 age-old wellness mechanism deserves a much closer focus.
The Ayurvedic culture of natural wellness concentrates on bringing our mind and bodies into balance by optimizing certain inner powers.
Overall, Ayurveda is alive today because of its ability to resist time and pass on critical medicinal powers from generation to generation.
While Ayurveda comes from the East, just about anyone can practice its principles of wellness, regardless of where they live, the religion they practice, or economic status they're in.
Originating from the Vedic texts that praise the principles of life, including fire, wind, water, as well as Mother Earth and its plants and animals, Ayurvedic practices aim to harmonize internal and externals worlds.
Perhaps Ayurveda’s biggest risk came when the British Crown took over India in the 1800 and 1900s. While Britain tried to drive out Ayurvedic life to the side, it remained alive through traditional applied practices in many parts of the country.
Today, Ayurvedic culture is considered an accepted form of alternative and holistic health support around the globe, and scientific studies are starting to catch up to what the ancients have known for decades- Ayurveda has its perks.
One special part of Ayurvedic medicine is that it approaches every individual with personalization and exclusivity. Practices consisting of diet, lifestyle and "cleansing", Ayurveda seeks to create ultimate harmony through a person's "dosha" or unique personal nature.
There are essentially three different types of "doshas" including:
1. Vata (wind) 2. Pitta (fire) 3. Kapha (water)
Understanding an individual's constitution helps better understand personal tendencies, what attracts us, and what can get us out of balance. Yet, Ayurveda helps us know the herbs and foods that can best help us reach total equilibrium.
To create this significant balance, the foundation of Ayurveda tells us that we need to focus on something called agni, or digestive fire.
Maintaining digestive health has been a keystone of Ayurvedic practices for over 5,000 years, something our modern society is now focusing on as well. But according to Ayurveda, the duties of agni include a lot more:
Aside from establishing an effective morning routine to maintain focus, there are specific botanicals considered a crucial part of Ayurveda.
Here are some important ones to consider:
Used for over 2,000 years, Triphala has been great part of Ayurvedic traditions. Thanks to its great benefits, India has considered it one of the greatest and most versatile of all herbal formulas ever made.
Originated from dried powder of amla, heritaki and bibhitaki (dried fruits), this digestive tonic is one game-changer.
The trendiest and most popular adaptogenic herb, Ashwagandha is known for its wonderful stress-protecting benefits. Also considered an "Indian ginseng", this powerful herb promotes a healthy stress response to stress and can protect the body from potential damage.
As this herb is adaptogenic, it helps encourage homeostasis in the body- always working toward the best of balance even during times of emotional and physical challenges.
Ah, the famous turmeric, and one of my favorites. Whenever I make myself a nice cup of tea, I am always adding turmeric and ginger to maximize potential. With over 10,000 studies on turmeric, we're pretty convinced that it helps support a healthy immune system and joint health.
In Ayurvedic life, turmeric has been used to purify the body and to promote an overall wellbeing.
A great plus herb for women in Ayurveda, Shatavari is considered a wonderful support the female body during key times in a woman’s life.
In addition to adding these herbs to your diet, one of the best places to get started is with more reading, researching and trial-and-errors with various herbs to find what works best for you.