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Top 10 Ayurvedic Herbs for Autumn

September 30, 2011

Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine over 5000 years old and practised in many parts of India and further afield. Ayurvedic herbs are commonly used as culinary spices, and help to restore balance to the body.  Ayurvedic doctors talk about illness as the result of an imbalance in one of the three doshas (energies): pitta (fire), vata (air) and kapha (water).  Ayurvedic scientists use natural herbs like ginger, licquorice and cinnamon to control and manage a healthy body.
In InnOrbit products we use natural ingredients (herbs) which have been selected by an Ayurvedic doctor.
We are always on the lookout for new ingredients for our new products. Below we’ve added some of the herbs which are thought to be important in terms of Ayurvedic medicine.
At InnOrbit we are always looking to extend the portfolio of ingredients we use. So, watch out for these as our R&D department develops new products in the future.

01. ASHWAGANDHA
Ashwagandha is commonly used in herbal medicine. It is also known as winter cherry, and is naturally antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and immune-boosting.It could be your first line of defense against cancer and other immune system-related diseases. It helps improve vitality and combat insomnia, cancer, arthritis and diabetes.

02. BOSWELLIA
Boswellia or Frankincense , is an excellent pain alleviator. It is naturally anti-inflammatory and analgesic. It has traditionally been used to treat both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, gout, and general aches and pains. Studies have even shown that taking this herb can alleviate arthritis pain in as little as 7 days without the use of over-the-counter NSAIDs.

03. CORIANDER (CILANTRO)
Coriander, or dhanyaka as it is referred to in Ayurveda, is a common culinary spice in cuisine. The fresh leaves are called cilantro, while the ground seeds are called coriander. They both contain natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.The herb is used for indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, fevers, respiratory infections and allergies. It is also a natural chelating agent, and has been used to help remove heavy metals from the body.

04. GARLIC

Garlic is liked by ayurvedic herbalists and the culinary world alike. It is naturally antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial. It has been shown to be effective against colds and flu, and can help to benefit immune function. It is used in both holistic and conventional medical circles to protect against heart disease and lower cholesterol. Garlic is a must-have for the home medicine cabinet.

05. GINGER
Ginger, another classic herbal medicine that doubles as a useful cooking ingredient. The root, is used to treat anything from conditions such as indigestion and nausea to more serious problems such as arthritis. It is easily incorporated into herbal recipes like infusions and is a great to have for home-made remedies.

06. GYMNEMIA SYLVESTRE
Shardunikagurmar, or more commonly, gymnema, is one Ayurvedic herb which has undergone extensive study. It has been found to be effective in treating and preventing type II diabetes and can modulate blood sugar levels. Like liquorice it can also be used as a natural sweetener.

07. TRIPHALA (AMLA, BIBHITAKI AND HARITAKI)
Amla, bibhitaki and haritaki are three herbs used together in Ayurvedic formulae and known as triphala. Amla is used to treat digestive issues like indigestion and ulcers. Bibhitaki is also used to treat digestive disorders, including Crone’s disease, intestinal parasites and gall stones.Haritaki is used more specifically for constipation, but can also be useful for treating hemorrhoids, dysentery and parasites or worms.Together these three herbs make a powerful cleansing remedy for the gut. They help restore balance and improve regularity.

08. TURMERIC
Turmeric, or haridra, gives curry its golden colour. Used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, it is also a good example of a herb which modern-day science has caught up with. Naturally anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune system strengthening, it can also be effective in treating arthritis, diabetes and even cancer. Keep this herb handy for cooking and for taking in drinks to stay healthy!

09. LIQUORICE
Liquorice also known as Yashtimadhuh in sanskrit and Mulethi in Hindi is a multifunctional herb or spice that can used in cooking, medicine and can even be used as a sweetener. It is particularly useful from a medical perspective for improving breathing and throat issues e.g. sore throats, and irritating coughts. Because of its spicy and sweet nature it is used extensively to make traditional sweets and confectionary.

10. CINNAMON
Cinnamon is an extremely useful ayurvedic ingredient. As well as adding its characteristic flavour profile to many dishes it can be used to control blood sugar levels, is active against certain types of cancers and can reduce effects of blood clotting. It stimulates circulation especially in the lungs and is useful for cold hands and feet, Raynauld’s, and to increase circulation in the joint space. Additionally warming and stimulating to the liver and kidney, it effectively pacifies cold Vata and regulates metabolism of fats and sugars in Kapha, helping with type II diabetes and insulin resistance as intimated above.

Ayurvedic-based cosmetics are slowly moving out of the specialist category and into the mass market in foods, cosmetics and beverages. Proof of this came back in March of this year, when UK retailer Tesco launched its own line of skin care products formulated with ingredients sourced according to Ayurvedic principles, as part of what it termed a more ‘holistic’ approach to skin care

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2011 9:18 am

    Highly informative post, thank you!

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