We all know that a little herb action in our daily lives can be extremely rewarding for both physical and mental health. There are so many herbs in Ayurveda that not only targets your physical ailments but also benefits your brain and soul, all three. However, the major stigma attached is the course of time required for the visible efficacy. Meaning, Ayurveda has this rigid stereotype around it that says that its effects are seen in years or even months. May be this is why people turn towards Modern medicine as a last resort or simply out of desperation? What these modern medicines do your body is that they suppress the symptoms and rarely reach to the root of the problem. What is the end result? You get infected again and pay a lot of bucks into reviving your health.
Ayurveda takes the lengthiest route to your issues, possible but it attacks the root of it and cures it once for all. You need patience to let it become a part of your life. Here are some of the best and actionable Ayurveda tips for an improved quality of life.
Ginger for GI Health
Ginger is a wonder root vegetable but little do we know that it is one of the most celebrated Ayurvedic herbs as well. One of the common human health concerns these days is digestive issue or dampening GI health. Pills, syrups, and probiotic drugs ay offer you relief but it would not last forever. Enter Ginger. You can add some slice of ginger in boiling water, sieve and drink as a tonic. If this sounds too harsh for your taste buds, then add it to your regular tea, soups, veggie fries, or even fillings. Regular but moderate consumption of Ginger will gradually improve the digestion and get those digestive juices flowing.
Tulsi for Bronchial Health
The Tulsi or Basil plant is worshipped in the Hindu culture and for all the right reasons. Mythology apart, the leaves of this plant has been proven to help with bronchial issues like cough, cold, Asthma, and general respiratory issues. This plant is in use since ages and people admit of experiencing relief from a number of symptoms. You can either prepare a Kaadha or a concoction using the leaves and water or simply just add few crushed leaves in your soups, tea, fried rice, and more. Another way suggested by Ayurveda is consuming 5-6 Tulsi leaves, every morning on an empty stomach.
Licorice Root for Sweetness
Licorice Root or Mulethi is an herb that has its own share of sweetness and bitterness to offer. Often recommended as a medicine for sore throat, this herb is also useful for people who want to quit sugar in their teas or just want to chew on something herbal for better throat conditions throughout the year. Licorice Root gets its sweetness from the presence of a compound known as glycyrrhizin. You can crush a root and add it to your teas or a pinch or two in dessert as well. The sweetness index of Licorite Root soars higher than the sugar’s and is 50 times more intense in the taste. Ayurveda says highly of this herb and recommends it as an antitussive and another common herb for supporting bronchial health.
Ashwagandha for Libido & General Health
Ashwagandha is an herb that gets its name from “Horse and its immense physical power & strength”. This is also justified by the type of ailments and physical health issues. The Ayurvedic herb is beneficial for correcting the sex drive, uplift your libido health and improve any issues with your general physical health. It is proved in the scriptures that Ashwagandha benefits the body by reducing the stress hormones, and managing the disrupted insulin levels. This greatly enhances the libido health and uplifts the overall mood pattern of an individual. Apart from this, this herb is good for elderly people who struggle with weakness or declining physical stature.
Shilajit for ‘Man-Power’
Shilajit is counted amongst the list of rare herbs and cherished for its benefits and positive effects on health, especially men’s health. Found in the Himalayas, this sticky tar-like herb is beneficial for men and helps them with declining physical power, strength, and overall well-being. Many Ayurveda advocates market the herb as the only solution to low sex drive (Suggest over Ashwagandha), and low libido. Apart from this, it is also crucial for the sperm count as well. You can take a very small amount of Shilajit and add it to your milk or consume with warm water.
- Brahmi for Brain & Hair
One of the best Ayurveda tips that you can ever receive is to use Brahmi for your body. This creeping herb can be used as an oil or added to your regular hair oil and apply it directly to the scalp for a calming effect. It is believed and has been proved that Brahmi boosts brain function, lowers Cortisol levels, and helps with ADHD and Anxiety attacks, and offer anti-cancer properties. Apart from this, if you or someone you know, suffer from panic attacks, or Depression then guided consumption or regular head massage with Brahmi oil calms down the brain nerves, and aids in recovery to a great extent. You can get the herb from local health food store or any local market in your vicinity.
How to Access this Ayurvedic Wonder?
Either you can touch base with an Ayurvedic doctor in your vicinity and get yourself diagnosed to the core. However, there are other fun ways of learning about these herbs and knowing how to use them for highest efficacy. These days, Ayurveda and Yoga retreats are quite popular and you can have an access to them as well. Options like Kerala Ayurveda Retreat, Spiritual retreats in Nepal or detox holidays in any part of the world is of great use.