Now of all times, you may be turning to superfoods and organic powders to help boost your immune system. In the midst of a global pandemic, it is natural to make sure your health is as strong as it can be. You may have heard of the Ayurvedic diet, but are not quite sure what it’s all about.

Ayurveda is an ancient natural medicinal system, with roots in Hinduism dating back 5,000 years. It is interwoven with yoga and meditation, and its focus is achieving balanced health, with equal attention paid to both the prevention and cure of ailments.

At its core is a belief that the universe is composed of five elements: air, fire, water, earth, and space, and also three doshas: vata, pitta and kapha. The doshas are linked to the body. Vata relates to air and rules the body’s nervous system, pitta is fire and controls the digestion and metabolism, and kapha is water and governs lymphatics and moisture.

Ayurvedic herbs are a component of Ayurveda, and they promote the inner balance of the three doshas, which supports physical and mental well-being. The herbs can be purchased in organic powder form and added to smoothies, juices, water, and hot drinks. Here are the health benefits of five widely used Ayurvedic herbs.

Ashwagandha is one of the most commonly used herbs, taken to boost the immune system and to manage stress. It originates from India and Africa, and has been used for centuries to sustain energy levels throughout the day and provide a more restful sleep at night. It contains useful alkaloids, fatty acids, choline and amino acids.

Brahmi, also known as Bacopa monnieri, grows in moist tropical conditions. It is traditionally referred to as ‘The Enlightened One’ and has been used to treat nervous disorders and promote mental calm and wellbeing. It has also been used to enhance the memory and reduce anxiety and depression.

Neem trees have been used for Ayurvedic purposes in India since ancient times, and its healing powers are still highly valued in the modern era. Neem leaves have antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, making them ideal to treat skin conditions such as eczema and acne with no harsh side effects.

Shatavari is known as ‘The Queen of Herbs’ and has traditionally been used to boost the female reproductive system. It is also a good source of zinc, calcium, and B complex vitamins. Shatavari is considered a gentle herb which will reduce inflammation in the body. It is reported to have aphrodisiac properties, so perhaps bear this in mind when you take it!

Triphala is an Ayurvedic medicine made from a combination of three fruits: amla, bibhitaki and haritaki.  Recorded uses of Triphala have been found dating back to 1500 BC.  It has been taken as a digestive tonic, and to boost energy levels.  It is also considered helpful for alleviating the symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome.

A wide range of organic Ayurvedic powders can be purchased from Detox Trading.

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