Honoring Tradition and Sustainability: The Story of Banyan’s Chyavanprash
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Honoring Tradition and Sustainability: The Stor...

Chyavanprash is a rejuvenating Ayurvedic staple, traditionally used to support a healthy immune system and more. Here's the story behind our sustainable blend.

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Honoring Tradition and Sustainability: The Story of Banyan’s Chyavanprash

Chyavanprash is a rejuvenating Ayurvedic staple, traditionally used to support a healthy immune system and more. Here's the story behind our sustainable blend.

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Restoring the Authenticity of Dashamula: Embracing Sustainability and Tradition
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Restoring the Authenticity of Dashamula: Embrac...

Dashamula is a cherished Ayurvedic formula made of ten roots. Here's what we're doing to ensure we can offer this cherished formula in a sustainable way. 

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Restoring the Authenticity of Dashamula: Embracing Sustainability and Tradition

Dashamula is a cherished Ayurvedic formula made of ten roots. Here's what we're doing to ensure we can offer this cherished formula in a sustainable way. 

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How and When to Take Ashwagandha
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How and When to Take Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has become a household staple, well-known for its nourishing adaptogenic properties. Explore the best ways—and times—to take this powerful herb.

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How and When to Take Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has become a household staple, well-known for its nourishing adaptogenic properties. Explore the best ways—and times—to take this powerful herb.

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Adaptogenic Herbs of Ayurveda
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Adaptogenic Herbs of Ayurveda

Adaptogenic herbs can help modify the body’s reaction to environmental and internal stress. Learn more about these herbs and how they can support your health.

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Adaptogenic Herbs of Ayurveda

Adaptogenic herbs can help modify the body’s reaction to environmental and internal stress. Learn more about these herbs and how they can support your health.

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Befriending Cardamom
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Befriending Cardamom

Cardamom's unique flavor is commonly found in chai, Indian dishes, baked goods, and more. If you're not already a fan of this spice, prepare to fall in love.   

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Befriending Cardamom

Cardamom's unique flavor is commonly found in chai, Indian dishes, baked goods, and more. If you're not already a fan of this spice, prepare to fall in love.   

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5 Gotu Kola Studies You Should Know About
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5 Gotu Kola Studies You Should Know About

Gotu kola, or brahmi, has been used in Ayurveda for centuries. These five studies offer a modern day take on its benefits for the skin, brain, and nervous system.

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5 Gotu Kola Studies You Should Know About

Gotu kola, or brahmi, has been used in Ayurveda for centuries. These five studies offer a modern day take on its benefits for the skin, brain, and nervous system.

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The Day-Tripper’s Satchel: 8 Essential Ayurvedic Supplies from Grandma’s Purse
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The Day-Tripper’s Satchel: 8 Essential Ayurvedi...

Getting sick is always a drag, especially when away from home. Get prepared with simple Ayurvedic tools you can carry with you in your purse or day bag.  

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The Day-Tripper’s Satchel: 8 Essential Ayurvedic Supplies from Grandma’s Purse

Getting sick is always a drag, especially when away from home. Get prepared with simple Ayurvedic tools you can carry with you in your purse or day bag.  

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Shardunika (Gymnema sylvestre): Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies
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Shardunika (Gymnema sylvestre): Getting to Know...

Shardunika (Gymnema sylvestre) is a timeless Ayurvedic ally used to help regulate the appetite and beat sugar cravings—the perfect way to tame your sweet tooth.

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Shardunika (Gymnema sylvestre): Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies

Shardunika (Gymnema sylvestre) is a timeless Ayurvedic ally used to help regulate the appetite and beat sugar cravings—the perfect way to tame your sweet tooth.

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A Quest for Sustainable Wildcrafted Herbs in the Himalayas
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A Quest for Sustainable Wildcrafted Herbs in th...

The quest for sustainability is no small feat. Follow along with three members of our team as they trek into the mountains of Nepal in search of two precious Ayurvedic...

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A Quest for Sustainable Wildcrafted Herbs in the Himalayas

The quest for sustainability is no small feat. Follow along with three members of our team as they trek into the mountains of Nepal in search of two precious Ayurvedic...

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5 Turmeric Studies You Should Know About
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5 Turmeric Studies You Should Know About

Turmeric's growing renown as a beneficial supplement and superfood has led to several illuminating scientific trials over the years. These five studies explore its effects on digestion, skin, and more.

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5 Turmeric Studies You Should Know About

Turmeric's growing renown as a beneficial supplement and superfood has led to several illuminating scientific trials over the years. These five studies explore its effects on digestion, skin, and more.

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6 Herbs for a Bright and Healthy Spring
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6 Herbs for a Bright and Healthy Spring

If you experience seasonal irritants, it’s a good idea to build up your body’s resilience ahead of time. These six herbal allies will help you prep for a healthy spring. 

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6 Herbs for a Bright and Healthy Spring

If you experience seasonal irritants, it’s a good idea to build up your body’s resilience ahead of time. These six herbal allies will help you prep for a healthy spring. 

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Oh Honey! Healthy Herbal Honeys for All
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Oh Honey! Healthy Herbal Honeys for All

Packed with nutrients, antioxidants, and superfoods, these herbal honeys offer a tasty and versatile way to incorporate the healing power of herbs into your daily routine.

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Oh Honey! Healthy Herbal Honeys for All

Packed with nutrients, antioxidants, and superfoods, these herbal honeys offer a tasty and versatile way to incorporate the healing power of herbs into your daily routine.

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Haritaki: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies
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Haritaki: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies

Perhaps best known as one of the three fruits in triphala powder, haritaki (Terminalia chebula) is a potent herb and powerful plant ally. 

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Haritaki: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies

Perhaps best known as one of the three fruits in triphala powder, haritaki (Terminalia chebula) is a potent herb and powerful plant ally. 

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Growing Western Herbs at Banyan Farm
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Growing Western Herbs at Banyan Farm

While we may not highlight them often, Western herbs have been a part of our product line for quite some time. Meet four favorites currently growing at Banyan Farm.

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Growing Western Herbs at Banyan Farm

While we may not highlight them often, Western herbs have been a part of our product line for quite some time. Meet four favorites currently growing at Banyan Farm.

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Our Search for Sustainable Kutki
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Our Search for Sustainable Kutki

Growing high in the cliffs of the Himalayan mountains, kutki is a small, somewhat elusive perennial herb has long been revered in Ayurveda and is worth protecting.

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Our Search for Sustainable Kutki

Growing high in the cliffs of the Himalayan mountains, kutki is a small, somewhat elusive perennial herb has long been revered in Ayurveda and is worth protecting.

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Your Guide to Ayurvedic Superfoods
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Your Guide to Ayurvedic Superfoods

What is a “superfood” and why is it so super? Often described as a food with exceptional health benefits, here’s a look at this buzzword from an Ayurvedic lens.

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Your Guide to Ayurvedic Superfoods

What is a “superfood” and why is it so super? Often described as a food with exceptional health benefits, here’s a look at this buzzword from an Ayurvedic lens.

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Elevate Your Energy and Boost Your Day with Elevated Adaptogens
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Elevate Your Energy and Boost Your Day with Ele...

Packed with rejuvenating herbs, this caffeine-free blend fortifies the body with natural, balanced energy and empowers you with the strength needed to feel your best.

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Elevate Your Energy and Boost Your Day with Elevated Adaptogens

Packed with rejuvenating herbs, this caffeine-free blend fortifies the body with natural, balanced energy and empowers you with the strength needed to feel your best.

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5 Ayurvedic Herbs You Can Use to Support Your Pet's Health and Well-Being
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5 Ayurvedic Herbs You Can Use to Support Your P...

Ready to take a more holistic approach to the health of your furry friends? Let’s explore a handful of go-to herbs that can be helpful and supportive to most pets. 

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5 Ayurvedic Herbs You Can Use to Support Your Pet's Health and Well-Being

Ready to take a more holistic approach to the health of your furry friends? Let’s explore a handful of go-to herbs that can be helpful and supportive to most pets. 

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5 Herbs to Balance Kapha and Support Your Winter Wellness
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5 Herbs to Balance Kapha and Support Your Winte...

If you're feeling any signs of excess kapha this winter, bring in the warmth and keep kapha balanced with these five tasty and versatile herbs.

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5 Herbs to Balance Kapha and Support Your Winter Wellness

If you're feeling any signs of excess kapha this winter, bring in the warmth and keep kapha balanced with these five tasty and versatile herbs.

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This Adaptogen-Packed Ashwagandha Latte May Be Your New Favorite Ritual
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This Adaptogen-Packed Ashwagandha Latte May Be ...

Meet your new favorite ritual—this Ashwagandha Latte Mix is made with mindfully sourced ingredients, packed with herbal adaptogens, easy to make, and oh so good.

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This Adaptogen-Packed Ashwagandha Latte May Be Your New Favorite Ritual

Meet your new favorite ritual—this Ashwagandha Latte Mix is made with mindfully sourced ingredients, packed with herbal adaptogens, easy to make, and oh so good.

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3 Mucuna Recipes to Tap into Your Inner Happiness
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3 Mucuna Recipes to Tap into Your Inner Happiness

These tasty recipes incorporate mucuna into pantry staples you can use in a variety of ways, morning, noon, and night—like a happy pill you take with your meals.

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3 Mucuna Recipes to Tap into Your Inner Happiness

These tasty recipes incorporate mucuna into pantry staples you can use in a variety of ways, morning, noon, and night—like a happy pill you take with your meals.

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6 Summer Herbs to Help You Stay Balanced this Season
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6 Summer Herbs to Help You Stay Balanced this S...

Incorporate these six cooling herbs into your diet this summer—so you can enjoy everything this season has to offer while you stay calm, cool, and collected.

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6 Summer Herbs to Help You Stay Balanced this Season

Incorporate these six cooling herbs into your diet this summer—so you can enjoy everything this season has to offer while you stay calm, cool, and collected.

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6 Ways to Use Neem for Skin & Hair
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6 Ways to Use Neem for Skin & Hair

Neem’s cooling, soothing properties can work wonders for the skin and hair. Learn how to harness this herb's benefits for radiant skin and lustrous locks. 

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6 Ways to Use Neem for Skin & Hair

Neem’s cooling, soothing properties can work wonders for the skin and hair. Learn how to harness this herb's benefits for radiant skin and lustrous locks. 

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Top 7 Ayurvedic Herbs for Rejuvenation
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Top 7 Ayurvedic Herbs for Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation is a special branch of Ayurveda that promotes longevity. In this article, we'll explore some of Ayurveda's favorite rasayanas, or rejuvenating herbs.

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Top 7 Ayurvedic Herbs for Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation is a special branch of Ayurveda that promotes longevity. In this article, we'll explore some of Ayurveda's favorite rasayanas, or rejuvenating herbs.

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Ayurvedic Herbalism

Ayurvedic herbalism is a holistic system of understanding the effects, benefits, and inner workings of various herbal plants within Ayurveda's vast and varied pharmacopoeia. It takes into account the tastes, energetics, and post-digestive effects of different herbs and explores their impact on the doshas of vata, pitta, and kapha.

In these articles, we dive into many facets of the rich and storied topic of Ayurvedic herbalism.

What Are Ayurvedic Herbs?

Ayurvedic herbs are a keystone of Ayurveda and have been traditionally used to promote overall health and well-being. Many support the body and mind with specific health goals. From the ability to strengthen the body's natural defenses and bolster the immune system to promoting deep, restful sleep, comfortable joint movement, supporting inner beauty and radiance both internally and externally, and so much more, there's an herb for practically any health intention.

Ayurveda places great importance on how certain herbs, herbal substances, or minerals impact the doshas. Certain aspects of herbs, such as their taste and energetics, are key in Ayurvedic herbalism to gaining a holistic understanding of how the herb will be digested, assimilated, and absorbed by the body.

While Ayurvedic herbalism originated in India thousands of years ago, its timeless wisdom can still be applied to herbs growing today and across the globe. By developing deep relationships with herbs and cultivating a deeper understanding of what they are, how they grow, and how they impact the physiology on a deeper level, Ayurveda's multi-faceted approach to herbalism is not limited to working with herbs from one geographic location.

Some of Ayurveda's most popular herbs are becoming increasingly popular outside of Ayurveda, including ashwagandha and shatavari, two well-known adaptogens that are both celebrated for promoting a variety of benefits for the body, mind, and spirit. While they are effective on their own, they are also often combined into formulas, such as Stress Ease, to synergize their unique effects and bring in the help of other herbal allies.

But perhaps the most well-known of all is triphala, a rejuvenating combination of amalaki (also known as amla), bibhitaki, and haritaki. It is often used to promote healthy digestion and elimination, though it contains many additional benefits as well. Many of these articles will detail the lesser-known benefits and uses of various herbs and formulas. Some of them might surprise you!

We hope that these articles inspire you to branch out even further into the wonderful world of plants and how they function—whether it's by trying a new herb, starting to grow your own herbs, or paying closer attention to where your herbs come from.

At Banyan Botanicals, we are dedicated to offering herbs that are sustainably sourced, organically grown, and fairly traded. We recognize that being good stewards of the Earth and tending to the land while we also care for the herbs themselves is crucial to the sustainability of these beloved plants, ensuring they will continue to thrive for generations to come—as well as to the sustainability of Ayurveda as a whole.