• A Gentle Detox with Total Body Cleanse
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • March 04, 2020
    A Gentle Detox with Total Body Cleanse

    Whether you’re planning a traditional Ayurvedic cleanse or a quick detox, Total Body Cleanse can offer support. Find out how these powerful herbal tablets can supercharge your cleanse.

  • What Is Chyavanprash & Why It’s Great for Winter
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • February 03, 2020
    What Is Chyavanprash & Why It’s Great for Winter

    Chyavanprash is a tasty herbal jam that can help during times when our immune system needs bolstering. Learn more about this ancient recipe, its many benefits, and ways to enjoy it. 

  • 5 Ways to Get More Turmeric in Your Life
    • Health and Wellness
    • January 21, 2020
    5 Ways to Get More Turmeric in Your Life

    Turmeric has now become way more mainstream than we ever could have imagined. Here are five different ways to utilize this root, both from a nutrition standpoint and as an herbal remedy.

  • Harvesting Ashwagandha in Southern Oregon
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • January 06, 2020
    Harvesting Ashwagandha in Southern Oregon

    We harvested the famous adaptogen ashwagandha right here in Southern Oregon. It did exquisitely well in this climate and we were rewarded with an abundant field full of this amazing herb.

  • Tranquil Mind Was Clinically Tested—Here’s What We Found
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • November 07, 2019
    Tranquil Mind Was Clinically Tested—Here’s What We Found

    Tranquil Mind tablets underwent a small pilot study, and the results are in! According to this small trial, it turns out that these herbal tablets can be significantly effective.

  • Turmeric Milk Mix Is the Irresistible Way to Complete Your Day
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • October 22, 2019
    Turmeric Milk Mix Is the Irresistible Way to Complete Your Day

    Turmeric milk, or golden milk, is deeply nourishing. Read this article to learn what makes our Turmeric Milk Mix particularly healthy. 

  • Bacopa: An Ayurvedic Brain Food
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • August 27, 2019
    Bacopa: An Ayurvedic Brain Food

    Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri) is a wonderful rejuvenative for the brain. It has long been a favorite of students as it enhances learning, concentration, and memory.

  • What Happened When Healthy Skin Was Put to the Test?
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • July 08, 2019
    What Happened When Healthy Skin Was Put to the Test?

    Dr. Sivamani and his team conducted a four-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with Banyan Botanicals’ Healthy Skin formulation last spring of 2017. The trial enrolled thirty participants.

  • The Top 7 Ways to Use Triphala
    • Health and Wellness
    • May 23, 2019
    The Top 7 Ways to Use Triphala

    Triphala is one of Ayurveda's most popular herbal formulas. While it is best known to support healthy digestion, it can also promote vitality, beauty, and more. 

  • Shatavari: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • May 02, 2019
    Shatavari: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies

    Get to know shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), a sattvic herb best known as a powerful female reproductive tonic but capable of so much more. Find out how this amazing plant can be an herbal ally to most everyone and why no herbal education or Ayurvedic tool kit is complete without it.

  • Fennel: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • April 10, 2019
    Fennel: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies

    As an herb with a long, rich history of culinary use, fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) doesn’t need much introduction. With a nutty, sweet flavor reminiscent of licorice or anise, and its strong, slightly sweet fragrance, fennel seeds have been a favorite ingredient in cuisine for centuries... But have you heard of the numerous healthful benefits that it provides?

  • The Science of Chyavanprash: The Ayurvedic Herbal Jam
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • April 02, 2019
    The Science of Chyavanprash: The Ayurvedic Herbal Jam

    Chyavanprash is like the multivitamin of Ayurveda—many Ayurvedic and Indian families incorporate it into their daily routine to promote health and longevity. But what’s the big deal? Why has this ancient formulation withstood the test of time?

  • Why You Will Love CCF Tea
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • March 03, 2019
    Why You Will Love CCF Tea

    Meet CCF Tea! Its name is an acronym for its ingredients—cumin, coriander, and fennel. Whether you’re actively cleansing or trying to support your digestion, CCF Tea is a delicious Ayurvedic choice.

  • Coriander: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • March 01, 2019
    Coriander: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies

    Coriander just might be one of the most underappreciated herbs out there, in spite of its popularity worldwide as a culinary spice. Most people know coriander by its Spanish name, cilantro, and they either love it or hate it. Read more about coriander's uses and benefits in this article.

  • Pippali: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • January 15, 2019
    Pippali: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies

    Pippali, or long pepper, is a close relative to black pepper. This spice is among the most celebrated herbs in Ayurveda with a long list of health benefits. 

  • DIY Spice Blending
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • November 13, 2018
    DIY Spice Blending

    Spices are an incredible way to bring the six tastes into a meal and can have a powerful effect on the body and mind. Read this article to learn how to make some invigorating seasonal masalas, along with tips on purchasing, storing, toasting, grinding, and blending spices at home. 

  • Adrenal Nourish™ for an Active Life
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • November 09, 2018
    Adrenal Nourish™ for an Active Life

    Read all about Adrenal Nourish™, a unique formula designed to support you and your lifestyle by aiding healthy functioning of the adrenal glands, while also contributing to the overall balance of the nervous system—often the root of adrenal imbalance. 

  • Growing Bacopa
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • August 15, 2018
    Growing Bacopa

    Our bacopa comes from an organic farm in the Western Ghats, where it is grown in paddy fields and irrigated by a stream that flows out of an ancient forest.

  • Immune Strong™—A New Herbal Blend for Year-Round Health
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • August 13, 2018
    Immune Strong™—A New Herbal Blend for Year-Round Health

    Whatever the season, sometimes our immune system can use a little boost. We are excited to announce our new immune formula to help support your overall health and immunity. Please welcome Immune Strong to our family of herbal tablets and liquid extracts. With a superstar blend of Ayurvedic herbs traditionally used to support the immune system, this formula is a successor to Immune Support—with a few changes and improvements. 

  • Is Organic the Same as Non-GMO?
    • Health and Wellness
    • July 31, 2018
    Is Organic the Same as Non-GMO?

    There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about the similarities and differences between organic and non-GMO. We are here to answer all the questions you’ve perhaps been wondering about, starting with the common question, “What does non-GMO even mean?”

  • Bitter Melon: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • June 06, 2018
    Bitter Melon: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies

    Bitter melon, or karela, has a long history of use that spans thousands of years and is a common ingredient in cuisines and traditional medicines across the globe. Its recognition is spreading in the West too, and it is increasingly possible that you may have bumped into it on the menu of a trendy restaurant, at your local farmer’s market, or in a scientific research article.

  • Breathe Free Balm—A Warming Herbal Chest Rub
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • May 17, 2018
    Breathe Free Balm—A Warming Herbal Chest Rub

    A soothing rub to nourish the lungs and sinuses is a staple in many household cabinets. Adults and children alike want to be able to do the most basic function—breathe—with the greatest ease. It is vital to our daily and nightly life.

  • 5 Ashwagandha Studies You Should Know About
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • April 17, 2018
    5 Ashwagandha Studies You Should Know About

    Ashwagandha is one of the most well-known and widly used Ayurvedic herbs. And for good reason! It is great for so many functions in the body—from sleep, energy, and stress, to rejuvenation, muscle strength, and joint health.

  • Growing Ashwagandha
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • April 11, 2018
    Growing Ashwagandha

    Ashwagandha is one of the most revered herbs in Ayurveda. Maximizing the body's ability to resist stress, it enables the body to sustain energy throughout the day while promoting sound, restful sleep at night. 

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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.