Ayurvedic Herbs

Ayurvedic Herbs

Herbs are at the very heart of the Ayurvedic tradition. Long ago, Ayurveda recognized the power and potency of botanicals grown from the earth. Many of the herbs we carry have been used for centuries to promote mental clarity, radiant skin, lustrous hair, manageable weight, healthy function of the liver, and a robust immune system, among other benefits.

This is our Ayurvedic Herbs Department, where we’ve assembled educational materials about some of our favorite herbs in the Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia. These articles explore the benefits of adaptogens like brahmi (gotu kola) and ashwagandha, superfruits like amla, and Ayurvedic formulas like triphala.

 

What Are Ayurvedic Herbs?

An Ayurvedic herb is a plant-based substance that has a history of use in Ayurveda for promoting health and balancing one or more of the doshas—vata, pitta, and kapha. Herbs come in many shapes and sizes. There are Ayurvedic herbs for energy, organic spices to support digestive health through Ayurvedic cooking, and many varieties of herbal oil for the ultra-soothing Ayurvedic practice of self-massage.

Banyan is committed not only to carrying Ayurvedic herbs, but those that are of the highest quality. This means that they are certified organic, sustainably sourced, cultivated without over-harvesting, and fairly traded.

Over the years, our inventory of Ayurvedic herbs has grown substantially, as has our knowledge about each of them. We encourage you to read through these guides and blogs to learn more about these herbal allies, and see if one or more of them resonate with you.  

  • The Benefits of Ashwagandha
    • Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Herbs
    The Benefits of Ashwagandha
    Complete guide to Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera or Indian Ginseng), an adaptogenic herb used in the Western world. Ashwagandha benefits one's health when used to tone, support, and revitalize bodily functions. This restorative herb has been revered over time for its ironic dual capacity to energize and calm at the same time.
  • The Benefits of Brahmi
    • Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Herbs
    The Benefits of Brahmi
    "Brahmi" has been used to describe two distinct Ayurvedic herbs—Centella asiatica and Bacopa monnieri—and brahmi is a fitting name for both of them. Brahmi is a Sanskrit word that refers to the feminine essence of universal consciousness as well as the creative potential that emerges from pure awareness.
  • The Benefits of Amalaki
    • Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Herbs
    The Benefits of Amalaki
    Amla literally means "sour"; it is the Hindi word for a fruit tree (Emblica officinalis or Phyllanthus emblica) that grows throughout India and bears sour-tasting gooseberry-like fruits. Amla is also known by the Sanskrit name "Amalaki." Other Sanskrit nicknames for amla—names meaning "mother," "nurse," and "immortality"—are a testament to the healing capacity of its fruits.
  • The Benefits of Mucuna pruriens
    • Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Herbs
    The Benefits of Mucuna pruriens
    Mucuna pruriens has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for over two thousand years. There are traditional uses for the root and the trichomes (the irritating hairs themselves), but it is the seed of Mucuna pruriens that is most often employed therapeutically.
  • The Benefits of Shatavari
    • Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Herbs
    The Benefits of Shatavari
    Shatavari, or Asparagus racemosus, has been used for centuries in Ayurveda to support the reproductive system, particularly for females, and as a support for the digestive system, especially in cases of excess pitta. Translated as “having one hundred roots” and also referred to as meaning “having one hundred husbands”, Shatavari’s name gives reference to its traditional use as a rejuvenative tonic for the female reproductive system.
  • The Benefits of Triphala
    • Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Herbs
    The Benefits of Triphala
    Literally meaning “three fruits,” triphala is a traditional Ayurvedic herbal formulation consisting of three fruits native to the Indian subcontinent: Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki, (Terminalia belerica) and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula). Also known as "triphala churna," it is one of the most popular formulas in Ayurveda and has many health benefits for all three of Ayurveda's dosha constitutions. Take the free Ayurvedic Profile™ quiz to learn your constitution and state of imbalance.
  • The Benefits of Turmeric
    • Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Herbs
    The Benefits of Turmeric
    Turmeric, or Curcuma longa, is one of the most well-known, widely researched, and commonly used Ayurvedic spices in the world. This golden wonder is used in cooking, as a dietary supplement with numerous health benefits, and even as a topical application for beautification. No delicious curry is complete without turmeric. There’s hardly a system in the body that isn’t supported by turmeric.
  • The Benefits of Guggulu
    • Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Herbs
    The Benefits of Guggulu
    Guggul is a very important herb in the Ayurvedic tradition and while it is rarely taken by itself, an entire class of medicines has been built around the use of guggul. Banyan Botanicals carries several of these traditional Ayurvedic formulas, known as guggulus—compounds made from a base of purified guggul in a synergistic combination of other herbs.
  • The Benefits of Neem
    • Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Herbs
    The Benefits of Neem
    The neem tree (Azadirachta indica) has been recognized as possessing powerful health promoting properties for millennia. In fact, there is evidence that as long ago as 4,500 years, neem was already being used to support healing. Its use originated in ancient India and neighboring countries, where it has long been revered as one of the most versatile plants known.
  • The Benefits of Shilajit
    • Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Herbs
    The Benefits of Shilajit
    Shilajit is a natural mineral that exudes from the ancient rocks of the Himalayan mountains. A key mineral supplement of the Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia, Shilajit is known as a panacea for its strengthening and rejuvenative qualities. Shilajit is beneficial on its own and also improves the potency and effectiveness of other herbs.