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 Amalaki
    • Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Herbs
    The Benefits of Amalaki
    Amla is also known as "Amalaki." Other Sanskrit names—names meaning "mother," "nurse," and "immortality"—are a testament to the healing capacity of its fruits.
  • The Benefits of Ashwagandha
    • Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Herbs
    The Benefits of Ashwagandha
    Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera or Indian Ginseng) is an adaptogen well-known for its benefits, including a dual capacity to energize and calm at the same time.
  • The Benefits of Boswellia
    • Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Herbs
    The Benefits of Boswellia
    Boswellia, also known as Indian frankincense and olibanum, is an herbal resin with a long history of use in Ayurveda as a rejuvenative for the joints and mind.
  • The Benefits of Brahmi
    • Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Herbs
    The Benefits of Brahmi
    Brahmi/gotu kola (Centella asiatica) is known for enhancing intellect and mental acuity. Discover the benefits, uses, and history of this remarkable herb.
  • 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 Hibiscus
    • Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Herbs
    The Benefits of Hibiscus
    Hibiscus sabdariffa holds a special place in the Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia. In this article, we'll discuss this unique plant's rich history of benefits and uses.
  • The Benefits of Moringa
    • Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Herbs
    The Benefits of Moringa
    Moringa (Moringa oleifera) is a beloved herbal superfood with tremendous nutritious content that supports the body’s overall vitality, immunity, and well-being.
  • 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 Neem
    • Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Herbs
    The Benefits of Neem
    Neem has long been revered for its versatility. Parts of the neem tree have been used to promote a wide range of health benefits and for practical everyday uses.
  • The Benefits of Shatavari
    • Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Herbs
    The Benefits of Shatavari
    Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) has been used for centuries in Ayurveda to support the reproductive system, especially for females, and to balance excess pitta.
  • The Benefits of Punarnava
    • Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Herbs
    The Benefits of Punarnava
    Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa) is beloved in Ayurveda for its rejuvenative benefits. In fact, its name loosely translates as "the one that renews the old body."
  • The Benefits of Shilajit
    • Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Herbs
    The Benefits of Shilajit
    Shilajit is a key mineral supplement in the Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia. Beneficial on its own, it also improves the potency and effectiveness of other herbs.
  • The Benefits of Triphala
    • Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Herbs
    The Benefits of Triphala
    Literally meaning “three fruits,” triphala is a widely-used traditional Ayurvedic formula consisting of three fruits: amalaki (amla), bibhitaki, and haritaki.
  • 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.
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