COCONUT INFLORESCENCE & MILK (Cocos nucifera)
Styptic, Astringent and Cooling, the opaque milk-like liquid brings about nourishment to the body and restores optimum health to the spine and associated structures. Octanoic acid, which has antifungal properties, is one of the major active constituents of Coconut. It also contains Vitamins E and K and minerals such as iron. Polyphenols, such as gallic acid, gives the fruit its fragrance and taste. Coconut is helpful in treating urinogenital disorders.
MEDHIKA – Fenugreek seeds (Trigonella foenum)
Fenugreek is a natural source of protein, which rebuilds and strengthens the hair shaft. It reduces hair fall and promotes hair growth. A C-steroidal sapogenin peptide ester, fenugreekine, exhibits hypoglycemic activity (European Journal of Pharmacology, 390, 2000). The saponin-rich extracts reduce cholesterol levels. The fibrous fraction of the seeds also causes a reduction in blood lipids. Fenugreek extract containing trigonelline and trigonellic acid is used as a hair growth stimulant. Recent studies indicate that the herb contains lecithin, a natural emollient known to strengthen and moisturize hair.
SATHAPUSHPA – Indian dill (Anethum sowa)
The plant is a source of protein, carbohydrate, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, sodium and potassium. It also contains a small amount of riboflavin, niacin and zinc. These constituents give the herb its therapeutic properties. As a digestive, carminative and stomachic, Indian Dill is beneficial in treating gastrointestinal disorders. Its seeds treat various digestive problems, while the essential oil extracted from the seeds may relieve intestinal spasms and gripe
AJAMODA – Celery ( Apium graveolens)
It is also a rich source of Vitamin C, which boosts the immune system. Celery seeds are credited with stimulant and carminative properties and are prescribed for nervine disorders. The fatty oil from the seeds is used in many medicinal preparations as an antispasmodic and nerve stimulant. The roots have diuretic properties. Celery contains active compounds called phthalides, which are responsible for lowering blood pressure. It is also a rich source of Vitamin C, minerals, sodium and phosphorus.
DHANYAKA – Corriander (Coriandrum sativum)
Coriander contains essential oils like borneol and linalool, which aid digestion and proper liver function. Cineole, borneol, limonene, alpha-pinene and beta-phellandrene have antibacterial properties. Linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) reduce the cholesterol deposition along the inner walls of the arteries and veins. The herb promotes the proper secretion of hormones, which regulate the menstrual cycle and reduce cramps.
VIDANGA – False black pepper (Embelia ribes)
The principal constituent of the herb is embelin. It also contains some volatile oils, some stable oils, tannins, resins, fatty acids and alkaloids like christembine. The aqueous extract of the herb is most effective in expelling parasitic worms.
MISREYA – Indian Sweet fennel (Foenicum vulgare)
Fennel contains volatile oils, including estragole and anethole, which promote the secretion of digestive enzymes in the stomach. It also contains essential fatty acids, flavonoids (rutin), vitamins and minerals, which render the herb its therapeutic properties. Fennel relieves digestive disorders like constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, flatulence and stomach spasms. It is also eases menstrual cramps.
KALAJIRA/KALAJAJI – Black cumin (Nigella sativum)
The seeds, after steam distillation, give off a yellowish-brown volatile oil with an unpleasant odor. The oil contains the carvone, d-limonene, and a carbonyl compound, nigellone. The seed oil has antibacterial, insecticidal, bronchiodilatory, hypotensive and immune-stimulant properties. It contains nourishing amino acids such as cysteine, lysine, valine and leucine. The seed contains saponins, which have cleansing properties. The herb also has analgesic properties, which depress the central nervous system. Black Cumin aids digestion and relieves flatulence.
ASHWAGANDHA – Winter cherry (Withania somnifera)
Indian Ginseng or Winter Cherry is a unique herb with antistress and adaptogenic properties that improves physical and mental fitness and helps with daily stress management. It is a powerful antioxidant, which scavenges free radicals in cells that are responsible for premature aging. Winter Cherry has proven anti-inflammatory activity, which helps in the management of inflammatory joint disorders.
MUSTHA – Nut grass ( Cyperus rotundus)
Cyprine is the major constituent in the plant, which gives Nut Grass its pharmacological properties. Nut Grass is beneficial in treating nausea and digestive problems. It is used as an analgesic for menstruation pains. The herb has a positive effect on the liver, facilitating its detoxification and treatment.
USEERA – Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)
Major constituents of the essential oil of Khas-Khas are vetiselinenol and khusimol, which render the herb its pharmacological properties. Khas-Khas is used to treat gastrointestinal disorders like flatulence and indigestion.
AMALAKI – Indian gooseberry (Embilica officinalis)
Emblic officinalis is highly nutritious and is an important dietary source of Vitamin C, minerals and amino acids. The dominant active constituent of the herb is a group of tannins derived from Gallic and ellagic acids, which make up a large portion of the extractable non-nutritive constituents. All of these constituents work together to enhance immunity, rejuvenate skin, combat premature aging and hyperacidity.
HAREETHAKI – Chebulic myrobalan (Terminalia chebula)
Chebulagic, chebulinic acid and corilagin are the principal constituents, which render the herb its therapeutic property. The antioxidant constituents of the plant, phloroglucinol and pyrogallol, have been isolated along with ferulic, vanillic, p-coumaric and caffeic acids. Chebulic Myrobalan is used to treat flatulence, dysentery, diarrhea and constipation.
HARIDRA – Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Turmeric’s principal constituent is curcumin, which is a potent antioxidant. Turmeric has gastroprotective properties, which prevent stomach ulcers. As an anti-inflammatory, the herb alleviates joints aches and pains.
TILATAILA – Sesame seeds (Sesamum indicum)
Gingelly oil is a rich source of copper, magnesium, calcium and zinc, which contribute to the therapeutic benefits of the herb. The oil of Gingelly is revered for its many therapeutic benefits. Applied topically, the oil acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, which alleviates joint aches, maintains heart health and strengthens bones.
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