Herbs for Health

Balance Your Dosha With Ayurveda

By Madya Lila | February 20, 2016

  The great thing about Ayurveda is that when it comes to nutrition, you generally receive information regarding which individual foods and spices are best for your dosha type, as opposed to a strict or rigid diet. This allows us the freedom to choose meals that appeal to our taste preferences, and we also have …

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Moringa Leaves

Moringa

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  This fast growing drought resistant tree has been used in ayurveda for thousands of years. It produces long drumstick like seed pods and can bear fruit in the first year of planting. Every part of this tree has a use or benefit to humans: from the leaves, bark, seeds, and seed pods, to the …

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Mangosteen

Mangosteen

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  The Mangosteen tree is a slow growing tree that reaches between 6 to 20 m in height. It only grows in tropical environments with abundant rainfall and temperature ranges between 5 to 38 degrees Celsius. It takes about 10 years for a mangosteen tree to mature. The ripe mangosteen has a smooth, dark purple …

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Maca (Lepidium meyenii)

Maca

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  Maca is a member of the mustard family that has been cultivated by the native people of Peru for over 2000 years. As the world’s highest growing food crop, it flourishes at altitudes of between 3048 meters and 4572 meters in the harsh conditions on the barren high plateaus of the central Andes. Maca …

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Luo Han Guo

Lo Han Guo

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  Luo Han Guo is a cousin of the cucumber, and a member of the gourd family of fruits. It bears a round, smooth, dusty green-brown fruit that is covered with fine soft hairs, and a hard but thin shell. Luo Han Guo, a perennial vine, mostly grows in southern China on the steep mountains …

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Goldenseal

Goldenseal

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  Belonging to the Buttercup family, Goldenseal is a herb that grows in the rich soils of shady woodlands of North America. A perennial reaching 15 to 30 cm in height, it produces small white flowers, which bloom in spring. Fruits resemble raspberries but are inedible. Goldenseal’s root and rhizomes are gathered in the autumn …

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Fresh Goji Berries (Wolfberry)

Goji

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  Goji is a popularized phonetic take on the Chinese name for the fruit, Gou Qi Zi, while the name Matrimony Vine is used because taking Goji can improve fertility. Lycium barbarum, translates as the thorn from Lycia, and Lycia was an ancient city in what is now modern Turkey, hence the name Asian Boxthorn. …

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Ginko Leaves

Ginkgo

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  Ginkgo trees are large, hardy and can live to 1000 years. When exposed to high temperatures the bark and leaves of the Ginkgo tree secrete a sap that is thought to have fire retardant properties. Amazingly, four Ginkgo trees were the only survivors of the atomic blast at Hiroshma in 1945 and they are …

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Gac Fruit

Gac Fruit

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  A member of the melon family and about the size of a cantaloupe,Gac grows on a perennial vine and is frequently cultivated in home gardens on lattices and amongst the branches of trees.Easy to grow,Gac is available during the summer months when the fruit turns bright red and the seeds have hardened. Often referred …

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Elderberry

Elderberry

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  Elderberry refers to group of deciduous shrubs,small trees and herbaceous perennial plants that grow between 3 and 10 meters of which there are about 30 individual species throughout the world. There are two species of Elderberry which are used as medicine, Sambucus nigera which produces black berries and Sambucus W hance which produces red …

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