Saffron – The Sunshine Spice

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Essential Facts about Saffron Stigma Names Botanical: Crocus sativus L Sanskrit: Kumkum Hindi: Kesar English: Saffron Other: The Sunshine Spice Energetics Rasa (taste): Pungent, bitter Guna (qualities): Slimy Virya (action): Warming Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent Dosha (constitution): Tridoshic Habitat Saffron is native to Southern Europe and Iran. Plant Description Saffron is a perennial herb with … Read more Saffron – The Sunshine Spice

Cinnamon Bark – Darushilla

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Essential Facts about Cinnamon Bark Names Botanical: Cinnamomum verum or zeylanicum Sanskrit: Tvak, Svadvi, Tanutvak and Darusita or Darushilla Hindi: Dalchini English: Cinnamon Energetics Rasa (taste): Pungent, bitter, sweet Guna (qualities): Light, dry, piercing Virya (action): Warming Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent Dosha (constitution): Balances vata and kapha Habitat Cinnamon is native to the Indian subcontinent, … Read more Cinnamon Bark – Darushilla

Zedoary Rhizome – White Turmeric

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Essential Facts about Zedoary Rhizome Names Botanical: Curcuma longa Sanskrit: Shati, kachur Hindi: Karchur English: White turmeric Other: Amb halad, Zedoary (which comes from Arabic and Farsi; in those languages, it is called jadwaar or zedwar) Energetics Rasa (taste): Pungent, bitter Guna (qualities): Light, dry Virya (action): Warming Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent Dosha (constitution): Balances … Read more Zedoary Rhizome – White Turmeric

Phyllanthus Plant – Gale of the Wind

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Essential Facts about Phyllanthus Plant Names Botanical: Phyllanthus niruri Sanskrit: Bahupatra, tamalaki Hindi: Bhumi amla English: Phyllanthus Other: Chanca piedra, stonebreaker (due to its ability to crush kidney and gall bladder stones), seed under leaves, or gale of the wind Energetics Rasa (taste): Bitter, astringent, and sweet Guna (qualities): Light, dry Virya (action): Cooling Vipaka … Read more Phyllanthus Plant – Gale of the Wind

Licorice Stem – The Sweetest Root

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Essential Facts about Licorice Stem Names Botanical: Glycyrrhiza glabra Sanskrit: Yastimadhu Hindi: Mulethi, Jethimadhu English: Licorice (The etymology of the word licorice stems from the greek word glukurrhiza, which means sweet root. The French adapted this term to ‘licoresse,’ from which we have derived licorice). Energetics Rasa (taste): Sweet Guna (qualities): Heavy, sticky Virya (action): … Read more Licorice Stem – The Sweetest Root

Ginger Rhizome – The Universal Medicine

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Essential Facts about Ginger Rhizome Names Botanical: Zingiber officinale Sanskrit: Vishwabheshaj or vishwaaushadha, meaning Universal Medicine Hindi: Adarakh (fresh) and Sounth (dry) English: Ginger Energetics Rasa (taste): Pungent, sweet Guna (qualities): Heavy, dry, piercing Virya (action): Warming Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet Dosha (constitution): Pacifies kapha Habitat Ginger is native to Asia, but it is cultivated … Read more Ginger Rhizome – The Universal Medicine

Holy Basil – The Incomparable One

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Essential Facts about Holy Basil Leaf Names Botanical: Ocimum Sanctum Sanskrit & Hindi: Tulsi is derived from a Sanskrit word, which means “matchless one” English: Indian Basil, Holy Basil Other: The Incomparable One, Mother Medicine of Nature, and Liquid Yoga Energetics Rasa (taste): Pungent, bitter Guna (qualities): Light, dry, piercing Virya (action): Warming Vipaka (post-digestive … Read more Holy Basil – The Incomparable One

Bacopa – Brahmi, Cosmic Consciousness

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Essential Facts about Bacopa Names Botanical: Bacopa monnieri Sanskrit & Hindi: Brahmi (named after Brahma, the deity which presides over the local universe) Other: Thyme leaved gratiola, Water hyssop, Indian pennywort, Herb of grace, Cosmic Consciousness Energetics Rasa (taste): Astringent, bitter and sweet Guna (qualities): Light Virya (action): Cooling Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet Dosha (constitution): … Read more Bacopa – Brahmi, Cosmic Consciousness