Wild Cardamom – Queen of Spices

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Essential Facts about Wild Cardamom Names Botanical: Elettaria cardamomum Sanskrit: Ela Hindi: Elaichi English: Wild Cardamom Other: Queen of Spices Energetics Rasa (taste): Pungent, sweet Guna (qualities): Light, dry Virya (action): Cooling Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent Dosha (constitution): Cardamom is considered tridoshic in that it can be useful in balancing all three doshas, though pitta … Read more Wild Cardamom – Queen of Spices

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

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

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

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

Long Pepper – A Rejuvenating Spice

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Essential Facts about Long Pepper Names Botanical: Piper longum Sanskrit: Pippali Hindi: Pipala Other names: Indian long pepper Energetics Rasa (taste): Pungent Guna (qualities): Strong Virya (action): Heating Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet Dosha (constitution): Pacifies Kapha and Vata Habitat Long pepper is native to India. Description The fruit of the pepper consists of many tiny … Read more Long Pepper – A Rejuvenating Spice

Amalaki – The Gooseberry of the Gods

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Essential Facts about Amalaki Names Botanical: Embellica officinalis or phyllantus emblica Sanskrit: Amalaki Hindi: Amla Other names: Dhrati (meaning ‘mother earth’) in Sanskrit and Hindi, Indian gooseberry in English Energetics Rasa (taste): Amla contains five of the six tastes (sweet, sour, pungent, bitter and astringent) Guna (qualities): Heavy Virya (action): Cooling Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet … Read more Amalaki – The Gooseberry of the Gods