Kudzu Root

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Essential Facts about Kudzu Root Names Botanical: Pueraria tuberosa Sanskrit and Hindi: Bhukushmandi, Vidarikand Other names: Indian kudzu, Kudzu root, Japanese arrowroot Energetics Rasa (taste): Sweet Guna (qualities): Heavy, slimy Virya (action): Cooling Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet Dosha (constitution): Pacifies pitta and vata, aggravates kapha Habitat Kudzu is native to India, China, and Japan. Plant … Read more Kudzu Root

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

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

Shatavari Root – She Who Possesses 100 Husbands

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Essential Facts about Shatavari Root Names Botanical: Asparagus racemosus Sanskrit: Shatavari Hindi: Shatavari English:  Indian Asparagus, Hundred Roots , Asparagus roots Other: Due to the number of benefits it has for the reproductive system – particularly for females – it’s also known as “she who has 100 husbands” or “100 Spouses” as well as “Queen … Read more Shatavari Root – She Who Possesses 100 Husbands

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