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

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

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