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

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