Whatever your health goal - whether you want to lose a couple of niggling pounds or get on top of feelings of stress and anxiety - it’s likely that you’ve been given different advice about what foods to avoid and what latest juice you should try.
It’s easy to become obsessed with the latest Instagram diet and wellness trend, and follow what celebrities are ‘supposedly’ doing to achieve their killer abs (note, a lot of it can come down to photoshop!). And we’re all looking for any quick-fix to feel good, and look even better.
But what if, instead of the latest fads, we listened to tried-and-tested practices that have been around for years? Evidence-based practices that are centred on ingredients and foods that actually do good. That’s where Ayurvedic herbs come in…
What are Ayurvedic herbs?
Used in foods, supplements and even beauty products, Ayurvedic herbs are herbs that are grown in India and the surrounding areas, and have been used in Ayurvedic practices for more than 5,000 years.
It’s one of the oldest wellness practices and holistic approaches to medicine in the world, and can help to balance our health and overall wellbeing.
Ready to get to know them better?
A small root grown in India, Ashwagandha is one of the most popular ingredients in Ayurvedic treatments. In fact, it’s known as the king of herbs in Ayurveda. It’s believed to increase vitality, balance feelings of anxiety and increase energy levels. As an adaptogen, it can help to calm the mind too and those who take it regularly are said to be able to cope with stress better. Other studies have shown Ashwagandha to have positive effects on the male and female reproductive system, sleeping patterns and joint and muscle pain. Both our Gold Shield and Mind Balance capsules contain this incredible super herb.
Also known as Bacopa Monnieri, Brahmi is described as the ultimate brain tonic, and helps your left side and right side of your brain to work together. By balancing both hemispheres, it’s said to boost intuition and can even reduce symptoms of ADHD and anxiety. Because of its ability to help the body to deal with stress, we’ve included it in our Mind Balance supplements.
A spice that originated in India, Cardamom is regularly used in cooking and has fantastic benefits all over the body, including within the nervous system. In Ayurveda, it’s believed to bring balance to those who are Kapha dominant and can help to speed up metabolism, boost energy and support healthy weight loss. Why not try putting Cardamom pods into your next meal or crush them into your tea? Alternatively, you can get your daily fix in our Gold Shield immunity capsules.
Another popular spice, Cumin is fantastic for the digestive system and can help with bloating, wind, and constipation as well as concerns like anxiety, dry skin and hair, and sleeping issues. The easiest way to include this into your diet is by cooking up a delicious curry or Middle Eastern stew and sprinkling some Cumin into it.
Again, another staple in most kitchens, Turmeric is recognisable for its bright yellow colouring. It boasts huge anti-inflammatory properties and some studies have also shown that it may have anti-depressive factors too. It’s also fantastic for building up immunity, which is just one of the reasons why we’ve included it in our Gold Shield capsules.
Ayurveda’s favourite trio. Made up of three fruits, Triphala contains Amla, Haritaki and Bibhitaki. It has positive effects along all the channels of the body, rejuvenating our tissue, giving our organs a little boost and strengthening the digestive system. It’s also said to reduce inflammation. As well as this, it gives things a little helping hand in the gut and keeps things moving. You can find it in our Rest and Digest capsules which are designed to leave you feeling happy from the inside-out.
A firm favourite when it comes to Ayurvedic medicine, Amla is known as the Indian gooseberry. Used since ancient times, it can help to promote a healthy immune system, enhance organ health, support healthy digestion and can even increase hair growth. Because of its cleansing, detoxifying and naturally enhancing properties, we’ve chosen to include it in all three of our supplements. It is a super herb after all.
Native to Europe and Asia, Licorice Root has been proven to have a number of health benefits including reduced inflammation and also boosted immune systems. Previously used to relieve sore throats, it can also help with heartburn, bloating and nausea. When massaged into the skin, it’s said to reduce itching and swelling too.
How Deja can help
This is just the start when it comes to Ayurvedic herbs - we still haven’t mentioned Ginger, Long Black Pepper, Fennel, Turpeth or Carom Seed. But don’t worry, you don’t need to include them all and you don’t have to spend hours creating weekly meal plans either.
Our range of supplements have been crafted using years of experience as well as a combining optimal blends of natural Ayurvedic ingredients. Each chosen for their integrative health benefits, anti-ageing properties and good mood boosting factors, they’re designed to give your mind, body and gut everything it needs. Plus, by taking a daily supplement, it’s never been easier to take in all the magic of Ayurveda.
For more information about our supplements or to discuss the Ayurvedic way of life in more detail, don’t hesitate to get in touch.