3 very special herbals

Author: Linda Sinden   Date Posted:31 October 2018 

Sometimes you may want to increase your intake of one specific herbal.That is why Maharishi Ayurveda also stocks key single ingredient herbals.This week we look at 3 single ingredients - Garlic, Tumeric and Holy Basil -Tulsi.

All these herbals are certified organic. Take as recommended on the bottle.

Hindi: Lashan

English: Garlic

Latin: Allium sativum Linn

Garlic as we fondly know it helps to balance Vata and Kapha as it has a pungent and hot influence on the body. It helps to cleanse and balance all tissues and has a particularly good effect on the circulatory, digestive, nervous, reproductive and respiratory systems.

It is traditionally used to help with arteriosclerosis, asthma, when the blood and lymph need to be cleansed of ama and acts as a nerve and bone tissue rasayana or tonic. It is not recommended if Pitta dosha is high with symptoms of hyperacidity or toxic blood heat. As garlic creates mental dullness it is not recommended for those who meditate, unless it is needed as herbal medicine. Haritaki is its spiritual substitute.

Learn more about our organic Garlic here> 


Hindi: Haridra, Gauri

English: Turmeric

Latin: Curcuma Longa

Bright coloured Turmeric comes from the root of a flowering plant of the ginger family. It has been used as an Ayurvedic spice or herbal  to support balance of vata, pitta and kapha for a very long time. It helps balance all tissues and is particularly supportive of the circulatory, digestive, respiratory and urinary systems. The marvellous medicinal properties of Tumeric have hit mainstream attention with the recognition of it’s powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

Traditionally Turmeric is ingested to support healthy blood formation, to help purify the blood, for arthritic support, to aid circulation, with anemia, cough, diabetes, worms, jaundice, eye problems, fevers, gas, hemorrhoids, water retention, indigestion, to help reduce mucus and to support an irregular metabolism, to aid the digestion of protein and to help heal skin disorders, boils or abscess.  It is a natural antibiotic that also improves intestinal flora. This marvellous spice is helpful in all types of inflammatory conditions.  Mixed with honey or aloe gel it is helpful for topical application for bruises or sprains.

Learn more about our organic Turmeric here>


Hindi: Kala Tulasi  

English: Basil, Holy Basil 

Latin: Ocimum tenuiflorum

Commonly known as Holy Basil or Tulsi, this plant has also been revered within the households of India for a very long time.  The Vedic Puranas described Tulsi as the most holy plant on earth.  It is also known as the Queen of Herbs, The Incomparable One and The Mother Medicine of Nature. These powerful words reflect the power of this marvellous herb.

Tulsi helps the plasma, blood, bone marrow/nerves and reproductive tissues and is particularly supportive of the digestive, nervous and respiratory systems.

Traditionally Sweet Basil is used

  • with colds and flus to help purity and cleanse the respiratory tract of toxins
  • to help relieve digestive gas and bloating
  • when antioxidant support would be useful especially when under stress or feeling low
  • to support the body providing anti-inflammatory support
  • In the treatment of pain and joint discomfort
  • to support healthy blood sugar levels
  • to support healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • to enhance immune support

Learn more about  our organic Tulsi (holy basil)  here> 


Wishing you the bliss of balance.

Linda Sinden has been a practising Maharishi Ayurveda Consultant since 1990 and is a regular contributor to our weekly Insights. She has a practice in Auckland, New Zealand and also provides phone or Skype sessions for those who need assistance, but don’t have a consultant in their vicinity.

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Email: lindasinden@orbislife.co.nz Skype: Linda.Sinden 
Mobile: +64 212237525


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