Spring is a time of renewal and rejuvenation in the natural world. People also use this time for renewal – spring cleaning, vacations, planting flowers, etc. It’s also a great time to rejuvenate our bodies, inside and out. Ayurvedic medicine uses several plants to help us. Read more about four of these herbs and plants and how they can help us feel renewed.

Haritaki is often referred to as a "life-giving" herb and is used to alleviate problems associated with:

  • Skin conditions
  • Nail health
  • Hair and scalp damage
  • Cough
  • Indigestion
  • Skin disease
  • Immunity
  • Metabolism
  • Fertility
  • Nourishing/rejuvenating tissues

Guduchi, also known as Giloy, is often taken for general wellness and to treat a plethora of conditions. While all parts of the plant are used, the stem is the most beneficial. The word “guduchi” means “something that protects the whole body.”

Used to treat:

  • Fever
  • Urinary problems
  • Asthma
  • Dysentery
  • Skin infections
  • Diabetes
  • Gout
  • Jaundice
  • Eye conditions

Amalaki is also known as amla or Indian gooseberry. The whole plant – fruit, leaves, and seeds -- is used in traditional Indian medicine, but in other parts of the world one can usually only find supplements made from powdered dried fruit or fruit extract.

Due to its high vitamin C content, it’s known as an anti-aging supplement for skin, hair, and eyes. High in antioxidants, it is also used for:

  • Improving heart health
  • Normalizing blood fat levels
  • Reducing blood pressure
  • Boosting immunity

Aloe Vera’s low toxicity makes it safe and gentle to ingest. It also includes vitamin C and complex carbohydrates.

Uses include:

  • Heartburn relief
  • Mouthwash
  • Blood sugar reducer
  • Maintaining clear and hydrated skin
  • Pain reliver

Never tried Ayurvedic medicine before? Now is a great time to see what works best for you. Each bolded plant name above is a link to products including those compounds. As always, talk to your doctor before starting something new, as some herbs, while natural, can still react negatively to other medications you may be taking.

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