Herbal Extracts of Indian Spices

Boswellia Serrata Bulk Resin

Boswellia Serrata Bulk Resin, 8 oz.

Boswellia serrata is a type of frankincense, but not the same species used in most Western incenses and rituals. However, it is also highly regarded as a spiritual plant and is often grown in temples in India.

Ingredients: Certified Organic Boswellia serrata resin.

Banyan Botanicals, $

Triphala Guggulu Powder, half pound

Triphala Guggulu is a blend of the famous resin from the Mukul myrrh tree with the three fruits in the triphala formula plus long pepper for assimilation. It is used to promote deep tissue cleansing and proper metabolism, especially of cholesterol-forming foods. It gently cleanses both arteries and the intestines and helps to maintain proper weight.

Ingredients: Guggulu resin (Commiphora mukul), Amalaki fruit (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki fruit (Terminalia belerica), Haritaki fruit (Terminalia chebula), Pippali fruit (Piper longum).

Banyan Botanicals, $

Hawthorn Berry Powder, organic, half pound

Crataegus laevigata

Hawthorn berries are a famous cardiotonic and vasodilator, but some might be surprised to see them listed on a site specializing in Ayurvedic herbs. They were introduced to the Himalayas by the British and do indeed grow in India, but not in the plains. This herb is contraindicated where there is low blood pressure but it can be considered by those needing more support for the heart muscle.

Ingredients: certified organic Crataegus laevigata berry powder.

Banyan Botanicals, $

Bhringaraj Powder, organic, half pound

Eclipta alba

This powder can be prepared with ghee to make a paste to brush on the tonsils and tongue for the purpose of drawing out toxins and phlegm. This process is sometimes done in preparation for kaya kalpa longevity therapy. It can also be combined with pancha karma treatments. It is also a famous hair growth herb.

Ingredients: certified organic Eclipta alba leaf powder.

Banyan Botanicals, $

Anti-Parasitic Ayurvedic Powder

Vidanga Fruit Powder, organic, half pound

Embelia ribes

Vidanga is used to eliminate excess vata from the lower intestines. This is extremely important since vata can become debilitating. Vidanga also strengthens agni (digestive fire) and supports detoxification. In Ayurveda, it is regarded as ascaridal, specific for large intestinal nematodes, as well as giardia. In clinical trials, tape worms were expelled in 6-24 hours. It is also a febricide. Studies indicate that it is estrogenic and mildly progestogenic. The berries are spermicidal and are being studied as a natural contraceptive. The effects on male fertility are easily reversed once stopping the use of the berries.

Use of this herb should be suspended if changes in peripheral vision are noted. It should also not be used by those trying to have children since it acts as an antifertility agent.

Ingredients: certified organic Embelia ribes fruit powder.

Banyan Botanicals, $

Licorice Root Powder, organic, half pound

Glycyrrhiza glabra

Licorice is sweet and nourishing and is regarded in Ayurvedic medicine as a lung tonic. It is both demulcent and an expectorant. It achieves this by moistening vata and liquefying kapha. The frequently used term in Ayurveda is "unctous property." The use in other systems of medicine differs somewhat. Licorice is taken for adrenal insufficiency. It is an anti-inflammatory and antiulcer herb, somewhat more preferred by men than women since excessive amounts have been associated with hirsutism. In moderation, there is no risk of this. In any event, use should be cautious since licorice can promote fluid retention.

Ingredients: certified organic Glycyrrhiza glabra root powder.

Banyan Botanicals, $

Anantamul, Hemidesmus indicus, Indian Sarsaparilla Bulk Powder, Organic

Anantamul, organic, half pound

Hemidesmus indicus

Anantamul is a spreading plant that is cooling to pitta. It moves throughout the body, removing toxins and cleansing. It is particularly effective for the digestive system, joints, nerves, and reproductive system.

It is also used to cleanse the mind of negative emotions, especially pitta emotions like anger and irritability.

Ingredients: organic Hemidesmus indicus root powder.

Banyan Botanicals, certified organic, $

Hibiscus Flower Powder, organic, half pound

Hibiscus rosa

Hibiscus is considered to be a sacred plant, used devotionally to purify the first and second chakras. It makes an excellent tea, but can be used in churnas and jams. It is astringent and sweet and promotes hair growth, proper functioning of the kidneys, and clear skin. It is often used to reduce discharges of the uterus and vagina as well as to overcome impotency.

Ingredients: certified organic Hibiscus rosa powdered flowers.

Banyan Botanicals, $

Kutaja Bark Powder, organic, half pound

Holarrhena antidysenterica

Kutaja bark is astringent and therefore helps to subdue fluid loss in the gastrointestinal tract. It also supports removal of excess pitta and kapha in the lower intestines. It is soothing to mucosa and is a favorite in India for amoebic dysentery as well as other parasitic infections. It is also used to tonify the female reproductive system to prepare for conception as well as to restore tone after delivery. Like most strongly alkaloidal herbs, care should be taken when using during pregnancy.

Ingredients: certified organic Holarrhena antidysenterica bark powder.

Banyan Botanicals, $

Chitrak Root Powder, organic, half pound

Plumbago zeylanica

Chitrak supports proper fat metabolism and liver function. It is used to achieve the ideal body weight through strengthening of digestion. It is pungent and bitter and is thus excellent for those struggling with excess kapha. It supports digestion by kindling digestive fire and promoting healthy intestinal flora. Its use in siddha medicine includes cancer of the uterus, breast, mouth, and lungs. It is also applied externally to lance abscesses and to treat lesions associated with leprosy and STDs.

Ingredients: certified organic Plumbago zeylanica root powder.

Banyan Botanicals, $

Manjista Root Powder, organic, half pound

Rubia cordifolia

Manjista is the main blood cleansing herb in the Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia. The roots are astringent and used to stop dysentery, but the main benefit stems from the removal of toxins, excess pitta, from the blood, liver, kidneys, and skin. Manjista is thus the cornerstone of all preparations aiming to improve the complexion.

Ingredients: certified organic Rubia cordifolia root powder.

Banyan Botanicals, $

Ashoka Bark Powder, organic, Saraca indica

Ashoka Bark Powder, organic, half pound

Saraca indica

The name of this herb means "remover of sorrow" and it is the most highly regarded uterine tonic ingredient in the Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia. It also supports the uterus and endometrial tissue. It is relaxing and relieves lymphatic congestion and bacterial infections. Experiments with mice showed that the life span was extended when ashoka bark extract was used to treat ascites due to carcinoma.

Ingredients: certified organic Saraca indica bark powder.

Banyan Botanicals, $

Bibhitaki Fruit Powder, organic, half pound

Terminalia bellerica

Bibhitaki is one of the three fruits in triphala and is the preferred herb for regulating kapha. This means it is used when there are kapha accumulations in the lungs, ears, sinuses, throat, liver, and urinary tract. It is astringent and therefore absorbs the excess moisture of kapha. It has some lesser known value for treating tropical conditions such as diarrhea, pulmonary eosinophilia, and allergic reactions, very likely parasitic in origin.

Ingredients: certified organic Terminalia bellerica fruit powder.

Banyan Botanicals, $

Nirgundi Powder, wildcrafted, half pound

Vitex negundo

This herb is similar to European chaste tree; however, it is used quite differently in that even celibate yogis in India seek to have perfection in their reproductive system. Nirgundi is hence used to retard aging and promote virility.

Ingredients: wildcrafted Vitex negundo powder.

Vadik Herbs, $

Ashwagandha Root Powder, organic, Withania somnifera

Ashwagandha, organic, half pound

Withania somnifera

Ashwagandha holds the top position among Indian rasayana herbs. It is adaptogenic, stamina building, and tonifying to the male reproductive system. The most celebrated function of ashwagandha is that it protects tissues from the usual repercussions of stress. So, it is more than an adrenal tonic, it actually shields the body from stress-induced injury. It has been demonstrated to be antitumoral, anti-arthritic, and due to the action of steroidal-like plant compounds, it is anti-inflammatory. It is not in the historic Chyawanprash formula but is substituted for two ashtavarga herbs that are scarce.

Ingredients: certified organic Withania somnifera root powder.

Banyan Botanicals, $

Shatavari Powder, organic, half pound

Asparagus racemosus

Shatavari is not only one of the primary rasayana herbs in Ayurvedic medicine but the main herb used to promote health in women. It is cooling, demulcent, and nourishing to the membranes. It is hence an excellent tonic herb for the lungs, stomach, intestines, and reproductive system. It is highly recommended for use during changes as its calms vata.

Ingredients: certified organic Asparagus racemosus herb powder.

Banyan Botanicals, $

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