Chitrak

Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica) is a digestive herb that balances the microbe colonies in your gut and protects the stomach lining by suppressing corrosive stomach acids. It helps your heart by halting the modification of free cholesterol into the harmful versions, LDL and VLDL. Chitrak can also keep your blood glucose levels normal by making cellsContinue reading “Chitrak”

Chebulic Myrobalan (Haritaki)

Chebulic myrobalan (Terminalia chebula) stores all its goodness in its drupe-like fruits. A strong digestive and laxative, it hurries food down the stomach, stalls it in the intestine to remove excess water, and then stimulates strong contractions. At the same time, it protects the stomach lining from corrosive stomach acids. It helps maintain blood glucoseContinue reading “Chebulic Myrobalan (Haritaki)”

Chamomile

Well known for its sedative effects, chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) could help you fall asleep by making you less responsive to external stimuli. It has apigenin which behaves like GABA, a sleep-favoring chemical, and could make you feel calm and relaxed. Another chemical mimics a pleasure-inducing hormone called dopamine, toning down anxiety. That apart, chamomile helpsContinue reading “Chamomile”

Calendula

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) or pot marigold is a liver-friendly flowering herb with a large reserve of antioxidants. It supplies the liver with more glutathione, an antioxidant required in the second phase of detoxification in the liver as well as in preventing liver cell damage due to free radicals generated during the detox process. The antioxidant-richContinue reading “Calendula”

Boerhavia (Punarnava)

Immunity is a tricky business, but Boerhavia diffusa can run it right. In the face of a threat, it boosts several types of immune cells like macrophages and antibodies and lowers cortisol which can dampen the immune response. But at other times, when a high-strung immunity does more harm than good, it puts a lidContinue reading “Boerhavia (Punarnava)”

Black Pepper

The dried ripe berries of Piper nigrum are what you know as black peppercorns. The biggest benefit black pepper gives you is that it makes nutrients from your food more available for utilization. It also improves digestion and increases nutrient absorption, by helping release more digestive enzymes and slowing down the passage of food throughContinue reading “Black Pepper”

Bhumiamalaki

Bhumiamalaki (Phyllanthus niruri) is good news for your liver, which faces potential damage almost on a daily basis. It boosts the levels of glutathione in the liver, an antioxidant that protects the liver from free radical damage and hastens DNA repair, and activates a supporting antioxidant called superoxide dismutase. The herb also helps maintain steadyContinue reading “Bhumiamalaki”

Trouble Getting Sleep?

Sedatives are not the answer. A sedative is like a sledgehammer that tries to beat your body into submission. Sedatives can offer temporary assistance, but will throw your body further off balance for the next day. And it will keep getting worse every day. Counting sheep? Restful sleep comes when your natural sleep-inducing mechanisms areContinue reading “Trouble Getting Sleep?”