Cinnamon

The warm, rich, flavorful sticks of cinnamon (Cinnamonum verum) offer versatile health benefits. They check inflammation in the body before it escalates into a health threat. They also balance other parameters like blood pressure and blood glucose levels, the latter by slowing down glucose digestion and increasing glucose uptake in the cells. Cinnamon could alsoContinue reading “Cinnamon”

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”

Cardamom

Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) owes its healthfulness to the antioxidants in the volatile oils in its seeds, which boost immunity by fighting against reactive molecules called free radicals. An antispasmodic, cardamom can improve both digestion and respiration by controlling abnormal muscle contractions (which could cause cramps and wheezing, for instance). It also keeps inflammation in checkContinue reading “Cardamom”

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”

Belleric Myrobalan (Bibhitaki)

The mature, dried fruit of belleric myrobalan (Terminalia bellirica) controls contractions in the smooth muscles of the stomach, firms up stools, and protects the mucous layer of the stomach against corrosive acids by releasing more mucin, improving your digestive function on the whole. It also maintains blood glucose balance by helping store away glucose inContinue reading “Belleric Myrobalan (Bibhitaki)”