Spearmint

Spearmint (Mentha spicata) is much more than a flavoring agent in mouthwashes or lip balms. The herb increases peristalsis in the digestive tract, making food leave your stomach more quickly. At the same time, it ensures that the peristalsis well controlled so that it doesn’t cause spasms. Spearmint can also help control inflammation, a sideContinue reading “Spearmint”

Licorice

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is not just a healthy sweetener for your candies. Licorice flavonoids fight reactive molecules called free radicals from damaging nerve cells and inhibit inflammation. Besides deactivating cortisol, the stress hormone, licorice also increases the levels of happiness hormones like dopamine, serotonin, and epinephrine. Licorice is also good for your digestion. It helpsContinue reading “Licorice”

Fennel

The seeds of fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) are an oft-used digestive aid. They protect the stomach lining from corrosive acids and scavenge harmful cell-damaging molecules. Fennel may be especially kind to postmenopausal women who have low estrogen since it has an estrogen mimic called anethole which can sit on GABA A receptors and exert a similarContinue reading “Fennel”

Dwarf Morning Glory (Shankhpushpi)

Dwarf morning glory (chiefly Convolvulus pluricaulis) is a herb that helps relieve stress and anxiety. It reduces the stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline, increases the production of signaling molecules called neuropeptides to improve communication in the brain, and fights free radicals generated due to stress. Early-stage research suggests that its flavonoids may also boost memory.Continue reading “Dwarf Morning Glory (Shankhpushpi)”

Bacopa (Brahmi)

Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri) is your brain’s ally. It increases blood flow to the brain, keeping it well nourished with oxygen and nutrients. Together with the body’s innate antioxidants, it also fights nerve-damaging free radicals. Bacopa helps nerves branch out further and activates protein kinases. As a result, more nerves start communicating with each other. ItContinue reading “Bacopa (Brahmi)”

Brain Function: Balance vs. Imbalance

Your brain is your body’s master switch. If it’s not functioning at its best, several other parts of your body aren’t too. Brain function and mental health are typically governed by your innate metabolic personality or prakruti. In fact, your brain activity reflects your prakruti. For instance, in ‘light and quick’ people, the frontal executiveContinue reading “Brain Function: Balance vs. Imbalance”