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If you care about your mind, you must have meditated – at least once in your life. Dig back into that memory and tell us what type of a meditator you are.
The fidget: you just can’t sit still! Hasn’t it been ages already? The sleeper: did you just snore? The planner: this sitting idle is killing you! You might as well plan for tomorrow! You know that meditation is a technique to calm the mind, intensify focus, and improve brain function.
You have it in your mouthwash, your iced tea, and your lip balm. We are talking about spearmint (Mentha spicata), a herb of the mint family. You may also know it as garden mint or common mint.
Spearmint is best known for its digestive benefits.
Why It’s So Great 1. Helps with Digestion If you have reasons to worry about the social nuisance called flatulence, reach out for a cup of spearmint tea.
Four herbs are referred to as shankhpushpi – Convolvulus pluricaulis, Evolvulus alsinoides, Clitoria ternatea, and Canscora decussate. Convolvulus pluricaulis is considered the “true” shankhpushpi, while the other three are considered replacements depending on their availability in a geographical area.
Best known as a brain tonic, shankhpushpi has its entire aerial part chipping in beneficial compounds. Here’s what they carry:
Convolamine seems to be the champion compound in most research studies, though we’re certain there’s a greater synergy at work.
A regular for those nurturing a sweet tooth through candies, chewing gums, and beverages, licorice root is popular for being just that – sweet. However, it has so much more to offer than flavor alone. Packed into its root are compounds that travel to your liver, kidneys, lungs, and heart and can do you a world of good because of it.
Before getting into the details of how exactly it helps, let’s address a concern that some people may have about its consumption.
The fresh burst of flavor typically delivered by fennel seeds can be accredited to a compound called anethole – also found in anise and licorice. Anethole is health promoting and together with other compounds, brings a range of benefits to the table, quite literally.
The seeds render most of the benefits, so they’re what you should stock up on.
Why It’s So Great 1. Promotes Digestive Health Digestive distress can often be traced back to menacing molecules called free radicals.
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 executive system of the brain, which deals with attention switching, detecting errors, decision making, and emotional input, is more active than in ‘slow and steady’ people.
A creeping marsh plant, brahmi is all kinds of good for your brain. It is also an adaptogen – which means it helps your body cope with both physical and mental stress.
The leaves are especially valuable with their arsenal of health-promoting compounds. Here’s a quick look:
Though the bacosides steal most of the limelight for brahmi’s health benefits, we can’t ignore the fact that medicinal herbs are a lot more complex than isolated compounds.