Learn how these powerful Ayurvedic herbs can transform your health and wellness routine.
by Stacy Mosel, LMSW
Maintaining a balanced life isn’t always easy, and sometimes we all need a bit of support to deal with everyday concerns. That’s part of the reason why many people have turned to Ayurveda, an ancient Indian healing practice that has been used for thousands of years to restore the mind and body.
Ayurveda relies on specific and powerful herbs that have the potential to help balance the mind and body.
These herbs are even more powerful when combined with CBD, which is why The Root of It All’s CBD-Infused Essential Oils are so beneficial for everyday use and for returning your body to its natural state of wellbeing.
We’re passionate about helping you understand how natural remedies can offer a genuine and better alternative to big pharma for helping with everyday conditions, so we offer you this guide to the top 10 Ayurvedic herbs we include in our products. Keep reading to learn more about these herbs, their benefits, and the reasons why you want to incorporate them into your daily wellness routine.
1. Black Pepper
Most people think of black pepper as a spice used in cooking, but it is actually a powerful herb that is highly valued by Ayurvedic practitioners. They believe that black pepper has numerous benefits for mind and body, including balancing the kapha and vata dosha. For example, it is believed that black pepper can help support the body’s innate inflammatory response and help assist natural digestion.
Black pepper has traditionally been used to ease symptoms related to many different conditions, such as hair loss, amenorrhea, headache and tooth pain. While it’s frequently used on its own, black pepper is also often combined with other herbs, spices and ingredients, such as ginger, asafoetida, ghee, turmeric and cloves. You can find black pepper in our RECOVER which can help soothe sore muscles and balance your body after a hard workout or a long day on your feet, as well as in our REWIND for restoration ointment to help soothe aches and pains from everyday discomforts.
You may be familiar with turmeric because it gives Indian curries their typical yellow color, but it is also a very powerful herb that has many scientifically proven benefits, including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Ayurvedic practitioners believe that turmeric is a tridoshic herb that can help balance all three doshas; they traditionally use turmeric for a wide range of purposes, including to promote natural healing from wounds and insect bites, maintain a healthy respiratory system and provide support for skin conditions like eczema.
It is often combined with herbs and spices like black pepper, neem, lime, licorice and hemp, and we combine it with black pepper and cloves in our RECOVER blend to help you feel soothed after a long stressful day, and in our REWIND for restoration ointment to help relieve minor aches and pains from sore muscles and joints the natural way.
Ginger is one of the most valued herbs in the Ayurvedic tradition; practitioners often refer to it as the vishwabheshaja, or “the universal medicine.”
Ginger oil benefits are too numerous to list completely, but some of its most important traditional uses include aiding in digestion, easing nausea and stomach upset symptoms, supporting the body’s natural inflammatory response and alleviating symptoms related to motion sickness.
Scientific research has examined ginger’s potential for a wide range of therapeutic uses. We combine ginger with lemon and peppermint in our SETTLE blend to help soothe your digestive system but because of its versatility, we also use it with cardamom and rosemary in our GO blend for energy.
Lavender doesn’t just have a relaxing and pleasing aroma, it’s also an important Ayurvedic herb that has been traditionally and historically used for many purposes, such as to help alleviate occasional headaches, ease discomfort related to wounds and burns, promote relaxation, ease stress and reduce occasional sleeplessness.
Ayurvedic practitioners often use lavender on its own to balance pitta and kapha doshas, but they may also combine lavender with other herbs believed to possess relaxing properties, such as chamomile, ginger, ylang ylang and valerian root.We use lavender in the STOP for sleeping blend, which combines lavender with chamomile and valerian root to help support natural, restful sleep.
Ayurvedic practitioners often use cloves to help balance vata and kapha doshas. Cloves are believed to have anthelmintic (meaning antiparasitic), antibacterial, antioxidant and cooling properties; they are traditionally used for many purposes, including to support circulation, digestion, metabolism and your body’s natural liver function; they may also help provide relief from occasional flatulence and low back pain.
Traditional preparations often combine cloves with ingredients such as black pepper, licorice, sandalwood, cinnamon, cardamom and turmeric; we use cloves in our tension-relieving RECOVER oil and REWIND for restoration ointment.
6. Valerian Root
Herbal and Ayurvedic practitioners value valerian root for its relaxing and sedating properties; it is most frequently used in preparations to help promote sleep and alleviate stress. Our STOP for sleeping blend combines valerian with chamomile and lavender to encourage peacefulness and help you naturally ease into deep and restful sleep.
In traditional Ayurveda practice, rosemary is another herb that is believed to possess many beneficial properties and is traditionally used for a variety of purposes, such as to help promote healthy circulation, improve memory, alleviate headaches and stomach upset and naturally soothe skin irritation.
While rosemary is another herb that is often used alone, Ayurvedic practitioners may combine it with other herbs, such as lavender, thyme and cedarwood. The aroma of rosemary may help create an invigorating environment; we use it in our GO for energy blend to help get you moving and give you a boost of energy.
Traditional herbal medical practices have relied on sage for hundreds of years, with the belief that it possesses astringent, antiseptic, antispasmodic and carminative properties. Ayurvedic practitioners traditionally use it to help with a wide range of conditions; for example, it is often used to provide relief from occasional aches and pains, hoarse throat and cough, lethargy and skin irritations and is believed to provide antioxidant support for a healthy lifestyle. It has also traditionally been used to treat memory loss associated with the natural ageing process.
Sage is often used on its own but it may be combined with other herbs and ingredients depending on the specific purpose. We combine sage with cucumber and aloe in our REPAIR for skin care ointment to target skin discomfort and help hydrate and regenerate your skin back to its natural state.
Cardamom is a tridoshic warming spice that contains powerful antioxidants and is believed to assist with healthy digestion, promote intestinal balance and assist your body’s respiratory process. Traditional uses include preventing asthma, alleviating cough and easing intestinal spasms. It is often combined with other warming herbs, such as coriander, ginger and rosemary. You can find it in our GO for energy blend to help encourage warmth, alertness and energy.
If you’ve had a cup of Earl Grey tea, you’re already familiar with the pleasing aroma of bergamot. In the Ayurvedic tradition, bergamot is believed to have uplifting properties that may help balance the nerves, calm restlessness and ease tension and stress. While bergamot may be used alone, it can be combined with other soothing herbs to help promote a sense of calmness and peace. We combine bergamot with lemongrass and ylang ylang in our EASE for stress relief blend to promote comfort, tranquility, stress relief, and a quiet mind.
In The End
The Root of It All’s products are designed for everyone, whether you’re struggling through a stressful or hectic time or you just need a bit more support for day-to-day concerns. Using Ayurvedic herbs is a great way to support wellness, so take a look at our products to see which one best meets your needs. We’re sure to have a product that can help.
Stacy Mosel, LMSW is a health and wellness writer, as well as a licensed social worker, yoga enthusiast, certified Reiki practitioner and musician. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1999 and a Master of Social Work from New York University in 2002.