Arishtas and Asavas are medicinal herbs processed by fermentation. In general, Arishtas are dried herbs decocted in boiling water and Asavas are fresh herbs decocted in lukewarm or cold water, both are fermented with either jaggery, sugar or honey. The fermentation generates 5 – 10% alcohol which acts as a medium extracting the deeper quality of the herbs. They are very therapeutic and have been safely utilized by Ayurveda for as many as 5000 years.
Due to the fermentation process, Arishtas and Asavas have a long shelf life of up to ten years. As long as they are unopened, the seal is intact and stored at cool temperatures, they are considered better as they age. They are easy to carry and will not spoil during transport.
Aragwadha Arishtam - skin disorders, eczema, psoriasis, blood purifier
Aravinda Asavam – supports weakness, malnourishment in children
Ashwagandha Arishtam – sexual disorders, depression, weak muscles
Ayaskriti Arishtam – supports anemia, skin disorders, weight loss
Kumarya Asavam - menopause, heavy menses, anemia, liver disorders
Loha Asavam – contains iron, supports anemia, liver, spleen disorders
Parthady Arishtam – supports heart function, respiratory, diabetes
Pippalya Asavam – Irritable bowel, malabsorption, builds strength
Sudarsana Asavam - fever, disorders of liver and spleen.
Vasakadya Arishtam - asthma, bronchitis, cough, cold
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Herbal steam inhalation is a great way to help open congested sinuses and bronchial airways caused by a cold, flu, or allergy. Herbal steams are also used before Nasya therapies to help open the nasal airway.
The steam from the boiling water is often sufficient to help congestion; however, by adding herbs that help respiratory disorders, the effect is far more notable.