Prajakta, one of our most experienced and educated Ayurvedic affiliates, shares her top 5 herbs (and their corresponding Kottakkal products) that practitioners should have in their clinic for the autumn and winter season! Read more for herb and product information and links, along with tons of Sanskrit vocabulary! What Kottakkal products do you absolutely have to have for autumn?
Ayurveda recognizes four types of fats; ghrita (ghee), oil (sesame), vasa (muscle), and majjā (marrow). The unique properties of ghrita stay intact, even when combined with herbs of differing qualities does not lose its own qualities. Ghrita alleviates pitta and vata and is beneficial for rasa, shukra, and oja. It provides relief from burning sensation, softens the tissues, improves voice and complexion.
Arishtams are herbal formulas fermented with jaggery, sugar, or honey. The fermentation generates 5 – 10% alcohol, which acts as a medium for extracting deeper qualities from the herbs. They are a perfect choice for winter as they warm digestion and provide many healing benefits.
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Narasimha Rasayana is a classically-formulated Ayurvedic jam with butter, honey, and milk as the base. This product balances all three dosas restores energy and is especially rejuvenating for pitta.
Five Ayurvedic oils are available in a convenient softgel capsule. Extremely helpful for accurate dosage, no unpleasant taste and easy to carry and manage while on the go.
Churnams are single dravyas that are finely ground and strained through a fine sieve. The result is a fine light powder that easily absorbs. Single churnams are combined to make traditional formulations. Churnams are the main components for kashayas, kwathams, arishtams, lehams, oils, and ghritams. Some churnams are produced for internal use while others are for external use only. There are five aqueous extracts known as the pañca kaṣāya.
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As per Wikipedia
Bhasma (residue after incineration – calcined preparation) and pishti (powdered gem or metal) are used with herbs for the treatment of critical ailments as a medicinal preparation in Ayurveda and to some extent Unani (both Indian branches of medical science using natural curative methods). The procedures for preparing these medicines are time-consuming and complicated.