10 herbs to include in your Ayurvedic home-Kit

Apr 12 , 2021

10 herbs to include in your Ayurvedic home-Kit

10 herbs to include in your Ayurvedic home-Kit

by Nyra Goodhart


Introduction: 

Ayurveda is the ancient science of herbology native to India. Evolved over thousands of years, Ayurveda consists of about 600 herbal formulae and over 260 individual plant remedies. Ayurvedic herbal medicines are often prescribed in combination with holistic lifestyle changes in order to induce health and balance in the body and mind.

The use of natural and traditional solutions, including Ayurvedic herbs, in prevention of diseases and maintenance of health, ranks second only to exercise/physical activity. Many modern homes are increasingly adding an Ayurvedic Kit to their medicine cabinet. And if you want to start building your go-to Ayurvedic home-kit, here are 10 herbs to start with:   


  • Ashwagandha
  • Botanical Name: Withania somnifera

    English Name: Indian Ginseng, Winter Cherry

    Benefits/Uses: 

    1. Reduces blood sugar
    2. Lowers cortisol
    3. Calms the nervous system
    4. Helps manage stress and anxiety
    5. Aids better sleep
    6. Improves brain function
    7. Enhances memory
    8. Anti-carcinogenic
    9. Improves heart health
    10. Boosts Immunity
    11. Improves male fertility
    12. Helps in muscle building
    13. Lowers cholesterol & triglycerides
    14. Reduces inflammation

  • Brahmi
  • Botanical Name: Bacopa monnieri

    English Name: Water hyssop, Thyme-leaved gratiola, Herb of grace

    Benefits/Uses: 

    1. Powerful antioxidant properties
    2. Reduces inflammation
    3. Boosts brain function
    4. Helps with ADHD symptoms
    5. Prevents anxiety & stress
    6. Lowers blood pressure
    7. Has anti-cancer properties
    8. Helps in insomnia
    9. Boosts memory
    10. Nourishes hair health
    11. Anti-epileptic, analgesic and antipyretic
    12. Aids relaxed breathing in asthmatics 


  • Gotu Kola
  • Botanical Name: Centella asiatica

    English Name: Indian pennywort and Asiatic pennywort

    Benefits/Uses: 

    1. Boosts cognitive function
    2. Helps with alzheimer’s disease
    3. Reduces anxiety & stress
    4. Acts as an antidepressant
    5. Improves circulation
    6. Eases insomnia
    7. Relieves joint pain
    8. Promotes wound healing
    9. Prevents scarring
    10. Has detox effect
    11. Helps in treating varicose veins
    12. Regenerates collagen if applied topically 


  • Haridra
  • Botanical Name: Curcuma longa Linn.

    English Name: Turmeric

    Benefits/Uses: 

    1. Supports a healthy inflammatory response
    2. Useful in immune modulation
    3. Helps improve metabolism
    4. Has antioxidant properties
    5. Improves liver function
    6. Regulates blood sugar levels
    7. Aids digestion
    8. Helps in allergic rhinitis
    9. Lowers risk of brain diseases
    10. Helps in prevention & cure of cancer
    11. Benefits arthritis patients
    12. Helps in fighting depression

  • Amalaki
  • Botanical Name: Phyllanthus emblica

    English Name: Indian gooseberry

    Benefits/Uses: 

    1. Prevents hyperlipidemia (a condition marked by abnormally high levels of cholesterol and other blood fats)
    2. Regulates blood pressure
    3. Prevents diabetes
    4. Fights cancer cells
    5. Helps patients with osteoarthritis pain
    6. Improves digestion 
    7. Rich in vitamin A, which is key to improving eye health
    8. Brings relief in IBS 
    9. Improves immunity
    10. Benefits memory and brain health

  • Triphala
  • Definition: Triphala is a herbal combination consisting of three ingredients: Emblica officinalis (Amalaki), Terminalia bellerica (Bibhitaki), and Terminalia chebula (Haritaki)

    Benefits/Uses: 

    1. Anti-inflammatory
    2. Protects against cancer
    3. Aids weight loss
    4. Has natural laxative properties
    5. Aids in diabetes management
    6. Heals stomach ulcers
    7. Helps aid symptoms of arthritis
    8. Can reverse stress-patterns in the brain

  • Arjunaa
  • Botanical Name: Terminalia arjuna

    English Name: Arjun tree

    Benefits/Uses: 

    1. Protects against stomach ulcers
    2. Fights gastritis and stomach infections
    3. Treats diarrhoea and dysentery
    4. Controls blood pressure
    5. Regulates blood sugar levels
    6. Lowers cholesterol
    7. Heals wounds
    8. Treats heart diseases
    9. Reduces risk of urinary disorders
    10. Lowers stress
    11. Reduces risk of cardiac diseases

  • Shatavari
  • Botanical Name: Asparagus racemosus

    English Name: Buttermilk root, climbing asparagus, wild asparagus

    Benefits/Uses: 

    1. Supports stress management
    2. Helps with stress-related fertility issues
    3. Improves female reproductive health
    4. Reduces symptoms of menopause
    5. Helps with anxiety
    6. Helps with symptoms of PMS
    7. Beneficial in amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea & leucorrhea
    8. Improves pelvic function
    9. Aids male reproductive health
    10. Balances vaginal PH
    11. Helps fight candida
    12. Has antioxidant properties
    13. Aids in cleansing the gut

  • Sallaki / Salai Guggul
  • Botanical Name: Boswellia serrata

    English Name: Indian frankincense, Indian oli-banum

    Benefits/Uses: 

    1. Anti-inflammatory
    2. Prevents swelling & pain in joints
    3. Reduces osteoarthritis pain
    4. Aids digestive health
    5. Promotes female reproductive health
    6. Aids in asthma
    7. Improves skin health
    8. Fights cancer
    9. Helps in rheumatoid arthritis
    10. Acts as an aphrodisiac
    11. Beneficial for treating Ulcerative colitis

  • Guduchi
  • Botanical Name: Tinospora cordifolia

    English Name: Giloy

    Benefits/Uses: 

    1. Boosts immunity
    2. Helps detox the body
    3. Effective against respiratory illnesses
    4. Can aid in COVID19 recovery
    5. Boosts liver function
    6. Improves digestion
    7. Improves heart health
    8. Has anti-ageing properties
    9. Controls blood sugar levels
    10. Helps in treatment of arthritis and gout
    11. Improves eyesight
    12. Helps in managing fever in dengue, hay fever, seasonal flu and/or covid19

    Conclusion: 

    Although Ayurvedic herbs are derived from natural sources and are usually well tolerated in small quantities, it is important to seek guidance from an Ayurvedic practitioner to find the right dosage and interactions of the herb with specific body conditions and diseases.