Plant Properties (Part 4 of 4 )
Ayurveda / / August 12, 2017
Sandal (Santalum album). Sandalwood was known in Egypt as early seventeen centuries BC.e.It is mentioned in the ancient chronicles of India and China.This small tree is parasitic on the roots of other trees, robbing the food.Sandalwood has a bitter, sweet and astringent taste, cool effects and sweet effect after absorption.Sandalwood balances the doshas, especially pitta.It is used topically as an ointment or powder to soothe boils on the skin and internally in the form of weak tea to cleanse the blood, weakening burning, hot treat fever and thirst quencher.It has a special ability to clarify and focus the mind.Widely used for ritual purposes and meditation - in the form of incense or as an oil or ointment, applied to the forehead.The specific aroma emits only heartwood, and sandalwood is stored for a long time, since no termites or other pests do not eat it.
Tagar (valerian, Valeriana wallichii). For centuries, valerian has been in India for cooking material incense and perfume.It has a bitter,
Tambuli (Areca catechu).Nuts this slender palms were called betelevyh nuts or betel simply.They contain arecoline, which stimulates peristalsis, reduces bronchial muscle and lowers blood pressure.At the heart of it is depressing, like nicotine.Many people who do not have the habit of betel nuts from raw dizzy and state comes close to drunkenness, so before eating them fried.Nuts are dimly expressed anthelminthic effect, but the main its application are found in the preparation of paan (see. Piper betle), which serve as a stimulant of the digestive and intestinal tonic.Because nuts are also preparing jam, which has a tonic effect on the female genital organs.
Bethel improves the functioning of the digestive system, and it should be taken after a meal.Apart from the food, he calms the digestive fire, especially in combination with tobacco.Poor people in India, whose table is different wealth and diversity, to support forces often turn to betel and tea.A similar picture with marijuana: when used with food, it reinforces the craving for food and sex, but taken alone or in combination with tobacco weakens the attraction.This unusual effect - a characteristic astringent taste.
Taruni (Rose, dec. Kinds).Wild Rose (Rosa moschata) grows everywhere in the Himalayas, but in Indian medicine mainly used cultivars.Rose has a bitter, pungent, astringent and sweet, cool effects and sweet effect after absorption.It cools and soothes, balances all three doshas, pitta removes from the mind and eyes.Gulkand drug is composed of alternating layers of rose petals and honey or sugar and soaked for two weeks.It is taken at bedtime with water or milk as a mild laxative, reduces pitta, especially during the summer heat.Furthermore, this drug helps reduce excessive menstrual bleeding.Rose water is used in the form of eye drops cooling conjunctivitis.Rose oil, particularly in the form of Attar, it cools and refreshes the mind and genitals.
Tulasi ( «matchless») (holy basil, Ocimum sanctum). This type of basil has a pungent and bitter taste, and the impact of hot acute effect after absorption.He restrains cotton and kapha, but in the absence of ama in the body increases the pitta.Tulasi is considered the embodiment of the goddess Lakshmi, wife of Vishnu, the guardian of the world.This plant is often planted around temples and in private - it purifies the air and has the gods gather in this place.Also, it repels mosquitoes.
For internal use, it has a preferential effect on race, skin, respiratory and digestive tracts.Especially beneficial effect of tulsi has at Amoy conditioned heat, which is usually mixed with black pepper, ginger juice and honey.This mixture also protects the throat.Tulasi purifies the body, enriches it with oxygen and gives strength, tones the heart, helps to cope with the consequences of poisoning and gives a positive effect on the initial stages of many cancers.The juice of the leaves is used as ear drops and is used internally for colds, coughs, asthma, stuttering, bronchitis and pleurisy with the aim to activate the body cleansing process, to expel him from the mucus and reduce spasms.Seeds soaked in water are emollient for the digestive and urinary tract.The same applies to related plants seeds O. basilicum - sweet basil.
br ( Vetiveria zizanoides). Vetiver, or couscous - it is the grass that grows near water, bitter and sweet with a strong cooling effect.It greatly reduces pitta and to a lesser extent - kapha.The root of vetiver quenches thirst and removes burning, cleanses and enlivens the blood, skin and urogenital tract, strengthens the digestive fire, helps digest ama and soothe diarrhea and vomiting.It clears the urine and sweat.Strong and well-chilled broth helps with inflammation of the urinary tract or genitals, and the weak cooled decoction is drunk in small sips at a high temperature of the body.Furthermore, vetiver root is used orally in the form of powder, and cold brew medicinal wine.It improves the condition of almost all inflammations caused by pitta disorders, and an ointment applied to the skin as a cooling agent for skin diseases caused Pitta, and "hot" fever.
In the hot season in India, many people dipped beams vetiver roots in the drinking water to prevent outbreaks of pitta.Others act differently: weave roots of large mats, moisten with water and passed through them, the air flow from the fan to the refreshing scent of vetiver echoed throughout the house.Incense and essential oil vetiver cool mind and enhances the ability to concentrate.
Hing (asafoetida, Ferula foetida, or F. narthex). Asafoetida - a resin collected from the roots and root sprouts a small tree of the same name.It is extremely sharp, hot and smelly, balances vata and kapha, at the same time increasing the pitta.Asafoetida is sometimes applied as an ointment on the swollen joints, but the most powerful of its action - to facilitate downward movement Apana.According to Charaka, any herb can not with her this rival.Ointment of asafoetida with a thin layer is applied to the swollen stomach gases, and in combination with castor oil enemas used for flatulence and colic.Both methods help to normalize the use of painful or difficult menstruation.Asafoetida is taken orally together with palm sugar to balance the wool during the rainy season and to relieve pressure on the heart of intestinal gas accumulations.The best-known drug with asafetidoy- "Hingvashtaka Churna", used for indigestion, colic and other disorders caused by the blocking of Apana.
Citraka (svinchatka, Plumbago zeylanica, with white flowers, and P. indica, with red flowers).This plant, whose Sanskrit name converge in the sense of "fire" is sharp and hot, reduces vata and kapha and increases pitta.The variety with white flowers used mainly in northern and western India, and a plant with red flowers - in Kerala.Fresh root has a blister agents (causes blistering) and ointment because of it sometimes is applied to the swollen place.To prevent undesired reaction at the domestic use, the roots must be cleaned.In Kerala them for that washed, crushed and then soaked in lime water.As soon as the water turns red, it poured and poured new water.The water was changed again and again -up until the root is no longer provide her a coloring effect.Then root again thoroughly washed in cold water and dried in the shade.
Citraka used by itself or in combination with other substances when it is desired to ignite the digestive fire.Charaka says its unrivaled means of if-ing and hemorrhoids.Because it is made medicine "Chitrakadi Vati" - an excellent remedy for wool disorders, especially from intestinal gas.It also inhibits the cotton during the rainy season.As part Citraka includes a number of drugs.
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus). The root of this plant, related asparagus, balances all three doshas, especially pitta and vata, but used in excess can increase the ama.It rejuvenates the female sex organs and blood, contributes to the construction of the body, strengthens the immune system, enhances the production of race, milk and hormones, enhances sexual desire, intelligence, digestion, increases physical strength and helps with disorders of the urinary tract.It can be used for any disorder due to Pitta, if there is no ama.Typically shatavari take a medicinal rod or boiled milk.If available, use fresh juice of the roots.Close of L. adscendens has many tonic properties shatavari, but less good for the female reproductive organs.
Erandio (castor, Ricinis communis). Castor tree has powerful medicinal properties.Swami Sivananda even once wrote an ode in honor of his great achievements.Castor oil has a sweet, pungent and astringent taste, sweet and hot action effect after absorption.This is a heavy product that reduces all three doshas, and especially - vata and kapha.Also widely known laxative effect, it scrapes amu with bodily tissues, primarily the joints, and in small doses for prolonged use and also cleans excess fat.Capsules with castor oil - a reliable means for sprains and muscle joints, painful menstruation and for all types of inflammation, including inflammation of the intestines and the abdominal and pelvic organs.
Castorwax root reduces vata and kapha and increases pitta.It is applied in conditions, disorders caused wool - pain in the body, edema, rheumatoid arthritis, in some types of chronic dysentery, diseases of the nervous system.In addition, it increases libido.Poultices of the seeds and leaves relieve pain and swelling with rheumatic joints, and a poultice of the leaves helps with headaches and boils.
Yashtimadhu ( «sweet stick») (licorice, licorice, Glycyrrhiza glabra). underground stem of the licorice plant, which is widely used in ancient China, Egypt, Greece and Rome, has a sweet, bitter and astringent taste, cooling effect and sweet effect after absorption.It reduces vata and pitta, but increases kapha with prolonged use, causing the body's salt and water retention and a lack of potassium, which is comparable to the impact of cortisone.Licorice soothes sore throat, hoarseness calms, enhances respiratory tree to facilitate breathing, and normalizes the menstrual cycle, stops bleeding, removes the effects of poisoning and increases libido.It can act as an emetic, and as a laxative, improves vision, strength, complexion and sexual potency, strengthens hair, enhances the production of Shukra and rejuvenates the body.In combination with other herbs obscures its taste even if catalyzes their action.Liniment of licorice treated injuries and bruises, and a decoction or medicated oil - wounds, including surgical, to accelerate their healing.Chewing stem quenches thirst, relieves burning sensation in the mouth, it restores appetite, fatigue, back strength and helps to cough.