Ayurvedic medicine is a practical science that evolved in India. In fact, the name “Ayurveda” derives from Sanskrit, meaning the “science of life.”
If that sounds a little broad, it’s because it is. Ayurvedic medicine is all about creating a holistically healthy lifestyle striving to create harmony between the body, mind, and spirit.
The ways in which individuals use Ayurveda varies from person to person, and there are simple ways to begin incorporating the medicine into your everyday life. This is my herbal first aid kit and helps me live life as a natural little yogi on the road.
A note: In Ayurveda, honey, ghee, and milk are used as a medium to carry the medicinal properties of the herbs to bodily tissues. You can mix the herbs and spices with one of the three ingredients below to allow the medicinal properties to stay in your system longer. This list can be used as a basic overview to show what natural, powerfu, and commonly found herbs, spices, and plants might be the key to what is ailing you.
Aloe Vera gel – Use topically for burns and overall skin hydration. Internally it is very effective for the liver, gallbladder, stomach, ulcers, colitis, and an over all blood purifier. It’s also effective for hemorrhoids.
Arnica gel or cream – An anti-inflammatory for muscle sprains and pains
Baking soda – This can be used as an antacid; simply take one teaspoon in a shot of water.
Black pepper – Increases digestive juices, alleviates constipation, dry hemorrhoids, gas and loss of appetite
Calendula Comfrey Salve – Heals wounds
Chamomile tea – Relaxation, indigestion, and insomnia relief
Citronella Insect Repellant – Anti-malaria/dengue, and a good moisturizer
Castor oil – This can be a great natural pain reliever and laxative. It’s also a strong detoxifying massage oil (just make sure you rinse it off after twenty minutes.)
Cayenne pepper – Rids of worms and parasites and increases circulation and sweating
Cinnamon – Pain reliever
Clove oil – Effective for toothaches
Cumin – For relief of diarrhea, dysentery, abdominal cramps and pains
Echinacea liquid extract – Immunity builder that is great to take before travel
Eucalyptus oil – Relief of colds and backaches
Garlic – This is good for digestion and removing gas. Garlic oil is very effective for earaches and toothaches.
Ghee – It’s the backbone of all Ayurvedic remedies. In India they put ghee in your eyes, ears, mouth, and bum. Drink with a little warm milk for constipation.
Ginger – Great for digestive problems, and highly effective for motion sickness and nausea
Goldenseal – An antiseptic used for travelers’ diarrhea
Gotu kola – This helps to relieve stress, calm the mind, and heal sinuses. In Sri Lanka, Gotu kola is the most common Ayurvedic tea, and is consumed before morning meals.
Grapefruit seed extract – This is a travel necessity, as it purifies water. It’s also an amazing immune booster, gastrointestinal miracle medicine, parasite killer and topical antiseptic.
Honey – Helps heal internal and external ulcers and an excellent blood purifier.
Lavender essential oil – Helps with headaches, anxiety, and insomnia
Laxative tea (Cassia Senna) – Stimulates intestinal activity and helps with constipation
Licorice root – For peptic ulcers, gastritis, and an inflamed gallbladder
Mustard seed – Neutralizes toxins, reduces muscle pain and spasms, and improves digestion
Nutmeg – Add to milk to help treat a lack of control of urination. You can also use it as a relaxant and to induce sleep.
Peppermint – Use the oil or tea to help soothe an upset stomach, clears sinusitis, and calm insect bites.
Salt – A shot of salty water is an amazingly effective laxative and aids in digestion. You can also use gargle it to help heal a sore throat.
Tea tree oil – An antiseptic and antibacterial that can help clean wounds and clear pimples
Turmeric – This helps aids digestion and relieves constipation. It’s also perhaps the worlds best anti-inflammatory, and is used for pain, swelling and inflammation.
Valerian tincture – Helps with anxiety, insomnia, and tension
Witchhazel – Used to soothe skin irritation, bites, and stings
Yellow Dock – Helps with arthritis, purifies blood, an and anti-inflammatory