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    The Way of Ayurvedic


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  • Get the Vibe: Herbal Mysticism

    Herbs for Spirit & Consciousness

  • Samkhya

    Ayurveda Philosophy

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    Starts with the creation of the universe


  • Ever present UniverseAbsolutely transcendental,


  • Infinity, pure existence, unmanifest

    Ever present UniverseAbsolutely transcendental,


  • Mystical soul journey

  • Mother of all healing

  • Also the


  • Aunt and uncle

  • Based not on medication

  • Based on meditation

  • Long before psychiatric drugs

  • We treat the vibrations of the mind

  • The universe is formed of sound (shabd)

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    Sound comes up out of the body

    Using udana vayu

  • When we speak from the heart, our vibrations heal

    PashyantiLanguage of the heart

    Language of connection

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    Herb called speech

    Vacha root (Calamus)

  • We can heal with our words

  • Ayurveda and Yoga give a roadmap to the wordless union with infinity

    Help people heal totally

  • Ayurveda is an advanced, complete healing system

    because it is the experience of vibration,

    the shabd

  • PulseBreathVoice

    Connect us to the Universal vibration

  • Yoga relieves spiritual suffering, defined according to the kleshas or spiritual afflictions, starting with ignorance (avidya) of our true nature as pure consciousness, leading to a false identification of ourselves with our transient bodies & minds

  • Ether

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    High in ether elementElevate awareness

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    Hot and cold

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    Very cooling

  • Horsemint

    Wild, cultivatedHigh menthol

    Not very available


  • Bitter Taste

  • Bitter taste

    Air and Ether elementsCold, dry, lightP, K, VPromotes consciousness

  • Andrographis

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    Andrographis with praying mantis egg case

  • Andrographis

    Andrographis panniculataKalmegh (king of the bitters)Stem and leafVery bitterCleanse the awareness

  • Digesting mental energy

    All we take in through 5 senses processed into meaningful experience by sadhaka agni, flame of intelligence in the mindSadhaka pitta is pitta subtype relating to brain & higher mind functionResponsible for

    comprehension, discrimination, learning,

  • Digesting mental energy

    Agni that governs high mental functions transforms food of the senses into meaningUnprocessed mental residue similar to toxins that accumulate in body Unresolved thoughts are psychic/mental ama

  • GUNA


  • Sattva (essence)Creative potentialContentment, joy, peace, harmony


  • Sattva in the Universe is responsible for Creation

    "When Sattva predominates, the light of wisdom shines through every gate of the

    body" (Bhagavad Gita 14:11)

  • When people are in a Sattvic state they radiate light, and joy; they are intelligent and wise.

    In this higher state, there is awakening of the soul and a state of bliss.

  • Sattvic foods

    Fresh vegetables and fruitsFresh nuts and seedsLegumesMilk productsWhole grainsRaw cane sugar and honey

  • Sattvic spices

    Cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, fennel, fenugreek, turmeric

  • Sattvic

  • Cardamom

  • Cardamom

    SattvicStimulates mind and heartClarifies awarenessGives joy to lifeOpens pranas

  • Sattvic herbs

    GokshuraAshwagandaLicorice ShatavariJatamansiAmla

  • Rajas (active force)Energy, change

    emotion turbulence


  • Rajas

    Quality of energy & turbulenceActivates all movement, responsible for maintaining what has been createdProvokes thought and activityIn excess, agitation, passion, aggression, competition, ambition, and self-seeking action that causes suffering

  • When rajas predominates, a person runs about pursuing selfish and greedy ends, driven by restlessness and desire Bhagavad Gita 14:12

  • Rajas


  • Rajasic foods

    Medium qualityStimulating, generate energyMeat, cheese, eggs, fish, hot, spicy/fried food, pickles, garlic, onions, white sugar, coffee, alcohol

  • Tamas (destruction, inertia)

    Rest, dullness,depression, spoilage, resistance


  • Tamas

    Quality of darkness, inertia, dullness, destructionGives ability to complete what was generated by Sattva & RajasHeavy, material and solidPromotes calm & stability, inactivity, lethargyEnables us to sleepObstructs movement in the mind

  • Tamasic foods

    Low quality, devitalized foods Overcooked, canned, processed, frozen/junk foods Leftover stale or fermenting foodAlcoholOld meat

  • Meditation

    2 challengesFalling asleep (tamasic)Racing mind (rajasic)

    To quiet mind, maintain our alertness to explore our subtle nature, we need to increase sattva

    When sattva predominates, the light of wisdom shines through every gate of the

  • Goal of Yoga & Ayurveda, move toward:

    sattvic state of mindlead a sattvic life




  • Arjuna

    Not twisted(Innocent in the heart)

  • Ashoka

    No grief

  • Ashoka

    Saraca asocaLeguminosae


  • Ashoka

    Without sorrowBark, flower, leafRasa (Taste) Kashaya (Astringent); Tikta (Bitter)Guna (Characteristics) Laghu (Light); Ruksha (Rough)Veerya (Potency) Sheeta (Cool and calm)Powder 3-6g




  • Tulsi


  • Tulsi

    Ocimum sanctumVishnupriya (the beloved one of Vishnu)Tulsi (The Incomparable One)Holy basilPure sattva1 of 3 most sacred Indian herbs, with soma & lotusCultivated near temples & private homes, where it is purifies the air and sanctifies the environs

  • Tulsi

    Opens heart & mind, encourages devotionUsing tulsi herbally supports energy of attachment, energy that draws prosperity near, & keeps it in our livesEnergetically, tulsi clears the aura & stimulates immune system

  • Tulsi at home

  • Tulsi stem mala promotes energy of attachment to the


  • Tulsi and amla at home

  • Bayberry

  • Bayberry

    Myrica spp.Bark of rootHot, astringentImproves the voice, opens the mindPromotes energy of Divine transformationCalms the mind, opens perception

  • Hibiscus

  • Hibiscus

    JapaStrengthens devotion in meditation with a mantra (japa) Flowers destroy all life obstacles, spiritual & material, assist in realization of all goalsPurifies the physical & spiritual heart & promotes wisdom

  • Destroys spiritual obstaclesEnhance mental and spiritual power

  • Fennel

  • Fennel seed

    Cooling spiceCalms nerves, promotes mental alertnessWidely said to be the most sattvic spice



  • Brahmi


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  • Calamus(Vacha)


  • Calamus

    Acorus calamusRootSattvicMajor mind and brain herbPromotes awareness Increases communication, self-expression


  • Vacha

    Major herb for consciousnessStimulates power of self-expression and enhances intelligenceAncient yogis and seers used Feeds kundaliniPromotes circulation to brain, sharpens memory, enhances awareness, increases communication and self-


  • For awareness, combines well with brahmi, jatamamsi, shankpushpi, licoriceWarms and pacifies vata


  • Awareness activating properties of vacha have been credited to asaronesPrecursors to 1,2, 4-trimethory-5-propenylbenzeneA phenyethylamine thought to be 10x potent as mescaline

    Miller, Richard Alan. 1993. The Magical and Ritual use of Herbs. Rochester, Vermont: Destiny Books. P. 58.


  • Vacha

    Vacha medicated ghee in nostril for awarenessSniff milk decoction/infused oilUsed to restore consciousness

    extreme conditions


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  • Calamus

    Powder 1-4 grams



  • Camphor

  • Crystalized distilled oilVery small doses internallyIncreases pranaAwakens perception

  • Tilak

  • Tilak (forehead marking) made from camphor &

  • Tilak (forehead marking) made from camphor & saffronCools head & frontal lobes Promotes cool thinking and meditation

  • Saffron

    SattvicLove, devotion, compassionUsed in Bhakti Yoga to enhance devotion

  • Chrysanthemum

  • Chrysanthemum flower

    SevantiCooling diaphoreticChrysanthemum very cooling to the mindHelps surrender egoistic will, soothes anger

    Chrysanthemum, chamomile flowers

  • Guduchi

  • Guduchi

    Amrit (Nectar)TridoshicDivya aushadhi (divine plant)Best herb for clearing mental srotamsi (medhya rasayana)Aids all aspects of healthy metabolism

    (the 13 agnis)Aids proper communication and coordination between all the various cells

  • Best rasayana for rejuvenating body & ridding deep rooted psychic & spiritual imbalances

    Helps develop the amrit siddhi (ability to live purely on vibrational energy)

    Helps get all prana from air, sun, moon, and vibrational intelligence of

  • Strengthens the flame that processes all emotional challenges. When this flame is strong, no emotional challenge is powerful enough to extinguish it.Depression cannot happen if the sadhaka agni is strong. Anger cannot happen when the heart agni is strong. When the sadhaka agni is burning brightly, one become spiritually free.

    Untouched by negativity as a lotus leaf by water

  • Because guduchi opens heart in this way, it also indirectly helps mind by connecting the light of the soul to the mindTherefore a medhya rasayana (rejuvenative for the mind)

  • Guduchi is a very powerful and divine herb. It is called jivanti (life giving) because it can literally give your life back.

    Guduchi can detoxify all the way down to shukra dhatu, which means that it can release some very deep toxins back into the blood. Use higher doses

  • 3 plants have amrit (nectar of the gods)GuduchiHaritakiGarlic

    (amrit gives it so many medicinal qualities, but it clouds awareness)

  • Ramayana

    Ancient warIndra, king of the gods and keeper of the amrit (nectar of immortality), to bring back dead animals, sprinkled amritam (nectar) from the heavens on the dead animals. Some drops of nectar fell on the earth. Wherever a drop of the nectar fell on the ground, it became the guduchi plant.

  • Haritaki

    Hara, Hindu name for God (Shiva)

  • Purifies the mind of its attachments

  • Haritaki

    Brings fearlessness face of death & disease

  • Haritaki trees sprouted from drops from Indras chalice

  • Haritaki

    Increases mental/spiritual awarenessHaritaki called the mother, given to children upon premature loss of a parent

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  • Lotus seed and root

    Brings material/spiritual abundance to lifeHerbal food relaxes mind & opens heart chakra & root chakraSeeds, especially, assist devotion, spiritual aspirations

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  • Sandalwood

    Chandana means gladdening

  • Sandalwood

    It has a prabhava for giving happinessIt is a medhya remedyOpen the third eyeDevotion and meditationSandalwood is a vajikarana medicine

  • Shankpushpi

  • Shankhapushi

    Restores clear quality of mind & relaxation

    Outstanding rejuvenative tonic for mind

    Profound mystical properties, with affinity for heart, throat, third eye,

  • Shankhapushi Taken with or prepared in ghee, it promotes tranquility without dulling mind

    In depression, it upliftsIn mania it is calming

    According to the Astanga Hridyam, ghee, cooked three times with shankpushpi juice and milk, makes even the dullest mind sharp

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