Ayurvedic Herbs & Remedies & Herbs used During The Cleanse
All the herbs used during the Cleanse draw on centuries of Ayurvedic cleansing tradition and are completely natural.
Triphala Triphala is a classic Ayurvedic formula used for over 2000 years. Meaning ‘three fruits’ in Sanskrit it is made up of the dried powder of Amalaki, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki. Amalaki is a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins. Bibhitaki fruit is a rich source of protein and increases good cholesterol in the body and Haritaki is an anti-spasmodic.
Triphala has gentle and safe laxative properties which can also assist in the weight loss process through encouraging balanced elimination. Triphala boosts digestive and intestinal health and aids with a wide range of issues such as constipation, parasites, diverticulitis, colitis, gas, high cholesterol levels, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis. Triphala is an integral part of an Ayurvedic weight loss program, but Ayurvedic weight loss programs concern themselves with whole body and mind health, not just dropping pounds. Ayurvedic weight loss programmes such as this one address all dimensions of your life from sleeping to eating, and movement. Where excess weight is a concern, Triphala is a vital tool for balancing weight, in partnership with a healthy diet and exercise. Proper digestion and elimination are important factors for successfully maintaining optimal body weight long-term. Triphala also promotes healthy eating habits and cravings by supplying the body with the full spectrum of natural tastes. By promoting healthy absorption and assimilation of nutrients, Triphala keeps the body feeling properly nourished and balanced.
Aloe Vera Juice Aloe Vera is a member of the lily family and is a cactus-like plant. It has succulent leaves which are broad at the base and pointed at the tip. The fat leaves contain a clear healing gel that is made up of water and Vitamins A, B, C, E, calcium, amino acids and enzymes used in the digestive system. Aloe Vera juice has digestive and immunity-boosting benefits. It helps treat intestinal issues and builds immunity. The plant is good for the heart too – it aids in cholesterol and blood pressure reduction. Other benefits include balancing the body’s pH levels, improving skin health, and treating bad breath. It can also stimulate the uterus and improve menstrual conditions. In fact, Aloe Vera juice has been mentioned in Ayurvedic texts dating back thousands of years. In Ayurvedic medicine, Aloe Vera juice can benefit the eyes and help prevent various eye disorders. It is also useful in treating jaundice and bronchitis. As part of The Cleanse we use Aloe Vera juice in the daily Green Smoothie for its whole body wellness properties, but in particular to support and nourish the digestive tract.
Kefir is a fermented milk drink similar to yogurt. It has a slightly sour taste and can be fizzy due to the fermentation. Kefir is a source of calcium and rich in probiotic bacteria. Probiotics are known as ‘friendly bacteria’ that can ease IBS symptoms such as bloating and digestive distress in some people. Most people find that Kefir improves their digestion due to its probiotic content. It helps to restore balance in the gut, thereby improving digestion. As part of The Cleanse we recommend that you have a daily drink of 170ml of Kefir, we recommend that you choose a high quality goat’s milk Kefir. If you do not like the taste or if you worry about the expense of a good quality Kefir, don’t worry, it is an optional part of The Cleanse.
Ghee/Clarified Butter Ghee is prepared by simmering butter, which is churned from cream, skimming any impurities from the surface, and then pouring and retaining the clear, still liquid fat, whilst discarding the solid residue that settles on the bottom. Spices can be added for flavour. The texture, colour, and taste of ghee depends on the quality of the butter, the source of the milk used in the process and the duration of the boiling. The retained clear fat is ghee. This is a pure combination of fats, without any milk residue, which means that it does not need to be refrigerated. Ghee can last for months, or even years, without refrigeration, which made it very popular throughout history before modern times and refrigeration. Ghee originated in India and has a rather unique and flavourful taste and aroma that is different from butter, but it can be used in almost all of the same ways. Butter can be very dangerous for people due to the high concentration of fat, and ghee is no exception; in fact, ghee is pure fat, so only a small amount is to be consumed, otherwise it can have negative effects on your health. If eaten in moderation, ghee can provide your body with higher concentrations of other essential nutrients that aren’t available in butter.
This ayurvedic herb is used particularly for women and sexual health. It is said to be a tonic for the reproductive system and is used by women throughout there lives in India to support there bodies. It is used widely in the west during menopause. It is very beneficial for digestive health and boosting the immune system.
Shatavari is also able to be taken by men and is a cooling herb for pitta dosha.
Ashwaganda is an adaptogenic herb which means that it helps the body to deal with stresses. It is used for the male reproductive and sexual health systems. It can be used by both men and women and is excellent for promoting healthy muscle bone and body tissues and healthy joints. It helps boost energy levels.