Ayurvedic Tonics: Exploring Rejuvenative Remedies Part 2

SaffronIn India and other parts of the world, such as China, there are a variety of herbs that can be used to reach desirable conclusions in health. Continuing the exploration of rejuvenative remedies, we will take a look at how to use saffron and bhringaraj as an Ayurvedic tonic.


Saffron (Crocus sativus)


When following tradition, India has been accustomed to using saffron as a blood tonic, as well as a stimulant and an aphrodisiac. Many are unaware that the herb is also known to possess restorative powers, which makes it a useful tool within Ayurvedic medicine. Many have used its properties as a way to strengthen the feelings associated with showing devotion and compassion. When it comes to the female reproductive system, it is also quite helpful.


Often confused with safflower, the two have been mistaken for one another, although it is important to know that the least expensive option of safflower is also not as effective. Many enjoy the use of saffron because it assists the boosting of other tonic herbs, which makes it a nice addition when creating a wide-range of remedies.


When working with the herb, it is the flower stigma that is used to extract an array of many different actions. Saffron is connected with the following abilities: promoting menstruation, works as a stimulant, is antispasmodic, and rejuvenates the body.


When using saffron, you should know that there are a couple of easy ways to incorporate this herb into your remedy-making adventures. During a cooking session, the herb can be added to whatever dish you are preparing. To create a decoction, a pinch of the dried herb can be added to a pot of milk and then simmered on top of a stove. The herb is known to cost a bit, but once you acquire the product, a small amount should last longer than expected. Combining saffron with other herbs, such as shatavari or dang gui, will create a tonic that helps women struggling with the onset of menopause.


Bhringaraj (Eclipta prostata)


This particular herb is known to hold important positions within both the Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine use. It has been hailed for the way it handles kidney ailments. The Chinese also believe that the herb works to create healthy hair, which is viewed in their culture as a sign that the kidneys are healthy as well. The herb also works to make positive changes in the fight against aging, as well as to restore the strength in bones, sight, teeth, memory, and hearing. For those looking for a way to calm their mind and enjoy a good night’s sleep, the herb also helps. Overall, bhringaraj serves as much more than a good liver tonic.


The aerial parts of the herb are used to reach a wide-range of results. Bhringaraj has been known to replenish the kidneys and liver, prevent bleeding (especially heavy menstruation), and prevent the excessive flow of blood after giving birth. The herb also acts as an astringent and an antibacterial substance.


To use the herb as a remedy, one should take an infusion or consume up to 10 ml of tincture per day. Bhringaraj can also be combined with other herbs to treat additional woes. For instance, a general health tonic is created when mixed with gotu kola. The oil of the herb is also sold about India as a hait tonic to prevent graying and balding hair.