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Andhra Pradesh, India
Turmeric, known as the "Golden Goddess," is one of Planet Earth's most powerful superfood healers and has been used in Ayurvedic food and medicine for over 5,000 years. First cultivated in ancient India, the use of turmeric as both a spice and a pharmaceutical spread throughout Asia and the Middle East. As of today, over 3,000 scientific studies detailing turmeric's medicinal benefits have been published.
Andhra Pradesh, India
The use of Ashwagandha, commonly known as Indian ginseng, dates back thousands of years to ancient India. The Sanskrit word "ashwagandha" means "that which smells like a horse," alluding to its smell and the idea that consuming it would give the individual the strength and power of a wild horse. The plants are small, evergreen shrubs that are native to India, northern Africa and the Middle East.
Bacopa, also known as Brahmi after the God of Creation Brahma, has been viewed since ancient times as one of Ayurveda's most effective intellect herbs. Early Ayurvedic scholars initially described bacopa in ancient Vedic texts such as the Atharva Veda as a medicine for sharpening learning abilities, enhancing intuition and boosting memory. Bacopa is a creeping perennial found in warm wetlands, and is native to India and Australia.
Fabled for its power to enhance our intuitive abilities, celastrus is one of Ayurveda's most powerful herbs for brain power. Commonly known as the intellect tree, celastrus is a woody, fruit-bearing vine native to the Indian subcontinent. Its seeds were traditionally used by Ayurvedic healers in brain tonics as well as to reduce fevers and coughing.
Indian tinospora is commonly known as giloe, a mythological term for a heavenly elixir for immortality that belonged to celestial beings. Its Sanskrit name, guduchi, means "one which protects the entire body." Although modern science hasn't yet confirmed its immortalizing abilities, a growing number of scientific studies confirm that Indian tinospora is a powerful tool for mental health.
Many ancient cultures cultivated fennel for its shoots and fruits, along with its many medicinal properties. Historical records show that Greek physician Hippocrates (460-377 BC) used fennel to treat patients, and it was recognized as one of the nine sacred herbs in England under Emperor Charlemagne (742-814 AD). In Ayurvedic medicine, fennel is used to improve digestion and help prevent heartburn and indigestion (common side-effects of chronic stress).
Andhra Pradesh, India
The use of licorice can be traced back to ancient Assyrian, Egyptian, Chinese, and Indian cultures. Its scientific name, glycyrrhiza, comes from the Greek words glykos (sweet) and rhiza (root). In Ayurvedic medicine, it is one of the most commonly used superfoods to this day.
Himachal Pradesh, India
Saffron, a spice derived from the dried stigma of saffron flowers, has over 50,000 years of recorded history on Earth. In fact, saffron-based pigments have been found in prehistoric cave drawings found in modern day Iraq. Later, the Sumerians used saffron as an ingredient in herbal remedies and magical potions. In Ayurveda, saffron has been known as a royal rejuvenator and promoter of balance in the mind, body and spirit.
Black pepper has been used as a spice in civilizations all over the world, in both ancient and modern times. It is an exotic climbing perennial plant native to the hottest regions of India as well as the central Himalayas. In addition to supporting digestion and immunity, it also increases the absorption of turmeric into the bloodstream by 2000%.
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Hemp is one of the plants with the longest recorded history, with the earliest fossils being found in the Himalayas. For thousands of years, civilizations all over the world—including the Egyptians, Druids, Mayans, Indians and Chinese—used hemp for food, medicine, textiles and even paper. Ancient Ayurvedic mythology references hemp as a galactic plant, brought to Planet Earth to heal both people and planet.
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