Certain fruits and herbs occupy a central place in ayurvedic science. In today’s unhealthy and sedentary lifestyle, the trinity of three herbs- amla, neem, giloy can help in preventing frequent illnesses and provide long term solutions to such problems, while also improving immunity.
- Amla or Indian gooseberry
(Phyllanthus emblica) has been used in Ayurvedic practices for thousands of years. Amla is one of the three fruits of triphala, which is a successful ayurvedic polyherbal formulation used for a variety of gut problems. It is also one of the key components of chyawanprash. Some studies suggest that amla has one of the highest known concentrations of vitamin C in the plant kingdom and one fruit contains as much vitamin C as twenty oranges. Amla has demonstrated efficient results in improving digestion by balancing agni (digestive fire) and acts as a natural detoxifying agent. Amla, if used topically, can help in boosting hair growth, strengthen hair follicles, reducing dandruff, reduce scalp irritation, prevent premature greying and other common hair problems.Amla also has anti-aging properties as it helps in supporting a healthy immune response and promotes youthfulness. The anti-inflammatory properties of amla can aid as a tonic for the heart, the arterial system, the respiratory system, the sense organs, and the mind.
(Azadirachta indica) is a popular medicinal herb not only in Ayurveda but other Asian medicinal practices as well. Due to its antiviral and antibacterial properties, it is found in more than 130 different biologically active compounds. Not only neem leaves but its stem bark, root bark, gum, flower, leaves, seeds and seed oil can be used for various medicinal purposes. Neem has been widely used in treating skin diseases and wounds. Neem paste can be applied topically on the concerned area or neem water obtained from boiling the leaves can be added to bathwater. Neem is also very helpful in treating diabetes as its purifying benefits help in regulating blood circulation and promote healthy blood sugar levels. Neem has kapha-reducing properties and can help in boosting metabolism by encouraging proper fat and water digestion thus preventing water retention in the body.