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Metaphysical Herbs

  1. 1. 1 The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs
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  3. 3. Get the Vibe: Herbal Mysticism Herbs for Spirit & Consciousness
  4. 4. Samkhya Ayurveda Philosophy
  5. 5. 5 Starts with the creation of the universe Avyakta
  6. 6. Ever present Universe Absolutely transcendental, indescribable Essence
  7. 7. Infinity, pure existence, unmanifest Ever present Universe Absolutely transcendental, indescribable Essence
  8. 8. Mystical soul journey
  9. 9. Mother of all healing
  10. 10. Also the… Sibling Child
  11. 11. Aunt and uncle
  12. 12. Based not on medication
  13. 13. Based on meditation
  14. 14. Long before psychiatric drugs…
  15. 15. We treat the vibrations of the mind
  16. 16. The universe is formed of sound (shabd)
  17. 17. 16 Sound comes up out of the body Using udana vayu
  18. 18. When we speak from the heart, our vibrations heal Pashyanti Language of the heart Language of connection
  19. 19. 18 Herb called “speech” Vacha root (Calamus)
  20. 20. We can heal with our words
  21. 21. Ayurveda and Yoga give a roadmap to the wordless union with infinity Help people heal totally
  22. 22. Ayurveda is an advanced, complete healing system because it is the experience of vibration, the shabd
  23. 23. Pulse Breath Voice Connect us to the Universal vibration
  24. 24. 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
  25. 25. Ether
  26. 26. 25 Mints High in ether element Elevate awareness
  27. 27. 26 Peppermint Hot and cold
  28. 28. 27 Spearmint Cooling
  29. 29. 28 Horsemint Very cooling
  30. 30. Horsemint Wild, cultivated High menthol Not very available 29
  31. 31. Bitter Taste
  32. 32. Bitter taste Air and Ether elements Cold, dry, light ↓P, ↓K, ↑V Promotes consciousness
  33. 33. Andrographis
  34. 34. 33 Andrographis with praying mantis egg case
  35. 35. Andrographis Andrographis panniculata Kalmegh (“king of the bitters”) Stem and leaf Very bitter Cleanse the awareness
  36. 36. Digesting mental energy All we take in through 5 senses processed into meaningful experience by sadhaka agni, flame of intelligence in the mind Sadhaka pitta is pitta subtype relating to brain & higher mind function Responsible for comprehension, discrimination, learning,
  37. 37. Digesting mental energy Agni that governs high mental functions transforms “food of the senses” into meaning Unprocessed mental residue similar to toxins that accumulate in body Unresolved thoughts are psychic/mental ama
  38. 38. GUNA 38
  39. 39. Sattva (essence) Creative potential Contentment, joy, peace, harmony 39
  40. 40. 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)
  41. 41. 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.
  42. 42. Sattvic foods Fresh vegetables and fruits Fresh nuts and seeds Legumes Milk products Whole grains Raw cane sugar and honey
  43. 43. Sattvic spices Cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, fennel, fenugreek, turmeric
  44. 44. Sattvic
  45. 45. Cardamom
  46. 46. Cardamom Sattvic Stimulates mind and heart Clarifies awareness Gives joy to life Opens pranas
  47. 47. Sattvic herbs Gokshura Ashwaganda Licorice Shatavari Jatamansi Amla
  48. 48. Rajas (active force) Energy, change emotion turbulence 48
  49. 49. Rajas Quality of energy & turbulence Activates all movement, responsible for maintaining what has been created Provokes thought and activity In excess, agitation, passion, aggression, competition, ambition, and self-seeking action that causes suffering
  50. 50. “When rajas predominates, a person runs about pursuing selfish and greedy ends, driven by restlessness and desire” Bhagavad Gita 14:12
  51. 51. Rajas 51
  52. 52. Rajasic foods Medium quality Stimulating, generate energy Meat, cheese, eggs, fish, hot, spicy/ fried food, pickles, garlic, onions, white sugar, coffee, alcohol
  53. 53. Tamas (destruction, inertia) Rest, dullness, depression, spoilage, resistance 53
  54. 54. Tamas Quality of darkness, inertia, dullness, destruction Gives ability to complete what was generated by Sattva & Rajas Heavy, material and solid Promotes calm & stability,  inactivity, lethargy Enables us to sleep Obstructs movement in the mind
  55. 55. Tamasic foods Low quality, devitalized foods Overcooked, canned, processed, frozen/junk foods Leftover stale or fermenting food Alcohol Old meat
  56. 56. Meditation 2 challenges Falling 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
  57. 57. Goal of Yoga & Ayurveda, move toward: sattvic state of mind lead a sattvic life 58
  59. 59. Arjuna “Not twisted” (Innocent in the heart)
  60. 60. Ashoka “No grief”
  61. 61. Ashoka Saraca asoca Leguminosae 62
  62. 62. Ashoka “Without sorrow” Bark, flower, leaf Rasa (Taste) Kashaya (Astringent); Tikta (Bitter) Guna (Characteristics) Laghu (Light); Ruksha (Rough) Veerya (Potency) Sheeta (Cool and calm) Powder 3-6g 63
  64. 64. Tulsi Devotion
  65. 65. Tulsi Ocimum sanctum Vishnupriya (“the beloved one of Vishnu”) Tulsi (“The Incomparable One”) Holy basil Pure sattva 1 of 3 most sacred Indian herbs, with soma & lotus Cultivated near temples & private homes, where it is purifies the air and sanctifies the environs
  66. 66. Tulsi Opens heart & mind, encourages devotion Using tulsi herbally supports energy of attachment, energy that draws prosperity near, & keeps it in our lives Energetically, tulsi clears the aura & stimulates immune system
  67. 67. Tulsi at home
  68. 68. Tulsi stem mala promotes energy of attachment to the Divine
  69. 69. Tulsi and amla at home
  70. 70. Bayberry
  71. 71. Bayberry Myrica spp. Bark of root Hot, astringent Improves the voice, opens the mind Promotes energy of Divine transformation Calms the mind, opens perception
  72. 72. Hibiscus
  73. 73. Hibiscus Japa Strengthens devotion in meditation with a mantra (japa) Flowers destroy all life obstacles, spiritual & material, assist in realization of all goals Purifies the physical & spiritual heart & promotes wisdom
  74. 74. Destroys spiritual obstacles Enhance mental and spiritual power
  75. 75. Fennel
  76. 76. Fennel seed Cooling spice Calms nerves, promotes mental alertness Widely said to be the most sattvic spice
  78. 78. Brahmi “God-like”
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  80. 80. Calamus (Vacha) 86
  81. 81. Calamus Acorus calamus Root Sattvic Major mind and brain herb Promotes awareness Increases communication, self- expression 87
  82. 82. Vacha Major herb for consciousness Stimulates power of self-expression and enhances intelligence Ancient yogis and seers used Feeds kundalini Promotes circulation to brain, sharpens memory, enhances awareness, increases communication and self- 88
  83. 83. For awareness, combines well with brahmi, jatamamsi, shankpushpi, licorice Warms and pacifies vata 89
  84. 84. Awareness activating properties of vacha have been credited to asarones Precursors to 1,2, 4-trimethory-5-propenylbenzene A 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. 90
  85. 85. Vacha Vacha medicated ghee in nostril for awareness Sniff milk decoction/infused oil Used to restore consciousness extreme conditions 91
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  89. 89. Calamus Powder 1-4 grams Nauseating 95
  90. 90. Camphor
  91. 91. Crystalized distilled oil Very small doses internally Increases prana Awakens perception
  92. 92. Tilak
  93. 93. Tilak (forehead marking) made from camphor &
  94. 94. Tilak (forehead marking) made from camphor & saffron Cools head & frontal lobes Promotes cool thinking and meditation
  95. 95. Saffron Sattvic Love, devotion, compassion Used in Bhakti Yoga to enhance devotion
  96. 96. Chrysanthemum
  97. 97. Chrysanthemum flower Sevanti Cooling diaphoretic Chrysanthemum very cooling to the mind Helps surrender egoistic will, soothes anger Chrysanthemum, chamomile flowers
  98. 98. Guduchi
  99. 99. Guduchi Amrit (Nectar) Tridoshic Divya 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
  100. 100. 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
  101. 101. 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”
  102. 102. Because guduchi opens heart in this way, it also indirectly helps mind by connecting the light of the soul to the mind Therefore a medhya rasayana (rejuvenative for the mind)
  103. 103. 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
  104. 104. 3 plants have amrit (nectar of the gods) Guduchi Haritaki Garlic (amrit gives it so many medicinal qualities, but it clouds awareness)
  105. 105. Ramayana Ancient war Indra, 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.
  106. 106. Haritaki Hara, Hindu name for God (Shiva)
  107. 107. Purifies the mind of its attachments
  108. 108. Haritaki Brings fearlessness face of death & disease
  109. 109. Haritaki trees sprouted from drops from Indra’s chalice
  110. 110. Haritaki Increases mental/spiritual awareness Haritaki called “the mother,” given to children upon premature loss of a parent
  111. 111. 119 Lotus
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  113. 113. Lotus seed and root Brings material/spiritual abundance to life Herbal food relaxes mind & opens heart chakra & root chakra Seeds, especially, assist devotion, spiritual aspirations
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  117. 117. Sandalwood Chandana means “gladdening”
  118. 118. Sandalwood It has a prabhava for giving happiness It is a medhya remedy Open the third eye Devotion and meditation Sandalwood is a vajikarana medicine
  119. 119. Shankpushpi
  120. 120. Shankhapushi Restores clear quality of mind & relaxation Outstanding rejuvenative tonic for mind Profound mystical properties, with affinity for heart, throat, third eye,
  121. 121. Shankhapushi Taken with or prepared in ghee, it promotes tranquility without dulling mind In depression, it uplifts In mania it is calming According to the Astanga Hridyam, ghee, cooked three times with shankpushpi juice and milk, makes even the dullest mind sharp
  122. 122. 130 Thanks for joining us on your health journey