Ayurvedic Herbs

Top 15 Ayurvedic Herbs and Their Health Benefits

Herbs have been at the heart of Ayurvedic medicine since its inception. Many individuals have relied on them for centuries and found success with things like boosting fertility, decreasing inflammation, and improving mood.

Ayurveda has been around for centuries and is considered one of the traditional Indian systems of medicine. Instead of solely treating illnesses and issues, Ayurveda is based on supporting the health and balance of the body and mind to prevent these problems. Prevention takes a holistic approach, including lifestyle changes, diet, and physical activity.

An important component of diet is supplementation with herbs and spices. Various plant-based ingredients are thought to help reduce issues, prevent disease, and improve aspects of both physical and mental health.

Herbs have been at the heart of Ayurvedic medicine since its inception. Many individuals have relied on them for centuries and found success with things like boosting fertility, decreasing inflammation, and improving mood. Today, science has proven many of these advantages and benefits.

Here are fifteen science-backed Ayurvedic herbs for a happy, healthy mind and body.

Our Fifteen Favorite Ayurvedic Herbs

1. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is one of the foundational herbs of Ayurveda. Scientifically known as Withania somnifera, this woody plant hails from India as well as North Africa. Traditionally, the roots are ground into a powder that can be incorporated into teas, tonics, or taken in capsule form throughout the various stages of a person's life. Ashwagandha berries, also known as Winter Cherry, may also be used in Ayurvedic medicine. The primary advantage of the plant is that it is an adaptogen, helping the body adjust to and combat the damaging effects of oxidative stress. Research has shown that ashwagandha supplementation can reduce cortisol (the stress hormone) levels. Other benefits of ashwagandha include vitality support, a libido boost, decreased inflammation, lower blood sugar, improved memory, and muscle growth.

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2. Shatavari

Asparagus racemosus, or Shatavari, grows in Africa and Southern Asia at high elevations. Its tuberous roots can be ground into a powder, much like Ashwaghnda. In Ayurveda, it is known as the "Queen of Herbs" or "100 Spouses," thanks to its benefits for the female reproductive tract, libido, and vitality. It makes an excellent fertility supplement but can also be used for lactation support and hormonal balance pre and post-menopause. Shatavari, as a stress-busting herb, can also be effective in aiding male fertility

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Shatavari Root

3. Moringa

Moringa is packed with nutrients and is known as "the drumstick tree," where it flourishes in the Indian content. Every part of the moringa tree can be used. Still, the leaves and seeds are usually harvested for teas, tonics, and supplements. It's fantastic for boosting nutrient stores, increasing energy, promoting healthy sleep, and as an antioxidant to cleanse and detoxify.

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Moringa Leaf

4. Vitex

Women with premenstrual syndrome may seek out Vitex for its known benefits of reducing PMS symptoms, decreasing fibroids, and helping with endometriosis. However, Vitex, which is also known as chaste tree berry, is also great for fertility support, as it works to increase progesterone levels. The fruit, native to Western Asia and Southern Europe, has long been a potent remedy in Ayurveda, where it is known as Nirgundi.

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5. Nettles

Ayurveda believes nettles to be rejuvenating and replenishing. Rich in minerals and vitamins, it's a wonderful way to boost your nutrient levels, particularly during the postpartum period. Nettles have been found to support the womb in other ways, too, namely increasing oocytes, oocyte quality, and fertilization rate, especially in those with PCOS.

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Nettle Lead

6. Red Raspberry Leaf

Red raspberry leaf is commonly used as a uterine tonic in late pregnancy. Still, it can also be excellent after birth. It helps to tone and shrink the uterus, returning it to its pre-birth size. Red raspberry leaf is also believed to be a galactagogue, making it ideal for postpartum supplementation.

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Red Raspberry Leaf

7. Maca Root

Ayurveda has used maca to support libido and fertility for ages. The root is particularly potent and works as an energy and vitality booster. This Peruvian tuberous plant has been found to aid semen levels in men, further supporting fertility. As an adaptogen, Maca root can fight stress and possibly even lower blood pressure.

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Red Raspberry Leaf

8. Turmeric

Turmeric has so many benefits, making it a staple of Ayurveda. From fighting inflammation to boosting the immune system, the sunny spice is perfect for uplifting beverages like golden milk. Turmeric has also been found to aid digestion, help regulate menstruation, and increase energy overall. It's a great herb to incorporate into your routine, no matter your life stage. 

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9. Ginger

Ginger's heat and potency are revered in Ayurveda, where it is used to aid digestion, ease illnesses and congestion, and relieve joint pain. When included in a beverage, like golden milk, it has a lovely warming effect on the body. In Ayurveda, ginger is believed to be one of the most sattvic foods, imparting its essences of happiness and calmness to the body. 

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10. Gokshura

Tribulus Terrestris, the scientific name for gokshura, refers to a leafy plant with bright yellow flowers. Coveted for its ability to treat cough, headache, menstruation issues, rheumatic pain, and renal problems in Ayurveda, gokshura is incorporated into many supplements. Fertility remedies may often include gokshura because it is thought to support follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) in women and boost libido.

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11. Mucuna

Also known as velvet bean, mucuna is a potent aphrodisiac. Aiding libido and boosting sexual energy, it's ideal for fertility supplements. Mucuna also affects smooth muscle contractions, assisting with digestion and elimination. Other benefits of mucuna supplementation include decreased stress, increased calmness, and better focus. 

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12. Red Clover

Red clover, a common plant, may be more beneficial than you realize. It's great for circulation, helping to improve blood flow and reduce clotting. These traits can be especially beneficial when trying to rejuvenate the womb, such as after a miscarriage or preparing for pregnancy. Similarly, the plant's high isoflavone levels are thought to help with menopause, reducing negative symptoms like hot flashes. 

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Red Clover

13. Holy Basil 

Holy basil, known as Tulsi in Ayurvedic medicine, is revered for its clarity-promoting characteristics. It's excellent for fighting brain fog, promoting focus, and boosting energy. It can be a valuable addition to anyone's routine who is suffering from stress or burnout. The small leafy shrub is grown throughout Asia and India. It is celebrated for its many benefits, including adaptogenic support, increased circulation, better mental clarity, and improved lung health. 

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Holy Basil

14. Rhodiola 

Rhodiola is a great adaptogen, although it doesn't get as much attention as ashwagandha. Its bright yellow flowers seem to allude to the vitality it can impart when used as a supplement, helping to lower stress, improve energy, decrease fatigue and burnout, and increase stamina. Rhodiola may also help combat depression and anxiety, making it a great ingredient to incorporate in supplements promoting overall health and happiness. 

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15. Motherwort 

Traditionally, motherwort was prescribed to "restore the spirit." Today, many Ayurvedic practices still rely on it to boost energy, decrease burnout, lower stress, and calm the nervous system. It may be particularly helpful for those with stress-induced anxiety. Additionally, motherwort is thought to help regulate menstruation, reduce PMS symptoms, and regulate the circulatory system.

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Ayurvedic Herbs and Supplements

While you can find many of these herbs as stand-alone supplements, taking a well-rounded supplement that combines these powerful plants is a simple and effective way to receive the many benefits they offer. Osh Wellness supplements were carefully crafted by an Ayurvedic practitioner and tailored to suit the various stages and concerns of an individual's life, from preconception to parenthood.

Shruti is the founder of Osh Wellness. She is a professional plant-based chef from Natural Gourmet Institute, NY and a certified IIN health coach. She has been working with Ayurveda, food & nutrition for over 15 years.

This article is not medical advice and is not meant for every situation. Every woman's body is different and may respond differently to treatments or supplements. 

Shruti Mishra