Below you’ll find a few key Ayurvedic herb remedies specifically targeted for the Kapha season, which is characterized by the Earth and Water. By incorporating these herbs into your routine, you can combat the coolness and dampness associated with this season, potentially reducing the risk of colds and flu. These remedies may also help uplift mood and reduce feelings of sadness or moodiness commonly experienced during this time.
I like to focus on herbal teas as the ideal delivery method because it’s gentle and it’s so tasty, too!
Good To Know: The Properties of Herbs
Herbs have many properties. Here are some to point out:
- Rasa is the taste of the herb. The 6 tastes of Ayurvedic nutrition are salty, sweet, sour, astringent, bitter, and pungent.
- The effect on the Doshas. Do they increase or decrease Vata, Pitta, or Kapha?
- Virya or temperature. Are they warming or cooling?
- Vipaka: post-digestive effect (may be same or different from Rasa)
- Gunas or other qualities. Are they dampening or drying? Mobile or stable? Smooth or rough?
- Affinity for specific organs or tissues. Many herbs have a liking for more than one.
- Prahbava or special qualities. Plant magic.
- Emotional affect. How they affect our mood and spirit.
Tulsi: Respiratory & Immunity Tonic
Holy Basil, known as Tulsi, is revered in India as a plant that brings health and fortune due to its health-giving properties. Health is wealth! Tulsi’s tastes are pungent, bitter, and astringent; all tastes that balance Kapha’s heavy, cold, and damp energy.
Tulsi is a warming, stimulating herb that has an affinity for the respiratory system. It’s ideal for wet coughs and congestion because has a drying effect on the respiratory system. It’s tastes are pungent and sweet.
It is also a known adaptogen or immune booster to help in the prevention of illness making it a must-have during the cold season.
I turn to Tulsi tea whenever colds or coughs show up in my family. My kids love it sweetened with honey.
Tulsi teas are easy to find in grocery markets and online. If you’re shopping in a store, look for Organic India tulsi teas.
I love Banyan Botanical’s Joyful Heart the best, which has Tulsi as well as other supportive herbs to support digestion and lift the spirit. This particular tea balances the warming nature of Tulsi with cooling herbs like fennel, hibiscus, and rose. So, soothing! Wonderful as a sun tea in the Summertime, too!
Brahmi: Tonic for The Heart & Mind
Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) is a well-known stimulant and tonic for the nervous system that aids with concentration and focus, which can be helpful during the dark, sometimes dull Winter months. It tastes are bitter, sweet, and slightly astringent (drying); however, it’s vipaka is sweet.
It balances all three doshas and has an infinity for the nervous system. Its overall effect is cooling even though it is warming (a prabhava, or special quality). It also has a special affinity for the skin, which can provide relief for irritated, itchy rashes.
Brahmi is a strong-tasting herb by itself having a rather astringent and bitter taste. So, I like to combine it with other strong-tasting herbs and spices like roasted dandelion root to make a robust, dark brew that can rival most coffee substitutes. If you like the taste of chai, add digestive spices like ginger root and cinnamon chips to make a caffeine-free version. The pungent spices help to deliver Brahmi’s properties deep into the tissues of the body-mind system. An extra boost!
Speaking of dandelion root, which is particularly detoxifying especially to the blood and liver, I like Banyan Botanical’s Bitter & Bold Drink mix that works great as a coffee substitute. It has roasted dandelion root, chicory, carob for a chocolatey flavor, and milk thistle, also a liver detoxifier. You can buy powdered brahmi separately and sprinkle it in as you’re brewing the Bitter & Bold tea.
Turmeric: Anti-Inflammatory & Probiotic
Turmeric is well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to support digestion. It’s tastes are pungent, bitter, and astringent. It is heating and drying and helpful in cold, damp, and congested situations.
It balances all three doshas; however, it can inflame Pitta (fiery Dosha) when used in access. It strengthens the digestive fire (Agni) and stimulates circulation which can be welcome in the long Winter months. It’s a purifying agent for the liver and the blood.
Golden Milk with Turmeric: Like Drinking Sunshine
A simple way to enjoy the benefits of Turmeric is by drinking Golden Milk. You can use a 1/2 teaspoon in a warm cup of milk (any kind) and sweeten it to your taste. It’s like drinking sunshine!
I love Banyan Botanical’s Turmeric Milk Mix because it also has Ashwagandha, a powerful adaptogen (stress reliever), and digestive spices like cinnamon and ginger to help it all digest well. So yummy!
What’s better? Turmeric or curcumin?
Studies have shown that taking the whole herb turmeric may be more effective than taking curcumin, which is a chemical found in turmeric. While you might find it more convenient to pop a curcumin pill, you might not get the other benefits of Tumeric of which there are many including the positive effects on gut health. Ayurveda wisdom suggests taking herbs whole to make use of the intelligence of the whole plant.
Digest & Detox with Coriander, Cumin & Fennel Seeds
Another great tea is Detox Digest CCF tea which has coriander, cumin, and fennel seeds (the trifecta of Ayurveda herbs) along with ginger and turmeric. It’s a spicy, stimulating blend that aids digestion and detoxification. Who knew these pantry staples could be so helpful?
CCF tea is balancing to all three doshas, especially in the digestive system. They are a great combo because they nearly have all the tastes between them.
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Discover Your Personal Herbal Allies in Mind-Body Wellness
Learning the personality of herbs is like getting to know people They have their own characteristics and traits as you have yours. Along those same lines, Ayurveda believes that you should be matched to herbs based on your Ayurvedic constitution and state of the doshas (imbalances). An herb that is working great for your friend isn’t necessarily a good match for you. Please talk to an experienced Practitioner or Herbalist to help you choose the best herbal allies for you.
You can book an Ayurvedic Product Consultation with me to start the conversation.
That said, please know that herbs are not for everyone. Herbs are not appropriate for those pregnant and/or nursing. Please consult with your doctor before taking herbs to make sure they’re right for you or your children and they won’t interact with any medications you or your children are taking.
Please consult with your health care practitioner before the use of any of these products if you are pregnant or nursing, taking medications, or have a medical condition. Keep products out of the reach of children.
Heather R. Burkart
Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner
Founder, Her Well Being Ayurveda & Yoga
Please be advised that the content on this website is for education and information purposes only and does not replace advice from a medical professional.