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Discover the Top 5 Herbs for Balancing Kapha Dosha in Ayurveda

Updated: 3 days ago

In need of invigoration? Do you have a Kapha imbalance? Emotional eating? Mucus? Allergies? Low mood? Low energy? Weight gain? Cholesterol climbing? Winter and early spring provoke Kapha. Learn about these Ayurvedic herbs and how to easily incorporate these balancing herbs into your daily life.

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Ayurvedic herbs offer a variety of benefits for mind and body and can soothe aggravated doshas. The goal of herbal support during Kapha season is to boost energy, support immune system function, cleanse, and detoxify--to lighten up and enliven.

Discover the Top 5 Herbs for Balancing Kapha Dosha in Ayurveda

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Tulsi: A sacred plant for body and mind, tulsi is also known as holy basil. It is warming, clears the mind, and imparts is sattvic (peaceful, balanced) qualities. Tulsi supports a healthy immune system and promotes healthy lungs and respiratory tract--which are Kapha areas.

Ideal for Vata and Kapha, for Pitta tulsi needs to be used moderately.

How to Incorporate Tulsi:

  • Kapha is comprised of water and earth elements and it's the densest of the doshas. Low energy? Gained weight? Climbing cholesterol numbers? Feeling dull in general? These are just a few signs of Kapha imbalance. Try our specialized Kapha Ayurveda Massage Oil blend which includes warming herbs like tulsi and cinnamon. 

  • Try a warm cup of tulsi tea or tulsi ginger tea.

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Ginger:  Ginger ignites agni (digestive fire) and promotes heat in the body. Ginger can help expel mucus, stimulate the metabolism, and kickstart sluggish indigestion.

Balancing for Vata and Kapha, may aggravate Pitta.

How to Incorporate Ginger:

  • A versatile staple in the kitchen, use fresh ginger root or powder in your cooking or as a tea. Ginger is sweet and pungent, so it tastes great in both sweet and savory dishes. Add powdered ginger to oatmeal or a warm cup of milk. Finely grate fresh ginger for a tasty vegetable sauté.

  • Try a warm cup of ginger tea, or tulsi ginger tea.

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Turmeric: Astringent turmeric has antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is cleansing and mobilizing – while supporting immune system function.

Balances all three doshas but too much and it may aggravate Vata and Pitta.

How to Incorporate Turmeric:

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Cinnamon: Heating and sweet and spicy, cinnamon enkindles digestive and other fires (agni), helps to eliminate toxins (ama), reduces Kapha dosha in the respiratory system, and it increases circulation to the extremities (warm up those cold toes!)

Heating and sweetly delicious, cinnamon is balancing to Vata and Kapha, but may aggravate Pitta.

How to Incorporate Cinnamon:

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Pippali: A relative of black pepper, pippali is an effective decongestant, pippali is great for managing coughs and releasing mucus.

Supportive for Vata and Kapha, but Pitta needs to enjoy pippali in moderation.  

How to Incorporate Pippali:

  • Add a pinch of pippali to your meals. Sprinkle it on top or add it while cooking. Either way, this herb will stoke your digestive fire and burn ama and supports healthy metabolism.

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As with all herbs, the tenet of Ayurveda is that what works well for one person may be incorrect, imbalancing for another. To know what herbs are correct for you, schedule a consultation with an experienced Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner. (Herbs listed are for informational purposes only.)

"Ayurveda is gentle and effective because it is not a one size fits all approach. It is a compassionate look at the unique you-body, mind, and spirit, and gaining a clear picture of what is going on for you. Then, with clarity and specificity, providing the gentlest herbal remedies. It's not everyone should take ashwagandha, it IS about you and only you, and what optimally supports your balance." - Veena, Saumya Ayurveda

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Veena is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and meditation teacher, and monk.

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