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Nature’s Pharmacy: Ayurvedic Healing with Flowers

July 11, 2024

Pushpa Ayurveda as a concept is something that is based off the principles that exist on the balance and harmony of the mind, spirit and the body.

This type of Ayurveda employs medicines of the herbal type, aromatic oils, essences made from flowers, in order to be the solution to any condition of the mental, physical or emotional type.

Flowers used in Ayurvedic practices are classified on 3 different things such as Virya which is potency, Rasa which is taste, Guna which is therapeutic actions, and Vipaka which is a post digestive effect.

These flowers are also put into different categories according to 3 doshas; the Kapha, Vata and Pitta.

Flowers used by ayurvedic physicians are the hibiscus, rose, lotus and jasmine flowers.

Taste, therapeutic effects and other properties.

Rasa which is Taste: In this type of practice, the taste refers to the discerned flavour of a particular matter and the effect this substance has on an individual’s body. These various florals have different tastes including salty, astringent, pungent, sour, bitter and sweet. These different tastes are attributed to acts therapeutic in nature and specific qualities of these Ayurvedic practices.

Virya which is potency: Virya correlates to the ability of cooling or healing of a particular matter in an individual’s body.

Vipaka which is a post digestive effect: This effect correlates to the taste that surfaces after the process of digestion has taken place. This can be either pungent or sweet.

Guna which is therapeutic effects: This property talks about how the different qualities of a specific matter that can affect the body and the mind of an individual.

Methods used by Flora Physicians in this line of treatments.

In these practices of Ayurveda, florals are highly valued for their medicinal and therapeutical uses. Some of these methods are:

Remedies of the Herbal type: Physicians mix different flowers with the different herbs, roots, and botanicals available to create different mixtures such as oils, powders, and tinctures for example.

Aromatherapy: The aroma of flowers can be used for the aromatherapy process for people. These physicians make use of essences made of flowers, essential oils, hydrosols that are procured from flowers to be added to massage oils, and diffusers for example.

Flower teas and infusions: Florals such as hibiscus, chamomile and roses are used regularly by experts in Ayurveda to make teas and herbal mixes. It is generally very beneficial for people to help improve their digestion, to relieve them of stress, and in general better health for those people when they drink regularly.

External Uses: These florals can help with different skin ailments, such as skin inflammation for example. For instance Rose and Jasmine is helpful for skin irration and inflammation. These physicians suggest you use ointments with floral essences for example to help.

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