5 best energy-boosting herbs in Ayurveda


energy herbs

Do you feel sleepy or sluggish all the while? Poor stress management and digestion are two major causes for your condition. According to Ayurveda, ‘digestive fire’ or ‘agni’ is the foundation for overall health, and your energy level is directly related to how strong or weak your ‘agni’ is.

Women are prone to suffer from low energy levels than men, due to various reasons like menstrual cycle, pregnancy, childbirth, lactation etc. Women also tend to develop disorders like anaemia, osteoporosis, thyroid problems etc. Ayurvedic herbs are a wonderful option for maintaining women’s health and stamina.
One of the first steps towards fuelling your digestive fire is to drink warm water with a dash lemon as your first drink of the day. But, when toxins get deeply lodged, ayurvedic supplements with the following herbs can play a major role in fighting fatigue and boosting energy levels. They also play a major role in improving immune system functions.

Ashwagandha:

Ashwagandha helps to co-ordinate the main stress response axis in the body. This wonder herb is an adaptogen, implying, it helps your body adapt to stress. Ashwagandha helps by supporting the adrenal glands in response to stress. The herb brings back healthy hormonal balance. It promotes release of hormones that improve digestion and enable smooth absorption of nutrition. The hormones maintain healthy sleeping pattern, sharpen brain functions to improve over-all health of a person. For women, the herb helps in regulating menstrual cycle and curbs symptoms associated with menopause, helping them to maintain energy and stamina. Ashwagandha is one of the best ayurvedic herbs to increase energy levels.

Brahmi:

Brahmi, literally means ‘energy’ or ‘shakti’. It helps in co-ordinating brain’s response to stress. Rather, it can help dampen the impact of stress on the brain, so that, the brain functions optimally. Brahmi is considered to be an energy food that helps us deal with tiredness, particularly, because it improves our mental clarity and alertness and other mental processes like attention, memory, and general cognitive function. Once mental clarity is achieved, people generally feel energetic and carry on with their normal day-to-day activities.

In fact, Ashwagandha and Brahmi, when taken together, can typically offer the best effect.

Triphala

Triphala is one of the most commonly used digestive rasayanas or rejuvenating tonics that promote healthy digestion. Inflammation and toxins can form a barrier in your gastrointestinal tract, which makes absorption of nutrients difficult, leading to fatigue. Triphala reduces inflammation in the intestinal tract, and also removes toxins from your body, thereby improving nutrient absorption. Triphala can be consumed in the form of powder with warm water, or as a pill.

Shilajit

Shilajit is also known as a vitality enhancer and an anti-ageing herb for both men and women. It supplements a range of nutrients, increases frequency of energy producing reactions in body. The herb cures several disorders, helps in secretion of healthy hormones, and helps in management of healthy cholesterol and sugar levels. It protects organs from ageing, and boosts immunity. Due to its efficacy in improving energy levels, Shilajit is referred to as ‘queen of herbs’.

Shatavari

This women-friendly herb is a boon for women, as it rejuvenates the entire body and reproductive system. It increases the body’s healing power and maintains stamina and energy levels. Being a nutritive and an efficient hormone balancer, it provides sound physical and mental health. Shatavari revitalizes kidney functioning, and thus, straightens immune system. It flushes out toxins from the body, helps with energy flow and gives us a boost of fresh energy when consumed.

Apart from taking herbal supplements, do not forget to drink enough water, as this can help fuel the digestive fire in a natural way, giving you a natural energy boost.

(Note: Any of these ayurvedic herbs should be taken only on discussion with an Ayurvedic practitioner and in appropriate dosages.)