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Healing With Ayurvedic Herbs and Spices

  • Sage Center for Yoga & Healing Arts 1907 Wyandotte St. Kansas City, MO 64108 (map)



Taught by Sarah Kucera, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner

As herbs are gaining more popularity in the wellness world, it's important to be educated on what it is you're choosing to consume for healing and overall well-being. Medicinal herbs and culinary spices have varying effects and what is good for one person for a specific need, may not be good for another. For example, the popular adaptogenic herb ashwagandha isn't as favorable to take in the summer because it creates a heating effect in the body. Another adaptogen, shatavari, would be an excellent replacement.

For common spices used in cooking, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom and medicinal herbs like ashwagandha, shatavari, and triphala we'll review the following:

  • Rasa: The taste. Ayurveda has six tastes and we'll discuss the importance and elemental makeup of each.
  • Virya: The potency or energy, such as if it is heating or cooling.
  • Vipak: The post-digestive effect. What happens after your body processes it? Does it process as sweet or pungent, etc.?  Is it creating a drying effect, a heating effect, etc.?
  • Gunas: These are the descriptive words that describe the elements and thus, everything. Is it dry, light, or heavy and oily?
  • Dhatus: The tissues. There are seven tissues in Ayurveda. We'll discuss them all, as it is important in selecting the right herb for you.

If you are new to herbal therapies, have a budding interest, or have been using herbs but without the full scoop, this workshop is for you!