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BanTulsi

Scientific Name: Origanum vulgare
Local Name/s: Bantulsi

BanTulsi is Himalayan Oregano that acquired Tulsi’s name via deep socio-religious contexts, illustrating its importance.  Being deliciously fragrant and physically beautiful it demands engagement, and indeed, we have used this herb for at least 50,000 years.  More recently, Hippocrates used oregano as an antiseptic, lung tonic and digestive while today it is a first-reach potent broad-spectrum antimicrobial immunostimulant, in fact, kudos to Ben Heron in establishing its renown and availability for MRSA therapy.

Bathuwa

Scientific Name: Chenopodium album
Local Name/s: Bathuwa

Bhathuwa is a genetically-ancient, gluten-free, non-allergenic, low-glycemic index, nutrient-dense herb, green vegetable, and grain, perfect for our day and age.  Also known as Goosefoot and Lamb’s Quarters, it is used around the world and has kept us fed for tens of thousands of years. Indicating extreme popularity, it has at least 27 names in Sanskrit, including Shakaraja, ‘King of Vegetables.’ This ‘superfood’ is important to ‘The People’ as it’s ‘off-the charts’ nourishing and a zero-tillage intercrop.

Bhateru

Scientific Name: Juniperus communis
Local Name/s: Bhateru

This is common Juniper, the largest ranged woody plant in the Northern Hemisphere, whose spicy female cones (berries) and fragrant leaves are used by healers everywhere, the cones especially to optimize the uro-genital tract, and the leaves to support lungs.  Juniper berries prime treatment in UTI/Cystitis, and as a uterine stimulant/abortifacient. A strong antibiotic and anti-cancer against drug-resistant tumors it is burned, akin to Sage, for shamanic purification and protection daily.

Brahmakamal

Scientific Name: Sassurea obvallata
Local Name/s: Brahmakamal

In many ways there is no herb nor flower that surpasses Brahmakamal, the Lotus of Brahma, thriving on top of the world at 17,000 feet high in the Himalayas.  Filling the valleys with visual and aromatic beauty, the unique hermaphrodite flowerheads, which unify the masculine and feminine, are whitish-purple and protected in orb-like layers of greenish-yellow, papery bracts that are redolent of a timeless temple. Offered to Vishnu at Badrinath and to Nanda Devi, this revered being is used in Ayurveda and Tibetan medicine to optimize and enliven subtle neuro-endrocrine-nadi circuits within.


Brahmi

Scientific Name: Centella asiatica
Local Name/s: Brahmi

Brahmi/ Gotu Kola is one of the world’s most powerful adaptogenic longevity herbs.  An indespensible tonic of Sage apothecaries across Asia, it helps calm, replenish, nourish, protect and rebuild the nervous system including enhancing cross-hemisphere connections. By optimizing blood, artery and lymph function Brahmi clears the congestion precluding all flows thereby promoting an increased brain circulation that enhances energy, mood, memory, concentration and cognitive executive functions. 

Burans

Scientific Name: Rhododendron arboreum
Local Name/s: Burans

Sometimes entire Himalayan mountainsides burst with a deep crimson red, the flowers of Burans, the state tree of Uttaranchal, the most common tree in the Himalayas.  Typically the flower orbs are taken fresh, as a jam, or a chutney, to treat diabetes, liver, pain and colon dysfunction.  It is an analgesic that works deep on central inhibitory mechanisms and treats diabetes by promoting insulin secretion, glycolysis, hepatic hexokinase activity, by decreasing gluconeogenesis, and by increasing glutathione mediated detoxification with results equaling Milk Thistle’s silymarin.

Burdock

Scientific Name: Arcitum lappa
Local Name/s: Jungly Kuth

Burdock is a deeply detoxifying, liver/blood purifying ‘World’ herb, a bitter tonic with over 30 Latin binomial synonyms, signifying its global use. 10th century Saxons: infected wounds; Chinese: diabetes; Renaissance Europe: malaria; Canada: cancer/essiac; Brazil: infectious disease; Japan: gobo; India: liver. A paragon of the Asters (Daisy, Sunflower, Calendula, Pushkarmool, Yarrow) it combines the potent power of dandelion, manjishta, and neem, all in a delicious vegetable, which, when fermented, is nigh unto a probiotic superfood.