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Tejbal

Scientific Name: Zanthoxylum armatum
Local Name/s: Tejbal, Timru, Timur

Tejbal, locally known as Timru or Timur, is a small tree with a large list of potent uses.  The seed pericarp is used as a very pungently sharp pepper-like spice to flavor foods, improve digestion, and to treat a wide variety of imbalances.  The thorns, the bark, and the pericarp are amongst the very best remedies for tooth and gums.  The powerful antioxidants responsible for the spiciness are strong immunostimulants and dynamic anti-inflammatories useful to optimize joint function and minimize infections.  Tejbal branches are also used as a Danda, the Yogi's "magic' walking staff.

Thelu

Scientific Name: Juniperus recurva
Local Name/s: Thelu

Thelu Dhoop, Drooping Juniper, is a very special being.  Native to the Himalayas, this threatened species is seldom seen below 10,000 feet and can live as high as 15,000.  Once called Juniperus religiosa, as Europeans first saw the distinctive drooping graceful curves of its branches around high-altitude monasteries, it indeed is supportive of the deep calm, certainty and clarity required for many Spiritual practices. Medicinally the cones-berries are similar to that of other Junipers, though more potent.

Thuner

Scientific Name: Taxus baccata
Local Name/s: Thuner

Thuner is a Himalayan Yew, a small coniferous tree, the one with the little red ‘aril’ that looks like a berry.  As this tree can grow to be over 2000 years old, the reddish brown wood and bark has long been associated with Immortality, and by extension, death.  A very sacred tree, around the world over the last 15,000 years, from Native Americans to Scythians, it is the wood most favored for making bows. Except for those bright red arils, including the seed within the aril, the entire tree is very poisonous, all parts filled with the deadly alkaloid taxine, the source of taxol, a potent anti breast cancer drug.

Tulsi

Scientific Name: Ocimum sanctum
Local Name/s: Tulsi

For over five millennia, the esteem that Tulsi has earned makes it one of the most cherished and truly legendary of India’s healing herbs. From general well-being to acute critical imbalances, Tulsi’s magnanimous healing nature is used and honored daily by millions for whom it is a first reach herb for cough, colds, flu as well as for any fever or infection. Tulsi potent capability of invoking true wellness via dozens of mechanisms ascends it to the peak of the Yogic, Ayurvedic and Puranic traditions.