The Three Fruits (plus Rose)
Amalaki (Indian Gooseberry)
The Amla fruit is so prized in India that it is said to be divine. The Charaka Samhita says “Amalaki is the best among rejuvenating herbs”.
Amalaki helps cleanse the body in many ways. By enhancing digestion and food absorption, food is converted into useful substances rather than becoming undigested and toxic.
A rare quality of Amalaki is that it heightens digestion without over-heating the digestive tract, and is traditionally considered one of the best herbs for balancing stomach acidity. It helps support the liver, our primary organs for removing accumulated toxins that come from either dietary and lifestyle errors or from exposure to pollutants.
Amalaki also assists with bowel movements and is supportive to the urinary system by helping the body eliminate excess water in a natural way.
Haritaki (Indian Gallnut)
The great Ayurvedic Sage Charaka, considered Haritaki to be as nourishing as mother’s milk. He also stated that it is good for the digestive system and helps to enhance the absorption of nutrients in food. It cleanses both the micro and macro circulatory channels.
Haritaki is a Rasayana for the eyes and skin and is said to maintain the balance of all aspects of the skin. Sushruta Samhita, a classical Ayurvedic text on surgery, states that Haritaki and Triphala are useful in cleansing wounds and rejuvenating the insides.
Bibhitaki (Beleric myrobalan)
The ancient Ayurvedic text called Sushruta Samhita, says that Bibhitaki helps purify the blood, maintains our blood clotting ability, and purifies, clears and opens our body channels.
Charaka Samhita (another traditional Ayurvedic text) also states that Bibhitaki is ideal for pacifying Pitta and Kapha Dosha; it cleanses the Rasa, Rakta, Mamsa andMeda Dhatus (plasma, blood and fat tissues); is excellent for balancing and nurturing the vocal cords; is antibacterial and is a Rasayana for the eyes.
The Bhavprakash Nigantu text mentions that Bibhitaki is nourishing for the eyes. It is also known to nourish the hair, and helps to maintain the hair roots, colour and thickness.
Shatapatri (Cabbage Rose)
The petals of the Cabbage or Provence Rose (both shatapari and centifolia mean ‘having one hundred petals’) and are renowned for their many health giving properties. They are used in many Maharishi AyurVeda preparations.
Rose petals balance Sadhaka Pitta, the subdosha that governs the heart and emotions. What is less obvious is that rose petals also balance the mind by enhancing the coordination between Sadhaka Pitta and Prana Vata (the subdosha of Vata that governs the brain, head, chest, respiration, sensory perception and the mind).
Like Amalaki, rose petals are cooling, yet they enhance agni, the digestive fire. This is the rare quality that gives balance to all three doshas. They specifically help to maintain the health of the skin, eyes and menstrual flow.