To benefit and feel the healing properties from herbs is so much more intricate than just taking a herb for a condition. It is an art! This art is combining harmony “notes” to create a song or “colours” to create a perfect picture that matches you, your body, emotions and characteristics. However, like a musician creating beautiful music, creating a herbal formula that sings perfectly for you takes some investigation and enquiry.
The “action” of the herb is only one component of understanding herb’s potential. There are elements, qualities, tastes and what we call “Doshas” both in the “person” and in the “plants”. It is not an easy process to find herbs that truly match you and your ailment and perhaps this is why many people say “herbs don’t work for me” . Herbs do work! And, it requires a synergistic blending.
I have created an effective and relatively easy formula you can use in conjunction with this website to match YOU synergistically with herb(s). First, though, creating formulas is a deeply intuitive process that strengthens the more you know yourself and the herbs you are working with.
This website lists all our our herbs by Body Systems, 3 Doshas, 5 tastes and the herbal actions as seen in the tabs below. You will be referring to there tabs in your artistic, investigative creation. Have fun!
Assignments for Herbs
TAB A Herbs Assigned To Body Systems
Links to Herbs for Body Systems
TAB B Herbs Assigned to Doshas (Elements) and Tastes
TAB C Herbs Assigned to Herbal Actions
So, let’s get started on how to formulate your perfect healing tincture…
To start, please get a blank piece of paper and make 6 columns as follows
1 2 3 4 5
My Ailment Description Dosha Taste Herbs
Column 1 My Ailment
Here you will record what is ailing you; what body organ, system or tissues do you wish to effect?
We will work on ONE ailment at at time. (Blends can be made for multiple ailments, but we suggest you start with ONE for the first time). Use the Tab A ( above) to help you assign a body system. Sometimes two body systems are involved. If you are familiar with Herbal Actions, you can review Column C tab above.
OVER to Column 5 Herbs
You going write at least 8 (or more) herbs listed in the “body system” category you choose and reviewed (Tab A). Each body system lists all the herbs available at the end of the article. At this point, just choose the herbs that resonate with you. You do not need to read about the herb at this point…and it is probably better you do not do so. This is mostly intuitive. There is no need for perfection at this point, If you are familiar with “actions” you can also choose herbs from these categories too but it is not that important.
Column 2 Elemental Description
In column 2, we identify the “core element” of your ailment. These are “basic” descriptive terms as listed below. For example, if you have congestion in the lungs, you might describe it as hot, wet, heavy and loose. Choose your descriptions from ONLY from this list below.
Dry or Wet/Oily, Moist
Cold or Hot/Warm
Heavy/Oily or Light
Sharp or Dull
Constrictive or Loose
Column 3 DOSHA
Now we are going to identify the Dosha with the Element in Column 2. The list is below. For example, if you identified “Hot” as an element, you would write “Pitta” in column 3. A sample is shown below.
Dry, Light, Cold, Sharp = VATA
Hot, Sharp/Warm, Light, Constrictive = PITTA
Cold, Heavy, Wet, Oily, Loose, Dull = KAPHA
Column 4 Tastes
In column 4, you will identify the “tastes” based on the Dosha identified in column 3 (these tastes pacify/decrease the dosha). So, next to Vata, you will write Sw, Sr St in column 4.
Vata = ￼ Sweet Sour￼ Salty (Sw, Sr, St)
Pitta = Sweet Bitter Astringent (Sw, B, A)
Kapha = Pungent Bitter Astringent (P, B, A)
Now add up the “tastes” you have recorded like in this sample and put the totals of each taste at the bottom of the column.:
This gives you a good overview of the herbal “taste” you require. The top 2 are the most important to you and your “ailment”.
Back To Column 5
This is a list of the original herbs you recorded at the beginning and added to your “Wishlist” and in Column 5.
Now armed with the information you have recorded in the other columns, you have a good idea of what works for YOUR ailment in regards to tastes, elements and actions. Now lets do our research.
Read about your original herbs listed in Column 5 by going to your “Wishlist” and clicking on the herbs.. All of our herbs on this website have been assigned elements, Doshas, tastes. Next to each herb, put a check for every “marker” found corresponding to your chart attributes.
Another way: You can do a search (box is top sidebar) on the “elements”, “doshas” and “tastes” you have recorded. In this search, if the herb in your list appears, put a marker next to it. For example, type “hot” or “pungent” or “Pitta” into the search box and see if your herbs in column 5 are recored in the list.
The top 4 to 5 herbs (the ones with the most markers) will make a wonderful remedy for your ailment.
You have created your perfect, synergistic herbal formula.
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