Botanical Name: Saraca indica
- English: Asok tree, Ashoka
- Unani: Ashoka
- Sanskrit: Kankeli
- Also, known as: Asokam, Asok, Ashoku, Gandhapushpa, Ashogam, Ashokpatta, Taamrapallava, Ashokadamara, Ashokamara, Hempushpa, Kankalimara
Habitat: Throughout India, except Northwestern India.
Parts Used: Tree bark
Ashoka consists of dried stem bark of Saraca indica, collected in spring from mature wild or cultivated trees found in Central and Eastern Himalayas. The Ashoka is prized for its beautiful foliage and fragrant flowers. It is a handsome, small, erect evergreen tree, with deep green leaves growing in dense clusters
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herb to any super food herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herb with honey or glycerin to make paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, gives you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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