My Top 3 Picks from Maharishi Ayurveda

With the holidays around the corner and busy days ahead I wanted to talk about some products that help me get through these stressful times. What really helps me is to apply Ayurvedic principles  to my life and to take herbs that support my nervous system. Maharishi is one of those companies that has been in the market for a while and is very dedicated to the integrity of their line. It was named after Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who in 1959, embarked on a global quest to teach and share Transcendentalism with the Western world. He also introduced Ayurveda, also known as "the science of life" to many in the West. He was said to be "unyielding" when it came to the purity and authenticity of these ancient formulations. 

The first place to start is to figure out what your dominant dosha is. The doshas are the three bodily energies that make up one's constitution (Pitta- Fire/Water, Vata- Air/ Ether and Kapha- Earth/ Water).  From there you can pick out specific formulations that match your body type. I have been learning more and more about Ayurveda and one of the most incredible plants that has helped me calm down is the rose. I am dominant in pitta so the rose has a very cooling effect for my fiery nature. The rose petal spread is beyond delicious. It is sweet so you don't need a lot but I like to add it to porridge, gluten-free toast or to my desserts (it pairs nicely with chocolate). 

Digest Tone, which happens to be David Lynch's favorite, is also in my medicine cabinet. For those who are trying to keep there weight in check and their liver detoxified (perhaps after all that drinking), this one is for you.

Digest Tone

  • Cleanses, tones and rejuvenates the digestive tract 
  • Detoxifies the liver, intestines and blood 
  • Purifies the urine 
  • Promotes urinary tract health 
  • Enhances the 13 agnis (digestive enzymes) 
  • Assists the body in absorbing nutrients from food. Organic Digest Tone is antioxidant-rich. 
  • Promotes healthy circulation and includes capillary-supporting flavonoids; works as a cardio tonic 
  • Helps body tissue to detoxify slowly, including blood, muscle and fat tissues 
  • Assists with maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol 
  • Constituents include Vitamin C and quercetin 
  • Supports respiratory health 
  • Assists the body with normal elimination, acting as a mild laxative 
  • Assists the body in weight balance 
  • As an added benefit, it is nourishing to both the eyes and the skin

"Worry free" is a remedy I would take all year round. They did a study at UCSD where individuals diagnosed with general anxiety disorder were randomly assigned to receive either Worry Free or a placebo. After three months, those taking Worry Free showed significantly reduced general anxiety (trait anxiety), reduced anxiety in response to a challenging situation (public speaking), and reduction in salivary cortisol (cortisol increases during stress). I also vouch for this product. The combination of these herbs work magically to calm my very busy mind. I can still respond to stress but without depleting my body. 

Worry Free

  • Contributes to clarity of mind and normal brain functioning 
  • Nourishes the brain, and nerve cells throughout the body 
  • Promotes deeper sleep, so you can release tensions at night 
  • Helps cleanse the microcirculatory channels of the body 
  • Nourishes all forms of movement, including thought, speech and actions of the body 
  • Supports the following mental activities: creativity, perception, consciousness and self-realization 
  • Supports the three types of mental ability: learning, memory and recall (dhi, dhriti and smriti) 
  • Supports the brain’s ability to cope with anxiety-producing, stress-related situations

It's pretty amazing how much power is packed into these little guys. What I also like about them is that there is no gelatin capsules involved. I even love the taste. I look at herbs as part of my preventative plan. These herbs can give your body support and foundation to prevent you from crashing. These are wonderful and trusted herbal formulas that might be a good place to start before jumping right into medication for common ailments. Let's show our stress whose boss, shall we?


Interview with vpk® by Maharishi Ayurveda CEO, Alan Marks

Q: Ayurveda philosophy in one sentence?

A: 5,000 years old: A balanced body is resilient and functions without the need for drugs; address imbalance and good health is the symptom.

Q: Could you give us the brief history of MAPI (how and where and why it started)?

A: vpk® by Maharishi Ayurveda was started by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi with the intention of bringing good health to all people. Ayurveda at its core recognizes that each individual is unique and empowers us through this ancient knowledge to take control of our health needs.

Q: Could you talk about the integrity of the product (how much time do you invest in finding the best source of all your herbs?)

A: Our facilities in India employ 20 master Vaidyas (traditional ayurveda experts), who have undergone years of training in the selection, preparation and formulation of herbs addressing balance and health. This knowledge has been maintained by passing it down, in its purity, from generation to generation for thousands of years. We source from wild crafted (harvested in the wild) and sustainable farms. vpk prefers sustainable farming as it maintains the integrity of our natural resources. Whenever possible, we source organic herbs. Many of our formulas are made with a majority of organic plants. Whenever possible we use organics, but we will not change our formulas just to obtain USDA organic as these formulas are ancient and not something we contrive of convenience.

Q: Why do you believe Ayurveda is important even for the modern westerner?

A: The western paradigm is that germs cause disease and the symptoms must be treated. The Ayurvedic paradigm is that germs do not cause disease, but precipitate it in a susceptible host.  So in vpk/Ayurveda we say "don't be a susceptible host", address imbalance and good health is the symptom.

Q: Best Ayurvedic recipe?

A: Kichari — mung dahl & rice with delicious vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda Churnas

   ¼ cup split mung dahl

   ½ cup basmati rice

   6 cups of water

   1 tsp. ghee

   1 tsp. lemon or lime juice

   2 tsp. Organic Vata Churna Calming Spice Mix, Organic Pitta Churna Cooling Spice Mix, or Organic Kapha Churna Stimulating Spice Mix

   1 tsp. chopped cilantro leaves

   Salt to taste

1.     Rinse rice and dahl. Add water and bring to a boil.

2.     Reduce heat to a low boil and continue cooking for about 55 minutes or longer if you wish a thicker consistency.

3.     In a separate pan, heat the ghee. Add the churna and sauté briefly, about 30 seconds or until aroma is let off.

4.     Add to rice and dahl. Add salt, lemon juice and cilantro. Stir well.

Q: What are David lynch's Favorite products?

A: Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus)

Q: What would be the Maharishi product that you could give away as the perfect gift?

A: For worriers: Worry Free, for those with a bit of fire in the personality: Stress Free Emotions, for those prone to sadness: Blissful Joy

Q: What is your favorite product and why?

A: Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus)

Q: What are some Ayurvedic must-have herbs?

A: Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus), Premium Amla Berry, Amrit Kalash

Q: What are some of your top 3 Ayurvedic practitioners/blogs?

A: Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary

Nancy Lonsdorf, M.D. 

The Raj Ayurveda Spa

Q: Can people combine Ayurvedic herbs with medications they are already taking?

A: For the most part yes, but one should always check with their physician when serious illness is being addressed. Our products are based on formulas thousands of years old, so they are time tested. They use whole plant parts and since they are not concentrates or extracts, their side effects are few to none.

Q: Favorite Ayurvedic saying?

A: "Avert the danger that has not yet come".  Ayurveda is preventative in nature. When one detects imbalance at its early stages and addresses them, then it is less likely that serious illness will come about.

Q: Fun Ayurvedic fact

A: The second brain: Our gut is second only to the brain in the amount of nerves it contains.  Every organ in our body is connected to our gut via nerves. When digestion is out of balance, it affects every aspect of our life, body, mind, emotions, etc. This is why Ayurveda always addresses digestion before anything else.