Ayurveda 101: Knowing your Clays

Hey guys! So, I finally got the strength to do this post….it may probably need to be sectioned cos’ I am going H.A.M on Ayurveda!

Alright, so my friend Ekene, who I ‘famz’ a lot here got some ayurvedic clays & wanted my opinion on the ones she got. In the middle of our discussion, I realized something… Mind-breaking..really, astonishing. I realized that technically speaking, most ayurvedic clays particularly the ones I have aren’t even clays at all! Yes, *insert gasp here*.

So why do we call them all Ayurvedic clays? Semantics abi? Anyways, that’s not why we’re here. We’re here to know our clays.

I’ll start up with the ones I have. I’ll read up on the others later and subsequently do posts on them. Here goes nothing.

Currently in my ayurvedic stash are:

  • Shikaikai (acacia concinna) – Shikaikai is actually ground seeds from the plant.
  • Amla (phyllantus emblica) – I’m pretty sure we’re all familiar with alma: the powder is actually from dried gooseberry.
  • Reetha (sapindus mukorosse)- Basically dried soapnuts, which is why it is expected to lather when used.
  • Multanni mitti – This is actually altered volcanic ash, known for absorbing impurities. Yup.
  • Brahmi (bacopa monnieri) – Dried and powdered perennial herbs.
  • Bringraj (eclipta alba)- Dried and grinded false daisy.

Hesh multani mati

Well, it turns out the bulk of what I have isn’t technically clay but rather ground seeds/leaves/flowers. The plants are renowned for their benefits, which of course may overlap. They are then processed to different forms like ‘clays’, oils etc.

I hope this helps. I’ll get into their benefits and how-to-use pretty soon.

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