Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine


I am loving every minute of learning about Ayurveda, it’s like lots of light bulbs going off at each immersion weekend with lots of gaps been filled. Whilst it can be overwhelming, there is a lot of new information to learn and implement, not to mention the Sanskrit lesson. But it’s worth it for the positive impact Ayurveda has made on my own life, Kevin’s and this will filter out further my friends, family and lovely clients I get to work with everyday.


I completed a Diploma in Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Nutrition in May 2018 and passed with a High Distinction. Honestly I just wanted to pass, my exam was less than a month after my Mother-in-Law Liz passed away and I had organised my flights to fly down to London for my exam and come back the same day to celebrate her 60th Birthday, which turned out to be the day we scattered her ashes. So I was just hoping to get through the exam and pass.

Thankfully I had absorbed myself in the course, reading and re-listening to lectures whenever I could, working on case studies and talking about Ayurveda during my yoga classes and to clients. If you’re not sure what Ayurveda is, you can read more here.

I’ve now started my second year (which is actually 18 months) of study, each month I have an immersion weekend - 2 full days of study where we’re diving much deeper into disorders such as Skin Disorders, Asthma, Arthritis. As well as Q+A sessions, Sanskrit lessons and monthly medicine classes.

“Health is our true wealth”

and so learning Ayurveda is the best investment of our life

It’s such a privilege to learn under Dr Deepika and Dr Wathsala - the course is drawn from the 6-year Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery degree, extracting only that which is directly relevant to using and practicing Ayurveda in today’s modern world.

We already have a huge range of remedies and a range of herbs that we prescribe so I thought I should explain a bit more about what medicines I currently have and their benefits.

Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine

All our Ayurvedic herbs are sourced from my Ayurvedic Dr who has developed these herbs which are grown and manufactured in Sri Lanka, produced to the highest quality.

Ayurveda view’s food as medicine so during consultations I might refer to remedies which you can make at home using simple everyday ingredients with things like ginger, sugar, honey, cumin, coriander, turmeric, fenugreek etc.

I’m confident in the quality of the herbs I am offering you, that they are ethically sourced and of high quality. Some herbs bought on the market can be diluted with chickpea powder or they may be a much smaller dose not giving you the effect you need.

I also advise against diagnosing yourself and buying supplements, as you can do more harm than good, just because it’s ‘natural’ doesn’t mean it’s right for you. We need to look at your imbalances as well as your natural constitution to determine the correct diet and lifestyle for you to help alleviate symptoms. may not have the effect you are looking for.

Turmeric capsules is an example and I hear so many people are taking these capsules. clever marketing at the moment. While it is

During your consultations (every 2-3 weeks) we’ll adjust your diet and herbs based on your symptoms and according to your Ayurvedic Dosha, Vata, Pitta, Kapha.

The herbs I may prescribe come in herbal powders known as (choorna) or in tablet form. should be prescribed by an Ayurvedic Dr or Consultant.


Triphala is made up of three herbs Amalaki, Bibhitaki and Haritaki. Triphala is a common Ayurvedic Herb for increasing the digestive fire, it’s strengthening, a light detoxification and rejuvenation of the tissues.

Triphala is suitable for all three doshas (Tri-dosha) - Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Triphala can treat a range of digestive issues such as gastritis, loss of appetite, bloating, constipation as well as helping to improve skin disorders, insomnia, hair loss/thinning/greying.


This plant grows wild and is cultivated in Asian countries like Sri Lanka, India and African countries.

Shatavari is an aphrodisiac, nerve tonic, antiseptic, immuno-stimulant, diuretic, rejuvenative. It helps supports women’s disorders, menopause, fertility, increase libido, menstrual problems

Decrease pitta, vata & kapha balancing


"Ashwagandha" is Sanskrit for "smell of the horse," which refers to both its unique smell and ability to increase strength.

Ashwagandha is similar to that of ginseng in Chinese medicine. It is indigenous to India and Sri Lanka and other Asian countries and part of Africa.

Ashwagandha increases energy and provides strength to the body tissues, it’s anti inflammatory, stimulant and diuretic. Ashwagandha is suitable for poor circulation, reducing stress, insomnia, male & female infertility, it’s known to increase the quantity of reproductive tissues, increase sexual energy. The plant is useful for anaemia, hypertension, insomnia and nervous breakdown.

Ashwagandha Increases energy - Ashwagandha Increases Vata. Balances Pitta, Decreases Kapha

Derma Ved Cream

A unique preparation of 25 naturally active herbs with Acacia, Venivel and Coral Tree seed plant extracts blended with Shea Butter or Vaseline.

Instantly relieves itchiness, discomfort and inflammation associated with eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and rosacea. Alleviates the stress of dry, sensitive and troubled skin, helping it to heal and repair.

Made from sustainably wildcrafted herbs according to an ancient Ayurvedic formula.

Apply to affected area. Can apply once or more than once a day as needed

Find out more about Dermaved here - http://www.dermaved.com/

Can be used for the following skin conditions:

  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Rosacea

  • Acne

  • Dermatitis

  • Dry Skin Conditions

  • Heat rash

  • Nappy rash

  • Minor burns / sunburn

  • Insect bites

  • Cradle cap

  • Scars

  • Razor burns

  • Scrapes

  • Eye cream

  • Cuticle repair

Available to buy at The Barn



Five Herbs Tea

ThisIt An Ayurvedic Herbal tea comprises of the five herbs which individually and synergistically in combination act to give the desired counter to daily stress. This herbal tea that calms the mind, body and nervous system, helps you to relax, induces sleep and is stress relieving.

Available to buy at The Barn



Muscle Guard

My Dad is very old school when it comes to health care, so when I gave him a tube of Muscle Guard I expected him to tell me it was rubbish. I was shocked when he told me it gave him relief from nerve pain in his elbow, he told everyone about this cream, about how good it’s been for him.

Is a herbal cream which provides relief from  muscular pain, joint pain, neuralgic pain, muscle cramps, sprains, stiff neck,, back aches, contusions and abrasions, joint stiffness

To Use - Apply on affected area and massage. Use several times a day for best results.

Available to buy at The Barn


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Massage Oils

As part of a daily routine, Ayurveda suggest we perform a massage (called Abhyanga) we have massage oils that you can use for

  • Vata Body Massage Oil Sesame oil, infused with Jasmine and Frangipani essential oils

  • Pitta Body Massage Oil Sesame oil, infused with Vetiver and Cedarwood essential oils

  • Kapha Body Massage Oil Sesame oil, infused with Lemongrass essential oil

Available to buy at The Barn


Book an appointment for Ayurveda Consultation, Follow Up + Herbs - £110 at The Barn,ML7 5TT, Central Scotland, UK, consultations are also available via Skype.



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Hello, I’m obsessed with my new puppy Riley, I could eat pancakes for breakfast everyday and I’m obsessed with helping others feel their best by alleviating pain through yoga, hands on treatments and Ayurveda.