Boswellia Serrata: The Frankincense that Commanded the Price of Gold

Long before processed paper symbolized currency, the plants themselves directly moved from hand to hand in the economic exchange, acting in their own right through myriad displays of desirable qualities.  In days past, the Frankincense resin in particular held the power to take away pain, purify and electrify the air and senses, and buy the very allegiances of gods.

Boswellia Serrata, a small deciduous tree member of the Burseraceae Family, produces the Indian Frankincense Resin when wounded.

This gooey, intoxicating substance is secreted by the trees when they are wounded, and is a gift for any human to ever consume in turn, to ease the pain of our own wounds.

This is our raw material.

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Pine Resin Drop

After growing these trees organically in India, our partners carefully harvest their resin and perform a Supercritical (CO2) extraction.  This process yields a potent concentration of the plants’ highly active terpenes, or volatile oils; the molecules responsible for the aroma that commanded the price of Gold.  You will not find another supercritically extracted Boswellia supplement in herbal commerce.  It’s too sticky.  No one but Tattva’s Herbs will give the time and attention necessary for this arduous task.

Boswellia Serrata, Indian frankincense or Salai is called Shallaki in Sanskrit.  While it is true that our Boswellia CO2 extract contains 257 mg of Boswellic Acid per capsule, the part of the plant studied for it’s effect on pain receptors, let us not mistake milligrams with United States currency.  Today one can purchase a 120 count bottle of Boswellia Serrata CO2 extract for $49.95 U.S., however this aromatic treasure still holds preeminence in religious rituals, has been offered as a sacred gift to royalty, and widely traded for riches such as gold and jewels throughout human history.

Gum Olibanum, Dhoop, India

In our next edition, we will explore the medicinal applications of this precious substance Mother Earth so graciously loans us, along with Her stern instruction to use this medicine wisely and with gratitude.

Allergies and Ayurveda: A simple guide to the herbs of sweet relief

Greetings, fellow Seasonal Allergy Sufferers.  Now is the season when so many of us, from all walks of life, come together with our tissues and eye dropsturmeric roots in bag and cry; “mercy!”  As you well know, the Ayurvedic approach to alleviating seasonal allergies is deep and wide, encompassing every aspect of health including; diet, activity, mind/body techniques, pranayama, and finally, herbal supplementation.  Many explorations on these topics can be found with a quick google search, so for today, we will concern ourselves only with the last category; herbal supplementation.

While any dosha imbalance can exhibit allergic symptoms, the most common spring allergies of runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, and sluggish energy characterizes a classic Kapha imbalance.  Damp, heavy, cold, sluggish, and inflamed; the Kapha imbalance profile perfectly mirrors our unfortunate present condition.  To create movement, discharge toxins and cool the cascade of inflammation are the primary goals of an herbal approach to relief.

In Ayurveda, supporting digestive fire, or agni, is the cornerstone of all healing, and the lack of this fire, the foundation of all disease.  The corresponding and integral re-action to strong agni, is the efficient removal of toxins, or ama.  This dual approach to healing makes no exception for relieving seasonal allergies. The following herbal offerings, all work to increase agni and thus encourage removal of ama, creating dynamic movement in the Kapha stalemate of seasonal allergies.  Generally, we recommend one capsule, two times a day, but dosage of these tonic herbs can be gradually increased during acute situations. For long-term dosage adjustments, we recommend consulting your Health Care Professional.

Turmeric Curcumin and Ginger, two members of the Zingiberaceae family, increase digestive ami and reduce inflaturmeric cuppammation of the mucus membranes in the respiratory system. These aromatic, pungent and spicy roots inspire the digestive system to optimal operation. Traditional ginger and lemon tea, with the addition of Turmeric can be a nice alternative to swallowing pills. Our capsules can be opened and poured out into hot water, with lemon and honey, for a daily agni- increasing tea.  I recommend a non-dairy milk in times of excess mucus production, as unfermented dairy can further stagnate the Kapha imbalance.

Amla, while exhibiting the most concentrated amount of vitamin C found in the vegetable kingdom at more than 3000 mgs per fruit, supports a healthy inflammation response, the elimination of toxins, and strong regulation of nutrient absorption.

Triphala adds to the power of Amla (Amalaki), both Bibhitaki and Haritaki.  Bibhitaki promotes healthy mucus production, and haritaki tones the mucus membrane of the intestinal wall.   This potent yet gentle Trio, considered in India as the greatest and most versatile of all herbal formulations, works synergistically to promote internal cleansing of stagnate and excessive conditions, and aids in strong digestion and assimilation of food.

Chyawanprash also wields the steady power of Amla, as the first fruit in a list of nearly 50 rejuvenative herbs in a sweet jam of ghee and honey.  Considered rasayana, a Sanskrit word describing an elixir of life, Chyawanprash decreases both Kapha and Vata, while increasing Pitta.  This ancient rasayana treat balances the immune system, strengthens the respiratory system and supports healthy cleansing and elimination of toxins.

An important addition to the agni-increasing family of herbs is Ashwagandha. Ashwagandha is most well-known for its adaptogenic support of the adrenal glands, so easily depleted by our busy lives and poor nutrition, and at this task, it does excel. However, of equal and less proclaimed value, is Ashwagandha’s unique ability to modulates, or balance, the immune system.  This action cannot be underestimated in the case of allergic reactions, which send this life saving system into inflammatory hyperdrive.

For a well-rounded herbal approach to seasonal suffering; Turmeric Curcumin, Ginger, Amla, Triphala, Chyawanprash, Ashwagandha and of course, don’t forget your Neti Pot!

Ayurvedic substitutes for conventional treatments

The roots of Ayurveda can be found in the Vedic scriptures known as “Atharvaveda”. The Vedas are some of the oldest scriptures on Earth, with the original texts dating back to 1500 BCE.   The original texts are still available and highly respected worldwide.


Atharvaveda deals with a variety of medical treatments for treating the sick and unhealthy. Therapies used in the treatments are Yoga, Meditation, Aroma, Herbs, Diet, Astrology, Gems and Stones, Amulets, Massage and Surgery.

Traditional Indian beliefs give further insight into the Vedas. It is said that the Indian deity Vishnu was reincarnated on Earth as Saint Veda Vyasa and wrote all the Vedas. His students Charak, Sushruta and Vagbhata wrote about their research on the Vedas and classified the medical practices described in Atharvaveda as Surgical, Medical and Holistic.

This research was originally written in “Sanskrit” but has been translated into English and modern Indian languages. Recent studies shed more light on this ancient study of medicine. Atharvaveda has been classified into the following eight forms of medical treatments:

  • Kaya Chikitsa governs internal diseases and infections
  • Shalakya Tantra involves body parts above the neck
  • Shalya Tantra deals with surgery
  • Agada Tantra offers treatment for poisons (both endogenous and exogenous)
  • Bhuta Vidya relates to psychology
  • Kumar Bhartiya oversees pediatrics
  • Rasayana is the science of rejuvenation and youthfulness
  • Vajikarna addresses the science of fertility

Charaka Samhita: Charaka Samhita was written by Charaka during the reign of the Indian deity Krishna (another reincarnation of Vishnu). Charaka had a holistic approach.  His belief that the body and soul have a deep connection was clearly seen in his holistic treatment of all disorders. Charaka Samhita was written in Sanskrit and has 8400 verses.

Sushrut Samhita: Sushruta was a student of Charaka who broadened the horizon of Ayurvedic knowledge by expanding on the original texts. Sushruta Samhita deals with the surgical way of medical treatment. Believe it or not, Sushruta performed plastic surgery, fracture treatments, cosmetic surgery, prosthetic surgery, and transplanted organs – all in the 6th BC! No wonder today he is called the “Father of Surgery”. He believed that surgery and medicine together constitute a true way of treating disease. Sushruta explained 72 different surgical treatments and used over 125 instruments to perform these surgeries.

Ashtanga Hridaya: Vagbhata studied human psychology and wrote Ashtanga Hridaya in the 6th Century BC. He emphasized the psychological aspect of disease by expounding on the work of Charaka Sushrut and Samhita Sushrut. His approach was more holistic than spiritual and he believed that 85% of all disease could be cured without the intervention of doctors.

Though Ayurveda originated from the Hindu religion, it has propagated across the globe and is serving humanity in a variety of ways. Ayurveda preaches service to the sick as the only way for medical practitioners, healers and doctors to achieve happiness.


Ayurvedic ways of living a Healthy Life: Balancing your Doshas

Ayurveda is one of the most ancient systems of medicine used for healing and treating illness. However Ayurveda has many facets other than purely medicinal. The more you explore, the deeper you go, the more enlightening is the knowledge that shows you different ways, all of which lead you toward a blissful life.sunset over water.jpg

Ayurveda defines “body” in the form of three “Doshas”. The human body is made up of three Doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. It is important to keep these Doshas balanced within the body to live a healthy and peaceful life. Vata is derived from Air and hence regulates bodily functions such as respiration, blood circulation, mental activity and physical movements. People with imbalanced Vata may suffer from physical and mental illness. Balancing Vata is a difficult task but it’s not impossible. Performing specific Yoga Asanas and Meditation with a combination of a balanced diet would yield magical results. Pranayam helps regulate the respiratory activities and cleans the respiratory pipe, increasing the oxygen level in the blood. Also it helps stimulate the nervous system. Sun Salutation & Meditation can be accompanied with Pranayam to stimulate the physical and mental activities. It is important to follow a balanced diet while practicing Yoga. People with predominant Vata should include foods that provide instant energy and warmth to the body. mangos cropGinger, cardamon, cinnamon, almonds, pumpkin, lemon, carrots, asparagus, bananas, mangoes all help warm the body and enhance circulation. Drinking warm water and herbal teas helps decrease the chances of dehydration and prevents hunger pangs.

Pitta derived from Fire and Water is the major source of energy for the human body. A Pitta imbalance is commonly found in Humans during the Summer Season when the solar power drives the Pitta. Excessive heat generation in the body, peptic ulcers, hot flashes, acid reflux, and inflammation are all physical problems one may suffer from Pitta imbalance. At the same time, one can suffer from mental problems such as aggressive behavior, anger, impatience, anxiety, and frustration. To balance Pitta, one should practice a daily routine with clearly defined hours of sleeping, eating, working and other regular activities. Gentle Yoga Asnas with a blend of Pranayam and Meditation will keep the body calm and cool. Diet should include watery fruits like watermelon, cucumber, and coconut. Avoid oily and spicy food in summer season and drink plenty of water. Water helps to keep the fiery Pitta calm and cool by hydrating the body. Wear light colors and cotton clothes to help control perspiration in the scorching heat of summer.

Kapha is made up of Water and Earth and is present in liquid form in the body. All the fluids and cellular activities are driven by Kapha. Kapha regulates the immune system in the body. It lubricates the joints and skin and is responsible for cellular growth. Kapha imbalance leads to problems like excessive body weight, lethargy, emotional weakness and depression, fatigue, and poor immunity. To balance Kapha, rigorous exercise is recommended with Meditation and Yoga to activate sweat glands and stay motivated. herbs in bulk cropTo improve body fluid circulation, drink herbal tea containing ginger, cinnamon, and clove essence, which help eliminate excessive mucous from the system. Avoid cold, sticky food like ice cream and cheese. Instead, opt for warm and stimulating foods.

Once you balance all the three Doshas, you will find yourself more confident, independent and you will get a different perspective to live your life. A life you yourself will fall in love with!

Ayurveda: Healing Body and Soul

Ayurveda is an ancient study, more than 5000 years old, which describes many natural processes of healing and living a healthy life. Though its origin is in India it has now propagated throughout the world, acknowledged and adopted by many in their search for health and happiness. 

The word Ayurveda mturmeric roots in bageans sacred knowledge of life. In the word Ayurveda, “Ayu” means Life comprising the Body, Mind, Senses and Soul. In ancient India, knowledge was sourced from the 4 “Vedas”, scriptures written as guides for the path of life – namely the RIGVEDA, SAMAVEDA, YAJURVEDA and ATHARVAVEDA.

Ayurveda says that our Universe is made up of five elements – Air, Water, Fire, Earth & Ether. The Human Body represents these elements in three forms of energy or doshas namely Vata, Pitta, & Kapha. Every human body has it’s own unique composition of these three doshas. The composition defines not only the health of the human being but also the characteristics and temperament. Any imbalance in thesethree doshas generally lead to a lot of health issues – physical as well as mental.

Vata relates to air, and this energy mainly directs functions like Respiration, Circulation and Nerve Impulse. People who have Vata imbalance often suffer from dryness of skin and hair, mood swings, headaches, joint pain, bloating, constipation. 

Pitta relates to fire and water in Human body. “Fire” takes the form of Enzymes which are secreted in the stomach and liver which digest food, which is transformed in to Energy. The common symptoms of Pitta imbalance are aggression, loss of temper, acid reflux and ulcers.

Kapha is derived from the elements Earth and Water. When it is present in the right proportion it provides strength, stamina, immunity, and mental peace. Otherwise a person can experience lack of motivation, feel depressed, tired and lethargic and have abnormal food cravings.

Ayurveda says that every person should try to find their natural balanced state by modulating their behavior and environment. A person who has learned to balance all the three doshas is described as “Sushrut Samhita” in Ayurveda – which means he or she has a sound mind, healthy body and a content soul.

4th of July Ayurveda Deals 2014

July 4th Ayurveda DealsGet ready for 4th of July sale with this amazing discount on all your Ayurvedic Herbs! We will be offering offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders in the U.S. over $75 all weekend long! We are also still offering Buy 2, get 3rd free on all of our supplements. Hurry, this deal is one-of-a-kind and won’t last too long! This offer is good through Tuesday, the 8th of July 2014.

Capomo – Nature’s Delicious Superfood Coffee Substitute

Greetings from the momentarily sunny Seattle, in the Evergreen state of Washington, USA.  We here at Tattva’s are delighted to introduce you to the yummiest coffee substitute this side of the Cascades, and certainly beyond.  Capomo, or the Maya Nut, is the fruiting seed of Brosimum alicastrum, a giant tree in the fig family.

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Indigenous to tropical rain forest from Mexico to Brazil, including the Caribbean islands of Trinidad, Cuba and Jamaica, Capomo nuts are hand gathered from the forest floor by local indigenous women.  While sun-drying on the roof for 3 weeks, Maya Nut Producers walk on them to crush the hard outer layer.  Next, our coffee roaster roasts the dry, crushed nuts, yielding bold and complex layers of coffee-flavor with notes of cinnamon and chocolate.  Here at Tattva’s, we enjoy this delicious drink all through the day.  In the morning, we brew Capomo with coffee, adding a heaping serving of nutrients to a reduced serving of caffeine.  After lunch, Capomo brew both enlivens and relaxes the afternoon work load.  And what a treat to enjoy a steaming hot cup of “coffee” after dinner!  Our slow-roasted Capomo tastes most shockingly like that beloved morning pick-me-up when simmered on the stovetop for 10 to 40 minutes, according to desired strength.  You can also brew Capomo in a traditional drip coffee maker, percolator, or any way you choose.  Add your choice of milk and sweetener or drink it straight up black like a Mighty Sailor ~ a 40 minute simmer will surely put hair on your chest!

While this super food does not contain a single drop of caffeine, it does contain tryptophan, a naturally occurring amino acid that aids in both relaxation and a sense of well-being.  In stark contrast to caffeine, it is not stimulating to the central nervous system, so there are no jitters and no crashes.  As a superfood, Capomo serves to build health and energy levels naturally over time, so the more you drink it, the better you feel.  It is one of the richest plant sources of amino acids and protein and also high in fiber, potassium, iron, zinc, vitamins A, B, C and E.  Calcium and magnesium are perfectly balanced in the Capomo nut, making it an easy to absorb food source of these integral minerals.

The Maya Nut tcapomo with localree was the staple food to indigenous peoples all through its habitat, but over past years has fallen out of recognition.  The Maya Nut Institute, a non-profit public charity devoted to “find balance between people, food and forest,” exists to bring knowledge of this bounty back to the people.  Since their 2001 inception, more than 600 rural and indigenous women have established 25 fully autonomous Maya Nut businesses with a strong emphasis on both education and re-forestation.  The Maya Nut Institute’s reforestation partners have planted over 2,000,000 trees in Haiti, Columbia, Guatemala, Peru, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Mexico.  So why would an entire non-profit organization devote all its work to a single species of tree?

The Maya Nut tree compels humans in many ways, but most notably, one Maya Nut tree can produce as much as 800 pounds of food in a given year, and live to over 100 years. Though native to the rain forests, it thrives in a wide range of ecosystems, making it an important climate-change resistant food source.  The fruit is eaten by avian and mammalian animals, the seeds used by people for both food and medicine; even the leaves can be steamed and eaten like spinach!  And as you all know, he’s strong to the finish ‘cause he eats his spinach, he’s Popeye the Sailor Man!

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Memorial Day Ayurveda Deals 2014

Tattva's Herbs Memorial Day Sale

Get ready for black Memorial Day Weekend with this amazing discount on all your Ayurvedic Herbs! We are going to start a bit early this year! We will be offering offering 35% OFF EVERY ORDER storewide and FREE SHIPPING on orders over $75 all weekend long. Hurry, this deal is one-of-a-kind and won’t last too long! This offer is good through Tuesday, the 27th of May 2014.

Is Ayurveda For You?

Ayurveda – “The Science of Life” or Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems. It began in India many thousands of years ago.

The basis of Ayurveda is the idea that health and wellness is dependent on a delicate balance of the mind, body, and spirit. The primary idea of Ayurvedic medicine is to promote good health preventatively, rather than battle illness after it arrives.

It is a simple concept that includes many intricate beliefs and practices.


If you are considering making Ayurveda a part of your life, we recommend a few great books:

“Ayurveda For All” by Murli Manohar

“The Healing Power of Herbs” by Michael T. Murray N.D.

“Practical Ayurveda: Secrets for Physical, Sexual & Spiritual Health” By Atreya & David Frawley

“Ayurveda: Science of Self-Healing: A Practical Guide” By Vasant D. Lad & Angela Werneke

“The Yoga of Herbs” by David Frawley and Vasant Lad

Ayurveda offers a body of wisdom designed to help people realize their full human potential using diet, behavior and the proper use of our senses, Ayurveda reminds us that “health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit.”

The real question that lingers is this – Why wouldn’t one practice Ayurveda?

Tattva’s Herbs was founded in 2000 with the desire to deliver the finest quality products that Mother Nature has to offer. We do not cut any corners or spare any expense to bring you the ultimate in quality and signature Ayurvedic oils, supplements, creams, chyawanprash and more. We accept it as our personal responsibility to present the world of Ayurveda to you with great care and respect, and without adulteration. Everyone involved in Tattva’s Herbs is proud of what we do, and we are grateful to be able to share our gifts with you. Ayurveda is one of the world’s richest treasures and should be respected as such.