We’ve all had Chyawanprash as kids – whether we’ve had it forced down our throats or have licked the spoon clean and asked for more. It was and still is the cure-all magical tonic that keeps us safe and makes us stronger. But there’s a story behind the near-legendary reputation that it holds and why it’s been a part of our daily routine for centuries. The legend of Chyawanprash goes back to the pre-Vedic times. A sage, Rishi Chyawan spent years meditating and devoted his life to asceticism. He was so devout that the Gods feared that he would intrude on their realm. So they sent the nymph, Menaka, to distract him. Such was Menaka’s beauty and charm that after some time spent staunchly resisting her lure, Chyawan eventually gave in. But Chyawan was an old, wizened sage. The challenge facing him now was that he had to match Menaka’s beauty and youth since he wanted to be with her for a long, long time. So he went off into the forest and returned rejuvenated and with a drastically younger appearance. He credited this change to the elixir that is now associated with his name – Chyawanprash. And as legends go, Chyawan and Menaka lived together happily ever after!
We don’t claim to have the elixir for immortality and youth that Chyawan concocted, but we do have the next best thing – Chyawanprash made at home, with the purest ingredients. Ammiji’s Chyawanprash is made in the traditional way prescribed in the Charita Samhita, that ancient Indian Vedic text which defined Ayurvedic principles. It’s a laborious, painstaking process, but the end result is pure and magical.
Benefits of Chyawanprash:
1. Chyawanprash is extremely beneficial for our immune system and rejuvenates all the tissues in our body. It boosts our body’s ability to produce haemoglobin and white blood cells
2. According to Ayurveda, Chyawanprash is a Rasayana that balances all them doshas in our body
3. Chyawanprash is especially good for our respiratory system because it cleans out the mucus from our lungs and respiratory passages. That is one reason why we were encouraged to have Chayawanprash during the winter months in particular
4. Chyawanprash gave the sage Chyawan immortality. But for us, it’s a great tonic for strength, youth and vitality. It provides nourishment to our tissues and promotes systemic health and well-being
5. Chyawanprash is great for the digestive system, having the dual action ability to both stimulate it and pacify it at once
6. Cholesterol and glucose levels have both been shown to be regulated after regular use of Chyawanprash
7. The original purpose of Chyawanprash was to be a tonic for virility. It still is that, supporting virility and stamina and promoting a healthy reproductive system
8. Chyawanprash is an overall superfood, a bulwark for our body’s natural defences and a tonic for our brain too
9. Studies have also shown Chyawanprash to boost metabolism
Amla, Dates, Figs, Jaggery, Ghee, Sesame Oil, Honey, Bidrikand, Akarkara, Shatavari, Brahmi, Bilva, Haritaki, Kamal Kesar, Jatamansi, Gokhru, Bel, Kachoor, Nagarmotha, Clove, Pushkarmool, Kakadsinghi, Jiwanti, Punarnava, Ashwagandha, Giloy, Tulsi, Sweet Neem, Ginger, Raisins, Mulethi, Pippali, Banslocham, Cinnamon, Bay Leaves, Nagkesar, Green Cardamom, Saffron, Star Anise.
Some of their individual benefits:
Amla – Amla or amlaki is the Indian wonder-berry. It has the highest concentration of Vitamin C that a fruit can have. It is full of antioxidants and supports a healthy circulatory, respiratory and immune system. It is essential for a good metabolism and is a great beauty tonic!
Dates – Dates are full of antioxidants and are a good brain booster. It also helps maintain bone mass.
Figs – Figs lower cholesterol and help maintain blood glucose levels in the body. They’re also a good source of calcium.
Jaggery – Gud is again loaded with antioxidants and minerals like zinc and selenium, which help fight free radicals in the body. Jaggery is particularly good for clearing out toxins from the lungs and the liver. It is the perfect anti-pollution aid.
Ghee – Ghee in Chyawanprash acts as a carrier agent, helping to carry all the benefits to each part of our body. It has its own set of benefits too, which have led to the Western world in touting it as a superfood.
Sesame Oil – This complements ghee in its role of a carrier agent in Chyawanprash. It is, again, full of antioxidants, is anti-inflammatory and good for heart health.
Apart from these main ingredients, Chyawanprash contains a lot of herbs which are infused into the amlaki mixture and a set of spices added at the end to give it that distinctive taste. (The set of spices also includes a good portion of Ammiji’s Classic Chai Masala, whose ingredients are at par with those required for Chyawanprash;)). Almost 40 ingredients – each having their own benefits and their own role to play in strengthening our immune system, and making us look and feel sharper!
How to use Chyawanprash:
Chyawanprash is best had in the morning, but can also be taken at bedtime. As kids we had it accompanied by a glass of milk, but you can also have it with water or just on its own. Recommended: 1-2 loaded teaspoons a day for adults; ½ -1 teaspoon a day for children.
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