Ever since Chyawanprash was first described in the ancient Ayurvedic text, Charaka Samhita, in 100 AD, the ingredients list has varied over the years. One of the reasons that it can be difficult to determine exactly what the Chyawanprash ingredients are is because there are a number of different recipes for the jam. Depending on botanical scarcity and manufacturer or herbalist, you’ll probably get a different recipe.
Most concoctions of Chyawanprash contain around thirty to fifty different medicinal herbs, however, there are some varieties that contain far fewer and others that contain more. That said, there are a few ingredients that are consistent across most recipes:
Amalaki or Amla Fruit
The base ingredient in Chyawanprash is amalaki, also known as amla or Indian Gooseberry. Along with turning the formula into a jam, which makes it easy to consume with various other types of foods, amalaki is a fruit that is revered as one of the most important medicinal properties in Ayurvedic medicine. Some of alma’s health boosting properties are due to its richness in Vitamin C and antioxidants. Amla is said to help reduce blood pressure and boost the immune system to fight colds and infections.
Ghee or Ghruta
Ghee or Ghruta (a superior form of ghee) is also one of Chyawanprash’s top ingredients. As with amla, it does much more than simply contribute to Chyawanprash’s smooth consistency. Ghee provides a number of health benefits including reducing inflammation and improving cardiovascular health. It also contains healthy omega-3 fats, further guarding against inflammation.
Ghee also serves as an anupan, or carrier substance, to bring the nutrients of Chyawanprash deep into the body’s tissues.
It’s important to note that ghee is clarified butter, which means most milk solids have been removed. Milk solids, like casein and lactose, are typically why people have trouble digesting dairy products. Because these solids have been removed, ghee is tolerated by many people, even those with intolerances to dairy.
Sesame oil is yet another major ingredient typically found in Chyawanprash formulas. Like ghee, it also serves as an anupan and is rich in antioxidants. This reduces damage to the body caused by a range of ailments. Additionally, studies have shown that sesame oil can help reduce both blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Jaggery and/or Honey
A source of natural sugar, like jaggery and/or honey, is also typically included in Chyawanprash. Jaggery is a very important ingredient in Ayurveda. Its main benefits include boosting immunity, enhancing digestion, detoxifying the body, limiting respiratory problems, and boosting the metabolism.
The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia lists 44 herbs that are generally included in Chyawanprash. Some of the most well-known include:
- The fruits of the Indian long pepper
- The roots and trichomes of nut grass
- The heartwood of the sandalwood plant
- Cardamom seeds
- The roots and trichomes of the wild yam
- The bark and leaves of the cinnamon plant
PIOR Living’s Chyawanprash ingredients list are consistent with ancient Ayurvedic text and are 100% organic and wildcrafted: Amla Fruit, Long Pepper Fruit, Red Sandalwood Heartwood, Malabar Tree Leaf, Ashwagandha Root, Shatavari Root, Bacopa Leaf, Holy Basil Leaf, Ginger Rhizome, Raisin Fruit, Licorice Stem, Phyllanthus Whole, Zedoary Rhizome, Cinnamon Bark, Saffron Stigma, Wild Cardamom Seed, Kudzu Root, Arjuna Bark, Chebulic Myrobalam Fruit, Sacred Lotus Seed, Neem Leaf, Tribulus Fruit, Golden Apple Fruit, Indian Tinospora Stem, Nut Grass Whole, Leptadenia Leaf, Boerhavia Root, Mesua Flower, Amla Fruit Extract, Ashwagandha Root Extract, Long Pepper Fruit Extract, Jaggery (Saccharum Ocinarum), Clarified Butter (Cow Ghee), Raw Honey, Cold Pressed Black Sesame Seed Oil.
PIOR Living is committed to making its products with intention and using techniques that honor the traditional, Vedic practices. This means that when you consume our Chyawanprash, you can be assured the ingredients are harvested for maximum prana and positive impact and are 100% green with no child labor.