Described in Ayurveda as the “Remover of Disease”. Haritaki is considered the best herb for the digestive system – it encourages peristalsis. It improves appetite and is a rejuvenitive for the whole system – but specifically for vitiated Vata and the large intestines, where it also improves absorption.
Haritaki has been shown to reduce lipid cholesterol and has a scraping effect on accumulations, when taken with raw honey.
Haritaki carries (catalyses) the properties of the other herbs used with it. It also has specific action on the lungs – particularly useful at this time of the year.
As a seasonal boost, Haritaki is taken at the start of a new season with another appropriate herb.
Pippali is also a digestive stimulant which destroys and digests toxins. It also has a specific action on the lungs and respiratory system and dries up mucous. Pippali has a nourishing effect on the lungs. Used for its stimulating effect on the circulation of both lymph and blood and has proven hepatoprotective action. No wonder Piper longum is so widely used in Ayurvedic medicine.
To make a compound, simply remove the outer pulp from dried Haritaki fruit and combine with dried pippali, blend together in a spice grinder until you get a fine powder.
You may need to dry the pippali further in a warm pan before blending, so that they are brittle. Let them cool before blending or you will get moisture into the compound, through condensation.
Be careful not to heat too much, or you will destroy the aromatic, volatile oils.
If you have an existing condition, please consult an Ayurvedic or Herbal Practitioner prior to use.