In India, Chyavanprash is highly valued for centuries. It is the standard dietary food supplement in Ayurveda. Chyavanprash is a delicious, mildly spicy puree of ghee (clarified butter), a lot of Amla (Amalaki), dextrorotatory sugar cane, honey, and a large variety of ayurvedic herbs.
Because of its specially balancing properties, Chyavanprash is a soothing and balancing food supplement for the whole family. Natural vitamin C, highly concentrated in the Amla berry, and selected ayurvedic herbs have particularly beneficial properties. Due to the natural ingredients which have been researched and proved over thousands of years, Chyavanprash is very compliant for people of all ages.
In the classical tradition of Ayurveda, Chyavanprash belongs to the so-called Rasayanas (this word consists of the words Rasa and Ayana). Rasa as body-travelling liquid is produced during the digestion and has nourishing properties. In Ayurveda, a distinction is made between the following Dathus: Rasa (plasma), Rakta (blood), Mamsa (muscles), Medas (fat), Asthi (bones), Majja (bone marrow) and Shukra (nervous and reproductive tissue).
Ayana means that the Dhatus are well nourished and healthy. A real Rasayana is therefore a boon for the entire body.
Chyavanprash is an authentic ayurvedic dietary food supplement, rich in historical references and legends. First indications for Chyavanprash reach back more than 3000 years before our era. According to the ancient Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita, the first and oldest Ayurvedic scripture, Chyavanprash can be consumed daily.
About the ingredients:
Most herbs for the recipe are boiled in water and then the dried extract is mixed with honey. Thereafter, the aromatic spices cardamom, cinnamon and cloves are added as powder. The finished product is like a sugar syrup, but with a deliciously sour and slightly spicy taste.
The mixture of Ayurvedic herbs and spices is traditionally produced in accordance with the Sarangadhara Samhitha – one of the basic, ancient scriptures of Ayurveda.
Amalaki (Amla, lat. Emblica officinalis, Indian Gooseberry) is, next to cane sugar and honey, the main ingredient. According to the ancient Ayurvedic texts, Amalaki is the richest source of natural vitamin C and contains all six ayurvedic tastes, except salty. Amalaki contains Calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, carbohydrates, thiamine, riboflavin and many others. Many scientifically very reputable studies have confirmed the positive properties of Amalaki as a food supplement.
Unrefined cane sugar and honey are serving as carriers of the herbs. Moreover, cane sugar and honey provide the sweet flavor that rejuvenates according to Ayurvedic texts. A Chyavanprash without sugar and honey would not have the same power.
Frequently asked questions about Chyavanprash:
Should Chyavanprash be refrigerated?
Generally, it should not be refrigerated. However, if you use it longer than 4 weeks after the first opening, cooling is recommended.
Can Chyavanprash be taken over a long period of time without interruption?
Since Chyavanprash is a dietary supplement and not a medicine, it can (and should) be eaten there every day without restriction.
In what way and how often can Chyavanprash be taken?
1-2 teaspoons daily, for example like jam on bread or toast. Or just suck off the spoon. For better digestion, it is advisable to drink a little (warm) milk with it.