Yogi Cameron: Hi everyone. I'm Yogi Cameron.
Yogini Jaima: And I'm Yogini Jaima and this is Inspire Living. We are going to introduce you today to a new herb probably for you called gokshura. It is native to India and used in Ayurvedic medicine. It comes from a fruit of the gokshura plant. This is what it looks like. It's actually very earthy and light.
Yogi Cameron: Yeah, nice.
Yogini Jaima: Lighter than a lot of the Ayurvedic herbs.
Yogi Cameron: Yeah, you'll like this one. It has a little-bit of taste to it as well. But all the bitter taste help to clean the system. Now this one is particular to the kidneys and the urinary system. So it's great so if you're having problems urinating, you have painful urination, you don't have enough urine coming out, you've been sweating a lot, you've been running, you've been over doing it, anything to do with the kidneys as well.
Yogi Cameron: So the urinary system obviously involves the liver as well. So it's going to help that. Anything to do with the filtration. So if you like having ... you drink alcohol, you eat meat, you have heavier things going through your body, you're suffering from reproductive issues, this will strengthen the semen in the body and the ovum as well.
Yogi Cameron: It's really good for pacifying vata, right, and pitta. So we call this vata pitta kapha neutral. It means it helps all doshas. All the elements. But it particularly helps to bring the fire element into balance and pacify a little-bit of that air element.
Yogini Jaima: And you might think, "Well, how do I know when I need this herb?" Right. So how do we know when we would need something for the kidneys or the urinary tract without going and maybe getting some blood work and such done. You can actually tell when you urinate. You know when you have that free flow of urine, then you have a healthy urinary tract. But you start to know when it becomes a little slower or there's less urine in the-[crosstalk 00:02:02] flow.
Yogi Cameron: Mm-hmm (affirmative). Scanty.
Yogini Jaima: Yeah, but you want to open up that channel so that the urinary tract is healthy. So if you're feeling that, that's when you know it's time to have a cup of this herb and maybe incorporate it into the body until you have that free flow again.
Yogi Cameron: Yeah, yeah. Even if you're really tired or you have some pain on each side of the back here. Just above the hips. These are signs that the kidneys are suffering. And remember these things are ... kidneys are only that big. They suffer and they are filtering everything that you eat. it's just going through that system. So they always need some help.
Yogi Cameron: So if you're a coffee drinker, you're a tea drinker, all of these things will be a strain on the kidneys and the liver.
Yogini Jaima: So how do you take it? You just take a teaspoon or two, right, and you can take it with warm water or milk. You can also make it into a medicated gee by warming gee and adding the herb into the gee and then drinking it.
Yogi Cameron: Taking it with a little-bit of hot water. You see, when you put the gee, the gee becomes the carrier of the herb. It goes into the blood way quicker and that little-bit of hot water is like a chaser. It takes it down even quicker.
Yogini Jaima: It is the most difficult to consume, the gee. But it is the most powerful way to take and ingest these herbs.
Yogi Cameron: But making a tea out of it, it's perfect.
Yogini Jaima: Yeah, so, and that's what I do. So I'm going to try it right now.
Yogi Cameron: What kind of taste does it have?
Yogini Jaima: I love this one.
Yogi Cameron: Yeah?
Yogini Jaima: It really tastes like a nice herbal tea.
Yogi Cameron: Yeah? You feel the bitterness?
Yogini Jaima: It's very subtle. I don't.
Yogi Cameron: You don't?
Yogini Jaima: I don't. And I'm so sensitive to the bitter herbs because ... but I don't with this one.
Yogi Cameron: Right?
Yogini Jaima: I enjoy this one. And it's actually something I need often.
Yogi Cameron: All right. So you're going to look forward to this one. Hope that helps you out and take good care. Namaste.
Yogini Jaima: Namaste.