Bala aka Sida Cordifola is arguably Ayurveda’s most widely used and prescribed herb. Its origins can be traced back to India and Sri Lanka, with its stem and roots being the salient part of the plant used in preparing Ayurvedic medicine. It is sweet in taste and possesses cooling energy.
Bala in Sanskrit literally translates to strength, which is perhaps directly attributed to the benefit it offers to us. Bala owing to its stimulating and anabolic nature is most often used in Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapies. Bala’s therapeutic use can result in building muscle tone as well as increasing one’s overall strength. All parts of the Bala plant possess various medicinal properties, especially the root and leaves.
Bala can be used to bring Balance to both Pitta and Vata doshas. However, it is also important to note that in excess, it can lead to a rise in both Kapha and toxins in our body.
Being an adaptogen, Bala also qualifies as an effective stress reliever that can conjure a state of Balance and peace between the mind and the body. In this article, we will look at all the ways by which Bala can help in improving our overall quality of life. It helps protects the body and has healing proterties.
Benefits of Bala
- Vata Pacification
Like we mentioned, Bala is stimulating in nature. This makes it a great herb to galvanize Vata pacification as it directly starts working on your nervous system. A variety of Vata associated disorders can be effectively tackled with the help of Bala. They include neurosis, paralysis, sciatica, neuralgia, etc. We recommend taking Bala internally or applied topically with massage as oil.
- Increase Sexual Potency
Bala is known to possess natural aphrodisiac properties, which can help the herb increase an individual’s sexual potency and tend to many other reproductive issues. In Ayurveda, Bala has been prominently used to cure low libido in both men and women. Other sexual issues such as premature ejaculation, impotence, and infertility are all disorders that can be handled by Bala.
- Weight Loss
Bala is also a great herb to incorporate in your diet if you are struggling with maintaining your weight. The herb is known to contain stimulant alkaloids that can help you burn that extra fat, eventually helping you accomplish your weight loss goals.
Bala was popularly known as a beautifying herb. In fact, there are parables chronicling Bala’s role in increasing the beauty of both kings and queens. These aren’t mere myths, as Bala indeed works to enhance the glow of one’s skin. Ayurveda recommends applying Bala oil or pastes directly on the skin to help improve its texture and heal skin disorders like acne, eczema, and premature ageing.
- Anti – Inflammatory
Part of what makes Bala a great rejuvenator herb is its anti-inflammatory properties. Bala due to its ability to lower inflammation in the body can also act as an effective pain reliever. In Ayurveda, Bala was frequently used to find relief from joint pain, muscle pain, or stiffness of the joints. There are studies that suggest that Bala can also be extremely effective in overcoming conditions like arthritis.
- Healing Wounds
A massage with Bala’s oil can be extremely beneficial in reducing swelling. Ayurveda recommends using Bala’s crushed leaves for wound dressing, thus adding to its rejuvenation qualities.
Ways to Incorporate Bala in Your Daily Life
There are many ways by which Bala can be used by us for medicinal and recreational purposes. The following are just some of the popular ways mentioned in Ayurveda
- Energy Drink
A concoction made of honey, Bala with ghee infused can prove to be an extremely reinvigorating energy drink. It can be had in the morning, or in the evening when you are feeling low on energy. Alternatively, you can also try a hot drink made of ginger, Bala, and whole milk every morning when you wake up. Please note that we do not recommend this if you have excessive toxins or Kapha in your body.
- For Low Libido
If you are a man suffering from low libido, we recommend you try the following recipe:
- Bring half a cup of milk and one cup of water to a boil.
- Once done, reduce the heat to simmer and add half tsp of Bala, half tsp of Ashwagandha, and half tsp of ghee and let the drink simmer
Have this drink every morning when you wake up.
Alternatively, for women, we recommend the following recipe:
- Bring half a cup of milk and one cup of water to a boil
- Once done, reduce the heat to simmer and add half tsp of Bala, half teaspoon of Shatavari, and half tsp of ghee and let the drink simmer
This drink can be taken every morning as soon as you wake up.
- To Relieve Body Ache
We recommend applying Bala oil on your entire body and massaging it every night before you go to sleep. Leave the oil on overnight and wash it with only water in the morning. If the pain is severe, we recommend trying other oils like Ashwagandha and Jatamansi in combination with Bala for better results.
- To Relieve Fever
Here is a recipe for helping relieve fever:
- We recommend boiling 2 cups of water
- Reduce the heat and proceed to add one tsp of Bala, 1 tsp of Tulsi, half a tsp of Ginger, and a pinch of black pepper to the concoction
- Simmer the resulting liquid and have it at least thrice a day to see results.
- For Respiratory Relief
Here is a simple recipe for respiratory relief:
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil
- Reduce the heat and proceed to add one tsp of Bala, 1 tsp of vasa, half a tsp of ginger, and 5 Pippali fruits to the concoction
- Simmer the resulting liquid
You can have it at least thrice a day to find reprieve from cold, wheezing and asthmatic symptoms.