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Unveiling the Power of Chyavanprash with Astavarga

SRAVAN BANDA presents one of the most common household remedies used throughout India today, Chyavanprash. Although ancient, it is just as popular now, and is well-known for boosting the immune system.

In the vast and ancient world of Ayurveda, a potent concoction known as Chyavanprash (also spelled Chyavana Prash) has stood the test of time for over 3,000 years. This age-old herbal jam is more than just a delicious spread; it’s a revered health supplement to bolster immunity, promote vitality, and support overall well-being.

A journey through time: the history of Chyavanprash

The legend behind Chyavanprash is as captivating as its benefits. According to Indian Vedic scriptures, Chyavan, a wise sage known for his longevity, formulated this powerful elixir to regain his youth. The earliest written reference to Chyavanprash is found in the Charaka Samhita, a foundational text of Ayurveda dating back to the 4th century B.C. Over the centuries, the recipe has evolved, with regional variations emerging across India.

This age-old herbal jam is more than just a delicious spread; 
it’s a revered health supplement to bolster immunity, 
promote vitality, and support overall well-being.

The power of purity: ingredients and preparation

The cornerstone of Chyavanprash lies in its meticulously-selected ingredients. Here’s a closer look at the key components and the traditional preparation process:

Amla (Emblica officinalis): This wonder fruit, also known as Indian gooseberry, is the star of the show. Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, amla is believed to strengthen the immune system and support healthy aging (Singh, et al., 2017).

Astavarga: This special eight-herb blend is a hallmark of our specific Chyavanprash formulation. Traditionally, these eight herbs include Yashtimadhu (licorice root), Pippali (long pepper), Shunthi (ginger), Ela (cardamom), Dalchini (cinnamon), Kantkari (Gloriosa superba), Vidarikand (Pueraria tuberosa), and Nagarmotha (Cyperus scarius). Each herb brings its unique properties to the mix, promoting respiratory health, digestion, and overall vitality (Nadkarni, 1976).

Pure Honey: This golden nectar not only adds sweetness but also boasts anti-bacterial and wound healing properties (Mirshekari et al., 2017).

Bilona Gir Cow Ghee: This clarified butter, sourced from Gir cows, is revered in Ayurveda for its detoxifying and rejuvenating properties (Lad, 2016).




The traditional preparation of Chyavanprash is intensive. The ingredients are meticulously cleaned, dried, and ground into a fine powder. This powder is then mixed with honey and simmered in ghee on a low flame for several hours. This slow and gentle cooking process allows the herbs to release their full potential and enhances the shelf life of the product.

Modern science meets ancient wisdom: the benefits of Chyavanprash

Chyavanprash’s benefits are increasingly receiving recognition from modern researchers. Here’s a glimpse into the potential health benefits of consuming Chyavanprash regularly:

Boosts immunity: The rich antioxidant content of Chyavanprash, particularly from amla and the Astavarga herbs, is believed to support the body’s natural defenses against seasonal ailments (Singh, et al., 2017).

Supports respiratory health: Certain herbs like Pippali (long pepper) and Shunthi (ginger) may offer relief from cough and congestion (Singh & Singh, 2011; Srivastava & Singh, 2008).

Promotes digestion: The presence of Triphala (a combination of the three fruits, Amalaki, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki) in some Chyavanprash formulations may aid digestion and maintain gut health (Nadkarni, 1976).

Enhances energy levels: The adaptogenic properties of some herbs in Astavarga, like Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), may promote stamina and combat fatigue (Andallu & Kanwar, 2017).

How to enjoy Chyavanprash

Chyavanprash is a versatile health supplement that can easily be incorporated into your daily routine. You can enjoy it straight by taking a teaspoon on an empty stomach in the morning and evening or mix it with 100 ml of warm water or milk for a comforting drink.



Choosing the right Chyavanprash: a note on quality

Look for Chyavanprash that is:

Free from heavy metals and pesticides: Look for brands that prioritize purity and conduct rigorous testing on their ingredients.

Prepared with genuine herbs: Ensure the Astavarga blend is included and sourced from reputable vendors.

Made with pure honey: Look for formulations that use raw or minimally processed honey for optimal benefit.

Free from artificial additives and preservatives: Choose natural and traditional methods of preparation.

By prioritizing quality and purity, you can reap the full benefits of this ancient health tonic.

While tradition reigns supreme in Chyavanprash preparation, modern innovations are making this age-old remedy even more accessible. Today, you can find sugar-free options for those with dietary restrictions and convenient single-serve packets for on-the-go consumption. It’s important to remember, however,  that these variations might alter the taste and potency of the original recipe.

Chyavanprash serves as a powerful reminder 
of the enduring power of nature and the wisdom of ancient traditions. 
With its potent blend of herbs, pure honey, and ghee, 
Chyavanprash offers a natural and delicious way to support your well-being.

A legacy of wellness

Chyavanprash is more than just a delicious spread; it’s a symbol of holistic well-being, passed down through generations. By incorporating this formula into your daily routine, you can tap into the wisdom of Ayurveda and support your overall health and vitality. Remember, consistency is key! Regularly consuming Chyavanprash, along with a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle practices, can empower you to thrive.
It's important to note that Chyavanprash may not be suitable for everyone. Individuals with specific health conditions or those taking certain medications should consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner before consuming Chyavanprash. Additionally, pregnant and breastfeeding women should exercise caution and consult their healthcare provider before including Chyavanprash in their diet.

In a world increasingly focused on quick fixes, Chyavanprash serves as a powerful reminder of the enduring power of nature and the wisdom of ancient traditions. With its potent blend of herbs, pure honey, and ghee, Chyavanprash offers a natural and delicious way to support your well-being.


Singh, S., Singh, P., & Verma, P. C., 2017. Emblica officinalis (amla): A review of its potential therapeutic effects. African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, 14(6), 13–27. 

Nadkarni, A. K., 1976. Indian Materia Medica (Vol. 1). Bombay Popular Prakashan.

Mirshekari, R., Jafari, R., Yashpolskiy, V., Mohammad-Alizadeh, M. H., & Khaneghah, A. M., 2017. Clinical and experimental properties of honey: A review. North American Journal of Medical Sciences, 9(8), 590–598. 

Lad, V., 2016. Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing. Penguin Books Limited.

Singh, S., & Singh, P., 2011. Long pepper (Piper longum Linn.): A review of its phytochemistry and therapeutic properties. Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Sciences, 3(5), 538–543. 

Srivastava, K. C., & Singh, S., 2008. Ginger (Zingiber officinale Rosc.): The Genus Zingiber. CRC Press.

Andallu, S., & Kanwar, R., 2017. A review of adaptogenic and beneficial effects of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) on health and aging. Aging and Disease, 8(6), 961–973. 

Illustrations by ARATI SHEDDE


Sravan Banda

Sravan Banda

Sravan’s expertise is constructed wetlands and wastewater challenges. He is an accredited Green Building Professional through IGBC, and a member of the Society of Wetland Scientists, USA. His ... Read More