Baheda, known as Vibhitaki in Sanskrit, is a very popular herb. It is one of the ingredients of famous classical combination Triphala.
Classically, this herb has been described in Ayurveda as:
विभीतकं स्वादुपाकं कषायं कफपित्तनुत्। उष्णवीर्यं हिमस्पर्शं भेदनं कासनाशनम्।।
रुक्षं नेत्रहितं केश्यं कृमिवैस्वर्यनाशनम्। (भा.प्र.)
Baheda is bitter to taste and pacifies pitta and kapha dosha
It is dry and ushna (warm in potency)
Triphala which has Baheda as an ingredient is an effective purgative. Apart from Triphala, many effective purgation-inducing combinations contain Baheda along with other herbs like isabgol, sanay, harad, amvala etc.
It can be administered in small repetitive doses with plain or lukewarm water. In case of congestion, baheda along with saindha namak can be given. Baheda decoction can be prepared and can be used for gargling.
- For eyes: Externally as an eye wash, decoction of Triphala is used. An application of baheda paste can be applied around the eyes to draw the benefits.
- For hair: Externally, it can be used as a hair pack or hairwash along with ritha, amvala, shikakai, nagarmotha, jatamansi It imparts color and conditions the hair.
A regular intake of triphala churna along with unequal quantity of ghee and honey is beneficial both to the eyes and hair.
It is advisable in intestinal worms and can be locally applied to an infective wound.
So make this wonderful herb a part of your simple home remedies and avail the benefits naturally.