Berkshire Botanical Garden
Ayurveda is the ancient Indian science of holistic health care; the word literally means “knowledge of life and longevity.” The use of herbs is an important component of the practice of Ayurveda, and more and more scientific studies are confirming their efficacy. The use of herbs for health is increasing in the West, but the centuries of accumulated knowledge that Ayurveda represents might seem overwhelming. Gardener Indira Rajan will demonstrate simple ways we can all improve our health with Ayurveda. Based on her experience gardening at her home along New York's Hudson River, she will share plants we can easily grow in temperate climates either outside or in pots that move inside for the winter. Indira will describe the health benefits of these plants and simple ways to incorporate them into our daily lives, such as mixing them into a salad or brewing a tea.