Children, Rasayanas and Amrit Kalash
The many benefits of Amrit Kalash are usually seen from an adult point of view — the focus being anti-aging and general rejuvenation. But a Rasayana can have a profound positive effect on the health of growing kids too.
In Maharishi Ayurveda, Amrit Kalash is in a class of herbs called Rasayanas. Translated, Rasayana means "that which enters the essence" or, in other words, "that which promotes health and longevity." These herbal compounds work on the level of the seven dhatus — or the seven layers of bodily tissue that, according to Maharishi Ayurveda, make up the physiology.
Rasayanas nourish the dhatus at every level, encouraging the bodily tissues to form in a balanced, holistic way, which promotes strength and immunity. The benefit of Amrit Kalash for children is, in terms of childhood physiology, "getting it right, from the start." This is done by nourishing the dhatus in the formative years and applying the balancing effect of these herbs to support coordination, growth and development of the emerging physiology.
The School Years
In the next phase of childhood, kids enter into the formal educational process. The Medhya Rasayana herbs like Shankapushpi and Gotu Kola contained in the Amrit Kalash formula provide a remarkable source of support for mental and intellectual functioning. According to Maharishi Ayurveda, there are three aspects of mental ability: dhi — learning; dhriti — retention; and smriti — recall. All three of these aspects are enhanced individually as well as coordinated with each other by the Medhya herbs, promoting clarity, understanding and memory.
Finally, one of the most significant areas of growth in childhood is in the field of relationships. There comes a time, especially when kids enter school age, when the heart starts to expand beyond the family to include friends, teachers, neighbors, boyfriends and girlfriends. There are herbs in Amrit Kalash that affect the emotional heart — the hridya herbs. These herbs, according to the texts of ayurveda, have a balancing influence on Sadhaka Pitta.
The overall effect is to stabilize the emotions, increase the resistance to every-day stress and enhance coordination between mind and heart. A balanced Sadhaka Pitta gives rise to a general sense of satisfaction and well being, which forms the basis of a person's ability to give. Giving love, friendship, support, empathy and understanding — this is the source of meaningful, rewarding relationships.
Using Amrit Kalash with children is simple
The dosage of Nectar Paste for children ages 2-4 years old is ¼ teaspoon twice a day. It can be dissolved in warm milk and given in the morning and evening. Ages 4 - 10 years old can take ½ teaspoon of the Nectar Paste and ½ tablet of the Ambrosia. The Nectar can again be dissolved in warm milk or taken as is from the jar. The Ambrosia ½ tablet is usually just dissolved in the mouth or chewed and swallowed. For teens (ages 10 and above) the dose is the same as adults — 1 teaspoon of Paste and 1 tablet of Ambrosia twice a day, morning and evening.
The author of this article is Jim Davis, D.O., an experienced Osteopathic physician and expert in Maharishi Ayurveda herbs and practices.
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.