Sprout a veritable garden of dosha-balancing wellness on your patio or windowsill. Growing your own herbs allows you to use them at the height of potency—right after trimming. “And even before you consume the herbs, they have a positive effect, especially if they’re growing indoors near you,” says Kashyapa Fisher, who teaches herbology at The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “Each specific plant impacts you differently, from oxygenating the air to influencing your mood and the space you’re both in.”
To plant herbs ideal for your dominant dosha, use the chart at right. Fisher and Paul Smith, a yoga teacher at Lake Austin Spa Resort, carefully chose these plants for safety and balancing efficacy. Cook with them or use them in teas, massage oils, or bath infusions.