My favorite books on Ayurveda

I’m right there with you. Ayurveda is a huge and complex topic.


You took the quiz, you figured out your dosha, but where do you go next? How do you figure out what foods to eat, how to balance your hormones, and how to treat common ailments with Ayurvedic wisdom?


Here are some of my favorite Ayurvedic resources to help you go deeper into this powerful science.


For Beginners

If you’re just getting into the science of Ayurveda, I highly recommend Essential Ayurveda by Shibra Krishan.
Her book is well-written and tells an interesting narrative, so you won’t get bored. She includes recipes and dietary advice as well as ideas for other Ayurvedic self-care techniques like tongue scraping and abhyanga (Ayurvedic oil massage).


This is the perfect foundational book, and it’s the one I’m always first to recommend.



If you’re interested in the science (and home remedies)

Vasant Lad is one of the leading Ayurvedic scholars in the United States. He’s written the textbook on Ayurveda (literally) and runs the Ayurveda Institute in New Mexico.


This book is perfect for you if you want to get into more of the physical aspects of Ayurveda, for example: tongue diagnosis, pulse diagnosis, and reading people’s eyes and lips for signs of disease. Vasant Lad also has an air of mysticism about him. He incorporates the larger philosophical aspects of Ayurveda with his practical knowledge of Western anatomy and physiology, so you get to experience to true benefits of Ayurveda as a science and an art.


I keep this book on hand because there’s a useful guide in the back to the different medicinal uses of spices as well as Ayurvedic home remedies. It’s small and approachable.


Women’s Health

Dr. Claudia Welch is a powerhouse. Traditionally, Vidyas (Ayurvedic doctors) were men, and there’s not a lot of emphasis on women’s health in most current Ayurvedic books. Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life is the perfect antidote.


Dr. Welch goes through common symptoms of hormonal imbalance – including adrenal fatigue, irregular periods, painful periods, and PMS – and shows you how to use Ayurveda to help balance these issues.


It’s a refreshing, informative book that you’ll love.


Online Guides

I have gotten fabulous information over the years from Banyan Botanicals. Banyan sells Ayurvedic herbs, supplements, and treatments, but they also have vast resources about vata, pitta, kapha, digestive health, and more. It’s a great place to get well-researched pieces of information.


I love reading about Ayurveda, but I was able to truly understand and apply the wisdom of Ayurveda when I started working with someone in person. If you think that a personalized consultation might help you understand and apply Ayurvedic tips to your life, click here to learn about doing an Ayurvedic lifestyle consultation with me.


What aspects of Ayurveda are you most interested in? Have you read any great books related to the topics? I’d love to hear your questions and recommendations in the comments below.


  Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day,   samantha attard sig


samantha attard happy healthy humanSamantha Attard, PhD, is the founder of Happy Healthy Human. Sam is a performance coach and yoga instructor who helps people eat, move, and live with intention. Learn more here.


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