Typically, the carrier is warm water. However, you may use other liquids than water, such as milk or almond milk to 'soften' the harshness of any herb (for delicate Vata constitutions). Liquids such as aloe vera, vinegar, and lemon juice are recommended to increase the cleansing effect of herbs. Herbs may also be mixed with honey and even ghee for various effects. Anything can be used as a carrier for an herb, such as a mashed banana, fruit juice and meat broths. Ginger or mint tea can also be a carrier.
Carriers are used to either direct the herbal formula to a specific tissue or to balance out qualities of the formula. Sometimes, a carrier will be a part of the formula in powdered form- raw sugar is one example the formula Sitopaladi. Usually, anupans refer to the liquid in which the client steeps the herbs in. For ghee to be effective, you must cook the herbs into ghee. Just taking them with ghee doesn't change the formula.
Carriers that Balance Doshas
Carriers to the Tissues (Dhatus)
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