Ashwagandha means 'horse smell'. The taste consists of a combination of bitter (rasa), sweet after digestion (vipaka) and hot as effect (virya). Of this plant, the roots are used in numerous traditional formulas.
The word 'Brahmi' is derived from Sanskrit (Brahma) and means Creator of the Universe. Brahmi is a combination of bitter contraction (rasa), sweet after digestion (vipaka) and cool as an effect (virya).
Triphala is known as 'the three fruits' and is an important ingredient in Ayurveda. There is a saying in India, "If you don't have a mother, but you have triphala, everything will be fine."
Tulasi is considered the holiest plant in India. It is seen as the incarnation of the Holy Mother and is therefore also called Tulsi Devi. Tulsi is sharp and bitter in taste (rasa), sharp after digestion (vipaka) and hot in effect (virya). This herb is an indispensable ingredient in the diet of any serious Yoga practitioner and those who meditate.