mental illness

Herbal Ghee (ghrta) for the mind and mental health


Ghee is one of the medicines which the Buddha recognized, and the use of ghrita (ghee) for mental health problems is very common within the Ayurvedic texts, it continues to be regarded as ‘the best drug of oleation’, and assimilates the properties of substances accompanying it. Medical uses of ghrita include drinking it, nasal drops, massaging on the body, bathing in it and various other applications.

Classical Ayurvedic texts give around 20 different recipes for types of herbal ghee recommended for the treatment of mental health problems. Recent initial small scale research in India using randomised placebo controlled clinical trials is beginning to show that the total effect of Brahmi ghee is statistically highly significant compared with placebo for conditions such as depression and anxiety.

Manasa Ayurveda carefully produces our own herbal ghee using special combinations of herbs traditionally recognsised as highly effective for the mind and mental health.

Crisis Support

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Manasa Ayurveda means Ayurveda for the mind. We are serious about mental health and wellbeing. Our service offers a traditional natural and holistic Ayurvedic approach to mental health. Our service is in demand, so we seek to ensure that everyone who approaches us has access to direct support when they need it.

A mental health crisis can mean different things to different people. In a mental health crisis, you might feel so distressed that you want to harm yourself or someone else. You might hear unpleasant voices, or feel that people are watching you or trying to hurt you. At such times it can help to tell someone you trust, maybe a family member or a friend. They can be with you and help you decide what to do. They can also contact services on your behalf.

If you need urgent help:

Call 111 to speak to the free NHS helpline for anyone with an urgent healthcare need. Tell them if you need a translator. They can:

  • give you self-care advice

  • connect you to a nurse or GP

  • book you a face-to-face appointment

  • send an ambulance, if necessary

  • direct you to the local service that can help you best

If you are with someone who has attempted suicide, call 999 and stay with them until the ambulance arrives.

If you need less urgent help:

Don’t suffer in silence. Get help. You could:

Speak to your GP. They can put you in touch with local services.

Contact the Samaritans - Call for free: 116 123 (24 hours a day) email:

London and national contacts:

Services for people who need help and those who are worried about them (numbers beginning 0800 and 0808 are free to call from landlines and mobiles. 0300 numbers are local rate).

Alcoholics Anonymous
call: 0800 9177 650 (24 hours)

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) For men of all ages.
call: 0800 802 58 58 (5pm to midnight)

Alzheimer’s Society
call: 0300 222 11 22 (various times)

Domestic Violence Helpline
freephone: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours a day) email:

FRANK (Drugs and alcohol advice) call: 0300 123 6600 (24 hours a day)

HOPElineUK. For those aged up to 35. call: 0800 068 41 41 text: 07786 209697 email:

LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender+)
call: 0300 330 0630 (10am to 10pm)

National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) call: 0808 801 0331 (various times)

Rape Crisis
(Support for women and girls)
call: 0808 802 9999 (various times)

call: 0300 304 7000 (6pm to 11pm)

Silverline - support for older people call: 0800 4 70 80 90 (24 hours)

Victim Support
call: 08 08 16 89 111 (various times)