What are Rudraksha Seeds?

Hands holding blue rudraksha seeds

Rudraksha’s (said Rude-rock-sha) are often referred to as beads, but are actually seeds from Rudraksha trees. These trees grow in the wild and on sustainable plantations found in the Himalayas of India and Nepal also Malaysia and Southeast Asia.

The beads grow inside what looks like a blueberry and come in a variety of sizes ranging from 4mm to 16mm, the smallest being the rarest. There are a number of naturally grown grooves on the face of the seed, these are known as Mukhi’s. The beads are strung and threaded the way they grow on the tree, this preserves the prana (energy) in each individual seed.

The Rudraksha name stems from ancient Hindu mythology meaning “the eyes of Shiva”. It is believed that Shiva, who is known as the patron for all Gods, meditated on the welfare of mankind and emerged crying tears of compassion. It was these tears that upon landing on the earth crystallised to form the Rudraksha trees.

Pile of rudraksha beads

Divine qualities of these beads were first noted in ancient Hindu scriptures and have been carried forward through the ages. These qualities are said to settle the mind, increase mental clarity, memory and general awareness, reduce stress and depression, free negative thoughts and calm the central nervous system.

The beads contain carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen which have been found to scientifically contain electromagnetic properties, medicinally healing many mind and body ailments such as heart disease and lowering blood pressure.

Rudraksha beads have been worn by Buddha, Dalai Lama, Gandhi and many enlightened Indian Yogis. We believe that anyone can benefit from wearing these sacred pieces.