When herbs are mixed or prepared, a bíja (seed) mantra is often recited to empower the herb’s properties by enlivening all five elements: ether, air, fire, water, and earth. Bíja are the essence of all other mantras. Thus of all the mantras they have the most power. One such mantra is:
Aum Íng Hríng Shríng
Klíng Sanga Shamboah Namah
This mantra can be repeated once, seven, 31, or 108 times. It may also be repeated in intervals of 108 times. The number 108 is a mystical number in the Vedic sciences. Thus, chanting 108 times further empowers the herbs.