Rudrashka is a seed traditionally used for prayer beads in Hinduism. The seed is produced by several species of large evergreen broad-leaved trees.
Rudraksha beads are believed to provide good support for those who are constantly on the move and who eat and sleep in a variety of places. This is because they are claimed to create a cocoon made of the wearer's own energy. It is said that if the situation around one is not conductive to one's kind of energy, one will experience difficulty settling down. This was noted as being especially difficult for sadhus and sannyasis, as they were constantly moving, and were traditionally never supposed to rest their heads in the same place twice. Likewise, the Rudraksha may be helpful for travellers and professionals who eat and sleep in a variety of places. Usually the beads of Rudraksha are strung together as a mala. Traditionally, it is believed that the number of beads used should be 108, plus one. The extra bead is the bindu or "guru bead". If the mala lacks a bindu, the energy is said to become cyclical and wearers who are sensitive may become dizzy.
The mala can be worn all the time, including when bathing in COLD water without chemical soaps ~ it is beneficial for the water to flow over the mala and onto the body. Wearing the mala while in contact with chemical soaps and/or WARM water is best avoided, however, as it can result in the Rudrakshas becoming brittle and eventually cracking.