Ashwagandha, powder

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Ashwagandha is a highly revered botanical used in Ayurveda and is praised for its adaptogenic and tonic properties. In many Asian countries, all parts of the plant are utilized, and the tender leaves are eaten as a gentle nourishing herb.

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COMMON NAME

Standardized: Ashwagandha
Other: winter cherry, ashvagandha

 

BOTANICAL NAME

Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal
Plant Family: Solanaceae

 

PARTS USED

Root

 

OVERVIEW

Ashwagandha is a highly revered botanical used in Ayurveda and is praised for its adaptogenic and tonic properties. In many Asian countries, all parts of the plant are utilized, and the tender leaves are eaten as a gentle nourishing herb.

 

BOTANY

Native to Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Mediterranean, Withania somnifera is an undershrub with hairy branches, ovate leaves, yellow to greenish flowers, and bright red berries. It is in the Solanaceae or nightshade family, and related to vegetables such as potato, tomato, and eggplant.

 

CULTIVATION AND HARVESTING

Ashwagandha is native to India where it goes in the wild. It is also cultivated in throughout the country for larger production needs.

 

HISTORY AND FOLKLORE

In Ayurveda, the root is used, often powdered and mixed with honey and ghee (clarified butter). It has been part of their repertoire for millenia. 'Ashwaghanda' literally means 'smelling like a horse' which most likely refers to its actual scent.

In Ayurveda, t is an effective sleep aid and used to balance various conditions that arise from 'vata dosha' imbalances. It is believed to encourage youth and vitality. It is considered a grounding and nourishing herb to support supportive to female wellbeing.

 

FLAVOR NOTES AND ENERGETICS

Bitter, sweet, astringent in flavor and energetically warming (mildly).

 

USES AND PREPARATIONS

Dried roots cut and sifted for tea, powdered and added to formulas, tinctured, or encapsulated.

 

PRECAUTIONS

Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

 

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

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