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Featured herb: Ashwagandha

Author: Gaia Herbs


Ashwagandha, our February herb of the month, is one of our very favorite adaptogens – plants that help the body resist stressors of all kinds, whether physical, chemical or biological.*



About:


  • This plant is a member of the Solanaceae family and has over 4,000 years of traditional use in its native India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

  • It is a Medharasayan which is the Ayurvedic category of foods and nutrients that promote learning and memory retrieval.

  • It is sometimes referred to as “Indian Ginseng” as it is traditionally used in conditions of debility, emaciation, impotence and premature aging. It is also sometimes referred to as Winter Cherry.

  • The translation of Ashwagandha is roughly, “the smell and strength of a horse”, alluding to its aphrodisiac properties.

  • This plant is a Tonic and an Adaptogen. In the Middle East it is used to help promote normal sleep patterns and encourage a healthy inflammatory response.*


Function:

Adaptogens support the ability of an organism to cope with stress and thereby conserve energy. Ashwagandha rejuvenates and tonifies the entire system, especially the endocrine and immune systems.*


The root and leaf contain the highest amount of Steroidal compounds which include the lactones Withaferin A, and carbon-27-glycowithanolides, known collectively as Withanolides. It also contains a fair amount of alkaloids; tropine, pseudotropine isopelletrine, and anaferine, and saponins.



Uses

 Brain Function* Endocrine Function – Adrenal*  Energy*  Immune System*  Nervous System*  Sleep*  Stress*

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