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SUPERPLANT SPOTLIGHT: ASHWAGANDHA

Ashwagandha is one of the most vital herbs in the Indian Ayurvedic tradition and has been used for over 3000 years, for a wide variety of conditions. It was traditionally given to help people strengthen their immune system after an illness. It is often referred to as “Indian Ginseng” because of its wonderful rejuvenating properties.  It is considered an adaptogen, as it harmonizes physiological functions in a variety of ways, and supports hormone balance in men and women.

ashwaganda

The name Ashwagandha comes from the root, which is said to have  “the smell of a horse” and is considered a food to improve stamina and sexual health in men and women (with “horse-like vigor”). Ashwagandha is reputed to help support emotional balance and brain function, and acts as a potent antioxidant to boost the immune system.

Ashwagandha contains many useful nutritional components including anolides, alkaloids, choline, fatty acids, amino acids, and a variety of sugars.

Ayurvedic herbalism uses ashwaganda for general exhaustion, memory loss, nerve diseases, cough, anemia and insomnia. Study after study continues  to confirm the stress tolerance , performance and endurance enhancing benefits of this herb. This “Indian ginseng” is an excellent herb for stress relief and supporting an inner sense of well-being.

HOW TO USE IT: The usual recommended dose is 3-6gms a day. Begin with 1/8 teaspoon, slowly increase to 1/2 teaspoon or more. Add to smoothies, juices, water, etc.  For people who suffer from insomnia and anxiety, having a hot drink that contains a teaspoon of powdered ashwagandha before bedtime is beneficial.

Try this amazing recipe for a replenishing tonic here.

 




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