As an astringent, it has a bitter and sweet taste, but once processed it will be powdered and prepared in hot water or milk which will reign supreme for nervous system. It may enhance energy, support aging, and stimulate sex drive.
Indian ginseng, Withania somnifera
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb, meaning that it is used to help the body resist physiological and psychological stress. The name ashwagandha translates into “smell of a horse”; this is a reference to both the unique smell of the herb, as well as the virility of a horse, an inference to the traditional use of ashwagandha to support a healthy male reproductive system.
Health use Today
Ashwagandha is used to tone, support, and revitalize bodily functions.1 It has been revered over time for its dual capacity to energize and calm at the same time.
- Supports a healthy immune system
- Calms mental processes
- Fosters healthy sleep patterns
- Benefits a healthy reproductive system in both males and females
- Supports sustained energy levels, strength, and vitality, including with physical activity
- Supports healthy back and joints
How to take Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha is available in powder and tablet forms, and as a liquid extract. The traditional use is as a powder, mixed with warm milk and honey, and taken before bed,3 calming vata and fostering healthy sleep patterns, reproductive system, and strength. A general dose can be 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon once or twice daily.
Traditionally ashwagandha is taken with ghee and honey (equal parts) anupans for overall nourishment and rejuvenation. Adding sugar (cane or sugar candy) adds a cooling effect and can even be substituted for the honey, particularly in the summer months. It can also be used with ghee and sugar to support the female reproductive system and joints.
My Personal Journey
Working a full day under the gorgeous sun with plant medicines. There’s something holy about growing and processing your own medicine. Ashwagandha — astringent, bitter and sweet taste once processed will be powdered and prepared in hot water or milk and will reign supreme for the nervous system.
Freshly harvested and washed ashwagandha roots. The scent of vigor claims the back porch. There are roots everywhere !
This is one of my plant allies and is assists me in leveling out the stress and helping clients adapt to changes and outside pressure. Strengthen the internal system so when external pressure mounts, the body can manage it. Ashwagandha tells us to stay grounded and juicy !