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