Ashwaganda (Withania Somnifera)
Ashwagandha has a long history of use dating back over 2,000 years and is one of the most renowned and powerful herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. In Sanskrit, ashwagandha translates to “smell of the horse”, as traditionally this herb was believed to give you the strength and vigour of a stallion.
Ayurvedic medicine praises Ashwagandha for a multitude of uses - most notably its effectiveness in dealing with anxiety, fatigue, cloudy thinking, immune function and stress induced insomnia.
It is also used to support the entire endocrine system (responsible for the body’s hormone secretion) and is particularly helpful in providing adrenal support, allowing cells access to more energy and preventing oxidative damage (due to its antioxidant properties).
Unlike most adaptogens, ashwagandha is not stimulating; rather, it creates a calming effect by balancing our bodies cortisol (stress hormone) and for this reason, Ashwagandha is a wonderful tool for stress and depression as a mood-boosting tonic.
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