Botanical Name: Withania somnifera.
Components: Ashwagandha is a shrub with oval leaves, yellow flowers, and red berries. The name ashwagandha translates to “smell of a horse” which refers to both the unique aroma of the herb as well as the virility of a horse.
Overview: Used in Ayurvedic medicine for millennia, ashwagandha is revered for its wide range of healing properties. Although unrelated, ashwagandha is often referred to as “Indian Ginseng” because of its rejuvenating properties. It is used to tone, support, and revitalize body functions. It has been praised over time for its ability to calm and energize simultaneously. It supports a healthy immune system, reduces anxiety and depression, supports a healthy reproductive system in both males and females, and promotes sustained energy levels and strength. One of the best herbs for natural athletes, it is adaptogenic as well as anabolic which means it can greatly enhance muscular development.
Uses: The dried roots are cut and sifted for tea, or powdered and encapsulated.