Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha

Also known as Indian Ginseng, Poison Gooseberry and Winter Cherry, and widely used in Ayurvedic medicine, Ashwagandha belongs to the pepper family, and grows almost exclusively in the drier regions of India and Africa, although it is also found in Nepal, China and Yemen.

Ashwagandha: Latin name: (Genus) Withania; (Species) W. somnifera.

The name Ashwagandha is derived from the Sanskrit words ‘ashva’, meaning horse, and ‘gandha’, meaning smell or aroma—the result of the plant’s root giving off what is considered a strong horse-like odour.

Traditionally, Ashwagandha has been used to treat a range of conditions, including fevers, nervous exhaustion and stress; rheumatism, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions; plus diabetes, insomnia and also as a general tonic.

Some even say this mystical perennial possesses aphrodisiac, sedative, rejuvenating and life-prolonging properties, as well as being used traditionally for centuries to increase spiritual wellbeing.

Note: Only the roots of the plant are used to prepare ‘medicinal Ashwagandha’.

Directions for use: Blend Earthfare Organic Ashwagandha powder in smoothies and juices, mix with yoghurt or cereal (oatmeal or porridge) or stir into herb teas or hot milk.

Dosage: 3 – 6 gms daily, or as directed by a herbal practitioner.

For further information on the properties and use of Ashwagandha we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner.