Ashwagandha

Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant

Promote physical and mental health, defend against disease and damaging environmental factors

Parts Used

Roots

Characteristics

  • adaptogen

  • anti-inflammatory

  • antiseptic

  • antispasmodic

  • aphrodisiac

  • bitter

  • sedative

Benefits

  • treatment of chronic insomnia

  • postpartum depression

  • anxiety relief

  • inflamation

  • rejuvenates the brain and nervous system

  • treat deficiency states with side effects of exhaustion, weight loss, or poor immunity

Allies

  • Cardamom: mask the intense flavor

  • Elderberry: kidney and immune support

  • Kava kava: fibromyalgia and other chronic inflammatory conditions

  • Lemon Balm: cooling to balance the heat of ashwagandha

  • Milky Oats: stress, burnout, and to soothe the adrenals

  • Nettle: kidney and immune support

  • Rose: cooling to balance the heat of ashwagandha

  • Scullcap: fibromyalgia and other chronic inflammatory conditions

  • Shatavari: strengthening the female reproductive system

Folklore and History

It thrives where other plants wither and die, thus giving it the history of being a rejuvenating and life extending herb.

Cautions

Not for pregnant women