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Withania somnifera

Parts used medicinally: Roots

Ashwagandha is a traditional Ayurvedic herb used by many all around the world. It is an adaptogenic herb and considered to be calming in its effects. It is great for relieving symptoms of stress and is good for those who are tired but too wired to get a good night's sleep.


Ashwagandha (pronounced ASH-WAH-GAN-DAH) is a botanical native to India and a very popular herb in Ayurvedic medicine. It is an adaptogenic herb [so is able to support the body in dealing with stress] and highly regarded in Ayurveda as say Ginseng is in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 The name Ashwagandha in the Sanskrit translates to ‘smell of a horse’, ashva meaning horse and gandha meaning smell. This is perceived as meaning the ‘essence of a horse’, which speaks to its ability to give the consumer the strength and stamina of a horse.

 The name somnifera, tells us of its sedating nature. Somni being the Latin root word for sleep. So although over time, this adaptogen helps to build strength and vitality, it has a calming nature, which is why ashwagandha is commonly prescribed by herbalists for people who are overstressed and have trouble sleeping, the person that is typically “tired, but wired”. 

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Did You Know?

  • The use of Ashwagandha goes back a long time and ancients texts suggest its nutritive value is useful in cases of emaciation, especially in children.
  • Ashwagandha is sometimes referred to as ‘Indian Ginseng’. 
  • Ashwagandha has traditional and modern use as a sexual tonic.

Ashwagandha & Me

  • You can use ashwagandha in powdered form for smoothies and hot drinks.
  • Try using a daily dose of the tincture or supplement over time and see how it affects your sleep and energy throughout the day. 

If you are pregnant/breastfeeding or on drug medication, be sure to consult with a professional before trying these remedies.