Ashwagandha Root (Withania Somnifera)
Ashwagandha is a medicinal herb that has been used for treating a number of conditions in ancient India under the Ayurvedic treatment science. It has also found significant mention in Unani and African traditional medicine. Also known as Indian ginseng, winter cherry, and poison gooseberry, it is a native of India and Nepal.
Its name is derived from the smell it emanates, i.e. Ashwa (horse) and gandha (bad smell) – meaning it has a horse-like smell. This herb has the ability to improve brain function, help cope with stress, and enhance the immune system. It is also used for increasing libido, treating infertility in men and women, and regulating the menstrual cycle. The herb is also effective in countering the signs of aging of the mind.
It has excellent analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties for which it is applied to wounds for quick healing; it is also effective in reducing backache and reversing Hemiplegia (one-side paralysis).
Other major uses of Ashwagandha are in the treatment of asthma, tuberculosis, tumors, insomnia, leukoderma (white patches on the skin), arthritis, high blood pressure, chronic liver problems, and hiccups.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!