Herb of the Week: Ashwaganda


ASHWAGANDA

Species: Withania somnifera

Common names: Ashwaganda Root, Indian Ginseng, Winter cherry

History/Folklore:
Ashwaganda root has been used for over three thousand in Ayuverdic medicine as a general tonic and to help stabilize moods. It is a member of the nightshade family. Ashwaganda is native to India, Northern Africa and the Middle East. The roots can be used as a decoction or tincture. The dried root can also be powdered and consumed on food. The name “Ashwaganda” roughly translates into “horses smell” which might reference the plant’s musky smell.

Appearance:
Grows up to 4 feet with elliptical green leaves and
tiny green yellow flowers followed by red berries.

Parts Used: Roots

Collection: Dig Roots in late Fall (in New England)

Actions:  Adaptagen, Anti-inflammatory, Sedative, Tonic
Indications:  General tonic to help the body regain balance especially when battling stress. Helps promote a restful sleep.

Contraindications: Avoid if Pregnant or Nursing

 Cultivation: By seed

Light: Full Sun

Zones : Annual

Plant Type: Semi Hardy Evergreen Shrub in Native areas– Annual in New England

About Airmeith Naturals

Anna has over 25 years of experience working with herbs. She trained as a chef specializing in classical French cuisine. Anna has extensive knowledge of herbs used in cooking, as well as having researched the historic use of culinary herbs & spices. She is a Certified Community Herbalist who has completed multiple apprenticeships and classes with renowned Herbalists along with her own studies. Her concentration is in Western European Herbal Practices. She has attended college for Environmental Science as well as earning her certificate in Massage Therapy and is licensed in the state of Massachusetts. In addition, Anna is a Certified Reiki Master Teacher. Anna lives in Western Massachusetts with her family and has over an acre of gardens to play in. Anna is the herbalist at Airmeith Naturals in Holyoke Massachusetts
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