Species: Withania somnifera
Common names: Ashwaganda Root, Indian Ginseng, Winter cherry
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.
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