What is Ashwagandha?

WELLNESS

‘Aash-wagand-ha’ (yup it’s a mouthful to say) is a small shrub that originates from parts of Sri Lanka, India and the Middle East. Ashwagandha is Sanskrit for ‘smell of the horse’, which refers to both the unique smell of its roots and its ability to impart the vigour and strength of a stallion.

It’s renowned for being one of the most powerful ‘adaptogens’ – natural healing herbs that adapt to our bodies specific needs and help us deal with the stresses of everyday living.

Ashwagandha benefits

Ashwagandha has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine for its numerous and varied health benefits. Modern medical researchers have also completed more than 200 clinical studies on its benefits. Some examples include:

•  Increases energy, stamina and endurance
•  Supports adrenal glands to reduce stress and anxiety
•  Improves learning, memory, and reaction time
•  Promotes restorative sleep
•  Immune boosting and anti-inflammatory

As if that wasn’t enough, Ashwagandha is also one of our favourite adaptogens due to its high fibre content which helps your good gut bacteria thrive!

How to take Ashwagandha

The most common form of Ashwagandha is powdered – its long, tuberous roots are harvested, dried and ground down. Powdered Ashwagandha is also the most versatile as you can add it to just about anything: hot drinks, smoothies, granola, cookies and baked goods.

It’s the perfect herb for hectic modern-day life as it both calms and energises meaning you can take it any time of day – we love adding ½  a tsp to our morning matcha for calm energy and then to our nighttime cacao for restorative sleep.


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