Ashwagandha - Plant
Description for Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha is best known for stress Reduction, Neural Protection, and a Lot More from an Ancient Herb
Ashwagandha or Withania somnifera or Winter Cherry or Indian ginseng or poison gooseberry is an ayurvedic herb that has been used for centuries in India as an adaptogenic herbal remedy to improve overall health, vitality and longevity.
It has remarkable stress-relieving properties comparable to those of powerful drugs used to treat depression and anxiety. Scientific studies support ashwagandhaâ€™s ability not only to relieve stress, but also to protect brain cells against the deleterious effects of our modern lifestyles.
The benefits of ashwagandha are many; in addition to promoting fertility, aiding in wound care, and boosting the immune system, some other benefits are:
Diuretic, Sleep aid, Galactogogue, Anti-epileptic, Anti-tumour, Pain relief, Eye health, Heart tonic, Lowers cholesterol, Regulates, blood sugar, Reduces depression and anxiety, Combats stress, Fights cognitive decline due to brain cell degeneration.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Ashwagandha, Ashgandh, Asgandh , Ajagandha, Nagouri Asgandh, Rasbhari||Red, Yellow||Spring||Up to 2 metre||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
Ashwagandha crop is propagated through seeds. Disease-free and high-quality seeds should be selected and sown in well-prepared nursery beds. Although it can be sown directly by the broadcast method in the main field, transplanting method is preferred for better quality so that they will be the best suit for export.
Seeds should be sown just before the onset of monsoon and covered thinly using sand. Generally, the seeds germinate in six to seven days. About 35 to 40 days old seedlings can be transplanted in the main field.
|Full sunlight||sandy loam or light red soil with good drainage having pH value of 7.5 to 8.0||Moderately||20 to 30 degree C||Organic fertilizers can use.|
Caring for Ashwagandha
- Avoid excessive rainfall or water, it is harmful to this crop.
- Weeding are required to keep the field free from weeds.
Drying leaves and red-orange berries indicate the maturity and harvest time. Ashwagandha crop can ready for harvesting 160-180 days after sowing.
Typical uses of Ashwagandha
Special features: Ashwagandha is also known as â€œIndian ginsengâ€ or â€œpoison gooseberryâ€ or â€œwinter cherry â€œand it is a native medicinal plant grown all over north-western and central parts of India.
Culinary use: The berries can be used as a substitute for rennet in cheesemaking
Ornamental use: NA
Medicinal use: Ashwagandha helps in boosts the immune system, lowering cholesterol, regulating blood Sugar levels, good for heart, stimulates collagen & promotes wound healing, reduces depression, stress & anxiety, stimulates an underactive thyroid, increases muscle mass & strength reducing swelling & pain, boost memory and cognitive performance, the healthy reproductive system in both males & females, energy levels and vitality, good for joints and eye health, prevent some sort of cancer cells growth.
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