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||-||-||Up to 2 metre||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
Native to India, Ashwagandha bushes will grow to heights of 3 feet or more and produce light green flowers from midsummer onwards which will develop into orange or deep red berries by fall.
Ashwagandha can be direct sown outdoors following the last frost, approximately 3/8" below the surface of the soil and kept evenly moist. Otherwise, you can sow indoors in early spring to give your starts additional time to develop before going outside. Sow seeds slightly closer to the surface (1/4") if using flats or other small containers indoors.
|-||It needs sandy and well-draining soil in a way that water will drain out quickly, pH level should be around 7.5 â€“ 8, neutral to slightly alkaline. Growing Ashwagandha is not possible in soil that retains moisture and remains waterlogged.||Watering should be economical and only when plant seems thirsty. Indian ginseng is a drought resistant herb and doesn t like wet feet.||Ashwagandha grows best when the temperature ranges between 70 F â€“ 95 F (20 â€“ 35 C), below or above this it grows much slower.||Similar to ginseng, Ashwagandha plant is not fertilized usually due to medicinal uses of its roots. However, organic fertilizers are used. You can apply aged manure or compost near the base of plant.|
Caring for Ashwagandha
Typical uses of Ashwagandha
Culinary use: The berries can be used as a substitute for rennet in cheesemaking
Medicinal use: Ayurvedic properties of Ashwagandha
Vajikara- Increases sexual desire
Rasayani- Rejuvenates the body
Balya- Increases strength
Ati shukrala- Improves quality and quantity of semen
Shwitrapaha- Useful in management of white discoloration of the skin
Shothahara- Useful in management of edematous conditions.it helps clear impurities (Ama) from the various channels of the body.
Kshayapaha- Useful in treating emaciation and under nutritive conditions
Bio energetics: Rasa (Taste)- Tikta (Bitter); Katu (Pungent); Madhura (Sweet)
Guna (Characteristics)- Laghu (Light); Snigdha (Unctuous)
Veerya (Potency)- Ushna (Warm)
Vipaka (Post digestion effect)- Madhura (Sweet)
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