Ashwagandha Root (Wittania somnifera)

Ashwagandha Root (Wittania somnifera)

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Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub that grows in India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. Its roots and orange-red fruit have been used for hundreds of years. It's known as the "the herb that can support an army" thanks to its vast array benefits. The herb is considered one of the most important herbs in the Ayurvedic system, a healthcare practice that started in India over 3,000 years ago.

Ashwaganda is an extremely valuable herb and was voted the "Herb of the Year" this year!

Botanical Name: Wittania somnifera

Other Names:  Winter Cherry, asgandh (Hindi)

Family:  Soanaceae

Origin: India

Taste: Bitter

Energy:  Warm, Dry

Part Used:  Root


Infused Herbal Body & Carrier Oil:  CherMark Botanicals Lunar Infused Ashwaganda Oil

Prepare as a tea:  Pour 8-12 oz of boiling water (212 deg F) over 1-2 tsp of tea.  Steep 5-10 minutes, strain and serve.

Tinctures: Tinctures are also called extracts. This same process is used to make real vanilla extract.  Alcohol tinctures are the most common type and the easiest to make.

Detailed instructions for making a tincture can be found HERE!

As Food:  It is possible to eat the fruits of the ashwagandha plant, which are somewhat similar to goldenberries and cherry tomatoes in appearance, but they are fairly bitter and not to everyone's taste.

  • Not for use if pregnant or nursing.
  • Not for use with chronic autoimmune conditions.
  • Can enhance or increase the effect of barbiturates.
  • Keep out of reach of children.

Always consult your health care professional before using any herbal supplement.

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