Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles

Mortartea kettleEdible


Also Known as:  Indian ginseng, winter cherry & Somnifera Root

Uses:  Culinary, Medicinal, Incense

Parts used:  Seeds, Flowers, Leaves & Roots

Preparation:  Culinary, Drinks, Poultice, Smoothies, Tea Infusion, Tincture,  Nervine Tonic, Vinegar

  • Symbolizes: aphrodisiac, longevity and an elixir of life
  • Meaning:  Smell (Roots smell like a horse)
  • Associated with:  Healing, Passion, Youthfulness,  Root Chakra
  • Element:  Fire
  • Governed by:  Sun

This winter I integrated Ashwagandha root powder into my diet.  Immediately my energy levels went up and I slept better.  Things I had been putting off and not doing began to get done without any negative thoughts and draining energy.

I am so enthralled with this plant and it benefits I am growing one to better acquaint myself with its appearance, growth cycle and energy.  I have learned that the Ashwagandha seeds do not stay viable for very long so one must get them as fresh as possible.

Health & Wellness

Ashwagandha is considered an adaption herb in Ayurveda due to its benefits of improving vitality, enhancing longevity in the body and mind overall.  Adaption herbs simultaneously enhance adrenal function while also helping an individual relax and sleep better.  Adaptogens are multi-organ targeting herbs that enable a general state of well-being and longevity and they normalize levels of HPA hormones, raising those that are low, while lowering those that are excessively elevated.

Ashwagandha is known for its ability to prevent the damaging effects of stress to the organs, and enabling deep protection on a multi-organ level, assisting the body in adaptation to life.  It has been included in Ayurveda recipes since the beginning of this practice.

The leaves of the Ashwagandha are brewed into a tea for weight-loss while the roots provide a powerful nervine tonic that strengthens the bodies response to stress, increases energy levels, improves sleep, cognitive function and ability to protect the brain against damage. This herb contains flavonoids and antioxidants, alkaloids, amino acids (including tryptophan), neurotransmitters, sterols, tannins, lignans and triterpenes. Research has also shown the roots have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, antioxidant, immunomodulary and hemopoietic properties.

Well researched benefits of Ashwagandha are:

  • Thyroid function
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Blood sugar levels
  • Cancer & tumors
  • Brain cell degeneration & memory
  • Immune function
  • Stamina & endurance
  • Muscle strength
  • Sexual function & fertility
  • Weight-loss

The International Journal of Home Science has published the following nutritional breakdown of 1,000 milligrams of dehydrated Ashwagandha root powder.  It contains:

2.5 calories
0.04 gram protein
0.032 gram fiber
0.05 gram carbohydrates
0.03 milligram iron
0.02 milligram calcium
0.08 microgram carotene
0.06 milligram vitamin C

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

Copyright 2014 – 2021  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000