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Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) has become one of the most popular Ayurvedic herbs in the Western world. And it is no wonder, with all the benefits this beloved root has to offer! Ashwagandha has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years as a rasayana (rejuvenative) and it is renowned as an adaptogenic herb, which means it is used to help the body resist physiological and psychological stress by adapting to the needs of the body. Take our free Ayurvedic Profile™ quiz to see if ashwagandha is one of the herbs recommended for you.

How to Use Ashwagandha

Traditionally used as a powder, ashwagandha can be mixed with water or warm milk and honey. Taken before bed,2 this mixture calms vata and fosters healthy sleep patterns, supports the reproductive system, and bolsters strength. A general serving is ¼–½ teaspoon once or twice daily.1 Ashwagandha is traditionally taken with ghee and honey (equal parts), as an anupan (a medium for carrying herbs deeper into the tissues) for overall nourishment and rejuvenation. While combining equal measurements such as ½ a teaspoon each is fine, be sure you are not putting in equal weights of honey and ghee (such as 1 gram each) as this is considered toxic. Taking ashwagandha with sugar (cane or sugar candy) adds a cooling effect and can even be substituted for the honey, particularly in the summer months. It can also be used with ghee and sugar as a supplement to support the female reproductive system and joints.3 The Ayurveda's Carrier Substances guide is a great resource for determining which anupan is most appropriate to use.