1 oz. packet of Ashwagandha Root (Cut and Sifted).
Botanical Name: Withania somnifera
Common Names: Winter cherry, Indian ginseng
Origin: USA Certified: Kosher, USDA Organic
Uses: Ashwagandha is commonly used to help treat stress disorders, including anxiety and depression. It promotes thyroid health and a healthy weight, and has the curious nature of being both a stimulant and a sedative, making it an excellent herb to promote a healthy sleep cycle and also to improve energy levels. Ashwagandha is considered an adaptogen, meaning that it affects the immune system as a suppressant or a tonic depending on the needs of the body: in other words, it's a stabilizer. It is also anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory.
Ashwagandha is reported to have positive effects on the nervous system and memory. It may also be taken as an aphrodisiac (although these aphrodisiacal qualities are mostly reported in men) and to improve fertility.
Serving: 1-2 tsp/day. Steep 5-10 minutes, covered, in 8 oz. boiling water.
Safety Rating: Safety Class 2B & 2D (According to MediHerb: Contraindications and Cautions)
No concerns identified for breastfeeding women. Not considered safe for during pregnancy.
High dosages of alkaloids from Ashwagandha exhibit prolonged hypotensive, bradycardiac and respiratory stimulant actions.
May cause drowsiness: do not use while operating heavy machinery.