No it’s not my middle name, although it could have been 🙂
Ashwagandha is a plant. Originally from India, it also grows in the Middle East, North Africa and can actually be planted in warm or mild climates.
The Ashwagandha root is renowned for its amazing rejuvenating properties. It has been used for many years in Ayurvedic medicine especially in case of anxiety, insomnia, stress, fatigue, loss of immunity, painful swelling and fertility issues. It also helps tremendously to balance body by boosting the intake of nutrients, vitamins and minerals from the food we eat
Like any medicine, it is good to consult a practician before using it. For example, if you are pregnant, if you are subject to ulcers or low blood pressure, ashwagandha should be prohibited.
I have been using it a lot while I was traveling in India in order to boost my immune system and prevent from getting sick. My favorite way to use it was to add 1 tsp in a smoothie or get it in capsule form.
Just like ginseng in Chinese Medicine, I would say that ashwagandha is good to know and to have around better than using any chemically processed supplements.