DESCRIPTION AND CULTURE: Grown as an annual in the north, but perennial in it’s native India. A member of the Solanaceae or nightshade family, (the same family as tomatoes and peppers), it creates small fruits, like tiny tomatillos, which contain seeds for the next years crop. Coming from the Ayurvedic system in India, Ashwaganda likes it dry and hot. I grow it on raised beds to provide proper drainage for it’s wellbeing.
PART USED: The root is harvested in the fall, after a frost, but before the ground freezes. The tops will die back with the first frost, but will hold all the constituents gathered from the summers growth when harvested post frost. This root is not delicious, so I like to tincture it.
FUNCTION: Ashwaganda is one of the top selling adaptogens, or plants used to cope with stress. According to the National Institute of Health, “Being a powerful adaptogen, it enhances the body’s resilience to stress. Ashwagandha improves the body’s defense against disease by improving the cell-mediated immunity. It also possesses potent antioxidant properties that help protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals.”
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