Move over Turmeric, there’s a new superstar heals-almost-everything herb in town! If you aren’t familiar with Ashwagandha, you absolutely need to keep reading. This powerful Ayurvedic healing adaptogen has gained traction for its multitude of health and beauty benefits. But before I go any further, let’s quickly discuss what an adaptogen is.
“Adaptogen” is basically just a fancy word for any herb that aids the body in adapting to stress–be it physical, mental, or emotional. For example, ginger is considered an adaptogen due to its well-known use to ease the stresses of the stomach and digestive system.
Okay, now that that’s out of the way…
Belonging to the same family as the tomato, Ashwagandha is a plump shrub with oval leaves and yellow flowers. The benefits of this ancient plant include:
• Supports the immune system
• Reduces stress
• Improves learning, memory, and reaction time
• Reduces anxiety and depression without causing drowsiness
• Reduces brain-cell degeneration
• Stabilizes blood sugar
• Helps lower cholesterol
• Offers anti-inflammatory benefits
• Contains anti-malarial properties
• Enhances sexual potency for both men and women
But wait…there’s more!
Skincare: It stimulates the production of natural oils and keeps the skin supple, strong and hydrated.
Healthy Hair: It is believed to help improve scalp circulation and strengthen the hair, as well as help rid of dandruff. It is also said to reverse gray hairs, and prevent hair loss.
So how do I get to reap these benefits, you ask? Luckily, you can find Ashwagandha in supplement form at your local health food store. Or if you’re like me, online, because getting packages are fun.