Ashwagandha is one of the most important Ayurvedic herbs and THE Ayurvedic stress killer because it is considered to be harmonizing!
In Latin, the plant is called Withania somnifera - this name is made up of the words Withan (scientist) and somnifera (sleep-inducing). In Sanskrit, ashwagandha means something like “the smell of the horse,” which is perhaps why I particularly like it. A visit to the stable is always calming for me.
Ashwagandha is a bush that is up to one to two meters high and has reddish, balloon-like flowers. It occurs throughout India.
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AYURVEDA: Ashwagandha for your bioenergy balance
Ashwagandha calms the doshas Vata and Kapha.
Pure Ashwagandha or the products made from it, such as Avaleham, a type of puree, are mainly used for Vata problems of the nervous system, the digestive tract and the reproductive tissue. Ashwagandha is used in Ayurveda for flatulence, nausea and a mild form of constipation, which are related to the imbalance of Ayurvedic bioenergies.
- 1 tsp Ashwagandha powder
- hot water
- Cinnamon and/or cardamom
- 1 tsp honey
Boil water with powder and let it steep for 5 minutes. Since ashwagandha tastes bitter, I always like a little cinnamon and honey with it. Ashwagandha tea has a calming and sleepy effect.