Ayurvedic Ashwagandha – From Local to Global!

Know more about this desi superfood, but now trending all over the world- Ashwagandha.

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Ayurvedic Ashwagandha  From Local to Global

Ashwagandha is the popular ayurvedic ingredient which we Indians have been using for more than two millennia now. It has amazing medicinal properties and works incredibly well for our hair and skin too. Now it has made its way to the international superfood list as well, and is trending all over the world. And all of us should really know more about this miraculous Indian superfood! So read on.

What exactly does the word ‘Ashwagandha’ mean?

Just like many other words in the Hindi dictionary, this word is also adapted from Sanskrit. Ashwa means “Horse” and Gandha means “fragrance/smell”. But, why is it called so? It is believed that one who intakes this superfood becomes energised and strong just like a horse.  Can you believe it?

Where can you find them?

Ashwagandha is native to India and North Africa; it is a tiny medicinal shrub with yellow flowers and is propagated from the seeds, its plant and stems have extraordinary health benefits too. In India, you can find it everywhere, but it is mostly found in parts of sub-tropical areas, because it is grown in dry soil.  Major states which grow this herb are Punjab, Gujarat, Haryana and Maharashtra.

Health benefits:

  • In this fast paced life where we all are battling with stress, Ashwagandha which is loaded with adaptogenic properties is here to help. One of the most popular and scientifically proven health benefits of this powerful ingredient is that it is a ‘Stress-buster’.
  • Ashwagandha has anti-inflammatory properties and is to be good in treating arthritis too. It also has an array of other health benefits like good cholesterol, controlled blood pressure and is also the herb for a healthy heart. It also makes your muscles and bones stronger and boosts immunity.
  • A brain boosting agent, it is said to be helpful in treating Alzheimer and also carries abilities to improve your memory. So, the next time you are including some almonds in your daily routine, make sure to include some Ashwagandha too. 
  • Ashwagandha is also a good aphrodisiac; it improves the reproductive health and revitalizes hormones in your body.  An effective herb to improve fertility in both men and women.
  • It also can help you get rid of dandruff from your hair and make it smooth and soft. This Ayurvedic herb has amazing abilities to give you a glowing skin naturally.

Caution: Some side effects!

It is said that one should consume this herb in small quantities because there may be consecutive side effects to these, they may result in a sad stomach, vomiting, dizziness and more. Do consult your doctor if you are on any medications or drugs before you are planning to include them in your diet. It is also believed to be harmful for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.

Where can you get it from?

Ashwagandha is easily available in any Ayurveda store. There are a lot of herbal stores all across India which sells all the natural products. Ashwagandha capsules can also be bought if you are looking for a quicker solution to your stress and fatigue problems. Ashwagandha in the powdered form is quite popular and might be available online and in any general stores as well.