Asafoetida, Ashwagandha Root
Withania somniferaFormat: Root
Size: 1 oz package also Known as Withania somnifera, Indian Ginseng, Avarada, and Withania.Farming Type: Organic
with the Latin name of Withania somnifera, is a five-foot-tall deep-green leafed shrub that is in the Solanaceae family. This plant family includes such well-known vegetables as tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplant, along with flowers like petunias. Ashwagandha root has clusters of yellow flowers and produces red fruit the size of a berry. The roots can reach eight to twelve inches long, and this is the part of the plant that is primarily used as organic herbs. Ashwagandha is a plant that is native to Africa, including Algeria, Egypt, Chad, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Swaziland; Asia with reference to Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, India; and Europe in terms of Greece, Italy, and Spain. Withania somnifera thrive in the warm climates of all of these countries.Although the root is the predominant part used of these herbs, the berries, leaves, and fruit are sometimes used as well.
Ashwagandha is a member of the nightshade family, however, it should be noted that that unlike other Nightshades, Ashwagandha lacks the poisonous attributes. Typically found and cultivated in India, Ashwagandha has been popularly applied to those with overworked and often hyper-tense lives. Ashwagandha is India’s native answer to Ginseng and it is currently being applied in Ayurvedic medicine to treat hypertension and stress-related ailments. Recent studies have attempted to popularize its use as a preliminary treatment for male infertility and impotence problems.
Not much research has been carried out for this particular botanical and to date, there have not been any released notes on possible medicinal contraindications, side effects, or potential health hazards. This particular root has been used successfully for the last 3,000 years and the empirical evidence of the ages speaks for itself. It comes highly recommended in times of severe strife and stress-induced discomfort. However, Ashwagandha should not be consumed for long periods of time and is better reserved for the “times of need”.Note:: Botanical safety guidelines in the US and Germany have suggested that Ashwagandha may be a mild abortifacient and it is not recommended for pregnant women.In Magick, Ashwagandha Root is considered excellent for spells to grant additional energy, strength and endurance, and stamina. It is also used in love potions and sachets.