Of all the Adaptogens, Ashwagandha may be the most famous of all. In fact, over the past few years it’s become the leader of the pack, giving adaptogens as a class of healing plants some recognizability. This super-hero notoriety of Ashwagandha is well deserved however with it’s many proven benefits on the body & mind.
Ashwagandha, is also known as Indian Ginseng or Winter Cherry and is not new to the adaptogen scene. In fact, it has been around and used in Ayurveda for over 3000 years. It’s properties are derived from the root of the plant and you can find it in many health and wellness products in many different forms, including steeped in Kite’s Sparkling Unwind beverage, named for the hero ingredient’s relaxing effects on the mind and body.
Let’s learn a little more about this amazing adaptogenic herb!
Ashwagandha is a calming adaptogen used to help with stress, nervousness and anxiety by enhancing endocrine (hormonal) function. It is a nightshade root, and known for it’s bitter, astringent and earthy flavour. It’s Sanskrit name translates to “horse-like sweat odour” referring to its pungent scent while its Latin name means “sleep-inducing” referring to it’s restorative properties. Many of the benefits come from it’s high concentration of a compound known as withanolides which have been proven to fight inflammation (Mirjalili et al., 2009).
Safe for most people & widely available, Ashwagandha is easily incorporated as a powdered root, encapsulated, as a tea infusion or as a liquid tincture, which tends to be the most potent way to take this adaptogen.
A capsule can be taken just like any other supplements or medications you may be taking daily. With the powder form, however, you can have a little bit more fun and get creative! Ashwagandha root powder can be quite bitter on its own so it is best when mixed with sweeteners of choice or, such as honey, along with hot water and in some instances ghee. This mixture can be used topically for inflammation or ingested. The powder is also a great option to add to sweet desserts or your daily smoothie. In liquid form, ashwagandha can be steeped in tea infusion (similar to how we brew Kite). You may also take a tincture on it’s own or add to hot or cold beverages.
We’re living in a stressful time and Ashwagandha may just be the natural remedy that can help you to take the edge off. Let us know below how you love to incorporate ashwagandha into your daily routine - we are always looking for new and different ways to better our mental health and wellbeing.
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