by Melissa Chichester
The word “ashwagandha” originates from Sanskrit words that translate to “horse smell,” meaning it has a horse-like scent. In Ayurveda, this is a nod to its powerful benefits. Many say that ashwagandha is strong like a horse.
Similar in appearance to a tomato, it is also known as “Indian ginseng” and “Indian winter cherry.” Ashwagandha now grows all over the globe. It can be recognized by its yellow and green bellflowers.
In traditional practices, ashwagandha powder made from the roots of the plant is preferred for use. The leaves and seeds are also used, and ashwagandha appears in the ancient Vedas of Ayurvedic custom.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen and helps the body adapt to stress by restoring balance.* To be considered adaptogenic, herbs have to meet specific criteria, originally identified by Russian scientist N.V. Lazarez. These discoveries were made based on another adaptogen, Siberian ginseng.
Adaptogenic properties include stress support, benefiting overall well-being, and not harming the body.* Overall, adaptogens help the body adjust to stress.*
A clinically-studied ingredient, Ashwagandha KSM-66® has many nourishing benefits. This includes stress support.* Ashwagandha may even provide occasional anxiety support.* In addition, ashwagandha can support a calm, relaxed mood and nourish overall well-being.*
It takes more than one day for ashwagandha to help your well-being. It is natural for natural herbs to work with your body. Depending on your health, it may even take several months before you notice the beneficial effects of ashwagandha.
Ashwagandha is often used in topical beauty items that can be made at home, including in powdered conditioners and shampoos that are activated by water. It is also easy to make a nourishing face mask with ashwagandha root!
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Gently smooth the mask all over your face and leave on the skin for fifteen minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.