belongs to the botanical family that includes tomatoes, goji berries, potatoes, hot and sweet peppers, ground cherries and eggplant.
Ashwagandha belongs to the botanical family that includes tomatoes, goji berries, potatoes, hot and sweet peppers, ground cherries and eggplant. It grows as a stout shrub that can reach 5-6 feet. Like the tomato, it bears yellow flowers followed by small, round orange fruit. The ashwagandha plant prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade and does best in well-drained, slightly alkaline soil. It grows best in a soil comprised of 2 parts sandy loam to 1 part sand and can be found growing in Africa, the Mediterranean, and India.
Roots are the most commonly used part of the plant. They are used in herbal blends, teas, oils, etc.
Seeds used for curdling milk in making vegetarian cheeses
In India, the root is prepared a number of ways: as a powder, decoction, with wine, mixed with clarified butter (ghee), combined with honey (or sugar syrup), and infused into oil. It is also commonly used to make alcoholic extracts (tinctures) and some companies place the powdered roots into capsules. When supplement companies make tinctures or encapsulate powdered Ashwagandha root, they do extensive testing and often times standardize certain substances found in the root. Note:
The Ashwagandha root sold by Wilderness Family Naturals is just the bulk root, not a dietary supplement; no substances have been tested for nor has anything been standardized.
Warnings and Drug Interactions
Do not use if you:
- Have a stomach ulcer.
- Have leukemia or are being treated with cyclophosphamide (a "chemo" medicine).
- Are currently taking sedatives, such as barbiturates (e.g., Phenobarbital) or anxiolytics. When used together, they can make you feel like you want to sleep more.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, ask a health professional before use. Large doses of Ashwagandha may possess abortifacient properties.