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Wellness Benefits of Ashwagandha

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June 21, 2021

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is one of the most revered herbs in Ayurveda, a holistic healing tradition that originated in India nearly 5,000 years ago. This small evergreen shrub is native to the dry regions of the Indian subcontinent. Today ashwagandha is among the most well-known adaptogenic herbs, and may promote balance in many of the body’s systems.*

Ashwagandha Tea for Mental Clarity

Ashwagandha tea has long been used in Ayurvedic healing to create a foundation of wellness and stability in the mind and body.* SuperAdapt™ Clarity and Calm® harnesses the power of this ancient herb — along with calming lemon balm, sweet licorice root and passionflower  — to yield a soothing and satisfying cup. 

For maximum benefits, inhale the light herbal and floral aromas wafting from your tea cup after steeping. Allow yourself a moment to center and focus your thoughts. Breathe deeply and savor the taste of each sip, allowing your body to relax and your stress to melt away as you indulge in this ritual of clarity and calm.

Wellness Benefits of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen — a special category of plants, herbs and mushrooms that may help the body resist stress.* Like other adaptogens, ashwagandha has been used for thousands of years by Ayurvedic healers in India to treat a range of ailments.* 

Most notably, ashwagandha is known to quell feelings of stress and anxiety, and is considered to be a calming and grounding herb.* Sipping ashwagandha tea or taking an ashwagandha supplement may help to improve mental clarity, memory and focus.*

Ashwagandha has also been studied for its ability to support immunity, sleep, reproductive health, and joint and muscular health.* These potential benefits of ashwagandha have been attributed to the herb’s oxidative stress-reducing properties.*

Ashwagandha Origins and History

Ashwagandha is native to the dry regions of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Its history can be traced back thousands of years to the ancient Vedic texts. Ashwagandha is also mentioned in the Ayurvedic texts such as the Charaka Samhita and the Susruta Samhita

In the Ayurvedic healing tradition, ashwagandha has long been used as a rasayana — an herb that promotes longevity and vitality. Rasayana herbs are typically administered as tonics to children and the elderly. Traditionally, ashwagandha root is ground into a powder and mixed into tea, milk, honey or butter. Ayurvedic healers have also been known to mix ground ashwagandha with water to form a paste, which is applied topically.

The word ashwagandha is derived from the Sanskrit words ashva, meaning horse, and gandha, meaning smell. Thus, the translation of Ashwagandha is roughly “the smell of a horse,” indicating the herb’s ability to impart the vitality and strength of a stallion.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.