Medicinal Herb. This species is a short, tender perennial shrub growing 14–30 inches tall. Grown as an annual in temperate climates zones 8 or cooler. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is is the solanacea family, cousin to tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers. Unlike its relatives, the fruit is not edible, but has been applied as a rennet substitute in vegetarian cheese-making. On this plant, the root is used, usually for tea, but must be used properly to avoid negative side effects.
Ashwagandha is used in ayurvedic herbal medicine for a variety of uses, it holds a position of importance similar to ginseng. It is said to generally strengthen and increase resiliency, both physical and emotional. Ashwagandha root can be a good support for mood imbalances, stress or depression. Widely employed to ward off anxiety and as a sleep aid. However, it should not be used by people who are taking prescription medication, during pregnancy and lactation. Know your Herbs! Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.
Other Names: Amukkuram, Adaptogen tea, clustered winter-cherry, Indian ginseng, withania, Indischer Ginseng, indian ginseng, oroval