Autumn is coming and, most of times, flu with it. In Canarius we have plants for health and, in particular, we have brought a new one to our online shop: Withania somnifera, commonly known as Ashwagandha, Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry or winter cherry.
Withania somnifera is a shrub to small tree that grows well in Mediterranean to tropical conditions. This species is a short tender perennial shrub growing 35–75 cm (14–30 in) tall and its branches extend radially from a central stem. The flowers of an Aswagandha are small and green and the ripe fruit is orange-red.
Nevertheless, this plant grows well in Mediterranean to tropical conditions (as we have said before), it is cultivated in many of the driest regions of India. For instance, Mandsaur District of Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Sindh, Gujarat or Rajasthan. Also, a Withania somnifera plant can be found in Nepal or China.
Withania somnifera is an Indian medical plant used in Ayurvedic medicine with just too many good purposes. Such as treating arthritis, anxiety, trouble sleeping (insomnia), tumors, tuberculosis, asthma and so on.
Moreover, this plant is used as an “adaptogen”: natural substances produced by plants and herbs that provides special nutrients for reaching an optimal performance, both mental and physical.
Likewise, Ashwagandha is applied to the skin for treating wounds and, even, some people also use this plant for fertility problems in men and women. To sum up, Withania somnifera, known commonly as Ashwagandha (among others), is a medicinal plant with a lot of uses to improve our health day by day.
The name Ashwagandha is from the Sanskrit (an old Indian language) and it is a combination of the word ashva (meaning “horse”) and gandha (meaning “smell”). Furthermore, its root has a strong aroma. That’s why this species is described as “horse-like” (despiste how badly it sounds). Look for on our website Withania somnifera - Ashwagandha and discover how this species can help you daily!