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We love herb gardening with exotic herb plants. A strong and vigorous plant, Ashwagandha is considered the "hottest herb in India" and is known as 'Indian Ginseng' and 'Winter Cherry'. The leaves and roots are used as both an aphrodisiac and a sedative!
Used by Ayurvedic healers for thousands of years, Ashwagandhais used to reduce inflammation, decrease stress and increase the libido. This medicinal herb plant grows into a small, woody shrub with elliptical green leaves, producing small, uniform five-petaled flowers and small red seeds. Preferring hot, full sun, this herb will grow well after ALL chance of frost is gone. Given proper temperatures, soil depth and adequate (but not excessive) watering, the Ashwagandha root should be ready to harvest in the first year.
Characteristics: Exotic Ashwagandha grows into a woody shrub up to 4 feet high.
Light: Plant in sun, after any threat of frost. It is a tropical plant!
Water: Water thoroughly only when dry to the touch.
Soil: High quality, well-drained soil.
Use: This ginseng-like tonic of the Ayurvedics has been used mainly in cases of physical and mental exhaustion and makes a very good stimulant. Ashwagandha has been used in cases of sexual exhaustion, infertility, low sperm count, and impotence. Ashwagandha has anti inflammatory benefits that aid in the treatment of arthritis. Harvest the roots after the plant's foliage has died back following the first frost.
Extras: Ashwagandha is in the same plant family as the tomato!
Ashwagandha, the "Indian ginseng" or winter cherry, has been used as a
quite valuable herb in the Ayurvedic and indigenous medical system for
over 3,000 years. The roots, leaves and fruits (berry) possess
tremendous medicinal value. A famous Ayurvedic rejuvenative botanical
used in many tonics and formulas, Ashwagandha helps maintain proper
nourishment of the tissues, particularly muscle and bones, while
supporting the proper function of the adrenals and reproductive system.