Ashwagandha tea has a long medicinal history, being used for its healing properties byAyurveda practitioners, native Americans and Africans. At present, it is used to improve memory, but not only.
What is Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha is a stout shrub that belongs to the nightshade family, but it does not possess poisonous properties. It grows in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.
Literally translated, Ashwagandha means horse smell. It has been also known as “India’s ginseng” or “winter cherry.” In Ayurveda, practitioners use Ashwagandha for its medicinal properties which enhance longevity and health in general.
Native Americans and Africans have been using Ashwagandha to heal inflammation, fevers and infection.
The plant has anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties.
Ashwagandha can be taken as tea, as tincture, in capsule form, or as an extract.
Ashwagandha tea is the resulting beverage from brewing the abovementioned plant.
Ashwagandha tea brewing
To prepare Ashwagandha tea:
- Place about 1 teaspoon of dried ashwagandha leaves in boiling water.
- Let the mix steep for about 15 minutes and cool.
- Strain and then drink.
Ashwagandha tea benefits
Studies revealed that Ashwagandha tea is successfully used to:
- calm the nerves and treat severe stress and nervous exhaustion
- help in the treatment of hypertension
- clear the mind, as well as to improve memory and cognitive abilities
- help in fighting arthritis
- help in restoring sexual vitality, especially in males
It also has anti-carcinogenic and anti-cancer properties.
Ashwagandha tea is recommended for expectant mothers. It is said to purify the mother’s blood and strengthen her immune system. Because it acts as a uterine sedative, Ashwagandha tea is used during childbirth, bytraditional Ayurvedic medicine.
Ashwagandha tea side effects
Ashwagandha tea is not recommended to pregnant women.
To avoid any possible side effects, consumers should not intake the tea in high doses or for long periods of time.
Ashwagandha tea is a good choice when looking for an increased libido, or an adjuvant against cancer, due to its antioxidant content. It can be also used to enhance the immune system and thus, to release stress.