Updated: Sep 26, 2020
Touted as one of the most important herbs in ayurveda , ashwagandha is an ancient plant native to India and North Africa. It has been used as an adaptogenic herb (bolsters your body against stress) for thousands of years. Ashwagandha has so many beneficial properties, this little shrubby member of the nightshade family deserves serious acclaim! Not only does ashwagandha reduce inflammation in the body, it helps increase strength, energy, and endurance. Ashwagandha definitely helps sparks fly in the bedroom too! Also known as Indian Ginseng or Winter Cherry, ashwagandha can help stabilize blood sugar levels, lower cortisol levels, and alleviate anxiety. It is supportive of the kidneys and liver and is generally well tolerated, with few to no side effects. Ashwagandha gives the immune system such a boost, it is usually contraindicated for those suffering from autoimmune disease. And as amazing as ashwagandha is for energy, it will also help you get a great night's sleep. Ahhh... now that's one amazing herb!