My next experience with a Herb in my Kitchen Garden – A restorative & regenerating herb Ashwagandha!
In this week’s blog, I am going to talk about my next herbal experience from my Kitchen garden as mentioned in my previous blog about ‘growing up herbal’. Some of my new readers might not be able to follow a few references of this blog and for that I will recommend you to go through my previous blog here.
Again, the herb acquisition was an interesting experience. I had heard about Ashwagandha as - the herb with “smell of a horse,” indicating that the herb has the potential to impart the vigor and strength of a stallion. While I was in New Delhi at a party in a friend’s house we all started taking about herbs and what all we have seen, used and grown. In my case, I had the least and I felt I will try a few before acquiring more as I had a very limited space for herbs with most space being occupied with vegetables and fruit trees.
One of the guests had many herbs and she was looking for someone who loved plants to take away a few as like many of us she had limited space and multiple pots of many herbs. And that is when I offered to take a few which she was happy to handover. Despite my return to Uttarakhand was delayed and planned by train, I took good care of Ashwagandha, Chamomile and Shyama Tulsi pots before I replanted them here. Though their growth here in a different soil was slow, I was able to save them.
My research on Ashwagandha took me to a huge expanse of benefits and made me realize why this herb —sometimes known as Indian ginseng— is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine for a holistic, whole-body approach to healing. In Ayurveda medicine, there are certain particular herbs which have adaptogenic benefits and Ashwagandha is one of those. Adaptogenic herbs are such herbs that help our body acclimatize to stress - body reaction to a changing environment like toxins in the environment or anxiety and insomnia, or any stress-related disorders. And this adapting to any kind of stress leads to conserving our energy and in turn rejuvenating the entire body system, especially our immune systems.
When consumed, this regenerative herb delivers a diversity of benefits and some of them are stress respite, protecting the immune system, memory regain, managing depression and anxiety, recovery from joint pain, improving the quality of sleep. It has been used for centuries as a natural source of energy and vitality.
Sleep support is the all-star support this herb provides. I can now confirm it. I have been using it regularly since July 2020. I usually take the Earthy Protection Blend Tea. I also boil Ashwagandha sometimes in my Turmeric milk that I take after my dinner. Since drinking these two items together and the tea some of my bodily pain has reduced apart from other benefits. Plus, I feel less stressed out and sleep well!
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