What Is Ashwaganda – and Should You Try It?

You might be familiar with the Latin name: Withania somnifera or common names of Indian Ginseng or Winter Cherry. In Sanskrit, Aswhagandha means ‘smelling like a horse’ but it also refers to the belief that it will make you strong like a horse or give you the ‘strength of a stallion’. Sounds good!

Ashwagandha has long been revered in India as a tonic that promotes vitality, energy and endurance. As a famous adaptogenic herb, its properties have the ability to both calm our minds and also to energise us when we are tired. 

Unsurprisingly, Ashwagandha has been described as the perfect herb for the 21st century due to its ability to support and enhance the body’s natural stress response and maintain homeostasis.

Here are just a few reasons why Ashwagandha is so famous as an overall health tonic:

1. Stress Management

Ashwagandha has been described as nature’s gift for stress management. By relaxing frayed nerves and tonifying the central nervous system, Ashwagandha enhances tolerance to stress. This means it:

  • Revitalizes and ignites the body’s natural stress response
  • Promotes resilience to stress, allowing you to cope better with, and adapt better to stressful times
  • Calms nerves, anxiety and your mind without making you tired
  • Lowers stress hormones


2. Vitality Building

Ashwagandha enhances overall vitality, energy and endurance. It gently rebuilds strength, including bone strength which is important for us all, but also as we age or for athletic performance. It is good for supporting healthy functioning adrenal, endocrine and nervous systems, helping to offset low energy or lack of vitality.


3. Immune Health

Ashwagandha supports our immune health. It can both strengthen a weakened immune system and protect it from becoming depleted.


4. Sound Sleep

Ashwagandha supports healthy sleep by reducing stress (lowering stress hormones), reducing unnecessary worry (by settling/calming the mind) and supporting blood sugar balance to prevent crashes during sleep that make it difficult to sleep through the night (Douillard).

Rejuvenate Your Body

To keep us feeling energised and calm we need to constantly replenish. When we’re stressed or a little run down from the demands of everyday life, it makes sense to reach for something rejuvenating, a tonic that will replenish and support us. Ashwagandha is a great option. There are many ways of taking Ashwagandha including tablets or capsules, jams and powders, and herbal tea.

ORGANIC INDIA also has other famous adaptogens in our tea range including TulsiMoringa and Licorice.

(p.s. I know how tempting coffee is, but over time I really have felt the benefit of swapping it for a tea containing adaptogens).

Organic and Ethical

Making sure you have an organic source is important for your health and also the health of the planet.  ORGANIC INDIA certified organic Ashwagandha delivers a reliable potency and quality AND supports over 2000 small organic rural farms in India that practice regenerative agriculture, benefiting entire communities while reviving the local ecosystem.


ORGANIC INDIA produces Tulsi teas and herbal supplements that are not only good for your body, but good for the earth. Based in India, we’re dedicated to making organic, GMO-free, vegetarian products that are created using sustainable, ethical, and socially responsible methods. Our products include teas, supplements and foods, all grown in our farmlands in northern India.

20 years ago we set out to create a herbal medicine company that was close to our hearts. Our plan was to export India’s ancient Ayurvedic medicinal wisdom, in the form of herbal formulas and supplements, to the West. Yet after witnessing the critical and toxic state of India’s agriculture, we realised that our mission would be far better served working across the supply chain ourselves, starting with the health of the land and the farmers, all the way through to the consumer. We now work with over 2000 rural family farmers to cultivate over 10,000 acres of organic farmland in India.

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