Withania somnifera – Ashwaghanda (seed)
Withania somnifera is highly regarded in Ayurvedic medicine, it is used as a general tonic and an adaptogen, in much the same way as Ginseng in Chinese medicine. Contains alkaloids (Withanolides). The common name of Ashwaghanda refers not only to a ‘horse’s smell’, but also to the strength of a horse, alluding to its adaptogenic properties.
Powdered roots are an ingredient of Ayurvedic tonic formulas and Raja’s Cup coffee substitute. Roots are lifted from plants after 1-2 years, evidently the longer the better, although I find they are great medicine after 2 years.
Care and Cultivation
Sow Withania somnifera seed in spring/summer/autumn. Grows from 30cm to 1 metre. Cut back plants in early spring. Full sun or partial shade. Well-drained soil. Perennial.
30+ seeds per packet.
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