Posted by: sakalaradiance | January 17, 2009

Superstar Ayurvedic Ingredient: Ashwagandha

This morning our founder, Patty Schmucker, was interviewed on Woman’s Day’s Talk Radio.  Stay tuned to for the posted interview. During the interview, Patty was asked which essential oils and herbs people could use at home for homeopathic benefits. One botanical that she mentioned as being great for all skin types and doshas, was Ashwagandha.

Ashwagandha has been used as an herbal remedy for hundreds of years. It has many applications, and has been used by Native Americans and the people of Africa and India to treat inflammation, fevers, and to protect against infection or illness. It has also been used to boost the immune system, improve memory, and to promote overall wellness.

Ashwagandha or withania somnifera is a shrub that flourishes in India and North America. The roots of the ashwagandha plant have been employed for millennia by Ayurvedic healers. Ashwagandha has many beneficial elements, including flavonoids and members of the withanolide class. Numerous modern studies have found that ashwagandha is very effective in reducing inflammation, treating tumors, decreasing stress, increasing mental activity, invigorating the body, and as an antioxidant.


Ashwagandha can be found in all three DoshaCare elixirs, as well as the pitta masque, kapha cleanser and kapha masque.  It’s affects on the skin are that of a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals from the environment, preventing oxidation of the skin which can result in fine lines, wrinkles and dehydration. And for acneic skin conditions, it provides a purifying affect in that ashwagandha has been used for years as an immunity booster against diseases. A powerhouse much like Vitamin C, but a bit more dynamic. 



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