The health benefits of Ashwagandha tea have been renowned in ancient Indian Ayurvedic medicine as being effective for general health and longevity. The root of the ashwagandha has been used successfully for 3,000 years and is often referred to as the Indian counterpart of ginseng.
Known by its scientific name of withania somnifera, ashwagandha is a stout shrub that grows up to a height of about 170 centimeters. Ashwagandha belongs to the nightshade family but does not possess poisonous properties. Ashwagandha bears yellow flowers and red fruit and grows in the South Asian regions of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.
Ashwagandha has the following active constituents: withanolides, glycosides and several alkaloids. The herb also has anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties.
Like many other herbs, it is recommended that ashwagandha not be used by pregnant women and should not be consumed for long periods of time.
Ashwagandha can be taken as tea, as tincture, in capsule form, or as an extract. Ashwagandha tea can be made by placing about 1 teaspoon of dried ashwagandha leaves in boiling water. Let the mix steep for about 15 minutes and cool. Strain and then drink.
The following are the health benefits attributed to ashwagandha tea:
- Tea may be helpful in calming the nerves and treating severe stress and nervous exhaustion.
- Tea may have some anti-carcinogenic, anti-cancer properties.
- Tea may help in the treatment of hypertension.
- Tea may aid in clearing the mind, as well as improving memory and cognitive abilities.
- Tea may help in fighting arthritis.
- Tea may help in restoring sexual vitality, especially in males.