What is Ashwagandha?
Ayurveda has been offering a number of medicinal properties and health benefits since centuries. Considered as an evergreen and ayurvedic plant, ashwagandha is a shrub that grows in the Middle East and India. It is also seen in some parts of Africa as well. For hundreds of years, the roots of this Ayurvedic herb and its fruits have been used as a medicinal herb to cure a number of diseases. This ayurvedic medicinal herb is also known as winter cherry or Indian ginseng.
The name ashwagandha has a description that means the smell of the roots. Also, ashwa means horse. The use of this ayurvedic medicinal herb dates back to three thousand years in the Indian subcontinent and this grass is one of the important herbs in the medical system of Ayurveda.
In this particular medicine system of Ayurveda, we can find the use of many different herbs and shrubs that are taken as special diets as well. These use help in treating and curing many diseases and offer other health benefits. In Ayurveda, this medicinal herb is also known as ‘Rasayana,’ which means that the herb is known to preserve and uphold youth, both in appearance as well in mind and focus.
With some powerful antioxidants, loads of iron, and amino acids, this Ayurvedic herb is a known herb in the medical system of Ayurvedic healing.
There are some scientific studies which prove that ashwagandha has many health benefits and can be taken by everyone. However, there is a lot of this Ayurvedic herb that is unknown to many and quite a lot is unidentified about the reaction of this herb in the human body. But, maximum studies pose promising results of ashwagandha. Here are some of the popular health benefits of this Ayurvedic herb, take a look!
As we know that there have been a number of beauty and cosmetics products in the market, you should choose a beauty product that suits your skin, hair and beauty needs. The ever-growing pollution, dust, harsh UV rays of the sun, and constant traveling are big contributors to dark spots, pimples, dry and frizzy hair and many other skin and hair issues. If you want to get rid of the sagging skin, dry skin, and wrinkles and patches on the face, then you should start using this ayurvedic herb. It has been noted that this particular ayurvedic herb has many important properties that help fight wrinkles and dark spots on the skin. The antioxidant features of ashwagandha are a great protector of the skin and fights against its radical damage. It positively impacts the skin by slowing down the process of aging and helps in making the skin firm. Moreover, if you use this ayurvedic herb on the daily basis, you would notice a visible change in your skin and would feel more replenished and rejuvenated. Known to offer a more youthful look, this Ayurvedic herb is also a potent natural ingredient for hair care.
Let us take a closer look at how ashwagandha is a great skin and hair care ayurvedic herb.
We know that a DHEA is a stimulator both estrogen and testosterone in the body and also play a key role in producing natural oils of the skin. It is this DHEA that is actively simulated by ashwagandha. Moreover, it is known that this particular ayurvedic herb is a key promoter that produces important proteins and compounds for a healthy and rejuvenated skin. Some of these vital compounds are:
- Elastin – this compound helps in keeping the skin supple, soft and replenished. It impacts the feel of the skin and makes it rejuvenated.
- Hyaluronan – this is for keeping the skin hydrated and oxidized. In simple words, the dryness of the skin is covered up by this important compound of the skin.
- Collagen – this is known to build the skin strength, thereby keeping it firm and not letting it sag at an early age.
Pollution and ultraviolet rays of the sun directly impact our skin. This creates dark spots and patches on the skin, making it look old and dehydrated. In this way, the natural glow of the skin is lost and we resort to a number of chemical products thinking that it would help our skin get better. But on the other hand, these chemical products have toxins and other harmful ingredients that would have a negative impact on the skin. Therefore, if you are looking for a more natural way of treating these skin issues, then you can use this ayurvedic herb.
Use this herb as a skin toner. Mix it well with lemon and dried ginger and apply it evenly on the face and neck. Let it dry for about 10 to 15 minutes and wash it thoroughly with water and pat dry. You can instantly feel hydrated and replenished. You can also try mixing the powder of this herb with rose water and make a paste with a thicker consistency. Apply it as a face mask on the face and neck. Leave this mask for some time and rinse thoroughly with cold water. Try this skin care treatment twice or thrice a week to see visible changes on the skin.
We do take a lot of care of our skin but often forget about the hair. This ayurvedic medicinal herb also has many positive effects on your hair as well. You would have noticed that ashwagandha is a core component in a number of shampoos that are found in the market. But you can use it directly as an herb.
This ayurvedic shrub is known to help in improving blood circulation in the scalp, thereby strengthening the hair follicles and roots. It is also a known natural ingredient that helps in reducing dandruff. We know that melanin is known to give color to the hair. This ayurvedic herb gives a boost to the production of melanin and thereby keeps the natural color of your hair intact. In case you are facing troubles with graying of the hair, then you can always resort to this natural ayurvedic treatment. Apart from helping in fighting these issues of the hair, it is also believed that ashwagandha treats hair loss as well.
Although there has not been any relevant medical information about the dosage of this Ayurvedic herb, it is important that the label of the product is read well and consulted with the doctor before consuming ashwagandha.
The apt dosage of this Ayurvedic herb depends on a variety of factors such as the issues of the user, the age of the user, current health conditions, and other relevant conditions.
Do not forget to consult your doctor or general physician
It must be noted here that you should not resort to any ayurvedic medicine without considering feedback or consultation with your doctor or general physician. There have been some cases that show ayurvedic medicines have shown allergic reactions to some. To avoid any of such instances, one must always ask his or her doctor before taking any ayurvedic medicinal herb.
On the other hand, if you are already taking any medications, do not forget to first ask your doctor before taking ashwagandha or any other ayurvedic medicinal herbs as a treatment option.