Ashwagandha, also called Winter Cherry, Indian Ginseng and sometimes spelled Ashwaganda, is one of Ayurveda’s most highly acclaimed adaptogens. An adaptogen is an herb with overall nervine tonic benefits – energizing the body when it needs it during the day, and calming overactive nerves for easy and restful sleep at night.
The word Ashwagandha is alternately translated as the “strength,” “sweat,” and “smell” of ten horses. This is sometimes said to refer to the smell of the root, and likely also harks back to its building and strengthening properties, and its tropism for building the nervous system and sexual vitality. The root is also used to support athletic performance, endurance and exercise recovery.
Ashwagandha is one of Ayurveda’s few natural ojas builders, which means it supports vitality, immunity, radiant health and longevity. Ashwagandha is also considered to have herbal intelligence, as it can increase or decrease stress hormones like cortisol depending on the needs of the body.
Body Systems: Ashwagandha supports the nervous, reproductive, immune and respiratory systems. It is also a specific rasayana, or rejuvenative, for the mamsa dhatu or muscle tissues. As such, it is useful for promoting the optimal strength and vitality of the heart, uterus, and the muscles of the respiratory system that bolster and support the lungs, making it useful in the support of breathing issues.
Providing encouragement for a healthy inflammatory response, Ashwagandha is sometimes used to help the body implement its inherent pain-managing strategies.
When applied to the skin, as an oil or an ingredient in a skin care formula, Ashwagandha provides a calming effect, potentially reducing the appearance of breakouts and age spots.
Ayurveda considers Ashwagandha to be an overall health tonic.
Ashwagandha is said to decrease excess vata and kapha, though caution is advised in the case of excess pitta.
Taste (Rasa): Bitter, astringent, sweet
Energy (Virya): Heating
Post-digestive quality (Vipaka): Sweet
Quality (Guna): Light, unctuous
Tissue (Dhatu): Blood, muscle, fat, bone, nerve, reproductive
Channel (Srotas): Reproductive, nervous, respiratory
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Ashwagandha: All the benefits of Ashwagandha available in a convenient capsule form and blended with the synergistic ratio of ginger for the smoothest digestion and assimilation.
Energico: As Ashwagandha is a heating herb, for those with a lot of pitta – or fire – in their constitution, Ashwagandha on its own may be too fiery. For these cases Dr. Douillard has specially formulated a proprietary adaptogenic blend. Energico gives you the same nervine tonic benefits, supplying energy during the day while helping the nervous system unwind adequately to provide a good night’s sleep. Energico also supplies the rejuvenative and brain tonic benefits of Shilajit and Brahmi.
Ojas Nightly Tonic: This sumptuous blend of ojas-building foods and herbs (Ashwagandha and Shatavari) makes it easy to replenish your reserves. Add a heaping teaspoon to a cup of milk or milk substitute, add a bit of ghee or coconut oil and bring to a simmer for your ojas-building nightcap.
Chyawanprash: Chyawanprash is an amazing formula that has been used as a tonic in Ayurveda for over 3000 years. A natural multi-mineral and multi-vitamin formulation, Chyawanprash is made from a complex and precise traditional recipe that includes over 40 powerful Ayurvedic herbs. The base and key ingredient of this formula is called Amalaki, or Indian Gooseberry, a powerful antioxidant fruit that is considered a superfood in India for its potent free-radical scavenging properties. It is also one of the three fruits that make up the Ayurvedic formula Triphala. The Amalaki contained in LifeSpa’s Organic Chyawanprash is fresh and sustainably harvested.
Royal Glow Facial Moisturizer: A concentrated moisturizer in the tradition of Ayurvedic beauty care, Royal Glow is rich in vitamins D and E, as well as the pervasive Ayurvedic herbs Bala, Brahmi, Turmeric, Amalaki, Ashwagandha, Shatawari, and Tulsi. According to Ayurvedic legend, these herbs promote ojas, a glowing and lustrous appearance of the skin. A light silky texture and subtle floral scent give this moisturizer its fine, delicate feel.
Fountain of Youth Skin Serum: A highly concentrated moisturizer and nutrient blend, Fountain of Youth Skin Serum is designed to be applied to target areas to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Rich in time-tested Ayurvedic herbs Neem, Amalaki, Vacha (Calamus), Ashwagandha, Shatavari, and Bala, along with vitamins A, C, D and E, Fountain of Youth Skin Serum brings Ayurvedic beauty solutions to the areas of your skin most vulnerable to aging and environmental damage.