The world can be overwhelming, to say the least. From job responsibilities to social media headlines, there is constantly an overload of never-ending stressors. Ashwagandha (we like to call it the mood root) supports the body’s ability to manage and resist stress.
Sounds like the most useful superpower yet. Without the constant effects of stress from your day-to-day life, there are unlimited possibilities for you to fully flourish.
We will break down the key benefits of ashwagandha and why it can be so powerful when incorporated into women’s lives.
What is Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha, also commonly known as Indian ginseng or Withania somnifera to be scientific, is a small and short plant with velvety leaves, blooming flowers that contain orange fruits that resemble a tomato. Native to regions like India, the Middle East, and North Africa, Ashwagandha has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.
Ayurvedic medicine (or Ayurveda) is one of the oldest wellness systems in the world, reaching as far back as 3,000 to 2,000 B.C. It stems from Sanskrit translating to “knowledge of life.” Today, Ayurveda is practiced, well, everywhere without much recognition from where these techniques came from.
In Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha was considered a rejuvenating health tonic used to treat various problems.
Fun Fact: Ashwagandha roughly translates to “horse smell” in Sanskrit – don’t worry, its benefits are a lot more glamorous than this translation.
How To Take Ashwagandha?
The Ashwagandha plant leaves are commonly used in teas, honey, and traditionally taken with warm milk. Now Ashwagandha is one of the most well-studied adaptogens and can be found on the label of many health supplements in ashwagandha powder.
What Is an Adaptogen?
Adaptogens are herbs that meet the following criteria:
- Non-toxic to the body
- Reduce & regulate stress by helping the body adapt
- Benefit overall wellbein
These stress-fighting herbs can help against all types of stress: physical, chemical, or biological. Although all adaptogens help you handle stress, each herb has its unique qualities and specialties, bringing the body back to a state of balance and homeostasis.
Ashwagandha for Women
We design all Winged Wellness products specifically for women, so why did we decide to use Ashwagandha. This powerful adaptogen can help empower women by supporting some problems women face every single day.
The leaves from Ashwagandha contain bioactive compounds called “withanolides” that are shown to support sleep, cognition, stress, and immunity. Let’s dig into these many health benefits for women:
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Bye, Bye Stress!
Ashwagandha’s ability to relieve stress is its claim to fame. Stress is on the rise; we all experience it. Stress is a normal part of life, but too much stress can inhibit our ability to function.
Ashwagandha has been used as a natural remedy for stress as it has been shown to reduce cortisol levels. Cortisol is your stress hormone and is released in response to a perceived danger. A study published in the Indian Journal of Psychology Medicine found that the high-concentration extract of ashwagandha root showed a connection in reducing stress and anxiety in adults.
Chronic stress can have some pretty harmful consequences, leading to more serious mental health issues. For women, stress can impact their hormonal balance and reproductive health. Taking a little time to “chill out” can hugely improve your well-being.
We made chilling out easy. Our stress-reducing tonic, Chilled Out, contains the adaptogenic blend of Ashwagandha and Lemon Balm, plus a bioavailable blend of Magnesium to help you reach the ultimate state of zen. Stir into your preferred beverage and take a deep breath.
The nervous system impacts almost every experience of our lives. Ashwagandha has been shown to support the nervous system’s structure and function, promoting healthy cognitive function.
Ashwagandha is considered a nootropic herb that promotes healthy cognitive function, enhancing focus and mental stamina.
Wake up, ready to take on the day with Happy Start. We formulated this mood-boosting adaptogenic morning powder with Ashwagandha and several other herbal adaptogens to help set you up for a great day and guard against the inevitable stresses that will come your way. Mix in Happy Start into your coffee, chai, smoothies, or matcha, and level up your morning routine.
The sleep problem is one we know all too well, many reasons you may have trouble falling asleep, making it hard to pinpoint the cause. Aside from a relaxing nighttime routine, natural remedies like ashwagandha may be your new sleep superpower.
People have used Ashwagandha for sleep remedies for centuries. The ashwagandha leaves contain the active compound triethylene glycol, which promotes sleep induction, helping drift you to a night of improved sleep.
Fun Fact: taking Ashwagandha during the day will not cause drowsiness, but taking it at night will help you fall asleep. Pretty cool right!?
Ashwagandha is becoming increasingly available in capsules, pills, and powders to be thrown into smoothies and morning coffee. Although the proper dosage of ashwagandha varies by the individual problems you are aiming to address.
Pro Tip: Look for an ashwagandha “extract” for the best benefits. An extract is a concentrated form of an herb and much higher quality than an ashwagandha “powder”.
Although ashwagandha has extremely rare side effects with any health supplement, we always recommend reading the recommended dosage, starting low to gauge your tolerance. Speaking to your healthcare provider can also help you navigate the proper dosage for you.
Formulated for You!
Knowledge is power; learning about different ingredients like Ashwagandha can help you find the best supplement and remedies for your body.
We design our products for issues that pertain specifically to women. We are inspired by natural remedies to empower the power all women contain inside.