Ashwagandha is one of those powerhouse herbs we hear and read about – an adaptogen that has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine for many different ailments and health benefits.
Ashwa – translated from Sanskrit means horse; Gandha – translated from Sanskrit means smell. Rather than the “smell of the horse”, a more appealing translation used these days is “horse essence”, i.e., providing the strength, character and stamina of a horse.
Ashwagandha might not get a stressed out, tech addicted society to a state of true enlightenment, but it might help in that initial step toward some type of pleasant awakening. Ashwagandha seems to provide what Libra’s naturally come by – a balance of the scales – never letting things go to extremes. You know…keeping you at peace in your car rather than wishing some type of unpleasant instant karma toward the driver who just cut you off in traffic. In a more graceful sense, it can reduce stress and provide a gradual increase in energy throughout the day, yet also promotes that healthy inactivity pattern we all need – sleep.
You may not want more stamina to bash out an extra couple of hours at work but a little extra stamina might come in handy in the bedroom. While I cannot give first hand testimony that Ashwagandha will heighten the libido of both women and men and everyone in between, I can attest that it does keep the mood alive and everything working as nature intended. For those who enjoy synthetic experiences, there are, of course, pills available, spilling over with chemicals to produce what should happen naturally. Fortunately, Mother Earth is wise and generous, omitting nothing in her medicinal cabinet to remedy what is ailing us, except the dangerous side effects that come from taking a cocktail of chemicals that our bodies weren’t designed to consume.
There are days one has while living on this beautiful land bestowed to us by God, the Universe, or some alien species playing a cruel trick on us all where longevity is the last thing I’m thinking about. I mean, do I really want to live into my 90’s given that the “powers who shouldn’t be” continue unabated, for the most part, with their maniacal passion to make the world intolerable? Not really. But in the off chance that sanity will prevail at some point in the future, I might want to be around for a few more years. Ashwagandha is known to reduce anxiety, promote nitrate oxide production, boost memory and reduce cancer cell growth, among many other good things. Given that we can sometimes dine on fake food, drink unfiltered tap water and breathe in contaminants from those, oh-not-so-wonderful looking contrails in the sky which really aren’t contrails at all, it’s good to have an herb such as Ashwagandha to help us maintain our wits, support a healthy immune system and combat the bad health choices hoisted upon us by pharmaceutical hooligans, health agency bureaucrats and other common sense deviants.
I’ve taken the recommended dosage of Ashwagandha for over a year without any side effects. Naturally, if we overload our bodies with any supplement, there just might be complications, so research and consume wisely for the miraculous mind and body you were given. Grateful for the bounty of herbs provided for our health and well-being, Ashwagandha is a jewel.
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