• Nancy Redfeather

Ashwagandha: Family Medicine From the Garden

By Nancy Redfeather

I have recently discovered the Ayurvedic herb Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), and I have been using the dried roots as a tea over this past year. I am amazed at how well it grows in mauka Kona, and can withstand too much rain and too little! Ashwagandha is a plant in the Solanaceae or Nightshade family and it is called an Adaptogen (an herb that protects and strengthens the body). It has been used for over 3,000 years in India and the East to relieve many different symptoms and is one of the major herbs of Ayurveda.