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.