1. What makes Ashwagandha a 'wonder-herb'
Pronounced Ash-wah-gah-ndah: However complex the name, the benefits are simply astounding and far-reaching. The word 'Ashwa' is Sanskrit for a horse! Because the body's natural defense system gets weaker as we age, here's something that rehabilitates our inner-workings to help us harness horse-like-power from within ourselves!
Ancient Ayurvedic texts describe Ashwagandha as 'Vayasthapana' - that which helps you age with energy and embrace your senior years with the same teenage gusto that you're known for!
'Vaya' means 'age' - 'Sthapana' means 'to restore'.
Ashwagandha is commonly known as 'Indian Winter Cherry' or 'Indian Ginseng'.
2. The vast benefits of Ashwagandha as per ancient texts
1. It helps to improve body strength (known as Gatrakari in Ayurvedic texts: 'Gatra' meaning 'the body' & 'kari' meaning 'that which enhances')
2. As per sages like 'Charak', Ashwagandha is considered to be a 'Rasayana' - the one that improves longevity. A tonic that is especially beneficial for people in their senior years. The 'Rasa' or the essence of the herb nourishes targeted body tissues from deep within. Wherever help is needed, help is delivered!
3. It improves overall appearance, complexion & voice quality
4. Empowers not only the body strength but also the senses
5. Natural anti-stress herb: it increases stamina and reduces stress in the body & mind
6. Promotes a youthful state of mental & physical health
7. Imparts freshness to mornings by making your nights blissfully restful
8. Also known as 'the enhancer of happiness' in ancients texts
3. How to include Ashwagandha in your daily routine - Herbed Ayurvedic Oils
Recently gaining more popularity here in the West, Ayurvedic oils have existed for about 5000 years! Ayurveda (AH-YOUR-WAY-DAH) is an over-5000-year-old sister science of yoga which is a whole discipline of its own that combines herbology, biology, psychology, yoga and more to provide natural solutions for a healthy life.
Herbed Ayurvedic body oils are powerful because oils help extract the potency of the herb in a heightened way - the sheer time-honored methodology used to prepare such oils itself inspires great results.
Ayurvedic oils can be exceptionally beneficial for aging bodies because:
(a) they're multi-tasking & effective - consolidating the benefits of many products into one potent elixir
(b) they're chemical-free in essence. Our body's tolerance to chemicals decreases as we age - making Herbed Ayurvedic Oils a boon for seniors like us!
(c) they empower the experienced, mature body by enhancing its natural vitality and strength, comparable to the body's own oils when it is young. As we age, Ayurvedic oils make for a powerful support-system that promotes our body's natural health, while delivering results that seem super-modern in terms of their targeted efficiency.
4. The Multifaceted Ashwagandha Root Extract - Total Mind & Body Rejuvenation
For 5,000 years, Ashwagandha's root has been rehabilitating aging sages, warriors and yogis alike! As per ancient texts, when the paste (formed by crushing the root with water) is applied to joints and muscles - all bodily discomfort disappears. There are numerous clinical studies that credit the root of Ashwagandha with utterly nourishing benefits.
This fascinating extract soothes the body, restores its strength while calming the mind at the same time.
When used in its root extract form, Ashwagandha tends to reach deep into our body tissues (Sanskrit: dhaatus) thereby nourishing the body from within, imparting longevity and diminishing signs of aging.
5. Self-massage (Abhyanga) using an Ashwagandha-rich Oil
Maintaining a healthy blood flow is the most common way to embrace health. In fact, this is what all physical workouts aim to achieve. Getting the blood flowing uninhibitedly, throughout our body.
One principle role of self-massage or Abhyanga is to pacify the Vata dosha (air/ether element) in our body. Managing Vata helps balance the entire body. Vata is the element that moves everything inside us. Naturally, its main qualities are mobile, drying, and cooling. It tends to get aggravated when we age.
On the contrary, oils are warming, unctuous, and moisturizing. At night when you’re getting ready for bed—take 5-10 minutes to massage your body, joints, and muscles using an Ayurvedic Oil with Ashwagandha in it.
Doing this helps liberate your blood flow and balance doshas, consequently diminishing the appearance of tiredness, fine lines, dullness, and dryness of the skin.