We’ve always believed there was wisdom in ancient medicinal practices, especially those involving natural remedies. For generations, our ancestors have made use of a variety of plants and herbs, believing that they held healing properties. In recent years, science has researched and documented many of these nutritive ingredients that our grandmothers and great-grandmothers have long relied upon. One such ingredient is ashwagandha, which has been used as a medicinal herb for over three-thousand years.
What is Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha is a shrub that is native to India and North Africa. Extracts from its roots and leaves have long been used as an Ayurvedic herb to treat a number of medical issues. In Sanskrit, ashwagandha literally means “smell of the horse” because of its unique smell and the belief that it increases strength. Sometimes known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry, it’s most commonly used in the form of an ashwagandha supplement or an ashwagandha powder extracted from its roots.
Ashwagandha is known as an adaptogen, which means it’s a substance that helps manage stress. Recent studies have shown that it may have anti-inflammatory properties and may enhance immunity. Results from clinical trials also show benefits in reducing stress, fatigue, and anxiety. While research is still ongoing to better document the effects of ashwagandha, initial studies confirm the healing benefits that have made it an integral part of traditional Indian medicine for generations.
Because of the ancient appreciation and respect for ashwagandha that is supported by modern research, we are proud to include it in our products. Try one of our Cocoa/Ashwagandha bars today to take advantage of this healing herb and to enjoy a product made with all the heart, intentionality, and soul of generations of healers.