We spoke to wellbeing experts Pukka about the amazing effects Ashwagandha can have on our stress, sleep and memory.
In Ayurvedic medicine, Ashwagandha is known as a ‘rasayana’ meaning a rejuvenative. Rasayanas enhance both the quality and quantity of life, stimulate the mind and enhance vigour. This has made Ashwagandha one of Ayurveda’s most prized herbs as a truly superior rejuvenative tonic to the whole body and mind. Interestingly the Sanskrit word ‘Ashwagandha’ is translated as ‘the smell of a horse’ which reflects its ability to bring you the essence of a horse; strength and stamina. Ashwagandha’s botanical name is translated as ‘sleep-inducing’ reflecting its relaxing and sedative properties that bring us energy through supporting deeper rest.
Interestingly, Ashwagandha plants thrive in arid conditions in poor quality alkaline soils; an environment in which most plants would suffer from severe stress.
Ashwagandha belongs to the nightshade family – the same family as tomato and potato. Perhaps the most revealing family feature is its small red berry, which is not unlike a tiny cherry tomato. The small fruits are also the likely source of its other common name, ‘winter cherry’.
In the wild, Ashwagandha is a perennial plant that can grow up to almost a metre in height. When cultivated it is usually treated as an annual and seeds are sown at the beginning of the monsoon and harvested approximately five months later.
Ashwagandha has been used for centuries to moderate the body’s response to stress, bringing both energy and inner calm. By nourishing a worried mind and relaxing the nervous system, the body is rebalanced and ready to tackle life’s challenges. It also has relaxing and sedative properties that bring us energy through supporting deeper rest.
Pukka uses a ground-breaking new technology called ‘wholistic extraction’ to extract all the goodness from our organic Pukka Wholistic Ashwagandha. This process captures the ‘whole’ goodness of the plant, creating a broad-spectrum ‘wholistic’ extract and ultimately a purer and more potent supplement.