Amazing Beauty and Health benefits of the “Queen of Herbs” Asvagandha.
In this fast-paced life, where being busy is a status symbol and people are getting more and more prone to different health problems, Asvagandha is no less than a nature’s gift to mankind.
Stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, libido are the most common health problems these days. Though, there are no ultimate drug to heal these maladies, but however there is a natural adaptogen that can help manage these problems. This rejuvenating adaptogen has been used as a staple in Ayurvedic medicine as a holistic form of treatment for more than 5000 years. It effects almost every system in the body to boost human immune system, soothe and enhance the nervous system and promote longevity and vitality. Asvagandha focuses on natural remedies and wellness, healing the body, mind and spirit.
So all those who want to look younger, feel healthier and sleep better, try this magical herb, Asvagandha for beauty from the inside out.
Before diving into the uses and benefits of Asvagandha, let’s get a quick recap of what it is.
Asvagandha, the magical herb.
Asvagandha is an Ayurvedic herb extracted from a small shrub- Withania Somnifera, commonly found in the South Asia region like India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Africa, China and Pakistan. This “Queen of Herbs” is also commonly known as the Indian Winter Cherry or Indian Gingseng. The name is derived from two Sanskrit words Ashwa and Gandha, meaning Horse and smell respectively, referring to both its unique smell and strength increasing ability. In Ayurveda this herb is also recognized as being a rasayana which means rejuvenation and is expected to promote physical and mental health, restoring the body and increasing longevity.
Promoting the adrenal system, Asvagandha manages the body’s response to environmental, physical and emotional stress. It possesses alkaloids that eases the nervous system and acts as a soothing salve to restore and rejuvenate mind and body by combating the stressful effects of everyday living. Due to its active ingredient called withanolides, Asvagandha is also used as an "adaptogen to combat the day to day woes such as stress, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia etc. It enables the body to reserve and sustain vital energy throughout the day while promoting sound, peaceful sleep at night. It has been glorified over time for its dual capacity to energize and calm at the same time.
Asvagandha also has hormone balancing, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties which can prevent and treat a number of diseases. It has high levels of antioxidants, iron and amino acids that stave off free radicals to combat signs of aging (such as wrinkles, dark spots, fine lines, and blemishes), boost immunity, and reduce joint pain and insomnia. It is also used as a general tonic to make your feel stronger and healthier, and improve thinking ability and the brain's memory functions like attention and concentration.
Benefits of Asvagandha a go-to choice in Indian herbal medicine.
- Reduces Cortisol Levels
Asvagandha creates a balanced energy in human body. It recognizes the stress levels and relaxes our body by reducing cortisol (hormones responsible for controlling stress and optimizing metabolic function) and balances glutamate, an excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain, reducing the harmful effects of chronic stress like insomnia, anxiety, chronic fatigue, etc.
- Reduces Stress
Asvagandha helps promote relaxation as it is a natural adaptogen. It is grounding, calming, restoring and supports the sleep cycle. It has relaxing properties and a nourishing tonic that helps the body to ‘adapt’ to physical and emotional stress, supporting the nervous system and the endocrine system.
Asvagandha has anti-inflammatory properties that decreases pain and swelling (inflammation). It naturally mitigate levels of C-reactive protein, which is a systemic marker for the body's inflammatory response. Asvagandha cures occasional joint pain, skin sores, stiffness, swelling and discomfort. Asvagandha extracts also simulates T lymphocytes and increases natural killer cell activity that boosts the immunity system to fight infection and stay healthy.
If your mirror is no more your best friend and you are tired of looking at wrinkled, dry and sagging skin, Asvagandha is your rescue. Its potent antioxidant properties help protect the skin against free radical damages produced through harmful UV rays and slows down the ageing process by firming up your skin for a more youthful look.
Asvagandha stimulates DHEA, which is a precursor to both testosterone and estrogen and stimulates the production of natural skin oils. It also promotes the production of vital compounds and proteins for healthy skin such as hyaluronan for skin hydration, elastin to keep the skin supple and collagen for skin strength.
Asvagandha is believed to help improve scalp blood circulation and strengthen the hair, as well as help get rid of dandruff. It also appears to stimulate production of melanin, the pigment responsible for the colour of your hair. So, it may actually reverse greying of hair and helps deal with hair loss.
Reduces Sleep Disorder
The revitalizing nature of Asvagandha makes it very effective in treating insomnia as it relaxes the nervous system, eases stress, reduces sleeplessness and regulates sleep and wake cycles.
Uses of Asvagandha
- Moisturizes body by soothing and protecting skin from becoming dry and rough.
- Withanolides cleanses dirt and impurities which prevents clogged pores and acne.
- Heals cuts, bruises and skin inflammation.
Hydrates skin by boosting DHEA (a precursor to both testosterone and estrogen) and stimulating the production of vital compounds and proteins. DHEA and estrogen keeps the skin youthful, stimulates collagen production, increases natural skin oils and lowers cortisol levels.
ASVAGANDHA RELAXATION OIL
Ayurveda always promotes a balanced tridosha that is a perfect balance of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. This unique bath oil is a combination of 42 herbs infused in sesame oil and spices that includes Vetiver, Sandal and Cow Milk. These ingredients together act as cooling agents and regulates blood circulation in body. Those suffering from high stress levels, extreme fatigue and sleepless nights, this oil can do wonders for them relaxing their body and mind.