History and Folklore
Ashwagandha, an inconspicuous weed and member of the potato family, is one of the best kept secrets of Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurvedic practitioners value it highly as an excellent tonic that can be used safely for the same conditions as Ginseng and to strengthen the entire system. It has a long established reputation as rejuvenating tonic and aphrodisiac herb. Numerous 'herbal viagra' substitutes include ashwagandha in their formula.
It is rich in iron and very useful for anaemia. It is particularly recommended for the elderly and during convalescence when recovering from a state of debility and is even said to be useful in slowing or recovering memory loss and to slow the greying of hair. It lowers the blood pressure and promotes deep and restful sleep, which is useful in cases of nervous exhaustion, insomnia and stress related conditions. It can be employed as a supportive remedy for chronic fatigue syndrome and ME, and is indicated for muscle aches and pains, especially when accompanied by low grade fevers. It is also said to be effective for rheumatism and arthritis type pains as well as for lumbago. Furthermore, it is also used in urinary and respiratory complaints, chronic coughs, bronchitis and even emphysema as well as for painful urination. Ashwagandha is hailed as an excellent aphrodisiac, though its action is not immediate. Rather, it acts as a tonic for sexual and reproductive disorders such as lack of libido and seminal debility by increasing strength and energy levels. Best results for this use can be noticed after about one month of continued use. In controlled studies Ashwagandha has also shown some very interesting anti-cancer action, retarding the growth of cancerous cells and improving recovery rates after chemo- and radiation therapy. Considering its universally useful potential, it is amazing that this humble herb is not better known and more widely utilized.
Ashwagandha has a mythical reputation as a herb of longevity and an elixir of life. It is useful for all who wish to strengthen their Chi, the vital energy of the body. It helps to cope with excessive stress and will strengthen the power of endurance. It sharpens mental powers and enhances the memory and will be a valuable aid to those who are studying. Last, but by no means least, its aphrodisiac powers will be appreciated by those who practice tantra or sex magic.
Plants nourish and feed us, add spice to our life, bestow health and beauty, scent and colour and brighten our days. They mediate love, hope and gratitude; they clothe and cleanse us, they heal and soothe our bodies, minds and souls. They touch every aspect of our existence, from our daily sustenance to the air we breathe, to the keys to other dimensions. They are the alchemists that turn sunlight into the green force of life, continuously revolving, restoring, rebirthing through the cycles of time. They truly are the greatest gift of nature, yet also the one we most take for granted.
Star Child's range of botanicals derives from many regions and traditions of the world. We supply only the best quality herbs, using organically grown and sustainably harvested sources if available. The greater the demand for organic products the more readily they will become available. Your choice to buy and our commitment to supply organic herbs is part of the driving force that sows the seeds for a greener, healthier future.
There are dozens of ways in which herbs can be used. Many culinary herbs not only impart a great flavour but also have subtle effect on the digestive process. Other herbs are more medicinal than culinary and can be used as remedies, based on the wisdom of age old traditional plant knowledge.
We support the notion of taking responsibility for one's own well being and thus strive to make all herbs available for use at your own discretion. It should be noted however, that not all herbs are safe to use in all circumstances. Special cautions may apply when suffering from certain medical conditions, when taking synthetic prescription drugs and during pregnancy. Research and familiarize yourself with any herb you intend to use and make sure you are aware of all special cautions that may apply. The information given here is based on thousands of years of traditional use. It is intended for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace a visit to a medical professional where this is necessary.
If symptoms persist or re-occur, or if you are suffering from a serious medical condition, or if you are presently taking prescription drugs, we recommend that you consult a qualified doctor or practitioner before attempting to help yourself. Look for a practitioner/doctor who you can trust and who is prepared to explore natural health alternatives with you.
Pregnancy is a very special time. If chosen wisely herbs can give tremendous support throughout the entire process. However, due to the vulnerability and sensitivity of the unborn child it is especially important to make sure that the herbs you are using are safe. (This also applies during the time of breast-feeding as all substances ingested by the mother are processed and passed on with the mother's milk). Many herbs may be useful during the latter stages of pregnancy or during labour, but could be dangerous during the first few months. Inform yourself - don't risk regret.