Ashwagandha is a medicinal plant with scientific name: Withania somnifera. It belongs to the Solanaceae plant family. This herb can also be called with the following common names: Indian ginseng, or nightshade higher Orval. It is a perennial herb that grows to 1 m. high approximately. The leaves of Ashwagandha are distributed around the stem, are round and usually have a minimum layer of beauty to the underside. Each leaf grows followed by a much smaller, and between the two leaves are born flowers in clusters of 3 or 4 units. It is a medicinal plant that does not tolerate cold, taking refuge at the foot of walls or fences, usually near cities. It is found in warm regions and blooms almost all year round, but especially in autumn. The flowers are pale yellow, the calyx is bell-shaped, the petals is greater than the calyx. The fruit is a berry about the size of a pea red. With respect to its medicinal properties, is not entirely clear functional activity exerted by this plant in the human body.
Despite this in India is widely used as a sedative to great effect. It is also considered a good home remedy for rheumatism. The root of this herb is what gives it its power sleeping pill. The fruit stimulates and provokes urine, which is used in case of dropsy. Can also be used to soothe pains, toothache, and in some cases has come to be used on the eyes to strengthen sight. Withania somnifera leaves can be used to heal ulcers of various types. It can lead to health problems if not used correctly.
Recipes from this medicinal plant:
Decoction: water must be heated with a handful of this herb for 5 minutes. Is expected to cool and strain the remains of Withania somnifera. It is a very good reliever for toothache.
Juice: Juice is prepared from the root of the medicinal plant and mixed with honey is then used on the eyes to strengthen sight.
Infusion: Boil water with the roots of this herb, let it cool and take a sedative before bed.