Ashwagandha Withania somnifera
What is ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha, Withania somnifera, belongs to the solanaceae, or 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. The roots are harvested and air-dried to preserve them before we use them in our Wholistic Ashwagandha capsules. Find out more about how ashwagandha is grown.
Its ability to survive the stress of such a harsh environment can then be passed onto us, to help us thrive in and adapt to the extremes of our lives. That's also why ashwagandha is categorised as an adaptogen.
What are the benefits of ashwagandha?
In Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha, is known as a ‘rasayana’ meaning 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, Withania somnifera, gives us a clue; somnifera is translated as ‘sleep-inducing’ reflecting its relaxing and sedative properties that bring us energy through supporting deeper rest.
What is 'wholistically extracted' ashwagandha?
Pukka uses a ground-breaking new technology called ‘wholistic extraction' to extract all the goodness from our organic ashwagandha. This process captures the ‘whole’ goodness of the plant, creating a broad-spectrum ‘wholistic’ extract and ultimately a purer and more potent supplement.