Ashwagandha is one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing and often referred to as Indian ginseng due to its rejuvenating and calming influence on the nervous system and ability to reduce stress. It is also said to help strengthen and support the immune system.
In Sanskrit, ashwagandha translates as the smell of the horse. This is firstly due to its strong aroma and secondly to its reputation for imparting strength and virility.
Ashwagandha belongs to the same botanical family as potatoes, pepper, and tomatoes - also referred to as the 'nightshade' family.