Village Herbalist

I love that phrase. Of course it’s not original, John Gallager’s using it on The Herb Mentor. If you haven’t signed up for your herb classes, then do so now. The classes will launch March 20. Everything is online and so easy with videos and lectures to listen to at your leisure. There are some samples on his site, see it listed under the category: Herbs.

Since posting yesterday, and if you read it you know that I have this on going problem with memory. I forgot to add the one herb that really excited me the other day. I hope you’ll see why my Herbal Medicine Cabinet will not be without Ashwagandha.
Ashwagandha: Withania somnifera

Part used: root

Actions: Ashwagandha is traditionally an Ayurvedic herb used to treat fatigue, chronic disease, impotence, and waning memory. In the 21st Century it is well respected as a stress reliever. It is sometimes known as “Indian Ginseng” and has many similarities to Chinese Ginseng. In Ayurvedic medicine it may be used to treat more than what has already been mentioned including; astham, bronchitis, psoriasis, sedative, arthritis, and infertility. It is known as a warming herb like ginger and thus it’s increased tonic effect. Studies show that it helps those with exhaustion from chronic stress, weakened immune systems, a tonic for chronic disease and especially inflammatory disorders. As such it mobilizes the immune system and fights microbes. Other studies have shown it to have antitumor affects. Ashwagandha also has been shown to have antioxidant activity, and is helpful in protecting brain cells. It stimulates red blood cells and is rich in iron. It may also increases thyroid hormone levels. Some of the chemicals in this amazing herb number over 35 and they are; alkaloids, steroidal lactones, saponins, and withanolides.

Dosage: 1,000-3,000 mg daily of root

Side Effects and Contraindications: none

For herb resources see them under the category Herbs.

Disclaimer: This is only the opinion and research of the owner of this blog. I am not a doctor. Resourse used: “The Natural Physicians Healing Therapies” by Dr Mark Stengler, N.D.

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