Ashwaganda – Withania somnifera
Country of origin: India
Ashwagandha is a highly revered botanical, used in Ayurvedic practices and praised for its adaptogenic and tonic properties. In many Asian countries all parts of the plant are utilized, and the tender leaves are eaten as a gentle nourishing herb.
Native to Africa, Southeast Asia and the Mediteranean, Withania somnifera is an undershrub with hairy branches, ovate leaves, yellow to greenish flowers, and bright red berries. It is in the Solanaceae or nightshade family, and related to vegetables such as potato, tomato, and eggplant.