How do I take the Ashwagandha tincture?
We recommend ¼ to ½ dropper during the day, and ½ dropper before bed either directly under the tongue, or in a glass of water. 

 What is Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha, botanically classified as Withania somnifera, is an ancient medicinal plant that’s been used for several thousand years in India’s traditional medical system, Ayurveda.  Other common names include Indian Ginseng and Winter Cherry. It is classified as an ‘adaptogen’ which means that it assists the body in adapting to all forms of stress. Ashwagandha is considered a ‘Rasayana’ in its native context, essentially meaning a rejuvenator and longevity enhancer. 

 What part of the Ashwagandha plant is used?
The root is primarily the part of the plant most utilized, although recent research has found additional benefits coming from Ashwagandha’s leaves. We use a small percentage of the leaf (2.5%) along with the root for wider-spectrum benefits and a holistic energetic experience. 

 Will Ashwagandha make me tired?
Ashwagandha is calming and relaxing, but not a sedative. This means that it doesn’t make you sleepy or lethargic when used in the daytime. What it does tend to do is settle your nerves, and promote relaxation so that if you intend to sleep, it will be a smoother process and a more deeply restorative rest. And, in general, getting stress levels in check can of course be quite beneficial for getting a good night’s sleep.  

  Will the Ashwagandha tincture get me high?
No, not in the sense that it elicits an altered state of consciousness; but as a spiritually revered herb in the Ayurvedic tradition, Ashwagandha can imbibe a sense of peace and ease, and perhaps, interconnectedness. It is not the type of herb that could potentially confuse or disorient you, but rather allow for a grounded focus and to sink deeper into your senses in a clarified manner.

 Are there any side effects?
While there generally aren’t any “side effects”, and Ashwagandha is good for almost everyone, there is a small segment of the population for whom Ashwagandha may not be ideal. That includes people who have or are prone to ulcers— or are what is known in the tradition of Ayurveda as Pitta with Ama present. If you have a sensitivity to the nightshade family (like tomatoes, eggplants, white potatoes) use caution, but we have come across many folks who react poorly to other nightshades but positively to Ashwagandha. 

 Can I breastfeed while taking Ashwagandha?
The answer is a bit complicated. Some of the western literature advises against taking Ashwagandha while pregnant or breastfeeding; however in India’s tradition of Ayurveda, Ashwagandha is recommended to pregnant and nursing mothers to grow a healthy and strong baby, and to assist the mother. That being said, as we are not licensed healthcare practitioners, we suggest speaking with your midwife or nurse/physician. We are happy to discuss Ashwagandha with your health provider, if you like, to answer any specific questions.

 Will Ashwagandha give me energy?
Some people find that Ashwagandha immediately energizes them, albeit not in the way a stimulant would. That could be attributed to a number of things; including if stress or adrenal fatigue were the source of the tiredness, and/or if they had a lagging thyroid gland. Ashwagandha has been studied quite a bit for its ability to raise the activity of the thyroid to more optimal levels.  

 Where does it come from?
Ashwagandha is native to India. We grow ours from seed just outside of Portland In Troutdale, Oregon.

 How does Ashwagandha affect exercise?
Ashwagandha is excellent for strength and endurance, workout recovery, and helping build muscle tissue. 

 Can I take it when I’m sick?
It is not recommended to take Ashwagandha if you have a fever. However, many people incorporate Ashwagandha into their wellness regimen, to help support and sustain the immune system through the inevitable exposure to pathogens. 

 Why does your Ashwagandha contain alcohol? 
Certified organic cane alcohol is used along with distilled water for a thorough dual hydroethanolic extraction -- that is, so that both alcohol and water soluble compounds within the herbs are efficiently transferred into the liquid extract. This is a traditional and time-tested method of herbal medicine making, and allows the finished tincture to be both easily absorbed in the body and preserved for a long time to come, without worry of potential spoilage or degradation. 

 Will Ashwagandha interact with medicines I’m prescribed?
In general, always consult your healthcare practitioner when adding new herbs in alongside existing pharmaceutical intake. Though there are not many contraindications in the literature, Ashwagandha can actually boost thyroid levels, so take care if already on an existing thyroid stimulating or hormonal replacement therapy. Ashwagandha is also known to enhance the effectiveness of opiates and certain sedatives such as benzodiazepines, so please keep that in mind when adding it into your regimen.  

 Can I give your Ashwagandha tincture to my child?
Plenty of Naturopathic physicians prescribe or recommend Ashwagandha and/or Ashwagandha containing formulas for children and teenagers. Of course, always check in with your child’s health care practitioner on this, and be mindful of dosages.  

 Is Ashwagandha good for pets? 
Anxious pets can benefit greatly from Ashwagandha! Many veterinarians recommend Ashwagandha for various issues, including for anxiety and inflammation-related problems. Of course the typical dosage would need to be calibrated to your pet’s weight, and in general they should only need a few drops in their water or food for an active amount. 

 How long will each bottle last me? 
There are about 60 servings in a 2oz bottle. It depends on how often you use it, and how much you fill up the dropper when you use it. Generally, 1 months is a good average for those who use the two ounce tincture once or twice per day. 

 How do I store your tinctures after opening? 
Store your tinctures out of direct sunlight, with the top sealed tightly. Room temperature is perfectly adequate. 

 How long is the tincture good for/when will it expire?
As long as it’s stored well, a few years, at least. The organic cane alcohol that is used as an extraction medium and carrier allows for the product to be stable and without much, if any, degradation over time.

 What’s the difference between the Ashwagandha and Hero’s Blend tincture? 
Our Hero’s Blend tincture is made to promote enduring energy, mental clarity, and centered focus. It is useful when feeling tired, scatterbrained, overwhelmed, or even underwhelmed. The Ashwagandha tincture is more geared towards relaxation, grounding, restorative sleep, and in terms of long term usage, overall strength and well-being. 

 Are your products certified organic? 
We grow our Ashwagandha on certified organic farms using biodynamic practices. Full organic certification is a priority for the 2020 season. 

 Ashwagandha and Sex?
Ashwagandha can potentially enhance or restore your sex life in a couple of ways. Primarily, by reestablishing hormone balance -- specifically supporting healthy testosterone levels. Also, by letting go of tension, we recoup more energy, endurance, and strength which can certainly translate towards a healthier sex life.

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