Why there’s lots to love about ashwagandha

Nerves feeling a little frazzled with all the curveballs being thrown this year? This power herb could be just the tonic you need.

Whether it is overwhelmingly busy days, a pile of bills, a job you hate or just the rollercoaster ride that has been 2020 – modern life can be stressful with a capital S.

From everyday responsibilities to unexpected events such as health problems or a death in the family, stress has a habit of creeping into our lives from many directions.

One 2015 study reported that 33 per cent of adults reported experiencing high levels of perceived stress and burnout.

Finding the right tonics to ease stress symptoms

Stress not only weighs us down but can also increase our risk of a range of health issues.

Sleep, meditation, and exercise are just a few tactics to have in your stress symptom-busting toolkit.

But there is also an ancient medicinal herb that is also getting lots of attention for its nerve-soothing ways.

Meet ashwagandha, or Withania somnifera, an evergreen shrub that grows in India, the Middle East and Africa.

Also known as the Indian ginseng, ashwagandha is classified as an adaptogen – plants used in Western herbal medicine to help the body adapt to stress.

It has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to help calm and soothe the mind and nerves, enhance energy levels, relieve feelings of general malaise in older individuals and improve memory and learning function, among other things.

How to get ashwagandha in your life

The power herb is the hero ingredient in Thompson’s new Ashwagandha Complex Range, which comprises two products for stress symptom support – Ashwagandha Complex Day and Ashwagandha Complex Night.

The day formula also contains Bacopa, another plant-based ingredient traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to improve memory and cognition.

And in the night formula, passionflower and lavender oil – used in western herbal medicine to reduce sleeplessness and induce sleep.

Both products have no added gluten, lactose, nuts, shellfish, sugar, dairy, egg, fish, sesame seeds or soya bean, and no artificial colours or flavours. The active ingredients are plant-based and vegan friendly.

Make it A for ashwagandha and sayonara to stress!

* This post is brought to you by Thompson’s Ashwagandha Complex Range. Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, please see your healthcare professional.