Ashwagandha – For Over 4000 Years Considered India’s Most Potent Sexual Herb and All-Around General Tonic*
In Ayurvedic medicine it is considered a rasayana, which means the path of essence, and speaks to its longevity properties. It enhances Ojas, which is the equivalent in Chinese Medicine as Jing and has been in use for over 4000 years.*
Also known as the Indian Ginseng.
The name Ashwagandha means horse smell as the root has a strong horse-like odor. It is also believed to give you the strength and stamina of a stallion.*
The Benefits of Ashwagandha
- Works with a compromised immune systems*
- Has a Calming Effect and May Help Reduce the Effects of Too Much Stress*
- Works on the HPA Axis and Neuroendocrine System*
- Effective for Nervousness and Cloudy Thinking*
- Helps Normalize Blood Pressure*
- Supports healthy Blood Sugar and Cholesterol levels*
- Immune System Support*
- Increases Production of Bone Marrow and Sperm*
- Increases Blood Cell Count and Hair Melanin*
- Supports Healthy Sexual Function*
- Inhibits the Enzyme that Breaks Down Acetylcholine in the Brain*
- Has been Used Historically with Many, Many Health Issues*
This isn’t your average ashwagandha tincture. In fact, we would place this head to head against any other one on the market. This tincture is special because it is:
1) Grown and Processed in Oregon – This is the ONLY ashwagandha from the states.
2) Spagyrically Prepared – This alchemical method adds the mineral component back into the tincture giving it more “body” and greater physiological effects. For more information on the process please read below!
3) Biodynamically Farmed – This allows for the highest quality roots with the most nutrients in them as the starting place for the tincture.
4) Tastes Great – In fact it tastes like an ashwagandha tincture should, not weak and watered down like many on the market are.
Made with 40% organic cane alcohol and 60% purified water. After this is created, the remaining root matter is burned down and purified, for the mineral content and added back into the liquid.
Unfortunately, as this comes from a small farm only limited supplies are available. Currently, we only have 500 bottles left and that’s it until the next harvest and processing which should be done in the start of 2017.
Recommended dosage is a dropperful (about 30 drops) twice per day or as directed by your medical professional.
Making a High-Quality Spagyric Tincture
To get a product like this tincture takes a lot of time and a lot of work. Both time and work bespeak quality. The entire process takes roughly a year. Jeff, the main man behind this ashwagandha farm, does much of the work to make this happen and his commitment can be tasted. Each stage of the journey is done with practiced care and awareness. Below is the ENTIRE process from seed-to-bottle.
Beginning in February and March, Jeff and co. seed the ashwagandha in their greenhouse as ashwagandha is a somewhat slow germinator. While in the greenhouse they water, tend, and apply compost tea (compost, worm casings, kelp, and humic acid, horse tail, nettle) to ensure healthy starts.
In April, they apply Biodynamic Preparation 500 to the fields. This awakens the earth and brings life and balance to the soil.
In May, they prepare the earth by mowing and preparing the earth for transplanting the ashwagandha. From May 15th to June 15th they transplant out the ashwagandha into the fields.
From here they apply Biodynamic preparation 501 towards the end of June. This preparation of ground quartz crystal helps the sunlight turn into matter as well as harden the leaf.
In July, they continue to apply compost tea. This helps the plants typically have sizable growth, growing what seems to be almost a foot in a week!
They tend and weed the ashwagandha during August, preparing for the harvest.
The harvest happens in the fall. From the full moon of September to about the end of October they harvest and wash the roots.
Jeff will then prep the roots in order to cut them and soak them in a solution of alcohol and distilled water.
After macerating for three months or more they drain the solution and press the herb material. Being a dense root they have found three months to be the minimum amount of time needed to get the deep red quality that they are looking for in the initial extraction.
They then do a finishing extraction to get as much out of the plant as possible into solution and this takes about 10-14 hours per run.
After the extraction is complete, they rotary evaporate the solution to make it more concentrated. From there they pack out a crucible (clay vessel) and burn the ashwagandha root for 12 hours. They then grind the ashes and burn it again.
They add water to the ash and then pour off the solution into a tray from which the water can be evaporated. The earth salts (potassium, sodium and some metals like iron) are left over from the ashwagandha root. They add these salts back into the tincture. These salts are aspects of the plant that do not dissolve out into the menstruum during the maceration process.
Adding the salts back in brings the tincture to a more complete and robust tincture of the plant roots that got pulled out of the dirt.
This whole process produces a much higher quality tincture then the simple stuff normally found in the market. If you value quality then you have certainly found it here.
As we learn more about the ashwagandha through laboratory testing we get to experience the joy of working with our suppliers like Jeff to help his product become even better. Working as a team to better the tincture benefits both our companies and most importantly, benefits those that consume it.
While we highly value natures intelligence we need to remember that humans are an integral part of nature. Using the tools of modernity to evoke the medicine out of a plant is just another form of humans interacting with their ecology. It is as old as time. As long as we respect the process and wisdom of the natural world, we can become, once again, effective agents for fostering a natural abundance for all humans and nonhumans alike as many of our forebears once did.
Jeff grew up in rural South Jersey. In his youth he would work summer jobs on farms. His father had a large garden in the back yard and it provided most of their food growing up. Moving to California in 2000 he would began managing a biodynamic farm. Soon there after he elected to move to Oregon and in 2009 returned to agriculture. He was inspired to grow medicinal herbs for his community after visiting a local herb shop and discovering that the plantain leaf they carried was coming from Poland (plantain grows everywhere so no reason they had to import it!).
He began growing medicinal herbs as one part of the farm and five short years later it became the main focus of the farm.
Side Effects and Contraindications
The side effects of Ashwagandha typically only happen at excessive dosages. It’s been reported to cause abortions, so pregnant women should avoid this herb. It is not recommended to take in combination with other sedatives or anti-anxiety drugs. Large doses may cause diarrhea and stomach upset.