Withania somnifera is more commonly known as ashwagandha, , winter, cherry, Indian ginseng, or poison gooseberry.  Ashwagandha is a Sanskrit word meaning “horse’s smell”.  It’s not clear if that’s a Good Thing.

A March 2017 study by the University of Tsukuba concluded that, “an active component of ashwagandha leaves significantly induces sleep.”

Ingrid Hehmeyer and Hanne Schonig in “Herbal Medicine in Yemen: Traditional Knowledge and Practice, and Their Value for Today's World”, tell us that in Yemen, where it is known as ubab,  the dried leaves of ashwagandha, “… the dried leaves are ground to a powder from which a paste is made and used in the treatment of burns and wounds.”


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