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April 30, 2021 3 min read
Ashwagandha is an ancient Indian herb which grows as a small shrub producing berries, also found in parts of the Middle East and Africa; most commonly known as a key ingredient of the Ayurvedic system. It is used for calming and relaxing; studies have shown ashwagandha consumed on a regular basis may help with occasional feelings of anxiousness or fatigue related to stress.‡ It is also known to help and support the body maintain an already healthy immune system, and regulate normal levels of blood sugar.‡
At Rritual we blend ashwagandha and reishi together, as part of our Reishi Relax collection, as both are known to help relax an overactive mind as well as overly energised nerves.‡ Helping you to kick back, unwind and ease you gently into a dreamy night’s sleep.* Both reishi and ashwagandha have also been linked to promoting a healthy glow, due to their nutritional density, maintaining a youthful look.‡ In this article, we’re going to take a deeper look into ashwagandha benefits for skin.
Ashwagandha is considered, like other superfood mushrooms, an adaptogen.‡Helping to manage stress, promote a balanced mood and a good night’s sleep.‡ It can also help your body to maintain and regulate normal levels of cortisol.‡
In traditional remedies, the roots and orange fruit of ashwagandha have been used for hundreds of years; also named ‘Indian ginseng’ or ‘winter cherry’. It is one of the oldest Indian traditions, and different parts of the plant can be used, including the roots, leaves, seeds and fruiting berries. Ashwagandha is also used to support the body in maintaining an already healthy inflammatory response.‡
In one study, conducted in 2019 over 60 days, a group of 60, healthy yet stressed adult participants consumed a daily dose of 240 milligrams of ashwagandha, while the second group consumed a placebo. The results showed a significant change in overall stress levels, for those who had been consuming the ashwagandha, including overall support of optimal health.‡
When it comes to ashwagandha benefits for skin; this ancient herb can help to relax the body and mind from the inside out. Managing stress levels in a healthy way, helping to protect the skin from free radicals.‡ An antidote to the natural ageing process.
The effects of stress go beyond a tired look. Stress contributes to our immunity levels and can make skin look more irritated over time, as free radicals cause damage to our skin cells. Though this is a completely normal part of ageing, stress can speed up this process, which is why a more relaxed state of mind and body, can help to promote inner and outer softness. An adaptogen like ashwagandha can help to manage these internal and external stressors.‡
The adaptability and relaxing benefits of the antioxidant-dense reishi mushroom have been used for centuries, practiced in traditional Eastern remedies to help support and maintain a healthy functioning immune system as well as a good night’s sleep.‡
Reishi grows in humid areas of Asia on both living and dead trees, and can be characterized as typically woody in taste and texture. Reishi Mushroom Powder, tinctures and supplements have become increasingly popular over the consumption of the dried or fresh mushroom.‡
Key uses and benefits include: calming and nourishing the mind, body and soul, helping to support a sense of tranquility, keeping the body healthy and in harmony, even during periods of stress.‡ Find out how to use reishi mushroom powder, how much to use, and varying ways to prepare your reishi beverage of choice.
All superfood mushrooms come under the ‘adaptogenic’ category; they are part of a substantial group of herbs and plants which are capable of adapting to the body’s needs at the time of consumption. They help to protect your body, while fighting stress, allowing you to adapt to your environment more easily.‡
Reishi mushrooms are known to be hydrating. Beta glucans are a group of antioxidant glucose molecules which are responsible for attracting water directly from the environment and applying it to your skin.
As far as reishi and ashwagandha benefits for skin goes: they work as a powerhouse team together. Keeping you chilled out, supple, and hydrated.‡
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