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Another sleep-inducing herb, ashwagandha, or Indian ginseng, is found throughout Africa, Asia, and southeastern Europe. "It's known as an 'adaptogen,' meaning it allows the body to fight stress, be more resilient, and adapt more easily to draining events we face throughout the day," Balick says. You can take the root in extract or capsule form when you find yourself in a stressful situation, he adds.
Tonics made from ashwagandha root are also used to combat pain and fatigue in the ancient Indian Ayurvedic healing tradition, while other potential uses for fighting inflammation and infection are still being tested in clinical trials.
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Soothe skin, fight stress, and more with these potent plants and herbs you can find in your local health food store