Ashwagandha is an Indian herbs known as an adaptogen. That means it helps improve the overall health and energy of all systems of the body.
Adaptogens help us resist the effects of stress
and build better protection from it in the future.
They are quite gentle and safe and can be used long term.
There are many kinds of adaptogens–some more stimulating (if you are totally burnt out and low energy), some more relaxing (if you are WIRED and tired), some cooler (better for those who run HOT) and some are warmer (for us chilly types). Some give extra lovin’ to certain organs—like some are better for immunity, some are better for cardiovascular health and some for digestion.
Ashwagandha is one of the more calming adaptogens and some people take it at night to help them wind down for the evening. If you have racing thoughts, poor memory, nervous tension, stress and anxiety this can help. It also helps failing libido and a great reproductive tonic. In India, it is used to help failing memory and facilitate learning.
I prefer to take my herbs in raw or least processed forms as I use them almost daily as preventative medicine. I used about a 1 tsp of powdered ashwagandha in my smoothie this morning. Its pretty mild in flavor, so you probably won’t even notice it.
A really tasty way to get the calming effects of ashwagandha before bed is to make a creamy, spicy tea.
CREAMY BEDTIME CHAI
1 cups almond, flax, or coconut milk
1 tsp powdered ashwagandha
1/2 tsp powdered turmeric
1/2 tsp powdered ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Small pinch of each ground cardamom, cloves, black pepper (optional)
honey to taste
Pour milk into small saucepan and heat to medium. Add spices and herbs and whisk into milk for 2-3 minutes over low heat until smooth and fragrant. Gently pour into mug and add honey to taste. Enjoy!
Do you ashwagandha? Don’t you want to? Let me know if you try it and what you think!