Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an ancient Ayurvedic medicinal plant with adaptogenic, nourishing and relaxant properties. It’s the perfect ally to help us cope with the stresses of modern day life. Let me show you how to prepare it as a yummy, daily latte ritual!
Ashwagandha (stress-busting wonder)
I know that’s a terrible play on words. But I wasn’t born with the gift of spontaneous wit, so no point trying too hard! I’m more like the soul-sister who wants to indulge in the deep deep beauty of life! Anyway…
Take your stress tolerance to new levels and feel calm and nourished as you do it. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) has for many centuries been seen as a woman’s herb with its historical use in Ayurveda for strengthening and building the female reproductive system. What we’ve learnt since scientific studies emerged on the evidence based horizon, is that Ashwagandha has many qualities that work for men as well.
This herb is a pick-me-up for those days when you feel stressed and your energy’s running thin. If you’re finding life overwhelming at times, and wanting something to give you that extra boost, this is what I’d recommend drinking.
In this post I’m going to introduce you to some key health benefits of this ancient herb, and show you how to make a super delicious Ashwagandha latte to nourish your beautiful self. Let’s go!
Ashwagandha is a herbal antioxidant
This herb protects the male and female gametes (i.e the sperm and egg) so it’s perfect for a preconception health plan and I often incorporate it for women in the fertile years.
Ashwagandha boosts neurochemicals
Studies show that Ashwangandha enhances levels of feel good neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. It does this by improving and maintaining antioxidant status in the brain. This all makes for better focus, motivation, mood and sense of purpose.
Its effects on neurochemicals explains its demonstrated usefulness in Alzhiemer’s, Parkinson’s, Schizophrenia, depression, addiction and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This herb is a GEM.
Tonight I’ll be drinking…..an Ashwaganda latte to nourish my nerves!
Ashwagandha builds your stress resilience
Every day in clinic and with every client, there is a level of stress I can detect. I use holistic diagnostics to assess the severity and frequency of stress symptoms, and find their origin cause. But in the meantime, we get to work on supporting stress tolerance to reduce the impact of stress on the body, and Ashwagandha is one of those herbs that suits this purpose well. If you enjoyed this delicious Ashwagandha latte every one or two days, you’ll be feeding your adrenals with the nutrients they need to deal with stress effectively.
Ashwagandha calms and sedates
If you need a little calming and soothing, this is the herb for you. And what I love about Ashwagandha is it combines SO well with cacao so you can even just add a tsp to your night-time cocoa. Too good!
There’s so much more I could say about Ashwagandha but let’s get on to the recipe now…
This latte recipe is so simple. You’ll love it! It does contain Licorice root so I’m afraid it’s not suitable for anyone with high blood pressure. If that’s you, just take the Licorice root out.
- 1 tsp Ashwagandha powder
- 1 tsp Licorice root powder
- 1 cup milk of your choice
- Froth your milk to get it nice and warm
- Spoon in the herbal powders and mix in well
- Pour and top with cinnamon
Time to go do something nice for your adrenals now. Either pick up some Ashwagandha powder at your next consultation, or get in touch. I have an obsession with lattes and a dispensary full of herbal powders!
Most of all, make space in your day for you-time. This is the perfect sip for those deliciously self-connected moments. XX
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