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Ayurveda means Life Science and it is a holistic tradition that reaches far beyond the realms of physical health, healing, and the prevention of disease. It has a remarkable capacity to help each of us sync up with our truest inner nature, honor and develop our strengths, hone in on our challenge areas, redirect detrimental tendencies, and offer real support wherever it is needed—so that we can better maintain balance in the face of adversity. At its root, Ayurveda is a way of life that can help each of us to claim and celebrate our capacity for a fully embodied sense of wellness.

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Ashwagandha Lattes for Abundant Energy and Peaceful Sleep

Ashwagandha Lattes for Abundant Energy and Peaceful Sleep

Ashwagandha for both abundant energy and peaceful sleep? How is that possible? I’m here to answer that question and to provide you with two delicious ashwagandha latte recipes that will harness these dualistic properties of ashwagandha, so you can kick off your day with healthy energy and relax into restful night’s sleep.

The Properties and Benefits of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is a much-loved herb in Ayurveda for its multitalented adaptogenic properties. And as an adaptogen, it adapts to what the body needs. If you need more energy, or if you need help calming and grounding for restful sleep—or maybe you need help with both balanced energy and sleep!—ashwagandha has the power to help. Studies have shown ashwagandha to support healthy energy levels, nourish the tissues, increase muscular strength, and promote quality sleep.

The word ashwagandha translates to “that which has the smell of a horse,” not only because the fresh plant has an interesting odor, but more importantly because it gives the vitality and stamina of a horse. Through this, it can support the body in healthy energy levels, and it gives strength, supports and nourishes the tissues of the body, and strengthens muscle tone.

As an adaptogen, ashwagandha is useful in all conditions that are caused by stress.

Ashwagandha maximizes the body’s ability to resist and respond to stress in a healthy way, while also calming the nerves and sustaining vital energy throughout the day. It helps reduce excess heat, relaxes the muscles, and calms the nervous system so you can let go of the day, both physically and mentally, and can then drift off to sleep.

Ashwagandha has multiple benefits as a nighttime beverage. In fact, its botanical name, Withania somnifera, tells us something about its connection to sleep. Somniferatranslates to “sleep-inducing,” reflecting its relaxing and calming properties that bring us energy by supporting deeper rest.

This is only a taste of what ashwagandha can do for you!

Welcome ashwagandha into your day with these warm ashwagandha drink recipes. The morning latte will give you an energized yet calm and balanced kickstart to your day, and the second recipe will help your mind and body relax and wind down for sound sleep.

Ashwagandha matcha latte

Good Morning Ashwagandha Matcha Latte

Ashwagandha’s powers are accentuated by matcha in this recipe. Matcha, a powdered green tea, is made from the whole tea leaf and is loaded with natural antioxidants, providing a sense of calm while also promoting awareness.

Matcha also contains high levels of an amino acid called L-theanine, which calms muscles. Plus, matcha contains moderate amounts of caffeine for a gentle energy lift. Blend this superfood with the goodness of ashwagandha and you will be ready to take on the day.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces heated water
  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1 teaspoon ashwagandha powder
  • 1 cup whole grass-fed milk (or substitute, see below for suggestions)
  • Maple syrup to taste
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon powder

Directions:

Add matcha and ashwagandha to a large mug. Pour in water (heated to approximately 180 degrees), and mix vigorously with a whisk until completely dissolved. Stir in heated milk, sweeten with maple syrup to taste, and top with a pinch of cinnamon.

Good Night Ashwagandha Chamomile Latte

Ashwagandha’s ability to help the body relax into a restful night’s sleep is strengthened in this recipe with the aid of other popular herbs. Well-known as a sleep aid, chamomile (both European and Egyptian) has been consumed for centuries for its calming and relaxing effect on the nervous system. The floral flavors work well in this recipe with the earthy ashwagandha.

Turmeric works its magic while you are sleeping, easing excess heat, boosting the immune system, and supporting healthy intestinal flora. The ginger and cardamom aid the digestive process, while the cinnamon can help to support healthy blood sugar. Nutmeg crowns this golden latte, calming the mind, while also adding its warming and fragrant nature.

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces purified water
  • 2 tablespoons dried chamomile
  • 1 teaspoon ashwagandha powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ inch ginger root, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • ¼ inch piece of cinnamon
  • 1 cup grass-fed milk (or milk substitute, see below suggestions)
  • Maple syrup to taste
  • 1 pinch of freshly grated nutmeg (powdered is also fine)

Directions:

In a small pot bring water to a boil. Add chamomile, ashwagandha, turmeric, ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon. Lower heat to a simmer and cover for 5 minutes. Strain the herbs from the concentrated liquid and pour into a mug.

While the herbs are simmering, bring the milk to a gentle boil. Remove from heat.

Once the herbs have finished simmering, pour the liquid into a mug while straining out the herbs. Pour milk over the tea. Sweeten to taste with the maple syrup. Add a pinch of nutmeg to finish.

Sip on this delightful drink a half hour to an hour before bed, before you begin your bedtime routine.

Milk Substitutes

Please feel free to use a milk substitute for either of these recipes. A creamier type is recommended, such as coconut, or even macadamia.

You can also use other nut milks as substitutes. I encourage to you choose a substitute that is appropriate for your dosha, be it vata, pitta, or kapha, and to make your own nut milk rather than store bought. It will not contain stabilizers or preservatives and generally be healthier for you. And yummier too!

5 Ashwagandha Studies You Should Know About

5 Ashwagandha Studies You Should Know About

Ashwagandha is one of the most well-known and widely used Ayurvedic herbs. And for good reason! It is great for so many functions in the body—from sleep, energy, and stress, to rejuvenation, muscle strength, and joint health.1 Ashwagandha is a wonderfully versatile herb that is gaining more and more popularity amongst mainstream America and herbalists from all backgrounds (naturopaths, Chinese medicine, and Western herbalists included). Researchers love studying this herb, and they are finding many benefits.

5 Ashwagandha Studies

    1. Physical Performance
      In a small double-blind, placebo-controlled study, healthy participants receiving a standardized root extract of ashwagandha for eight weeks showed an increase in speed and muscular strength by nearly 10% in tested physical activity.2
    2. Focus and Concentration
      In this double-blind, placebo-controlled study, twenty healthy males were given 500 mg of ashwagandha root extract for fourteen days. Significant cognitive improvements were seen in reaction-time tests, discrimination tests, and in card sorting tests, among many others. These results show ashwagandha’s ability to support attention, memory, focus, concentration, and responsiveness and coordination between the mind and motor functions.3
    3. Stress and Food Consumption
      In a study with fifty-two healthy subjects experiencing stress for a long period of time, ashwagandha (300 mg twice daily) not only decreased stress (as measured by the perceived stress scale), but also food cravings and overall body weights. This was a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial that lasted eight weeks.4
  1. Rejuvenation
    In a clinical trial with healthy male volunteers aged fifty to sixty-nine, purified ashwagandha powder, given as 3 grams per day for one year, showed increases in blood counts, improved posture, and increased hair melanin (pigmentation of the hair). In another study, healthy children who were given 2 grams of powdered ashwagandha in milk, experienced improvements in blood counts, body weight, and hand strength.5
  2. Sleep and Emotional Health
    In a survey study of 218 healthy participants taking the same ashwagandha herb, sourced and provided by Banyan Botanicals (1200 mg two times a day), for one month, participants noted a 66.9% improvement in sleep quality. This is likely because it decreased stress levels in the participants. The herb also showed the positive effect of enhancing people’s emotional health by 42%. The positive effects on emotional health translated to the participants’ social life and social activities becoming improved by nearly 45.8%. The participants were better able to participate in activities like visiting friends and relatives and enjoying social activities and hobbies.

As always, it is very important to make sure that the quality of the ashwagandha that you take is superb. Banyan Botanicals’ organic ashwagandha contains withanolide A and withaferin A (the main active constituents of ashwagandha) in levels that exceed the British Pharmacopoeia requirements by three to five times! Further, Banyan Botanicals is committed to providing herbs that are fairly traded, sustainably sourced, and organic so you can rest assured that your body is getting only the highest quality herbs and supplements.

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