Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera) is all the rage in the health and wellness community. And, for good reason!
This ancient Ayurvedic herb, commonly known as “Indian ginseng” is a highly revered and effective adaptogen.
Although it is not botanically related to ginseng, it has many similar health supportive properties. The major difference between Ashwaganda and Ginseng is that it is calming and relaxing, rather than stimulating.
Ashwaganda has been safely used for thousands (yes, I said thousands!) of years.
One of its main uses was as a fountain of youth, so to speak. “The roots are widely used in Ayurvedic medicine to prevent premature aging and to treat age-related physical disability and impotence.”
This mojo-enhancing root has been researched extensively and according to modern studies Ashwaganda:
- Strengthens immunity
- Relieves stress (both physical and emotional)
- Reduces inflammation (anti-inflammatory)
- Boosts memory
- Natural analgesic (relieves pain)
- Anti-anxiety and anti-depressant that doesn’t make you drowsy
- Supports better sleep
- Builds muscle strength and stamina
- Nourishes the reproductive system (aphrodisiac)
That’s a pretty darn amazing root, right?
But, and here’s the big butt! If you are taking this herb incorrectly, you won’t receive many of its health-supportive benefits.
Traditionally, this herb was taken with whole milk or ghee – both of which contain fat. That means, if you are taking ashwaganda with water or juice, it’s simply not going to be as effective.
If you want to feel the power of this amazing ancient root, you’ve got to do the same as traditional people did and take it with some type of fat.
Cook it with milk and/or ghee, and sweeten it with a little honey for a classic recipe.
Or, if you don’t want to use milk fat, you can substitute some other fat like tahini, almond butter, peanut butter or coconut oil.
I like to take my Ashwaganda in these delicious Restorative Herb Balls.
Try it for yourself and enjoy the benefits of this amazing plant.
 21st Century Herbal, Michael J. Balick, PhD, Rodale 2014, pg. 306-307
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.