After using Erbology's Immunity Mushroom Powder I knew I had to try more of their products. The organic Ashwagandha Root Powder seemed like it'd be another excellent addition to my wellness routine, so I did a little more research on the common uses and reported health benefits.
Ashwagandha is a small, evergreen shrub that grows in India and parts of Africa. Extracts from the plant's roots have been known to be used in holistic healing to help manage conditions like anxiety, and stress. There's little scientific evidence for Ashwagandha's use as an adaptogen, however the same can be said for a variety of Ayurvedic medicines, and while use of these products isn't advised to treat or cure disease, they can be implemented into daily life as a precautionary and proactive approach to general well-being.
To increase bioavailability, Ashwagandga root powder is best used in conjunction with other health-promoting foods. Consider using this product - and others like it - in homemade brews like Turmeric Tea that can include additional adaptogens such as mushroom powder, or ginger. These can be consumed daily, provided the servings are kept within the *recommended guidelines.
Ashwagandha powder holds quite an earthy taste, but there's a sweetness to it that is only accentuated when swirled into a cup of warm milk; otherwise known as Moon Milk. This drink is a great alternative to an evening hot chocolate as there are less sugars present that would more likely contribute to sleep disturbances. You can make Moon Milk using any type of milk, but I recommend hazlenut milk as it's naturally sweeter, hormone-free, and higher in unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which are considered to be healthy forms of fat. You can also try cashew milk for a thicker and creamier consistency. See below for my two favourite recipes.
To brew the best cup of Moon Milk, gently whisk the listed ingredients into a saucepan on a medium heat. Remove before reaching boiling point to avoid burning.
- 240ml hazelnut, cashew, or oat milk (or chosen alternative)
- 1 tsp Ashwagandha root powder
- 1/2 tsp sweet cinnamon
To make the best cup of Turmeric Tea, gently whisk the listed ingredients into a saucepan on a medium heat. Remove before reaching boiling point to avoid burning. (Tip: To avoid consuming residual gritty granules, try serving through a cafetier, or pouring through a sieve.)
- 240ml oat or hemp milk (or chosen alternative)
- 1/2 tsp Ashwagandha root power
- 1 tsp sweet cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp mushroom immunity powder
- 3 drops water soluble CBD (link - save 10% with code highbabe)
- 1/4 tsp fresh ginger (finely grated)
- 1 tsp honey
My main reasons for choosing Ashwagandha root powder were for help with mental stress, sleep quality, and immunity. Since using the powder I have noticed a significant drop in sleep disturbances. I'm also experiencing greater mental clarity and seem abke to remain much calmer during stress. I can't be certain that this is due to the powder, but I think it's interesting to note.
*It's important to remember that whilst the use of Ashwagandha root powder can be beneficial, an overuse can lead to digestive issues such as tummy upset and diarrhoea. It's always advisable to check with your GP prior to use in case of any unwanted side affects, particularly if you take prescribed medication, as some herbal/natural remedies can interfere with effectiveness.