Anti-Anxiety Ashwagandha Elixir
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Anti-Anxiety Ashwagandha Elixir

I have recently discovered the powers of ashwagandha, an Ayurvedic herbal supplement, firsthand. As an adaptogen, it has the ability to assist the body counteract physical and mental effects of stress. Strong evidence suggests ashwagandha can help notably decrease anxiety (especially related to chronic stress) while also relieving insomnia and combating depression (whoa, where have you been all my life?!). One of its main mechanisms of action is reducing cortisol. Other notable benefits, particularly for women with PCOS, include it’s anti-inflammatory effects (research demonstrates a reduction in C-reactive protein) and it’s ability to reduce total cholesterol and blood glucose levels (minorly).

Anti-Anxiety Ashwagandha elixir

Another mood-boosting, anti-inflammatory herb in this soothing elixir is turmeric. If you have seen my golden mylk recipe you’ll know why I am a huge fan of this beautiful yellow spice. Check out my article for information on turmeric’s many health benefits. PS. the addition of black pepper is important to enhance turmeric’s bioavailability. 

When I drink this elixir before bed I find that my sleep is less disrupted and I wake up more easily in the morning. What have you experienced when taking ashwagandha?

Anti-Anxiety Ashwagandha Elixir

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp turmeric root
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ashwagandha
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup nut milk
  • pinch of black pepper

How to:

1. Heat nut milk (or water) on medium heat with the turmeric root for 2-3 minutes.
2. Turn heat down to low and let simmer for 15 minutes.
3. Whisk in remaining ingredients and drink immediately.

Anti-Anxiety Ashwagandha Elixir

All these healing herbs can be found online at Finlandia Pharmacy & Natural Health Centre and at their location in Vancouver, B.C.

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Hi health-seekers and welcome! A bit about me: I'm a plant-based blogger, fitness lover, feminist, and full-time doctoral student living in Vancouver, Canada on unceded Coast Salish territory. As a research scientist, I study the effects of lifestyle (nutrition, exercise and mental health) on PCOS and women's reproductive health.

11 Comments

  1. I used to work managing a medicinal herb garden here in Florida, and we had ashwagondha growing as part of the collection. I didn’ t know then it had cortisol lowering properties, interesting!

    1. Ooh how interesting. I’ve never seen it growing so I’d be interested in learning more about that.

  2. Holy crap- why have I never heard of this? I wonder if you can take this just as an herb as well? Would be interesting to try… I have tried so many herbs and actual medications and nothing has noticeably helped. I will definitely look into this- thank you for sharing!

    1. Haha, that was my reaction too! And yes! You can take it as a herb in several different forms. Definitely look into the dosage! 😊

  3. What an awesome idea! Definitely pinning this to my mental health and food boards on Pinterest!

    1. Nice! I hope you enjoy the flavor and health benefits 😊

  4. Thank you for haring this! I have never heard of ashwagandha, I will be looking it up to learn more!

    1. Wonderful! It makes me very happy to hear that I’m sharing new information!

  5. Great blog! Never heard of Ashwagandha, but now I know. Very informative. Thanks for sharing ♥️ ♥️ By any chance you are interested on doing collaborations, you can connect with amazing brands and fellow bloggers through the influencer directory of Phlanx.com!

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  6. Great post…..

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