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How to Cook With Ashwagandha

By Edited May 25, 2015 1 0

An Ancient Herb

Still Used Today

After centuries of being used as a cornerstone restorative herb in ancient Ayurvedic medicine, the Ashwagandha root continues to be grown and cultivated for its great medicinal properties. Found predominantly throughout North America, India, and Africa, the Ashwagandha plant has adopted many names that embrace its key function and appearance. Beyond these names, like "Indian Ginseng" and "Winter Cherry", are age-old healing properties that have helped many takers to combat everything from inflammatory conditions to cancer and insomnia (difficulty sleeping). Currently available in many forms (both online and offline), ranging from capsules to tea powder and tinctures, Ashwagandha root can also be cooked in a manner that will help the end user derive maximum benefits from effectively maintaining its valuable medicinal properties. If one has difficulty swallowing a pill, cooking this herb in the form of tea can be a viable alternative to taking a large capsule.

Before proceeding with this InfoBarrel article, it is very important to note that limited studies have been done regarding herbs and their potential interaction with other herbs, foods, and medicines. While mounting evidence is becoming available regarding the immune system boosting properties of Ashwagandha, it is important that you seek medical guidance, from your physician or another trained medical professional, prior to subjecting yourself to a regular schedule routine of taking this herb. This consultation should be sought regardless of the form of this herb that you choose to take. While pregnant women can suffer from the same conditions that this herb is meant to address, such as insomnia and inflammatory issues, it is highly advisable that pregnant women speak to their doctor first prior to taking because usage can lead to an unwelcomed abortion.

Buy Ashwaghanda Herb Supplement

Online or Offline

Ashwaghanda root can be found at most health food stores. As mentioned above, it can be found in various forms ranging from capsules to tinctures to a dried root tea powder. Prices will vary dependent upon where you look. While there are a plethora of online stores where you can purchase this herb, going to an offline store will ensure that you won't have to pay shipping and handling for delivery, while also giving you the opportunity to ask questions of the available pharmacist if need be.

Address Your Ailments

Use Dependent on Condition

Once you have obtained your Ashwaghanda, there are a variety of things that you can do with it dependent on what ailment you are attempting to address. While this herb can be taken in the evening or night time to help fight insomnia, you may consider taking it early on in the day if anxiety is a formidable foe. As you can see, the time in which you take this herb, along with the amount and dosage, are all reliant upon what medicinal benefits you hope to achieve. For those struggling with insomnia, you will not want to take this herb in the morning or in the afternoon.

Make Tea with Water

Follow the Steps

One way to cook with Ashwaghanda root is to make a medicinal tea preparation that can be taken throughout the day. Just as you would do while preparing regular tea, be sure to boil water for at least fifteen minutes. When doing this, you can add 1-1/4 teaspoon of Ashwaghanda tea powder. If you do not have the powder form available, you can measure out an actual 3 to 6 gram piece of the root and immerse it in the boiling water. Be sure to take note of any specific dosage guidelines that may be available on the herb container or packaging. Dependent upon the manufacturer, just like other products, these dosage guidelines may vary.

Use Warm Milk Instead

An Alternative to Water

It has been long said that drinking warm milk at night can be an effective way to treat insomnia. If you are having difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, you can include Ashwaghanda root in warm milk in the same way you do when you make tea. Whether you have dried root powder, or a piece of the root itself, warm milk will absorb the medicinal properties of this herb and deliver them to your body accordingly. Many have found doing this to be highly effective.

Add to Oatmeal

Along With Other Sweet Additions

Whether for breakfast or as a mid-day snack, Ashwaghanda root can be added into your warm oatmeal. As you prepare your oatmeal in a cooking pot, you can stir in one teaspoon of this herb. Cinnamon, raisins, syrup, honey, brown sugar, or a combination of all these additional sweet ingredients, can be added in order to integrate more flavor and taste as you normally would do with your regular oatmeal. Be sure to stir in any additional ingredients while your oatmeal is cooking.

Tonic Mixture

Ashwaghanda and Honey

A tonic is essentially a mixture of various herbs and spices. With Ashwagandha included, you can create a tonic by mixing it with honey and other herbs and spices. This mixture preparation can be used as a spread for food or as an additive to tea itself. As with the previous tea preparation, you can add one teaspoon of Ashwaganda, however, as mentioned, it is important that you follow the specific dosage guidelines accompanying the manufacturers label.

Monitor Your Body Temperature

A Vital Sign Worth Mentioning

While it is rare to experience side effects from taking Ashwaghanda, one human vital sign that you must be ever cognizant of is your body's temperature. Even though it contains so many great healing and restorative medicinal properties, an increase in body temperature may signify the beginning stages of a negative reaction to Ashwaghanda. Taking this herb in conjunction with warmed fluid, like milk or water, will naturally make your body feel warm, however, it will not stay this way for long. Even still, any increase in body temperature that you experience will be different in that it will be more prolonged and evident than simply drinking warm fluids. If you notice this occurring to you, it is important that you seek out help from a medical professional right away.

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