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.
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. Somnifera translates 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.
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.
- 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
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.
- 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)
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.
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!