Ashwagandha is the root of a plant that comes to us from the Ayurvedic tradition. It is known as an herb that helps to improve one's resiliency, cope with stress, and reestablish healthy sleep patterns. I'll be writing more about this wonderful herb in future weeks...
In the meantime, though, here's a fun little recipe for enjoying ashwagandha root powder... What better way to take your herbs than in hot chocolate?! Make this brew on cold winter nights -- it is lovely to sip on as you are winding down from the day.
2 tablespoons Cocoa powder
1 teaspoon Ashwagandha root powder
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
a few sprinkles of freshly grated Nutmeg
8 oz. Coconut milk* (or other milk of choice)
Honey or maple syrup to taste
This recipe makes one serving. Pour the milk into a small saucepan and whisk in the cocoa powder, ashwaganda powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Heat gently over low heat for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour into a mug and add honey or maple syrup to your taste. Enjoy!
*If using full fat coconut milk from a can I usually dilute it down with water to equal parts, i.e. 4 oz coconut milk plus 4 oz. water
You are cordially invited to my annual open house this Friday evening! Come enjoy some mulled wine or tea and chat about herbs. I'll also have my handmade herbal products available for sale, including comfrey salve, rose empress elixir, elderberry syrup, herbal oils, root chai, tea blends, pressed botanical art specimens, and more!...
Steph's home in Davis Square, Somerville
Friday, December 11th
drop in from 6:30 - 8:00pm
My friend Shari Apotheker of Apotheker's Kitchen will also be joining us with their delightful array of cocoa mixes! These are so, so good and make amazing gifts.
Chocolate and herbs - what could be better?!
Hope to see you! Please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the private address.