The roots of the Withania Somnifera plant have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to treat a variety of ailments.
The plant is commonly known as Ashwagandha, and it has been used for a variety of purposes, including treating stress and anxiousness, improving memory, and alleviating depression.
It is one of the main ingredients in Indian Ayurvedic medicine and has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, both as a tincture, capsule, tablet and root extract.
Make a tincture of this powerful medicine at home and reap the benefits of its powerful, natural properties! This article covers everything you need to know about making a tincture of Ashwagandha.
How to DIY an Ashwagandha Tincture
1 part dried Ashwagandha root
4 parts 80 to 100 proof vodkaYou can make an alcohol tincture with either fresh or dry herbs, but one advantage of using fresh herbs is that the alcohol preserves the fresh medicine, which may be lost in dry herbs. When using fresh herbs, fill a jar all the way to the top with plant matter (cut into smaller pieces if possible) and cover with alcohol.
The Ashwagandha should be steeped in alcohol for at least two weeks, but it can be steeped for up to four months.
The longer it steeps, the stronger the tincture becomes. And don't forget to shake it every day. When you're satisfied that your tincture is finished, carefully transfer it to cobalt glass bottles with droppers for easy dispensing.
How to Take a Tincture
If you are not bothered by taking a tincture straight from the bottle, simply fill up the dropper and squeeze it into your mouth.
You can also hold drops of the tincture under your tongue for a few seconds before swallowing.
If tasting alcohol bothers you or if you want to avoid consuming alcohol entirely, simply add one dropper to 4 ounces of water and allow enough time for any harmful alcoholic content to evaporate out.
Tincture vs. Supplements
Because they can conceal unpleasant-tasting herbs, capsules are a convenient method of herbal therapy. On the other hand, they aren't always as potent or absorbable as tinctures.
The bitterness of herbal medicine is often "disguised" by capsules. The fact that most people will not hesitate to use a capsule, increases the wide range of adoption for herbal therapy. Moreover, capsules are simple and inexpensive to transport - they rarely require any special precautions except in extremely hot temperatures where melting can happen.
Compared to capsules, tinctures are much more potent. Their popularity has grown in recent years as people become aware of the benefits they offer. Tinctures contain a high concentration of herbal extracts that have been soaked in alcohol and most likely will take on some color and scent from the herbs used to make them.
What is Ashwagandha?
Ayurveda is a holistic system that promotes wellness through the use of natural remedies. Withania Somnifera, also known as Ashwagandha, is an Ayurvedic herb that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to promote well-being. It's often referred to as Indian ginseng because it looks so similar--but its healing powers are much stronger than Asian herbs of the same name!
Ashwagandha is a plant that can be consumed as a tea or ground into powder. Consuming this herb regularly will provide you with benefits such as: improved sleep, decreased stress levels, and more energy among many others.
Helps with Fertility
The herb Ashwagandha has been shown to increase male and female fertility.
It has also been used to treat low sperm motility and infertility in men.
One of the most well-known advantages is its ability to assist people suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED). When men take this herbal remedy on a regular basis, it works wonders for their symptoms, increasing their healthy testosterone levels resulting in an improved sex life.
That's just one of the many instances Ashwagandha promotes overall health and wellness!
Ashwagandha is a powerful herb that can aid in hormone regulation. The herb has been shown to help with stress relief, which can lead to better immune health.
When you are stressed, your body produces a large amount of hormones that are harmful. Ashwagandha helps to regulate these hormones and reduce stress, which improves your overall well-being and reduces the amount of wear and tear on your body.
Stress and Anxiety
Stress and anxiety can be a major issue for many people, who may experience symptoms like depression, insomnia and anxiety.
Reducing cortisol levels in the body is one way to combat stress-related health problems such as weight gain, less immunity or more.
You could expect these side effects of long periods of chronic stress to happen when it is not dealt with properly!
The herb Ashwagandha has been shown to help reduce cortisol levels in the body because it contains natural anti-depressant properties.
Sleep and Relaxation
Ashwagandha has been used for centuries to promote relaxation and ease feelings of anxiety. Ashwagandha is said to calm the nervous system, allowing the body's tension and restlessness to naturally release- one study found that taking it in capsule form helped improve both sleep quality and sleep duration in adults with insomnia.
Other Ashwagandha Recipes
It is very simple to make Ashwagandha tea. The following are the steps for making this delightful tea:
- Bring 8 ounces of water to a boil in a container.
- Add 2 tablespoons of Ashwagandha tea/powder to the boiled water.
- Cover the container with a lid and immediately turn off the flame after adding the tea or roots.
- Allow 10 to 15 minutes for the tea to steep.
- After steeping the tea, strain it through a strainer or infuser to remove the tea leaves.
- Serve hot with honey or lemon juice, if desired.
- In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, bring 1 cup of milk and 1tsp of coconut oil to a simmer.
- Season with pepper and whisk in 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1tsp Ashwagandha and an optional pinch of cardamom, ginger, and nutmeg.
- Whisk vigorously.
- Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook until the coconut oil is melted, 5–10 minutes (the longer you go, the stronger the medicine).
- Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly, then stir in 1tsp honey.
This one's easy - simply add 1 capsule of Ashwagandha powder into your favorite smoothie recipe for a hidden adaptogenic boost!