WTF Is Ashwaghanda?


Ok, can we talk about random health things. Because I am always down for them. The more random the better. Seriously, tell me something is good for me and you’ll probably find it in my pantry. Which is why today I wanted to chat about one of the more random things I have been taking lately – Ashwaghanda.

And I know now you’re probably all thinking Ashwa-whata? But hear me out. Because it’s good for you.

I’d actually heard a lot about Ashwa-whata along the Instagram grapevines. People had said ‘it helps with stress’, ‘it helps with anxiety’ and I was all like ‘SOLD!’

But what a lot of people failed to mention is that Ashwaghanda tastes like a giant pile of anus. You heard me. It’s the grossest health thing I’ve probably ever tried. Way worse than maca. Way worse than spirulina. In fact, it’s just gross. But let’s talk about its benefits instead yeah? Because this post is meant to make you want to take it (so we can deal with the taste later).

You see, if you are an overly anxious person, like I am I feel like you will reap many benefits from taking Ashwaghanda. At least I have been.

It’s essentially an Indian form of Ginseng and in Sanskrit the word means ‘odour of the horse’ – which is quite fitting actually. LOL. It’s a herb that has been used for many centuries in Eastern medicine and today, many western hippies and people into their wellness are starting to jump on board.

In fact with scientific research now out there, to back up some of the claims:

“…the plant indicates that it has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidizing, anti-stress, sleep -inducing and drug withdrawal properties. Many formulations that are made from Ashwagandha improve the musculo-skeletal problems such as arthritis and rheumatism. It also acts as a tonic that boosts energy, and improves overall health and longevity.”

So I feel like it’s bad taste is kinda worth it. For more about its health benefits check out THIS LINK.

Anyway, I am mainly in love with it because of its anti-stress/anti-anxiety properties. Because this shiz is insane for anxiety. And I am an overly anxious person.

It’s meant to be soothing for the nervous system and I’m not sure if it’s a placebo affect or not, but I feel quite Zen when I take it. Like very soothed and calm (although I’m not sure if this is because I’m glad that the drinking part of it is over or not?)

Watevs though. I feel like it chills me down and reduces my stress.


Ps. Sun Potion Ashwaghanda Powder – $49.58 is the brand I buy (above). I just get it off IHerb.

I should also mention though that I was taking this more when I wasn’t pregnant than I am now, my doctor initially had no idea what it was, but has since said it’s ok. Some people say it isn’t though, so if you are preggo I probably wouldn’t risk it. Or ask your doc.

However, once the baby comes and you are a sleep deprived, milk machine, I can imagine Ashwaghanda would be amazing to start taking again! At least, that’s my plan. Because there’s nothing that I love more than waking up after four hours sleep to sip on a coffee that tastes like a$$.

I’m joking! You can mask the flavour a little. You’re only meant to take half a teaspoon a day so with that tiny amount it’s super easy to throw into a smoothie and not taste a damn thing.

I did try adding it to my coffee though as the calming Zen affects are meant to be amazing when combined with the go, go, go adrenalin effects of caffeine – like the ultimate balance. But I just couldn’t handle the taste. I love my coffee. (At least I did before I fell preggo)  anyway, if you can handle it that way it’s meant to be yum. Or in turmeric lattes. I’d add copious amounts of honey to it though.

Man, the more I think about it maybe I just can’t handle the taste? However so many people are drinking this shiz so maybe you can? Have you guys tried it? Do you think it works? Are you still all like Ashwa-whata?

Anyway, I think that’s it. Ashwaghanda. I’m obsessed with it for it’s anti-stress, anti-anxiety properties. But it tastes like anus. The end xo

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Tell me babez, have you tried Ashwghanda? Did you survive the taste? Thoughts? 

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  • Reply
    June 20, 2017 at 3:02 am

    You can take it in pill form. I have taken it for almost a month now and am weaning of my prescription anxiety medicine. The pill brand is Gaia I believe.

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      June 20, 2017 at 10:41 am

      Fab, thanks! I’ll look it up X

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    June 20, 2017 at 3:33 am

    I take the capsule form!!

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      June 20, 2017 at 10:41 am

      So many people are loving the capsule form. I need to get onto that – stat! 🙂

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    June 20, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    I mix it with other adaptagens and cacao and think the taste is fine and totally tolerable. Maca on the other hand? Gag. The worst.

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      June 26, 2017 at 10:00 am

      Haha I find maca so hard too! I’ll try it with cacao – yum! Thanks x

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    July 4, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Oh man! I just got this stuff and first tried it in some hot matcha green tea— total ass taste, almost threw up. But I found this smoothie recipe (which I’m actually enjoying right now) and I may have found a winner: 1 frozen banana, 1 cup almond milk, 2 pitted dates, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp hemp seeds, 1/2 tsp ashwagandha, 1 tbsp peanut butter or any other nut butter– blend. I topped it with some cacao powder too. It’s actually delicious!

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      July 12, 2017 at 10:53 am

      The best! Thank you! I’m going to try that for sure X

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