At the beginning of the year I made some big plans and by February I was going full throttle and so determined to get on with everything I planned. I have made great progress but there has been a price to pay. I have felt absolutely wiped out, I forgot to take care of myself and to get enough rest and relaxation. I can only get away with this for so long until I feel so tired I don't want to do anything at all. So I have slowed down, a little bit and started making sure I get enough sleep again. I also looked into adrenal nourishment as I felt intuitively that my adrenals were stressed and needed nourishment. After much research and pondering I decided ashwagandha would be the thing to help.
Ashwaghanda is a herb used in Ayurvedic medicine. It is valued for its ability to strengthen the entire system and used as a rejuvenating tonic. This sounded like just the thing I needed. It is sometimes used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome as well as many other things including muscle aches and pains, ME, coughs, respiratory complaints, bronchitis and reproductive and sexual disorders. It is known to be an effective aphrodisiac. Ashwaghanda has a reputation as a herb of longevity. It is useful for all who wish to strengthen their energy and endurance and helps to cope with excessive stress.
You can buy the powdered root in little capsules online or from health food stores. I made myself a big pot of ashwagandha loveliness using the dried roots. It was really simple to make, it's really delicious and taking it this way makes the ashwagandha bioavailable to the body. Add one cup each of ashwagandha powder, honey and ghee to a bowl and then place this bowl into a larger pan that has water. Make sure the water comes half way up the smaller bowl and gently heat the water. Stir for five minutes and be careful not to let the mixture boil. Allow the mixture to cool then transfer to a clean jar. Add lid and label. I keep the jar in the fridge and use it two times each day. In the morning I eat a tablespoon straight from the spoon. It is rather rich and different, imagine eating delicious sawdust! If that does not appeal to you and I can understand why it might not, then add a tablespoon to warm milk and stir. I enjoy a cup of this in the evening.
Within four days of taking the ashwagandha mixture I felt noticeably better. The timing of this may have coincided with other things I am doing to nourish myself (extra rest, extra fresh air) and it may be the placebo effect because I am rather excited by the potential of what ashwagandha can do... whatever it is, I am really enjoying how I feel and plan to continue using it through spring.
I am not a doctor or suggesting you take any herbs for your health. I am just sharing with you some of the things I enjoy doing to manage my health the natural way. Many blessings, Carole