Tired of looking at wrinkled, dry, sagging skin when you look in the mirror? Tired of your hair being brittle with breakage, riddled with dandruff and greying way before your next salon appointment. Well, it just may be Ashwagandha that you’re looking for to come to your rescue.
Ashwaghanda is one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing and has been used to treat specific health conditions for about 3,000 years.
Do any of these common symptoms top your list?
Low endurance (mentally or physically)
The use of ashwagandha can help alleviate these symptoms and support your vitality and rejuvenate your sense of well-being.
What’s more is that over time, ashwagandha’s health benefits have been tested and well-documented, and in addition to the symptoms above, this herb can impact your skin and hair which is why I’m super excited to share this information with you today.
Ashwanghanda, known by its scientific name of Withania Somnifera, is often referred to as Indian gingseng. The common name, ashwangandha is derived from Sanskrit and comes from the belief that this awesome plant will give you the strength and vitality of a horse which alludes to its traditional use to support a healthy sex drive. When literally translated, ashwagandha means “horse smell.” Although it does have a strong, herbaceous aroma, it’s not that of a horse so no worries that if you ingest it you will smell like you live in a barn. Lol!
In Ayurveda, Ashwagandha is a plant that promotes longevity, vitality and happiness. It's harvested, dried and ground and often used as a tonic to support overall well-being and often consumed before bedtime to provide a feeling of relaxation. Who couldn’t use a little of that?
Rich in iron, antioxidants, tannins, potassium as well as other compounds, ashwagandha also packs a powerful punch when it comes to helping your skin and hair look its best!
Ashwagandha boosts DHEA, which is a precursor to both testosterone and estrogen and stimulates the production of vital compounds and proteins for healthy skin hydration and resilience. To really amplify your glow you can also use Ashwagandha as a toner with dried ginger and lemon.
DHEA and estrogen aid in keeping the skin plump and youthful by stimulating collagen production and increasing the natural skin oils. What’s more, is that ashwagandha lowers cortisol levels, which can wreak havoc on the skin.
When it comes to hair, ashwagandha is believed to help strengthen hair, improve scalp circulation, help get rid of dandruff and decrease hair loss. As if that weren’t enough, it also appears to stimulate the production of melanin, the pigment responsible for providing color to your hair, so it may help minimize your grey hairs and save you some trips to the salon. Sign you up right?
To sum up, why add ashwagandha to your shopping cart for your skin and hair needs?
Antioxidant –Ashwagandha has high levels of antioxidants that stave off free radicals to fight signs of aging such as wrinkles, dark spots, fine lines, and blemishes. The herb also has anti-cancer properties.
Collagen – While ashwagandha does not contain collagen, it does contain many compounds know to stimulate the skin and increase its appearance.
Scalp Conditioning – Ashwagandha stimulates the skin and can help the way your scalp feels and looks.
Hair Strengthening – The high level of antioxidants benefit your hair too! Increase hair strength and prevent breakage by adding the extract to your shampoo, conditioner or leave-in products
Ashwagandha is a perfect pairing with other herbs and spices to pack both a delicious and healthful punch! Try this easy and quick recipe to amp up your overall wellbeing and skincare!
Ashwagandha Chocolate Goodness (Paleo, GF, Nut Free)
⅓ cup organic tahini
¼ cup organic sunflower butter ( or nut butter of your choice)
¼ organic maple syrup + 2 TBSP organic local honey (you can sweetener of your choice)
¼ cup organic cocoa powder
2 TBSP organic ashwagandha powder
2TBSP organic hemp seeds
1 tsp organic cinnamon powder
½ teaspoon organic ginger powder
1 tsp organic cardamom powder
1 TBSP organic hemp seeds
1 tsp organic nutmeg powder
½ teaspoon organic vanilla extract
Organic cocoa nibs
Organic unsweetened coconut flakes
Add tahini, sunflower butter and sweetener to a small saucepan and heat on low and stir until all are well blended, be sure not to let it boil
Add herb powders and mix until well combined
Mix in vanilla and hemp seeds
Mix in cocoa powder. Add in more as needed until dough is thick enough to hold its shape
Once the dough is thick enough and doesn’t stick to the sides of the bowl, roll it into 1 inch balls
If desire toppings, roll the balls in cocoa nibs or coconut flakes and get ready to have your tastebuds sing!
What makes this recipe so fun is that you can modify the recipe and substitute your favorite toppings, nut butters and adjust the herbs to your taste preference. You can also use all honey or all maple syrup or other sweetener. I personally don’t love the aftertaste of honey but do appreciate the benefits and the viscosity to help keep the other ingredients together. Want to amp up your chocolate experience? You can chop up some organic dark chocolate to boost up your antioxidants and taste profile! Store them in an airtight container in your fridge for up to a week or pop them in your freezer.