Ashwagandha is a root herb with adaptogenic properties that relax the nervous system and help the body cope with stress. In Ayurveda, warm whole milk is used as a remedy for insomnia, but if you prefer to avoid dairy, hemp or almond milk are the next best options. Likewise, ghee can be substituted for coconut oil.
1 CUP MILK
2 TSP GHEE OR COCONUT OIL, IF VEGAN
3 BLACK PEPPERCORNS OR 1 STICK OF PIPPALI, GROUND
1⁄2 TSP CINNAMON, GROUND
1⁄2 TSP CARDAMOM, GROUND
A PINCH EACH OF CUMIN, TURMERIC, NUTMEG, ALL GROUND
1/2 TSP ASHWAGANDHA
1 TSP HONEY OR MAPLE SYRUP
OPTIONAL: 1⁄2 TSP VANILLA BEAN POWDER OR ALCOHOL FREE EXTRACT
First, place milk in a small saucepan over medium low heat. As the milk heats, whisk in the spices and ashwagandha. Once well incorporated, add the ghee or coconut oil. Cover and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the cover and quickly stir in honey or maple syrup before pouring in a mug. Sip warm and enjoy!