Ashwagandha Smoothie For Improved Energy, Sleep, Libido, and More

 
As I mentioned in my most recent email, here is the promised recipe for a great smoothie that can help improve sleep, energy, libido, plus relieve anxiety and support the adrenals! (If you are not a JHR subscriber, you can subscribe here to stay informed on all the new natural health updates as well as occasional information not shared here on the blog.) This recipe is taken from the newly released book Alchemy of Herbs. If you’d like your own copy, today is the day you want to buy it! More on that below.
 
Ashwagandha is the star herb in this smoothie recipe!
 
Ashwagandha is used to treat fatigue, insomnia, low libido, anxiety, asthma, arthritis, insulin resistance, fibromyalgia, hypothyroid, reproductive health, and more! It’s adaptogenic (meaning it supports the adrenals and helps the body adapt to stress), anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective, an aphrodisiac and an antioxidant. [1]
 
By simply adding this herb to a smoothie, you can improve your health in an easy way. I did tweak it slightly and that is indicated in the recipe in parenthesis. Trust me when I say that this recipe is delicious and so very healthy! 
 

Ashwagandha Smoothie 

This yummy ashwagandha smoothie is a great way to share the nourishing and supportive qualities of ashwagandha. If you have a sensitivity to dairy, use any nondairy yogurt of your choice. For the nut or seed butter, peanut, almond, cashew, and sunflower seed butters are all good options.
 
Yield: 5 cups, 3 to 5 servings
 
Ingredients
2 bananas (I used frozen bananas. This makes it thicker, which is how we like it.)
2 cups almond milk (I used one cup)
1 cup plain yogurt (I used homemade kefir)
1/2 cup nut or seed butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons ashwagandha powder (buy here)
2 teaspoons cinnamon powder (buy here)
maple syrup or honey, to taste (I omitted this because I add extra bananas if more sweetness is needed.)
 
Directions
  1. Place all the ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into glasses. Use a spatula to get all the liquid from the sides of the blender—there are lots of good herbs in there.
  3. Drink immediately.
 
Recipe from Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal by Rosalee de la Forêt (Hay House, 2017) 
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As I mentioned in my recent email, this book that I got this recipe from is now on my list of top favorites! Not only because it has food and medicinal recipes with beautiful photos and amazing information on each herb it covers, but also because it tells you HOW to use these herbs for different health ailments – which is hard to find in herb books!
 
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Ashwagandha Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 2 bananas
  2. 2 cups almond milk
  3. 1 cup plain yogurt
  4. 1/2 cup nut or seed butter
  5. 1/4 cup coconut oil
  6. 2 tablespoons ashwagandha powder
  7. 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
  8. maple syrup or honey, to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into glasses. Use a spatula to get all the liquid from the sides of the blender—there are lots of good herbs in there.
  3. Drink immediately.
Adapted from http://learning-herbs.com/t?orid=6458&opid=49
Adapted from http://learning-herbs.com/t?orid=6458&opid=49
Jill's Home Remedies http://jillshomeremedies.com/

References

  1. Alchemy of Herbs

Natural Remedies For Thyroid Malfunction

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The main role of the thyroid gland is to maintain and secrete thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones regulate heat production, metabolism and oxygen consumption.  It also controls the body’s energy.

What can cause the thyroid to malfunction?
{This would include both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism}.

  • Poor Nutrition
  • Iodine Deficiency
  • Soy
  • Hormone Changes
  • Menopause

Symptoms of thyroid malfunction: 
{You do not have to have all these symptoms to have a thyroid problem.  There are different severities with any health problem}

  • Feeling sluggish or fatigued
  • Insomnia
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Mood Changes
  • Body temperature changes
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Trembling

Home Remedy Suggestions:

*Since your current lifestyle has caused the malfunction, it’s necessary to change what you do now.  Eat healthier and exercise faithfully.  Avoid things that throw hormone balance off.

*Combine 3 parts mullein and 1 part lobelia.  {I buy most of my bulk herbs here} Make a fomentation and wrap the cloth around the neck.  Wrap plastic wrap over the cloth to keep things less messy.  Keep this on 24/7 and your thyroid problem should be corrected in a week.  Make a new fomentation every day.  This may seem impractical if you work or have to go somewhere, but when you consider the length of taking medicine with bad side effects, this is the most inexpensive, healthy remedy that works quickly.  You can wear a turtle neck or shirt with a scarf while doing this.  You can look stylish and heal your thyroid at the same time! :)

*Take supplements that will help balance the thyroid like: Thyroid Balancing Formula or Dr. Christopher Herbal Thyroid Formula. 

What Home Remedy suggestions do you have for thyroid troubles?

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