Last night I listened to a webinar on an intro to Ayurvedic (Indian) herbology, and several of their most important herbs for general tonification and building strong immunity. The take home message is this: Ayurveda is an ancient system based upon energetics. Those include the taste (sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, astringent) of a herb, its “element (combinations of water, fire earth, air and ether),” the heating or cooling aspect of a herb both as it enters the body and post-digestion, and an herb’s “psychology,” what it helps contribute to our healing.
Ashwagandha is one of the few “tri-doshic” herbs, meaning it is good for any constitution. No worries about trying to figure out what we are in a system that is complex. It is useful both day and evening. It is a tonic herb that is easy to digest, and is good for all ages, but especially for those of us realizing we are aging! An adaptogenic nervine tonic, ashwagandha assists us in handling stress, building immunity and strengthening our respiratory system. For general debility, aging issues, arthritis, and trouble sleeping, we can take this herb as a tea, tincture, in hot milk, or as a powder/capsule. A delicious sounding suggestion was to drink it in warm milk with cinnamon or nutmeg an hour before bed, or first thing in the morning before breakfast.