Ashwagandha has been used for over 6,000 years in Ayurveda medicine, which originated in India. Ashwagandha has numerous uses, with reproductive health being one of them. It increases fertility in men and women, and improves sperm health and libido. Ashwagandha is a unique adaptogenic herb, meaning it improves the body’s ability to cope with physical and psychological stressors. As an anti-anxiety herb, ashwagandha reduces cortisol production (stress hormone) and encourages deep sleep, which are both very important for successful conception. For more information about ashwagandha and fertility, check out my blog, Ashwagandha For Male Fertility.
Ashwagandha Hot Chocolate is delicious, nutritious, and bursting with love ingredients. Both ashwagandha and chocolate are considered aphrodisiacs—another added perk to this recipe! The cayenne and cinnamon belong in this recipe because according to Ayurveda, if one is too cold, having a Vata or Kapha imbalance, fertility is lessened, the body needs to be HOT! It’s divine with chocolate too.
Ashwagandha Hot Chocolate Recipe
1 Tablespoon Ashwagandha powder
3 Tablespoons Organic Dark Chocolate Cacao powder
1-3 teaspoons organic sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch cayenne (or more if you like it spicy!)
2 cups of organic milk (any variety)
Enjoy this daily, or even 2-3 times per day.
In Health and Happiness,
Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Healthy Goods
Recipe courtesy of Urban Herbalist.