Ashwagandha Tea (Benefits, Uses and Side Effects)

Learn about the benefits, side effects risks and uses in my guide to ashwagandha tea. Read about this adaptogenic herb including how to make it taste better!

Ashwagandha tea has been used for more than centuries in many ancient remedies such in Ayurveda, in African medicine and in Chinese medicine. This herb is still taken nowadays for its health boosting benefits and can be found in many pills, medicinal tinctures and in tea. Let’s go over the following commonly asked questions:

  • What is ashwagandha and what does it taste like?

  • What are the health benefits and what are the side effects too?

  • Plus, how to make a lovely cup of ashwagandha tea!

What are the Benefits of Ashwagandha Tea?

What are the side effects? AND who shouldn’t take ashwagandha?

What is Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha is also known as winter cherry and is part of the nightshade plant family. This evergreen shrub is native to Africa, India and the Middle East. This plant has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries. Some cultures use the root, some use the leaves or the berries and many health supplements on the market these days contain a combination of the root, leaves and the berries.

Ashwagandha is known as an adaptogenic tea which is an anti-stress herb. Adaptogens are described as substances that enhance the state of non-specific resistance in stress. Adaptogens, just like ashwagandha, have been used in ancient remedies to aid in healing the body for different functions such as helping with attention, endurance, boosting immunity and some adaptogens have anti-aging properties too.

The latin name is Withania somnifera. ‘Somnifera’ means ‘sleep inducing’. Many moon milk recipes contain ashwagandha for it’s health benefits including relaxing and anti-anxiety properties. Moon milk is designed to be taken at bedtime to help you drift off to a peaceful nights sleep.

What Does Ashwagandha Tea Taste Like?

Ashwagandha root tea has a a very earthy taste and most drink this type of tea for it’s health benefits rather than the actual flavour. The name ‘ashwagandha’ comes from the Indian words ‘ashva’ and ‘gandha’ which means ‘horse’ and ‘smell’. This is because the herb is known to have a horsey-hoofey taste and aroma! Many people opt to take it in pill form rather than to take it in tea. However, you can still make a tasty tea by adding a drizzle of honey, maple syrup or add a teaspoon of ashwagandha powder to your favourite tea, coffee or milky latte recipe.

What are the Benefits of Ashwagandha Tea?

Ashwagandha root and root tea has been used for centuries to help heal the body. Whilst research and evidence is limited, some recent reports and clinical trials have confirmed that there maybe some health benefits to taking ashwagandha including being a tea to help anxiety. Other benefits include:

What are the Side Effects of Ashwagandha?

Side effects of taking ashwagandha are considered rare, but some people report digestive discomfort when taking too much, symptoms include diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. There have also been reports of liver damage from taking herbal remedies such as those remedies containing ashwagandha. It is always best to consult your medical practitioner before taking any herbal supplement.

Who Should not Drink Ashwagandha Tea?

Always talk to your doctor with concerns over any herbal medicine. Whilst ashwagandha has been used for more than centuries to help heal the body, clinical studies are limited and so the side effects and drug interactions are not widely known. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should also take caution with any herbal supplements and herbal teas.

Here’s how to Make Ashwagandha Tea Taste Nice

PLUS the best time to take ashwagandha tea AND the health boosting benefits too

Ashwagandha is Naturally Caffeine Free

Many herbs and tea contains caffeine. Caffeine is produced naturally by certain plants to act as an insect repellent. Unlike tea, from the Camellia sinensis plant, ashwagandha is naturally caffeine free and so can be enjoyed at any time of the day or night without sleep interference. Other naturally caffeine free herbal teas include hibiscus tea, mint, ginger, chamomile, rose, lavender and rooibos.

Can I Drink Ashwagandha Tea Everyday?

Whilst many people safely drink ashwagandha tea everyday, it is always best to enjoy all things in moderation. Digestive issues can occur when taking too much or for those with sensitive digestion. Always consult your healthcare provider with health concerns and before taking herbal supplements and remedies.

Where can I Find Ashwagandha Tea?

Many UK tea companies offer blends that contain ashwagandha tea. Here is a selection of what’s on offer:

  • Tea People: Tea People is an award winning fine tea company based in the UK founded by husband and wife Neeraj and Vishaka, who originally come from Darjeeling in India. Tea People donate 50% of their net profits towards helping poverty in tea growing regions. Tea People offer a fabulous loose ashwagandha root in various quantities with prices starting at just £2.00.

  • Holland & Barrett: Health and wellness retailer Holland & Barrett offer a selection of powders and pills which are great for adding to smoothies and lattes. Prices vary and with many offers and sales promoted throughout the year.

  • Vadham Teas: Vadham Teas also offer a giving program whereby 1% of their revenue goes towards the education of their farmers children. Vadham Teas offer a wonderful warming ashwagandha tea bag blend with turmeric, lemongrass, liquorice and black pepper.

How to Make Ashwagandha Root Tea

Traditionally, ashwagandha root tea is made with freshly boiled water, lemon and honey. Here’s how to make a traditional cuppa:

  • Add 1 teaspoon of ashwagandha root powder or 1 inch piece of fresh root to a cup of freshly boiled water.

  • Allow to steep for 10-15 minutes before straining out the herb. (If using powder, you may prefer not to strain the mix).

  • Add slices of fresh lemon and 1-2 teaspoons of honey, maple syrup or agave.

The taste of ashwagandha tea can be an acquired one. If you aren’t too keen, try adding a half to one teaspoon of powder to your next tea smoothie, or perhaps add a serving to your next coconut tea latte. Alternatively, try adding a dusting in your next matcha wellness shot.

How do you take your ashwagandha tea? Leave a comment below!

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