2 cups almond milk
4 pitted dates
1 tbsp ghee
1 tbsp raw honey
½ tsp cardamom
¼ tsp saffron
Optional: ¼ tsp ashwagandha powder
In a small saucepan, lightly heat the almond milk until warm, not boiling. Transfer to a blender and add the remaining ingredients. Pulse until combined. Pour into a mug and sip slowly before bed.
Makes two servings
This Ayurvedic tonic recipe is both a remedy for better sleep and building overall vitality. The combination of soaked almonds, ghee, sweet dates and raw honey are considered to be rasayanas – foods that nourish and build vitality. Rasa can be translated to “juice” or “essence”, and Ayana as “path” – so rasayanas are literally the pathway to juiciness. This juicy vitality is also known as Ojas, the subtle essence that provides strength and life force. Many things deplete Ojas in our life, including stress, poor diet, irregular routine, dissonant emotions and lack of loving connections, to name a few. Many nourishing activities help to restore this loss of vitality in our lives, including establishing healthy daily routines, incorporating wholesome building foods (like fresh sweet fruits and vegetables, whole grains and nuts/seeds, and healthy fats like ghee), meditation and mindful movement, and spending time in nature connecting with her rhythms. Special herbs are also considered rasayanas – including Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Shatavari, Shilajit, Licorice and Saffron, which are more effective at penetrating the tissues when paired with sweet and a bit of fat.
This recipe uses Ashwagandha, a unique adaptogenic herb that enables the body to reserve and sustain vital energy throughout the day while aiding restful sleep at night. It is considered one of the best herbs for pacifying vata, which can often cause difficulties falling or staying sleeping at night. Saffron is also a potent medicinal spice with many benefits from supporting the reproductive organs to relaxing the nerves. A few threads is all that’s needed for this recipe. Paired with a little ghee and raw honey, it offsets the drying qualities it has on its own. Make this warming drink after dinner to satisfy a sweet tooth and help you wind down after a long day and prepare for deep sleep. Early to bed, early to rise with the sun…
A Deep Bow to Claire Ragozzino for sharing with the world-Recipe as originally featured at: Vidyaliving