Ashwagandha Sleep Tonic

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In Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha is classified as rasayana – a rejuvenator – used to restore health and wellbeing and promote longevity. It has been used for centuries to alleviate stress, anxiety and fatigue, and is regarded as a general all-purpose tonic. This recipe is a modern take on the classic Ayurvedic recipe – formulated to help facilitate rejuvenation and restful sleep.


  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 heaped tablespoons raw macadamia nuts
  • 1 Medjool date, or a teaspoon of raw Manuka honey
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 2 pinches of nutmeg powder
  • 2 pinches of clove powder
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • ⅓ – ½ vanilla bean
  • ½ teaspoon ashwagandha root powder (equivalent to 0.5g)


  1. Add all ingredients (even the vanilla bean – no need to scrape the seeds out) in a blender and whizz till smooth and creamy.
  2. Transfer to a pot and heat gently.
  3. To serve, add a sprinkle of cinnamon powder. In my photos, I used cinnamon, freeze dried plums, dried rose petals and cornflowers.
Lauren GlucinaAbout Lauren Glucina

Lauren is a Sydney based Raw Foods Chef & Educator, Holistic Health Coach and student of Natural Medicine. She is a passionate advocate of food (and positive thoughts!) as medicine, and shares many simple, colourful, creative recipes on her site, Ascension Kitchen. Superfoods, tonic herbs and flower essences seem to regularly hijack her raw cakes. Stop by and say hi for some wellness tips and inspiration.

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