Ashwagandha Sleep Tonic

By Chef: Lauren Glucina
Posted:  October 19, 2017


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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.