Spiced Cashew Milk Tonic
I am starting a new category on my blog called ‘Foods That Heal’. I have found that I will often research nutritional values and benefits of foods and even pin recipes on my board and tuck ideas written on paper into recipe books only to find I have lost my multiple notes or forgotten what it was I was specifically researching for in the first place!.
I hope you will find this little space on my blog is like a welcoming window seat to hang around in, plump a pillow, grab a cuppa and a soft snuggle blanket, and if like me you are searching for healthy beneficial foods info because life is dealing you health challenges, then I hope you find some inspiration and a little rest for yourself among these pages.
I like this recipe because it has the added bonus of using ashwagandha.
Ashwagandha Baldwins.co.uk states is a ‘blend word coming from Sanskrit. The first part of the word ‘ashwa’ means horse and ‘gandha’ means smell. It was given this name for two reasons, first that it smells a little like a horse in its raw form and second that people believe it gives you the power and vitality of a horse!.
Ashwagandha is believed to help the human body to guard the immune system by acting as:
An anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant.
Helps fight the effects of stress.
Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression without creating drowsiness.
Is believed to help increase focus, memory, and reaction times so it is often used by sportsmen and women before competition.
Helps lower cholesterol.
Enhances sexual potency for both men and women.’
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb, this means it works with your body to bring you back into balance whether your levels are high or low. Scientists don’t completely understand how adaptogens work, but it is known that they can be extremely effective especially at balancing hormones. Adaptogens are a combination of amino acids, vitamins, and herbs that modulate response to stress or a changing environment. Adaptogens help the body cope with external stresses such as toxins in the environment and internal stresses such as anxiety and insomnia.
On Dr Axe’s site it states ‘Ashwagandha may benefit thyroid function because it greatly reduces lipid peroxidation by promoting scavenging of free radicals that cause cellular damage and may prove useful in treating hypothyroidism. Ashwagandha has also been proven effective in supporting adrenal function helping overcome adrenal fatigue and chronic stress’.
I have found it can be so very confusing when trying to implement a regime that will help address an already compromised system. When I looked further on the Baldwins.co.uk site it states,
Medical practitioners have warned against the use of Ashwagandha if you are,
Pregnant or breastfeeding.
Suffer from diabetes.
You have high or low blood pressure.
You are being treated for stomach ulcers.
You have a thyroid disorder.
Also advises to stop using Ashwagandha 2 weeks before any scheduled surgery as, when it is combined with anaesthesia, it may slow down your central nervous system.
From this information I gather both view points carry merit and it is up to the individual to take what they believe applies to their specific needs, however it does leave me a little confused hence my blog, lest I forget everything I am trying to learn!.
So it is my understanding that in hypothyroidism caused by hashimoto disease my immune system has been compromised and at the root I should focus on boosting immune function and while ashwagandha is beneficial in general I must be cautious in the use of it.
My approach now that I am a year in to having hashimoto’s disease diagnosed and acquiring a number of chronic condition labels along the way, including fibromyalgia and prediabetes, as well as periodontal disease, tinnitus, wrist and ankle pain, a spell with anemia and many of the irritating symptoms accredited to poorly managed thyroid (in the U.K. it is only treated with synthetic T4) such as dry eye, dry skin, constipation, and argh !!!, the list goes on, but it is time to stop waiting to see what happens at my next appointment, to be passed to the next department, told I will need to see rheumatology next or neurology next or heart clinic (for the chest pain), podiatry because its impossible to walk for the pain some days. Also many like myself suffering hashimoto’s suffer prediabetes (and kidney damage) and advice for both conditions is polar i.e. use animal fat, don’t use animal fat, add salt, don’t add salt ! it’s a minefield!.
2017 was indeed a rubbish year health wise for me and as it ends I feel I need to be more proactive in my healing. 2018 is going to be a great year, I aim to take responsibility and be director of my own life, and these pages offer space to record my efforts to give my body the best nutrients possible to help heal where I can heal. This will be an holistic approach including exercise, meditation and really whatever it takes to bring mind and body back into harmony and balance.
I need to say I am not in any way medically trained in any way, anything contained in my blog is purely my own personal journey and what is written is a record of what I personally experience for myself in my journey to wholeness.
- 1 cup of cashew nuts soaked overnight .
- 2 cups of water.
- 1 teaspoon of maple syrup.
- 1/2 teaspoon ground vanilla bean. This can be very expensive, using extract in place of vanilla bean in a recipe use 1 teaspoon extract for every one inch of vanilla bean).
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder.
- 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg.
- 1/2 teaspoon ashwagandha powder
- Pinch of sea salt.
Add the soaked cashew nuts to a blender and add enough water to cover one inch above the cashews. Blend until smooth. Pour into a jug, use 8 ounces of the milk for the recipe and store any left over in an airtight jug in the fridge, it will keep for a couple of days. In a small saucepan add the cashew milk, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, ashwagandha and sea salt. Heat the mix removing before boiling, whisk well so everything combines well. Sit back, relax and let the drink do its work.
all ingredients made up and sealed ready to heat later
I’m not sure where I picked this recipe up from, it’s one that was pinned on my board to do. But it talks about ritual and I just love ritual!. It mentions this tonic with its ashwagandha supporting adrenal function and nutmeg promoting sleep and relaxed muscles and is great to add to your evening routine, is a comfort to the agitated mind. Definitely trying this out for the next seven days to see.