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Ashwagandha (Withania sominfera) is one of my favorite Ayurvedic herbs, and one of the first herbs I was ever introduced to medicinally. This is an incredibly building and nourishing herb with a long and rich history of use. Today, it is most common to use the roots of this beautiful herb, and traditionally both the roots and the leaves were used. As always, most herbs can do several different things in the body, and Ashwagandha is what I would consider a very successful "Jack of all trades" for a variety of different reasons. 

Energetically, Ashwagandha is warm and slightly moistening, with a balancing bitter and sweet flavor (reinforcing it's nutritive quality). It was traditionally used in weakened conditions, where the person could use some building, strengthening or overall-all nourishing support to the organ systems in cases like pregnancy, old age, or children not thriving well. Today, it's medicinal use and research has expanded to include it's use as a sleep aid, musculo-skeletal analgesic and even supportive in cancer patients to help build their immune system. All of this builds on the foundation of Ashwagandha as a powerful building and nourishing herb. 

I love Ashwagandha personally, as an immunomodulator, anti-inflammatory, adrenal supporting and energetically strong herb that can be taken tonically for comprehensive organ system support. I think it's one of the most soothing bed time herbs to help drift off into sleep and relax your muscles and mind before bed, but preparation is key to have this effect. Taking the capsules, powder or tincture alone won't work. The root must be decocted in a fatty milk (like whole milk or coconut milk) to extract all of the fat soluble and water soluble molecules for this sleepy effect. On a daily basis though, I prefer to take the powder in my food, or the tincture if I'm traveling. It's a remarkably safe herb, and many of these powerful effects (especially the analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects) need a heftier dose. 

As an Ayurvedic medicine, Ashwagandha potentiates pitta activity and is often better suited for the Vata (and sometimes Kapha) individual who has a tendency to overwork themselves into depletion. They may run cold and dry, with a weakened vitality of the mind and spirit. I've seen Ashwagandha used beautifully in the Vata athlete on a (voluntarily) restrictive diet that is depleted, tired, and sore in their muscles. Ashwagnahda is a wonderful daily herbal ally to strengthen the mind, body and spirit, and lends itself to a wide variety of uses (and recipes - coming soon!). 


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Herbal tea has always been my first line of defense for as long as I can remember. As a kid, when I wasn't feeling well, mom would go for the tea initially. About 90% of the time when I wasn't feeling well, it was my digestive tract, and these digestive issues persisted from birth until I was about 25 years old. It wasn't until I was 15 that I was "officially" diagnosed with IBS, which is like the bucket diagnosis encompassing a huge array of symptoms without any clear explanation of what's really wrong or how to ultimately fix it. I could go on and on about the symptomology of IBS all day, but for now, I'll just say that many people with chronic digestive imbalance also develop a lot of anxiety around food in general, which only makes the issue worse over time. Stress overloads the situation, and makes it harder and harder to fix. So, as a young adult in the midst of graduate school, my stress level was about at 100% to the point where all I could eat was eggs and mushroom broth. I was seeing an herbalist early on, and she prepared me a tea that I think might have saved my life. It was the first step to fully recovering and reclaiming my love of food (and ability to actually eat it). It was this foundational formula of chamomile, skullcap and fennel that has been my ally every since. 

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This Tummy Soothe Tea is built upon that foundational formula, with a few extra additions to encompass the entire digestive tract, from the esophagus to the stomach to the large and small intestines to the colon. It's an aromatic, mucilaginous and antispasmodic blend of medicinal herbs that helps to calm down excess inflammation, soothe the lining of the stomach and intestines and cool excess heat in the lower gastrointestinal tract. It also addresses the central nervous system with a calming anxiolytic to bring down the anxiety and create a space for calm. 

Chamomile - This simple, delicate little flower is one of the most powerful antispasmodics for the digestive tract, as well as offering a cooling energetic to calm excess heat in the body. It works on the stomach, intestines and colon, and is one of the safest, most widely used herbal allies in the world. 

Skullcap - My favorite nervine/anxiolytic herb to calm down the central nervous system, relax the upper body and soothe the lower digestive area. Its's perfect for acute situations or chronic, long term imbalances because of it's truly tonifying quality that persists even after you stop taking it. It also offers emotional support too!

Fennel - Simple little seeds can pack a big punch. Fennel is one of the strongest carminatives (meaning it helps with gas or bloating). It's cooling energetic is the perfect balance to heat in the stomach or intestines. Filled with volatile oils, it's a lovely addition to any digestive formula (and even great sprinkled on hard to digest foods like meat or beans!). 

Cardamom Pods - Also filled with those volatile oils, cardamom contributes another layer of carminative and normalizing action for the lower gastrointestinal tract. 

Slippery Elm - This carries the sweetness and also the mucilaginous quality that coats the lining of the stomach, intestines and colon that may be have become irritated  or inflamed over time. 

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When the weather gets cool, and the brisk chill reaches underneath the outer lining your jacket, there's nothing quite like a sweet, vibrant chai spiced herbal tea to top off your day of adventures. I always love making a tea pot of a combination of warming ginger, earthy dandelion root, aromatic cardamom, sweet cinnamon and full bodied licorice to share with friends after a day out. It's almost like drinking dessert, and topping the autumn day off with a sweet seal. Some chai blends are a little too sweet for my taste, so this blend is carefully formulated to balance the sweet with the earthy, and warm you right down to your bones. 

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A signature tea of fall and winter, my sweet roots tea is a take on the classic chai formula with some minor adjustments to make it a bit more therapeutic and medicinal while maintaining the sweet/earthy/warming flavor. There's a lot going on with this formula: from the liver loving dandelion, to the circulatory stimulating ginger, to the digestive criminative power of cardamom, to the adrenal supporting licorice, to the zesty sweet kick of cinnamon. This is the early morning blend for the dark, cold mornings when you need some warming stimulation and spice.This is for after a long day kicking through crunchy leaves and apple picking, pie making, movie watching night with friends. This is a fabulous gathering tea or a dessert alternative. One of my ally blends, and so beautiful too!

Dandelion - This gives the sweet roots tea it's deliciously earthy flavor, and subtly connects us with the past summer season. Dandelion root is one of my favorite liver protecting herbs, helping it to naturally detox and filtrate all of things things we put in our body. 

Ginger - This is my go-to herbal ally for getting warm right down to my bones. An outstanding circulatory tonic, this really gets the blood moving from the tips of your toes to the top of your head!

Cinnamon - Because what is autumn and fall without cinnamon....?

Licorice - An excellent adaptogen and adrenal supportive herb. This helps to replenish the stores of energy and enhance adrenal function while also tasting deliciously sweet and rich!

Cardamom - All of these sweet, earthy and rich flavors needed some aromatic pungency to balance out the flavor party happening here. Cardamom offers this perfect flavor, while also being an outstanding carminative in the gut, helping the process of digestion and balances the dampness in the digestive tract. Warming and drying qualities of cardamom are the ultimate ally for the cold, damp presence of fall and winter. 

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HELLO, I'M LINDSAY.
Herbal medicine and nutrition is my expertise. Understanding plants, their properties, and their powers is my passion.

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