Ask Jean: What's the Deal with Ashwaganda?

Ask Jean: What’s the Deal
with Ashwagandha?

Ask Jean: What's the Deal with Ashwaganda?

Dear Jean, I read a lot about adaptogens on goop. What is ashwagandha and what do I use it for?—Ashley L.

Dear Ashley, My women’s health practitioner told me to start taking ashwagandha. I was skeptical—until I met the glowing co-proprietresses of Botanic Bazaar in Amagansett, who practically vibrates with health and happiness (yes, beauty convinced me where medical experts did not). On the shelves next to the goop skincare was a Sun Potion section; I snapped up a tub of powdered ashwaganda and a bag of tocos (“Put it in your coffee, it makes anything creamier,” they enthused) for good measure.

Ashwagandha tastes terrible, as it turns out, and I am the lone non-smoothie-loving gooper, so I devised a morning cereal that deliciously masks the bitterness: oats, seeds, and nuts, plus ashwagandha, cinnamon, salt, tocos, and berries, bound together with a little kefir. It is delicious hot (I use coconut milk instead of kefir if I’m doing hot) or cold, and checks every nutritional box I can think of, from protein to probiotics.

It took less than a month for me to get into it. It was summer, my favorite season, so the much-less-stressed-ness I felt might well have been the warm air, but I did notice it, regardless.

Try it, don’t try it; I’m ordering more.

Ask Jean: What's the Deal with Ashwaganda?

Sun Potion Ashwagandha

goop, $36

This organic cold-water extract powder of the ashwagandha root is an excellent tonic. Add 1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) to warm water or tea. It’s also a great addition to milk potions, elixirs, smoothies, raw chocolate, and more.