Chyawanprash is an ancient and natural polyherbal jam that can generally be consumed at any time and with a variety of substances. However, for maximum efficacy, there are certain dosages and recommendations to consider.
See below for common questions and answers on how and when to take Chyawanprash.
How should I take Chyawanprash?
Drinking Chyawanprash with or in milk (preferably A2 cow’s or goat’s milk) is one of the more traditional ways to consume Chyawanprash. If you’re allergic or asthmatic, almond milk or coconut milk can be considered too. The basic advantage of taking Chyawanprash with milk is that it serves as an anupan, or carrier substance, to take the nutrients deeper into the channels and tissues of the body. The milk can either be warm or cold, but warm temperatures generally serve Vata and Kapha doshas better while cooler temperatures work well for Pitta doshas.
With warm water
The consumption of Chyawanprash with warm water also makes a great combination. Simply stir Chyawanprash into warm – not hot – water and drink as a tea.
You also have the option of taking Chyawanprash straight without food or liquids. This can be particularly effective in stimulating digestion if taken 15 to 30 minutes before a meal. However, it’s important to note that Chyawanprash should not be suddenly swallowed, but consumed slowly.
Some people like to consume Chyawanprash like a jam and spread it on toast, bread or crackers, or mix into porridge.
It’s important to note that Chyawanprash can be taken in all seasons as it contains weather balancing ingredients. For example, Amla and Shatarvi are both cooling herbs for the pitta dosha which help to balance Chyawanprash for summer months. That said, the recommended method of taking Chyawanprash can sometimes vary depending on the season. Below are some specific combinations you may want to consider:
- In autumn, consume Chyawanprash with hot goat’s milk and 1 teaspoon of black sesame seed oil to improve metabolism
- In winter, take Chyawanprash with hot goat’s milk and 1 teaspoon of honey to boost the immune system in order to fight infectious agents that cause colds and influenza
- In the spring, Chyawanprash should be consumed with ½ teaspoon of ghee (made from cow’s milk) mixed in goat’s milk, and ½ teaspoon of black sesame seed oil
- During summers, Chyawanprash mixed with goat’s milk and 1 teaspoon of ghee (made from cow’s milk) is recommended
When should I take Chyawanprash?
Ideally, Chyawanprash should be taken on an empty stomach once or twice daily for at least 2 weeks (but ideally 40 days). It’s best to take this supplement in the morning at sunrise or 15 to 30 minutes before breakfast. Although Chyawanprash can be consumed in the evening, it is generally not recommended as users may experience difficulty falling asleep due to increased energy. The herbal combination is known to boost energy and improve the metabolism.
To make use of the maximum prana available to us each day, it’s also recommended that Chyawanprash is consumed between 4 a.m. and sunrise, before or after yoga, meditation or pranayama.
How much should I have?
Chyawanprash is designed in such a way that it is suitable for all age groups. In general, adults should opt for 1 to 2 teaspoons (10g), while children over the age of 6 can have ½ to 1 teaspoon. For kids ages 3 to 5, a quarter teaspoon of Chyawanprash is adequate. For people over 60 years of age, ½ to 1 teaspoon is enough. If you are new to taking Chyawanprash, you should generally start with smaller dosages and work up to your desired amount.
All in all, Chyawanprash is a great supplement to take all year round and will provide wholesome nutrition and natural solutions to a variety of health problems. If you still have questions, please feel free to reach out to us!