Inspiration comes in many different forms. For me these days, I am completely enjoying making my elixirs – yummy and beautiful drinks like none I have ever experienced. Even the word is fun…elixirs are ‘magical & medicinal potions’, which is a little bit how I would describe the practice of yoga!
Initially, I was drawn intuitively to these alternatives to coffee and tea, much like you may be now. As I continue to explore them, the health benefits (and my desire to bring more and more interesting healing ingredients into our home) continue to expand. Please allow me to share some of what I am discovering.
Many of these potions contain adaptogen herbs or ’adaptogens’, which are powerful phytotherapists; a word I created to describe the active quality of the herbs themselves offering phyto – plant – therapy to our body to help balance, restore and protect. Our bodies respond to stress through the adrenal glands where stress hormones like cortisol are produced. Adrenal fatigue is caused when these glands cannot adequately meet the demands of chronic stress. Adaptogens provide phytotherapy by several means that are associated with what is called the hypothalamus/pituitary/adrenal axis, or HPA, which controls the adrenal system as well as the nervous system and some immune function as well as metabolism. Adaptogens have been found to work on a the cellular level to prevent cortisol-induced mitochondrial dysfunction (which is essentially a cog in the wheel that keeps things flowing without breakdown). That interests me due to my current journey of healing my immune system and it may interest you for other reasons; metabolism, blood pressure or otherwise.
These drinks are super enjoyable and fun to learn about and are helping me with my health issues. They are also providing me with an overall feeling of satiation and calm along with bringing energy when needed, like late morning and afternoon. I also find that along with my meditation practice I am much more naturally calm-hearted and clear-minded during demanding circumstances. On a typical day, I will make one in the morning before work then one in the afternoon before the end of day activities. It is for these reasons and more (plus people are asking about them) that I am sharing with you. Please share your experiences as well and I can post them on this page.
On a deep level, these drinks and their interesting ingredients are helping to up-level the functionality of our body and reduce stress response even when under chronic challenging conditions; helping us stay balanced (and even in bliss) as we move through out days. Much like yoga!
Here are some of the recipes, along with links to the products that make them. I will continue to add to this page so that you can enjoy. Sharing new recipes that you discover is highly encouraged as well.
Morning Warming Latte
found on Goop
1 tablespoon almond butter
2 teaspoons coconut sugar
2 teaspoons coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon astragalus
1/2 teaspoon reishi
1 tablespoon tocos
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 pinch sea salt
couple of grinds of black pepper
1 cup boiling water
Place all ingredients into a powerful blender and whip up until smooth and frothy. Enjoy!
Astragalus helps strengthen and protect skin and helps with metabolism.
Tocos promotes healthy skin and connective tissue .
Reishi helps with immune function, stress release and protects the body against environments factors.
Nutmeg has potassium which is good for heart rate and blood pressure control as well as zinc and iron.
Cardamom helps with digestion, detoxification, and depression.
Clove is wonderful for oral health, cold and flu, blood pressure and is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.
Black pepper helps prevent asthma, improves digestion and skin care and cognitive ability, and has an antibacterial quality.
Cinnamon lowers blood sugar, reduces es heart disease risk factors helps with metabolism and skin issues.
Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
All of this with a wonderful dose of protein from the almond butter – I prefer raw.
This is a drink and a snack and offers warming qualities and satiation while healing our bodies.