I used to adore coffee. i drank it every morning and couldn’t function without it. The smell brings me back to the warmth of my grandmothers kitchen and rainy days at my kitchen window with a book or pen and paper. It was my favorite tool for any creative endeavor. There’s something so incredibly soothing about having a warm and steamy cup of tea or coffee.
As I have become more in my body through the years, I’ve noticed that having coffee everyday, throws me off. I feel burnt out at the end the day and it numbs my sensitivity to what my body is telling me.. and usually its to slow down. I realized that its not the coffee itself that I’m wanting, its having something warming and yummy in a solid hand made ceramic mug, and the ritual of a daily tonic that it so attractive and enlivening to me.
Here’s an elixir recipe that’s rich and flavorful and energizing but grounds you and nourishes you, other than depleting your adrenals and dehydrating you like coffee.
~ 1 tsp Gynosyemma- Adaptogen, immunomoduator, optimizes metabolic function, detoxifys the body, high in antioxidants and has anti cancer actions.
~ 1tsp Chaga (powdered) – Chaga is also high in antioxidants and immune function support.
~ 1 tsp Maca- High nutritional content, hormone stabilizer, adaptogen and relieves mild depression
~ 1/2 tsp Pine pollen- Rich in vitamins and minerals it is a tonic for the entire body, has the potential to increase immune and endocrine function, reduce sensitivity to pain, lower cholesterol, stimulate liver regeneration; it is an anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, and anti-tumor
~ 2 tsp Cacao- High antioxidant content, high in magnesium, cardiovascular tonic and lowers blood pressure and glucose levels.
~ 1/4 tsp Mesquite- Naturally sweet (like molasses) high in calcium, iron, lysine, manganese, zinc, protein and potassium and lowers blood sugar levels.
~ 1 tsp Siberian Ginseng (Eleuthero)- Adaptogen, immunoprotective, anti-inflammatory, enhances mental acuity and physical endurance, folk remedy for bronchitis, heart ailments, and rheumatism, and as a tonic to restore vigor, improve general health, restore memory, promote healthy appetite, and increase stamina.
~Cinnamon- Stabilizes blood sugar, high levels of manganese, anti-oxidant, increases blood circulation and warming to the body.
~ Fennel- Carminitive, digestive bitter and menstrual cramp relief
~ Ginger- Anti-inflammatory, carminitive, warming and mild stimulant
~ Nutmeg- Carminitive and gentle but grounding stimulant
~ Clove- Carminitive, antihistamine, expectorant, anti spasmodic and anti-parasitic
~ Vanilla bean
~ Coconut mylk
Simmer Gynostemma, chaga, ginseng, maca, cacao and ginger on low, in 2 cups of coconut milk for 7-10 mins. (or in a Crockpot overnight). remove from heat,stir in the mesquite, spices and vanilla. pour into your favorite mug and sip quietly. <3