For a long time, I was seeing potions similar to this one pop up on different health-blogs which I was checking out. Somewhere deep down inside I wanted to try making one, but either the powders were too expensive, or I didn’t really know why I needed them. There was always something that made me put it off until later. However at one point all the pieces clicked together, like a check-up completed, and the knowledge gathered was sufficient to try one out.
It all started with a book called ‘Body Into balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care’. Even though the book itself was dedicated to herbs, of which I still have a lot to write and learn, I was inspired by how the author was describing the power of influence of the plant world on the human body. If used properly, these medicinal herbs mildly affect the organism and provide important nutrients for the body to absorb. The author gave me a lot of information to digest, and I started surfing the web in search of other, physically digestible things. The first thing I found was https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/, an American website which, unfortunately, doesn’t deliver outside the US. However, already the next place I found was this great shop https://extraspices.ru/ located right in St. Petersburg. They have an array of different plants and even some types of dried mushrooms. That’s how the decision to try chaga and shiitake was born, both of which are affordable and just as good as other fancy shrooms. It’s worth noting that both of these mushrooms are natural adaptogens, which means that they play an important role in balancing the functioning of our bodies. The biologically active ingredients that constitute them help our bodies to adapt to physical (temperature, physical exertion), chemical (toxins) and biological (viruses) types of stress.
Stress has become an ordinary part of the life of a modern human. People think little of how it affects their bodies, and that the consequences are not limited to irritability of character alone. Thus, to help my organism deal with it, I made dried mushrooms a permanent addition to my pantry and developed a tonic recipe that tastes like coffee with cream. You can’t stop drinking it, and I seriously consider it the key to success, since healthy food must also be tasty!
So, I present to you my elixir of life:
250 ml boiling water
2 tsp chaga
3 small dates
1 tsp dried shiitake powder
½ tsp maca powder
- Grind chaga in a coffee grinder and steep the powder in just-boiled water for 8 hours. It is most convenient to use a French press, as you will need to filter it before further use, but you can also do it in any vessel and just use a cheesecloth.
- Put the rest of the ingredients along with the infused water into a high-speed blender. I like to add maca to my tonic because it is also a natural adaptogen, plus it gives off a caramel-y flavor.
- Run everything for 1-2 min until creamy and uniform.