Saturday, August 15, 2015

Romantic Night Elixir

On weekends, I love taking the time to set up my apartment's deck with a sacred scene of candles, tapestries, rhythmic music, and a hot drink. Last night, the weather was humid and the sky was fittingly just as thick with clouds; overcasting the sliver of new moon. With a warm, herbal tonic drink and a lovely meditation session, I welcomed a new transition: the end of stellar summer job and the beginning of my final year at university. Sure, it would be nice to spend these hot summer nights by a lake or campfire, but this little urban sanctuary offers a similar piece of retreat. Tonic herbs (see my new blog page about them here) can provide a variety of effects on the body. While their overall use offers general immune support and well-being, certain herbs are more targeted... A good bottle of wine might have induced the same lovey vibes, but this drink had all the same sensual notes with none of the dulled inhibitions or toxicity. It's more like an uplifting, romantic clarity. If you really want to feel it, drink on an empty-ish stomach a few hours after dinner. One tsp of herb powders per person is a good measurement. Lucuma is the exception, which is used less as a medicine and more for flavour and thickness.

Aphrodisiac + Libido Elixir

  • 1.5 cups cashew milk 
  • 1.5 cups unfiltered apple cider 
  • 1 tbs lucuma powder 
  • 2 tsp ashwagandha 
  • 2 tsp cistanche (read up on this one!!) 
  • 2 tsp ground epimedium aka horny goat weed 
  • 2 tsp mucuna 
  • 1 tbs coconut oil

In a saucepan, bring cashew milk and apple cider to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for a few minutes. Meanwhile, add the rest of ingredients to a blender. Pour over the hot liquid and blend, on high speed, for one minute. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and serve to your honey.

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