As we pass through the autumn equinox in the northern hemisphere, celebrating equal moments of day and night, we prepare for the transition from light to dark.
It is not only the decreasing light that impacts us, of course, the change in the seasons brings new physical challenges. So nourishment is of the essence and nature sings with the bounty that your body needs to prepare - ripening berries, almonds and mushrooms are the season's offerings for fortitude.
Our Equinox Elixir is one that is almost too good to be considered a wellness tonic. The comfort it brings internally helps to strengthen our immune system's resolve with the nutrients it packs in too.
Golden Shrooms is our adaptogenic immune magician - harnessing the ancient wisdom from Reishi and Cordyceps mushrooms, which have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries. Cordyceps militaris is used for supporting the lungs and kidneys - benefitting those who are prone to catching colds and respiratory based infections. Reishi is celebrated as the "mushroom of immortality", we harness its unique polysaccharides to stimulate the immune system and blood flow.
Botanical Guardian combines an array of herbs renowned in folklore for their immune-supporting properties. It contains the likes of Elderberry, host to many antioxidants and vitamins to support our defences. Echinacea's reputation goes without saying, it is known to boost our immune system and acts as an anti-inflammatory too.
Enough about why we need this, let's get to the recipe..!
- 250ml almond milk (preferably unsweetened)
- 50ml water
- 2tsp Golden Shrooms
- 1 dropperful of Botanical Guardian
- 1tbsp tahini
- 1tbsp cacao powder
- 1tbsp coconut oil or ghee
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder or extract
- Pinch of salt
- [Sweeten to taste with honey or maple syrup]
Pour both milk and water into a saucepan and bring to the boil on a medium heat, then reduce to a gentle simmer.
Whisk in the cacao powder, tahini, Golden Shrooms, honey/syrup, Botanical Guardian, coconut oil/ghee, vanilla and salt. Once all of the ingredients have dissolved into a smooth mixture remove the saucepan from the heat.
If you need a little extra smoothness then add everything to a high speed blender. Serve immediately. Take a moment, take a breath and enjoy this elixir.