I’ve been incorporating adaptogens in my daily life to increase energy, relieve stress, relax me before I go to bed, and so on. The list goes on as adaptogens have a myriad of benefits for your body. So, what are adaptogens? They are non-toxic plants that have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions. They help the body resist stressors and are immune boosting. You can take them in supplement form or in powder form (my preferred method).
Adaptogens give me the much-needed boost throughout my day. This Calming Reishi Tonic utilizes Gynostemma tea, a calming tea I drink often before bed time and Reishi Mushroom powder, which increases energy, improves digestion and soothes inflammation. Reishi can be quite bitter so add your favorite sweetener to the drink. The Calming Reishi Tonic is creamy and delicious due to the homemade almond milk incorporated into it. I did a quick soak of my almonds (15 minutes in boiling hot water), drained them and added the remaining ingredients to my blender. Once blended, you strain the mixture into a medium saucepan and serve immediately. This tonic is in my hot beverage rotation on most weekends. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the additions of adaptogens in my life. It’s made quite difference.
Calming Reishi Tonic//makes 1 serving
Steep 1 tsp loose leaf Gynostemma Tea in 1 1/2 cups water (I used @immortalitea_company)
1/4 tsp Reishi powder
2 heaping tbsp soaked almonds
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Combine the soaked almonds, steeped tea, dates, and spices in a high-speed blender. Purée on high. Strain tea through a fine sieve in a medium pot. Bring to a simmer, being careful not to let the milk boil. Serve warm.