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For 15 years I have had a daily dedicated love affair with holistic health.
This passion and focus on the body and mind has yielded countless health benefits and important insights which are my duty to pass on to you in the form of satisfying to implement information and easy to use potent products.
Speaking of potent: Let’s talk about sexual potency and the ability to ignite full blown carnal health in yourself and your partner… from a holistic perspective!
Paradigm shift: The modern industrial+agricultural diet is one big giant sexual health destroyer. It diminishes the health of every system of the body.
What do we do to repair any damage done but this diet that we partook in and deficiencies remaining while nourishing our whole body in a way that ignites sexual health in ourselves and in a lover? How do we nourish ourselves for both immediate and long lasting results with no side effects in a way that makes us feel alive, clear, deeply energized, capable and naturally happy?
I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I do claim to ask some damn hot questions. When one asks the right questions one gets to the most appropriate answers.
One more question: Are we eating a “good enough” diet that neither causes problems nor reverses deficiencies, or are we eating an excellent diet that includes therapeutic nutrient dense substances that sustainably saturate every corner of our body with the nutrition it truly needs to thrive!?
The two categories of therapeutic nutrition at the top of my list for nourishing sexual health (and really the rest of the body too) are healthy lipids and tonic herbs.
Healthy lipids (especially fresh organic/pastured/grass-fed/wild animal fats) contain so many hormone precursors and building blocks for the endocrine system, the nerves, the brain, the heart and the reproductive organs. I invite you to unlearn the fat-phobia of the 1980’s and delve into the last 20 years of research that concludes the traditional fats and plenty of them are essential for the human body. Be a lard lover. Find your coconut companion and butter beloved!
Tonic herbs: These are substances that nourish sexual health deeply, are wonderful for the organs, brain, heart, skin and adrenals, and contain trace minerals and the building blocks for the endocrine system.** Like healthy fat, tonic herbs have been neglected, but their benefits are time-tested in Chinese Medicine and in other herbal systems of the world for thousands of years and have been proven in scientific studies for decades.
Here are my top 5 tonic herb picks for nourishing to body to ignite one’s sex drive in men and women:
Go ahead maca, make my day! I titled this article You maca my day, you maca my night! Maca is a powerful energizing adaptogen with hormone balancing effects.** Take daily to build sexual health, and also feel free to take with your partner during a date to arouse the goodness in each of you. Like most tonic herbs, it both gives benefits within 20 minutes of taking it and works cumulatively over time. Our dual extract of black maca (no other maca like it!) is so delicious and powerful – your date will enjoy sharing a dose with you! Learn more about the pure sexy powder Maca Bliss.
Glow He Shou Wu extract is a restorative, sexual-potency-building mood-lifting tonic.** It’s youthening power is in a class of its own – and yet it is one of the most economical herbs ever (it’s a vine root that grows like a weed). Learn more about ancient swagger of Glow He Shou Wu.
The Everlasting Youth formula is the ultimate instant tonic herbal beauty elixir blend to help you reclaim your hormonal harmony!** Learn more about the superfood cornucopia of recharge that is Everlasting Youth.
40 tonic herbal extracts in one epic elixir of health to recharge you at every level.** Learn more about our most comprehensive formula ever, Longevity in a Bottle.
Levity Red Asparagus Root is the ultimate yin tonic for those who need to chill, beautify and enjoy a sexy life!** Learn to fly above stress with Levity.
Here’s an enticing recipe that contains an exotic blend of guiltless lipids and potent tonic herbs, blended into a seductive elixir: The Bullet-Style UnCoffee Elixir! Feel free to add extra Maca Bliss and cacao powder to get all kinds of sensual goodness in your life.
Or maybe you’re in the mood for some Sexy Genius Frozen Custard!
To your greatest health, greatest sex, greatest you!
*Disclaimer: Results may vary from individual to individual, based on health conditions, diet, weight, physical exercise and lifestyle habits. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and are for informational and educational use only. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Individuals taking medications and those with known medical conditions, as well as pregnant or breastfeeding women, should consult with their holistic physician before using these or any nutritional products.
This heavenly rich and malty flavored ice cream doesn’t contain cannabis or THC, but it does contain an herb that around these parts we call Glow and is renowned for its anti-aging and gray hair reversing effects, among many other benefits.**
Glow (aliases: He Shou Wu, Fo-Ti, and Polygonum multiflorum) is an herb that is often put in first place (out of thousands of other herbs) by tonic herbalists as the most health transforming and nutrient dense tonic bang for your buck in Chinese Medicine. I was first introduced to it one night ten years ago by a well known nutrition teacher who emptied out several capsules of He Shou Wu into his raw ice cream from Cafe Gratitude. He got very blissed out yet was looking deeply calm, rejuvenated and sharp. His state of consciousness was sustainably enhanced. I was so envious because I didn’t get any of that ice cream and I wanted those benefits for myself in the form of an extra blissful and guiltless frozen dessert experience!
That evening planted a seed in me to, after many years, launch my own extra powerful, consciously sourced, tasty and UNencapsulated He Shou Wu extract, now called GLOW.
Also in the time since, I’ve created about 500 ‘alternative’ (my body doesn’t like cream and sugar) ice cream recipes. Most of these contained heroic doses of tonic herbs: Frozen dessert nutrition therapy at its finest!
Today I present an ice cream with the hero’s dose of Glow He Shou Wu to get the eater high, motivated, euphoric, mentally and physically enhanced, youthenned, self reflective, socially lubricated yet crystal clear. Unlike most of my recipes, this is not a recipe for everyday use (unless you ease back the He Shou Wu dosage). In fact, if you eat this whole recipe (which I recommend you do slowly) don’t plan on driving or operating heavy machinery for a couple hours. Why? All good reasons. Don’t worry, this recipe makes the mind sharp as a tack and makes one fully physically and mentally functional with a smaller dose, but in a larger dose it can make dopamine levels extra high which can sometimes make driving a car overwhelming for such a happy brain.**
He Shou Wu is an MAO-B inhibitor, which naturally inhibits the body’s own rate of dopamine breakdown thus allowing dopamine levels to gently rise. An increase in breakdown and lower levels of dopamine and decrease in MAO-B inhibitor levels, typical of people 40 or 50 years of age and older, is associated with mental distress and rising rates of mental imbalance.**
There is no habit forming or addiction associated with He Shou Wu. In fact for those dealing with addiction (drugs, porn, Facebook, gambling, sugar, bread, and other substances and activities that unsustainably reward your brain with dopamine but ultimately cause a tolerance and dopamine crash) He Shou Wu may be helpful in gently biohacking your brain to feel healthy, sharp, motivated, satisfied, stress resilient, nourished, happy, loving and less prone to impulsively engage in addictions.**
In larger doses He Shou Wu is a very mild laxative. If you’re constipated that’s usually great news. If it causes you loose stools, just ease up and stick to a normal dosage which is about 1 teaspoon (this ice cream recipe contains several teaspoons of He Shou Wu).
This recipe has many ingredient options in hopes that you can both more easily gather a minimal set of ingredients (many of them at natural foods stores, many on Amazon) and select which ingredients you think you’d prefer based on existing taste and dietary preferences and sensitivities.
The one ingredient that isn’t optional is the Glow He Shou Wu itself. Glow is a very taste-compliant (it’s slightly bitter by itself but when mixed and sweetened it takes on a pleasant malty nutty flavor – other He Shou Wu extracts tend to be terribly astringent which will ruin the ice cream for your tongue) and potent (it takes 16 pounds of prepared dried he shou wu roots to make just 1 pound of this Glow extract powder which contains about 8% stilbene glycosides – resveratrol-like antioxidants that make He Shou Wu so cell-protective and anti-aging. 8% stilbenes is a truly and significantly biologically active** amount and other He Shou Wu products are either half or a quarter this amount or they just don’t test for it at all and you don’t know what you’re getting.)
Recipe: The Healthful Ice Cream That Gets You High and Glowing!
Blend in blender for 30 seconds:
2 organic pasture-raised egg yolks (no whites) or 1-2 tablespoons of non-GMO lecithin
1/3 cup organic refined coconut oil or ghee or butter or cacao butter
1/3 cup sweet LUV (a sugar free sweetener) or any sweetener of choice (maple sugar, honey, etc.)
1/4 cup protein powder (collagen protein powder, colostrum powder, grass fed whey, plant based protein powders, etc.)
1/4 cup a different from above protein powder (collagen protein powder, colostrum powder, grass fed whey, plant based protein powders, etc.)
1-3 TABLESPOONS Longevity Power GLOW He Shou Wu (Beginner’s, use 1 tablespoon. He Shou Wu experienced, cautiously use more to insure the title of this recipe HIGHly lives up to its name.**)
2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground vanilla bean
Just barely 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup warmed spring water
OPTIONAL: 1/4 cup organic cacao/cocoa powder
OPTIONAL: 1 pinch stevia extract, to taste, if using more Glow He Shou Wu
Pour into ice cream maker or pour into bowl and let set in refrigerator for 2 hours, then whisk to aerate and place in freezer for several hours. Eat as much as you’d like, but not all at once if you are new to such heroic doses (I’m serious about this, go easy, be gentle, be kind to your brain and you digestive system). Share with a lover, a friend or family members with whom you’d like to deepen your connection.
To you being the greatest, highest, clearest version of yourself!
P.S. Further reading to help you on your way to making all your health goals come true:
More Glow He Shou Wu containing natural high elixirs.
5 more reasons to take He Shou Wu.
**Disclaimer: Results may vary from individual to individual, based on health conditions, diet, weight, physical exercise and lifestyle habits. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and are for informational and educational use only. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Individuals taking medications and those with known medical conditions, as well as pregnant or breastfeeding women, should consult with their holistic physician before using these or any nutritional products.
Depleted, moody and aging? Nature has your back! Get ready to learn the top 5 health-revolutionizing reasons to take He Shou Wu!
He Shou Wu (Polygonum multiform) is a root that has been used for at least 1400 years in Asia, is one of the most famous herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Taoist Tonic Herbalism, and is revered for its anti-aging and longevity promoting benefits.**
He What Who? How do you pronounce this sacred herb? Don’t worry if your tongue slipped, there is no one right way to pronounce it – it depends on your dialect and accent. An approximately pronounced ‘Huh Show Woo‘ will work just finely. Now say that 5 times fast! All silliness aside, the best way to study and memorize the effects (and the names) of herbs is to take them. Being a gastronaut is an educational process.
He Shou Wu is similarly as heart-healthy and massively rejuvenating as red wine’s resveratrol, only STRONGER!
Its main active constituents are its stilbene glycosides. Many of these stilbenes are more powerful antioxidants than resveratrol. Protect and repair the body from free radical damage and restore the sense of youth that is your birthright.**
#4. GREAT HAIR!
It’s commonly known in Asia as the herb to take for naturally reversing gray hair and restoring hair color.
There is no one exact reason why many people report these benefits – He Shou Wu has many nutrients and overall effects that lead to healthier hair follicles, including its trace mineral content (zinc, iron, and many others), ability to help restore the adrenals, rich antioxidant content, and stress reducing capacity.**
Above: Sliced, prepared and dried He Shou Wu roots
Not only does He Shou Wu contain potent antioxidants, it is also an antioxidant-potentiator.
SOD (superoxide dismutase) is an antioxidant enzyme that blocks your cells and your DNA from mutagenic damage from oxygen, free radicals and radioactive isotopes – all common and pervasive oxidants to which we are each exposed.** He Shou Wu has been shown to have SOD-generating capacity. Want a healthy mind and a long living body (I mean looooooooooong living body!), then nourish your body’s ability to circulate SOD.
He Shou Wu is nature’s ecstasy.
He Shou Wu contains MAO-Is (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) – specifically inhibitors of MAO-B. MAO-B is a naturally occurring enzyme in your body that breaks down neurotransmitters like dopamine (good mood and energy) and phenethylamines (the ‘love chemicals’). Since we tend to come from a background of not having quite enough of these happy neurotransmitters, our body may be breaking these essential chemicals down too much for our own good and sustainable energy and happiness. Taking He Shou Wu is an effective strategy at perfecting the way our brain and nervous system (and our experience of reality) work. MAOI’s occur in other plants like chocolate, but He Shou Wu is considered the most powerful MAO-B inhibitor that is safe and effective for daily use.**
He Shou Wu is also a potent sexual health restoring substance and makes the perfect bliss-inducing aphrodisiac for both men and women.**
#1. STRESS RESILIENCE!
He Shou Wu is a true adaptogen. It is uplifting yet calming to both body and mind.
He Shou Wu is neither a stimulant nor a suppressant, but rather it gives your body the restorative energy it needs to combat stress.** You feel it right away but it also works on you cumulatively over time. It’s a beautiful experience to take an herb like He Shou Wu and feel gently uplifted in the body and calm and clear in the mind. This makes He Shou Wu perfect in the morning, perfect in the evening, perfect any time! In Chinese Medicine it is considered a tonic to ‘Yin Jing’ and ‘Blood’ which makes it suitable for just about everybody as a reliable way of stabilizing and thoroughly nourishing the body near daily.
All the effects listed above only apply to well-extracted prepared He Shou Wu.
Raw (unprepared) He Shou Wu is not a true tonic and is considered a laxative and mildly toxic. It has its place in tonic herbalism – usually in small amounts in certain herbal formulas. Be aware of sellers of He Shou Wu who are selling raw He Shou Wu as a tonic – they may not know any better. Here at Longevity Power we only use Prepared He Shou Wu in our formulas.
Prepared He Shou Wu is prepared by being stewed with black beans (or sometimes yams) at a ratio of about 9 parts He Shou Wu roots and 1 part black beans. Be aware of sellers who may be using genetically modified (GMO) soy beans. Here at Longevity Power we only use NON-GMO black soybeans to prepare our He Shou Wu.
He Shou Wu must be well-extracted. Pouring hot water over roots and briefly steeping does not work (this only works with delicate leafy plants like green tea or gynostemma). Prepared He Shou Wu must be decocted in hot water for hours to unlock the active nutrients from the fiber of the root and dissolve them into the water. Here at Longevity Power we take things to a whole new level and decoct using pressure reiteration to further break open the roots’ cell structure and dissolve the active nutrients into sub-boiling (<90*C – better for preserving heat-sensitive nutrients) pure water. We take this water extract and dehydrate it into a malty-tasting water-soluble brown powder. It takes about 16 pound of dried Prepared He Shou Wu roots to make 1 pound of our dried extract. Our Prepared He Shou Wu Extract Powder contains about 8% stilbene glycosides (the resveratrol-like antioxidants described in reason #5 above).
I hope this article brings you clarity and upliftment on your path of health. Please consider taking He Shou Wu as your next healing strategy – add it to your very important life.
Founder and Formulator, Longevity Power
Before I go into the specific top herbs that beautify your skin in 30 days, there is an idea I want to express to you that is more important than any 1 herb: This idea is that:
Herbs are essential for one’s health. Period.
Even a most wholesome organic modern western diet will skimp on the herbs, or have herbs in small doses for flavoring only. You can take whatever nutritional path you are on, and just ADD HERBS IN! Herbs should have a BIG section in your food pyramid.
The herbs to ‘go to first’ are the tonic herbs which are adaptogenic herbs that tonify the body, are safe for daily use with no side effects, and can be used ongoingly for a lifetime of cumulative benefits.
Here are the top 8 tonic herbs that when taken internally immediately and cumulatively do wonders for nourishing and beautifying the skin and balancing skin conditions:
1. Schisandra Berry
Schisandra Berry (Schisandra chinensis), also Schizandra, the “5-flavor berry,” is the most well-rounded-in-effect herb ever. Those 5 flavors (sour/astringent, sweet, bitter, salty, spicy/pungent,) correspond to a wide range of nutrients and effects on the organs of the body. Schisandra’s dominant sour and astringent flavor boosts liver cleansing and thus skin radiance because they are so closely related. Astringency locks in moisture for the skin and helps your body assimilate all other nutrition consumed with schisandra. A richly-red high antioxidant food and herb to be taken daily for beauty through the ages.**
Horsetail (Equisetum arvense, Equisetum telmateia, and some other species of the Equisetum genus) is one of the highest bio-available-silica substances ever. And, silica is THE BEAUTY AND YOUTH MINERAL. An extract of a young horsetail plant gives the body the free silica it needs to regenerate tissue and make it soft, supple and strong. Silica is one of the main co-factor nutrients required in bone growth. The more organic silica you can get in your body the more your skin will be baby soft.**
3. Goji Berry
A handful of delicious red-orange goji berries (Lyceum barbaric and Lycium chinense) or a couple doses of goji berry extract or tea a day is a tradition going back eons to create a youthening effect in the partaker.** A super-antioxidant, carotenoid-rich, polysaccharide-laden, flavonoid-dense superfood, goji does wonders for your inner and outer body.** It’s not “just a berry.” Try them daily and experience the glow.
Eucommia (Eucommia ulmoides) bark is rich in a rubber/latex substance. An extract of this tissue, joint and skeletal repairing material promotes inner health and beauty and helps youthen the skin. An active constituent in Eucommia, aucubin, has been shown to protect the skin against UV radiation and helps prevent photo-aging.**
Use prepared (not raw) rehmannia (Rehmannia glutinosa) root extract for a massive revitalization of the kidneys and nourishment of the liver and blood. When the kidneys (your body’s battery packs), liver and blood are running strong, guess what happens: the skin beautifies with its full natural color and glow.**
Rehmannia tea is THE most grounding elixir ever – as long as you don’t drink too much at once or it will loosen your stool slightly. 😉
Completely different from the asparagus vegetable, Red Asparagus Root is the ancient Taoist tonic herb used by spiritual seekers for generations to produce an open-hearted feeling of levity above the mundane. It cools, moistens and beautifies the skin and recharges the adrenals and sexual functions.**
Prepared (not raw, just like with rehmannia the raw is not as nourishing) He Shou Wu (Polygonum multiflorum) has been used by tens of millions of people in Asia to nurture beautiful colorful hair. It deeply nourishes and cleanses the organs (which always leads to nourishing and cleansing of the skin). It greatly increases superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity. SOD is a powerful antioxidant (free radical scavenger), demonstrated to have powerful anti-aging benefits in humans.**
Hydrolyzed Pearl extract has always been considered the quintessential beauty herb for women (and for men as far as I’m concerned.) It is rich in amino acids and trace minerals which nurture the delicate nuances of fantastic skin. Pearl is a top Chinese beauty herb that uplifts the spirit and is the only form of calcium carbonate one should ever take (other forms are mined chalk).** Although not a vegan product, many plant-based folders love to add in pearl to their lifestyle as a strategic beauty food that calms the mind and fills in nutritional gaps. It can be mixed with coconut oil or an organic high quality body butter to make outstanding homemade edible skincare.
Bonus Herb #9:
I like to add this one in as a bonus, but many Russian medicinal mushroom researchers would call this the #1 herb for skin health and whole body vitality: Chaga mushroom sclerotia. Revered for its incredible antioxidant and melanin (think skin pigment and hormone balance) content, this immune strengthening adaptogen has been consumed for eons by humans. In a world of radioactive pollution and radiation from the sun, Chaga is the ultimate protective. Combined with the herbs listed above, we have the ability to repair and tighten up skin. Chaga is great at fighting back at moles, fungal rashes and other mutagenic skin occurrences.**
The easiest way to get all 9 of the herbs mentioned chaga, pearl, rehmannia, eucommia, horsetail, shisandra berry, he shou wu, red asparagus root, and goji berry is with Everlasting Youth: The Ultimate Instant Tonic Herbal Beauty Elixir Blend for Health Conscious Women (and Conscious Cool Men)
The most fun & powerful way to take Goji Berry: Our extreme-potency goji berry extract, Longevity Power Goji Joy.
The tastiest and most potent way to take Red Asparagus: Longevity Power LEVITY Red Asparagus Root Extract Power
The most convenient way to consume chaga, rehmannia, eucommia, horsetail, shisandra berry, he shou wu, red asparagus root, and goji berry in the most beautifying synergy of all: Longevity in a Bottle.
The richest, most delicious and extremely potent form of He Shou Wu: Our Longevity Power Prepared He Shou Wu.
The most powerful pearl on the planet: Longevity Power 100% Pure Freshwater Pearl Extract Powder
Chaga sclerotia extract is the main ingredient in Mushroom Immunity. Incredible power in only a teaspoon serving (most mushroom formulas require 1-2 tablespoon dosages to be effective), this coffee-like tasting water-soluble powder goes great in nut mylk, soup, smoothie or dessert!
To your greatest, healthiest and most beautiful from the inside out version of yourself!
Learn how to make the mouth-watering and most nutrient-dense ‘Eliminate Stress Tonic’ with Dan ‘The Life Regenerator’ McDonald and Christian Bates. Highly educational and motivating:
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Eliminate Stress Tonic Recipe
Blend in a blender:
3 cups spring water
1 cup spring water ice cubes
1 teaspoon Maca Bliss
1 teaspoon He Shou Wu Extract Powder
1 teaspoon Goji Joy
1/2 teaspoon LEVITY Red Asparagus Root Extract
a few pinches sea salt
Then add and blend briefly:
1/4 teaspoon KAL Stevia Extract Powder (more or less, to taste)
Serve in glass. Have fun and live long!
Join Christian Bates in making the Longevity Power Herbal Ecstasy Elixir using Spring Water, He Shou Wu, Taoist Asparagus Root Extract, 34 Medicinal Mushrooms, Goji Berry Extract, 60 Tonic Herbal Extracts, Sea Salt and Stevia Extract.
This mouth-watering herbal tonic will help you:
~restore and repair your body while maintaining a heightened sense of mental clarity**
~nourish the adrenals that are often tapped from years of stress
~balance the hormones and nourish sexual function**
~restore natural hair color and growth**
~induce pleasant flying dreams
~strengthen the immune system**
~boost human growth hormone naturally**
~balance blood sugar (it’s non-glycemic!)**
Herbal Ecstasy Elixir Recipe:
3 cups spring water
2 cups pure ice cubes
1 teaspoon Longevity Power’s Prepared He Shou Wu Extract Powder
1 teaspoon Longevity Power’s LEVITY Red Asparagus Root Extract Powder
1/2 teaspoon Longevity Power’s Mushroom Immunity
1 teaspoon Longevity Power’s Goji Joy
1/2 teaspoon Longevity Power’s Longevity in a Bottle
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/8 teaspoon KAL Stevia Extract Powder. Use 1/16 teaspoon if you are sensitive to stevia; use a pinch more if you LOVE stevia.
Let foam dissolve for 1 minute before serving.