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It’s that time of year when spicy holiday tea can become a daily savored health strategy!
The classic mulling spices that induce nostalgia for holidays past are: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and citrus zest. These herbs are very similar to a chai spice blend which tends to also have cardamon and black pepper. Other mulling spices include star anise and a variety of fruits (apples, raisins) or fruit ferments (cider, wine, etc.)
This recipe is a spicy tea up-leveled with tonics herbs for supreme nutritive abundance so your body can remain warm, glowing, blissful and immunologically-strong throughout the fall and winter.**
Bring to a simmer for at least 10 minutes:
2 cups spring water or 1 quart spring water for a lighter tea
1 tablespoon cut and sifted organic cinnamon – True Ceylon Cinnamon is more tonic than Cassia cinnamon, but if you only have cassia just use it 🙂
1/2 teaspoon organic ginger powder or grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon freshly micro-planed organic citrus zest (orange, lemon, tangerine, etc.)
or several slices of organic citrus fruit
or 1 drop organic essential oil of orange
or 1 teaspoon organic dried orange rind bits
or 1 teaspoon aged tangerine peel
2-5 organic whole dried cloves, pinched to break apart
2-5 organic dried allspice berries, pinched to break apart
1-3 pinches worth freshly micro-planed organic whole nutmeg
1-2 pinches sea salt
2-4 teaspoons tonic herb extracts, to taste
Longevity Power Maca Bliss for serious warmth, vigor and creamy-malty taste
Longevity Power Mushroom Immunity for a coffee-chai-like flavor and robust immune system strength
Longevity Power Prepared He Shou Wu Extract for bliss, beauty and a nutty- chocolate-like flavor
Longevity Power Longevity in a Bottle to capture the healing vigor of the forest
Longevity Power LEVITY to lift above the stress of the mundane and get grounded and for a caramel-butterscotch-like flavor
Longevity Power Goji Joy for pure happiness and a sweet, rich berry flavor
OPTIONAL: stevia extract or wholesome sweetener of choice, to taste
OPTIONAL: add organic apple cider (hard or fresh juice) or organic wine to make wassail *be cautious when using alcohol (flammable) on a stovetop*
Strain through a very fine metal strainer or fine cloth nut milk bag into ceramic mugs. Grin and share!
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This one’s going to rock your world.
The research is in: Herbal tea making does wonders for your immune system, induces bliss, cuts cravings, and builds resilience to stress.** That said, most people have replaced the 5000+ year old tradition of tea making with coffee, soda and really crappy beer. But if you’re reading this you know those crappy beer days are being happily phased out because making herbal tea is SO much more creative and fun, yet just as habitually simple and energizing.
I’ve made some pretty narly teas in my days. I felt so good from them, but the bitterness factor was in the “my family won’t drink this” level. I was boiling medicinal mushrooms, roots, green leafed herbs and very sour berries like schisandra berry all in one pot. Good times, still do it.
A’hem. Look, making myself and yourself healthier with bitter brews is just a small part of my mission. But the biggest part of my mission is to make really tasty (like gourmet hit-the-spot tasty) products that everyone loves AND are just as potent and life changing as the bitter stuff! Enter: My Ultimate Holiday Tea Recipe (So good, our mom’s will rave about it!)
This tea combines 2 of the tastiest teas humanity has ever created: chaga mushroom and mulling spices. Note: The ingredients are a cinch to get.
Mulling spices are nearly synonymous with pumpkin pie spice, chai spices, and wassail (a holiday alcoholic mixed drink – “Here we come a-wassailing…”) spices. You can buy organic cut and sifted mulling spice blends or you can buy each herb individually. Try you local natural food store for a blend. The basic organic mulling blend includes about equal parts:
Organic cinnamon (true Ceylon or Cassia)
Organic allspice berries
Organic dried ginger bits
Organic dried or fresh orange peel
OPTIONAL: Star anise, smaller amount of ground nutmeg, and vanilla.
I get almost all my tea making herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Chaga mushroom: This mushroom breaks every rule of being a mushroom. Rule 1: Taste. Instead of the weird earthy taste, chaga tastes like vanilla extract. It actually has naturally occurring vanillin in it. Rule 2: Accessibility. You don’t have to wildcraft chaga at just the right season, you can simply order it all year ’round HERE. Rule 3: Price. When buying wild-mimicked chaga (small pieces or ground), it’s surprisingly cheap for being such a precious mushroom. And, you can brew the chaga over and over and it still keeps saturating the water with its beautiful dark brown pigments and medicinal compounds.
Why use Chaga? Chaga is the highest antioxidant whole herb ever documented. It’s about tied with the antioxidant level of raw cacao. Chaga is loaded with polysaccharides – healing sugars that rapidly improve the immune system. Chaga is the quintessential herb of Russia that Russian scientists continue to study and use themselves. Out of all the medicinal mushrooms, Chaga seems to be in second place – Reishi mushroom taking first prize in all around health benefits. Learn more about chaga and reishi in my article about them HERE.
The Ultimate Holiday Tea Recipe in 3 easy steps:
1. Place a handful of mulling spices and a handful of wildcrafted chaga mushroom (small chunks, cut and sifted, or granules) into your pot. Add spring water and simmer for 15-30 minutes or more. Add more water if brewing for more time – it’s okay to brew longer.
2. Let cool slightly (not burning hot, just very warm) and pour through a very fine strainer (or nut mylk bags) into a ceramic mug.
3. Add a tiny pinch of sea salt and a few pinches or drops of stevia extract to taste. Taste test and serve to everyone (You don’t even have to tell them how healthy it is!) for the best holiday cheer as we advance into the new year!
For those of you not satisfied with just chaga and mulling spices (and you know who you are), you can add in my new product Longevity in a Bottle. Simply add in 1-3 teaspoons while the tea simmers. It will impart a bit of a root beer flavor to your holiday tea but it won’t throw off the flavor. Yes, you can heat/cook/simmer Longevity in a Bottle without messing with its properties. It’s a good and fun idea actually. Enjoy!
To you taking your health to the next level throughout the holidays this year!
Founder of Longevity Power Inc.
Author of ChristianBates.com