By Jordan Douglas, HHC
Today I’m sharing a very special love tonic featuring some of my favorite medicinal mushrooms and adaptogens. This potion can be enjoyed any time, though it makes for a lovely treat to share with someone you love.
*Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum): Reishi is the Queen Healer of medicinal mushrooms. An adaptogen and cardio tonic, reishi is incredibly nourishing to the heart, nervous system and spirit.
*Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis): Cordyceps support stamina and energy and increase cellular oxygen absorption.
*Maca (Lepidium meyenii): Maca is an adaptogen, soothing tension while nourishing the endocrine system. Maca helps to boost energy, stamina and libido and elevates the mood.
*Cacao (Theobroma cacao): Cacao contains the bliss chemical anandamide, an endogenous cannabinoid and natural pleasure molecule. Raw cacao mineralizes the nervous system and boosts bliss, metabolism and libido.
*Mucuna (Mucuna pruriens): Mucuna, aka the dopamine bean, is an incredibly rich source of L-dopa, an amino acid precursor to dopamine. Mucuna supports the nervous system, elevates the mood and sparks libido.
Love Tonic Recipe:
- 1 1/2 teaspoons reishi
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cordyceps
- 1 tablespoon maca
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon mucuna
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons coconut butter
- 16 oz hot water*
- Optional: 1 teaspoon maple syrup, raw honey, or other sweetener of choice
*Note: 16oz of warmed nut milk of choice can be substituted for the hot water and coconut butter.
- Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend on high until smooth.
- Pour into two mugs and enjoy with your Valentine!