Spice base (all together or to chose from):
CORIANDER ground seed - 1 tsp
TURMERIC - 1/2-1 tsp (can stain the teeth - brush them after each drink!)
CINNAMON – 1/3 tsp
GROUND CLOVES - 1/4 tsp
BLACK PEPPER spice – pinch or two (to enhance absorption of others, especially turmeric)
If you need to warm up and can stand the heat, you can add the following two. I prefer ginger fresh and with lemon. Chili tastes better in a cacao (cocoa) drink..
GINGER POWDER – 1/3 tsp
CHILI - pinch
‘Roasted’ base (chose 0-3 to make 1-2 tsp altogether):
CHICORY – 1 leveled tsp
ACORN COFFEE (ŽALUĎOVKA) – 1 leveled tsp
ORDINARY ORGANIC COFFEE (espresso)
CACAO (COCOA POWDER)
MUSHROOMS and other TONIC HERBS (chose 2-5):
REISHI – 1/3 tsp extract powder (or separately made herbal tea)
CORDYCEPS – 1/3 tsp extract powder (or 1 tsp ordinary powder)
FO-TI root (He Shou Wu) powder - 1/2 tsp
REHMANNIA - 1/3 tsp powder
ASTRAGALUS - 1 leveled tsp powder
SCHISANDRA powdered berry - 1/3 tsp or:
Schisandra tincture 5-10 drops
CHAGA powdered mycelium -1/2 tsp
CHAGA strong black bitter extract – 1/6 tsp (this product can last a whole year..)
SHITAKE extract - 1/4-1/2 tsp
SHITAKE or MAITAKE powder - 1 leveled tsp
ATRACTYLODES POWDER 1 tsp
WHITE ATRACTYLODES extract - 1/2 tsp
CORIOLUS – 1/2 tsp powder or tea made from the whole herb
FATS to make drink creamy:
COCONUT BUTTER / ORDINARY BUTTER - 1 heaped tsp
COCOA BUTTER (BUTTONS) – 2-4 pieces
MILK - organic full-fat (if you tolerate dairy) or nut milks (almonds, hazelnut, pumpkin, coconut...)
EXAMPLE and method:
1) Boil the water
2) To 300-400ml cup add following
CORIANDER ground seed - 1/2-1 tsp
TURMERIC - 1/2-1 tsp
CINNAMON – 1/3 tsp
BLACK PEPPER – pinch
CHICORY coffee – 1/2-1 tsp
REISHI – 1/2 tsp extract
FO-TI ROOT – 1/2-1 tsp
SCHISANDRA - 1/3 tsp powdered berries
3) Pour the boiling water, stir well.
4) Add fats or milks, for extra creaminess mix with capuchino mini-blender.
5) Stir before drinking for maximum benefits as this lifts settled powders.
WHERE TO BUY
Mushrooms and other herbs can have 3 main forms:
1) EXTRACT POWDER - this is an equivalent to instant drinks. There is a very little residue when poured over with hot water and powder has high concentration; therefore can be more expensive per gram, compared to ordinary powdered form - you only need very little of it to make strong drink.
2) POWDER - FINELY GROUND HERB - this is where most ordinary spices belong. Drink made from powders will have some residue on the bottom of the cup and usually need to be left in boiled water for few minutes to extract the goodness of herbs. Some need fat to be dissolved better.
3) WHOLE HERB - need to be made into decoction by boiling up, often for up to an hour, depending on type of herb.
I started to make decoctions from the whole herbs but this method was very time-consuming. When first extracts and powders appeared it was very welcomed but also confusing. It was hard to tell, what was a good quality one and what these powders should cost. I went through over 10 different brands; there are some very good quality powdered extracts available now, but they can be very expensive. If you're a beginner and want to try a variety of herbs, I recommend to start with cheaper and milder powders, such as those from Detox Trading.
DetoxTrading sells very affordable but good quality and good tasting powders of mushrooms, herbs and berries. I specifically like their Schisandra berry powder, which has bright red colour, unlike other powders or extracts I tried before. I also like their Cordyceps mushroom because it tastes like chocolate! ;) I also learned, this Cordyceps is 100% powder, ideal for people who may be highly allergic to grains and worry about rice or corn dextrose, usually added to extracts as bulking agent.
I cannot tell, if medicinal value of these mushroom powders is as high as that of concentrated extracts, but I do like their taste and as I use these drinks as replacement for ordinary coffee or chocolate, which I'm too sensitive too, I appreciate their affordable price.
If you seek mushrooms for medical reasons, concentrated extracts or combinations would be more suitable, and such I found to be of good quality here, HERE, here or here.
|Coriolus can be found in forests across the UK or Europe..|