Autumn is a beautiful season of transition— leaves falling from the trees, colors fading from green to beautiful warm hues of brown, orange and red. It's a time of cozying up by the fire, connecting with family in the safest ways possible, taking time to appreciate all that we have and all that we have to offer in service to others.
It's the perfect season that calls for body-warming drinks and tonics, ones that have a range of benefits to help ease your body and mind into this period of colder temperatures and prepare you for the dry (less humid) period of winter. We have crafted an Adaptogenic Pumpkin Spice Chai in the spirit of Autumn with three adaptogens and herbs to help soothe anxiety, support your immune system function, and give your skin some extra hydration with a bioavailable source of Vitamin E. Enter Tocos, Reishi and Ashwagandha.
Ashwagandha is a beautiful adaptogen, renowned in Ayurveda for its wide spectrum of available benefits for both your mind and body. It is considered an adaptogen as it harmonizes physiological functions in a variety of ways, and may supports hormone balance in both men and women. Preliminary studies have shown its potential to help your body combat asthma, arthritis, chronic fatigue, anemia, infertility, depression and blood pressure. It is also thought to support the endocrine and nervous system functions as well.
Reishi, coined the Queen Healer of mushrooms has been used for two thousand years in Eastern Medicine. Scientific name Ganoderma lucidum, it is called Reishi or mannentake in Japan, and lingzhi in China. The Chinese pharmacopeia Ben Cao Gang Mu by Li Shin-Zhen from 1590 AD writes of Reishi having therapeutic properties and tonifying effects such as enhancing energy, strengthening cardiac function, increasing memory and anti-aging effects. A more recent Chinese pharmacopeia talks of Reishi mushroom replenishing Qi, easing the mind, relieving cough and asthma, and is recommended for dizziness, insomnia, palpitation and shortness of breath. Scientific studies on the mushroom are now supporting some of the ancient claims of its purported health benefits, such as helping with blood sugar levels, balancing the immune system, supporting healthy liver function and inhibiting bacterial growth without destruction.
Tocos is a rice bran soluble from organically grown brown rice and is short for tocopherols and tocotrienols, important lipid-soluble antioxidants. These are the powerhouse of the sprouting rice and contain all the nutrients required for the rice in early development and growth. Tocos is most famous as a super-rich source of fat-soluble natural vitamin E and is widely recognized as being exceptional for connective tissue and skin. Vitamin E is also important for healthy muscle function. Sun Potion Tocos is a natural product and the Vitamin E comes straight from the rice, unlike many Vitamin E supplements (which are often synthesized from Soy Beans). The varieties of Tocopherols and Tocotrienols in this batch of Tocos contain naturally occurring Vitamin A (Beta Carotene), Vitamin B1 (Thiamin), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine), Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin E, Folic Acid, Biotin, Choline, and Inositol. It also contains naturally occurring Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Copper, Iodine and other Trace Minerals.
Adaptogenic Pumpkin Spice Chai
Chai tea bags
2 cups oat milk
¼ cup Pumpkin Puree (canned pumpkin)
1 tbsp. Tocos
½ tsp. Reishi
½ tsp. Ashwagandha
½ tsp. Vanilla
Pinch of salt
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground ginger
⅛ tsp. ground nutmeg
⅛ tsp. ground cloves
Brew tea, blend spices, herbs and salt together as a dry mix and begin to incorporate the pumpkin puree, add to tea, combine milk and add to blender, pulse on and off until frothy.
Serve, sip and IN-JOY!