He Shou Wu was actually the name of a man in the Tang dynasty “whose infertility was supposedly cured,” by this herb. After beginning to use this root his grey hair returned to black and he continued to live on to the ripe old age of 130! I'm sold, so lets make some tasty cookies with He Shou Wu!
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Transformational Foods for a Transformational Life
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RAW ADAPTOGENIC CACAO GEMS
Raw Adaptogenic Cacao Gems 2 cups cacao butter, chopped 1 cup cacao powder 1/3 cup maple syrup 1 pinch sea salt 1 dash of vanilla extract 1 tablespoon lavender buds 1 tablespoon Lions Mane 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon cayenne 1 tablespoon Cordyceps In a double broiler melt down the cacao butter and just before melted add the cacao powder and maple syrup. Mix in a pinch of sea salt and vanilla, then remove from heat. Divide into 2 bowls in order to separately flavor. In one batch add the lions mane and lavender buds. In the other bowl mix in the cinnamon, cayenne and cordyceps. Using any mold of choice, begin to fill the molds with melted cacao mixtures and refrigerate until firm. You could also pop it in the freezer (I usually do) if you’re really anxious to give it a try! If you want to add some garnishes, once molds are filled you would put them on before the fridge or freezer. I used edible flower petals on the lavender lions mane. For the spicy cordyceps combo I used coconut sugar and flaked sea salt on top. IN-JOY!
POWER CACAO ✨
These decedent treats are charged with a medicinal mushroom called Agaricus Blazei. Originating in the Brazilian rainforest, this adaptogen has a reputation for inspiring longevity and vitality in its devout users. Used for many years in Traditional Medicine, many turn to the mushroom for its ability to help support a strong immune system. Infusing cacao with this very special adaptogen creates a potent bite of supreme pleasure and nourishment. Enjoy! RECIPE: 1 cup raw cacao butter 1 cup raw cacao powder 1/3 cup coconut sugar 1/4 cup maple syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon agaricus blazei Flaked sea salt Dried flower petals Melt cacao butter in a pan over medium heat. Remove from heat and whisk in cacao powder, coconut sugar, maple syrup, agaricus blazei, and extract until thickened. Sprinkle sea salt and dried petals into a silicone ice cube tray or your choice of chocolate mold. Drop spoonfuls of melted chocolate into the molds. Place in the refrigerator or freezer until completely hardened. Store in the refrigerator to keep chocolates from melting.
This delicious tahini dressing by Brianna Beard has the added benefits of Astragalus, a potent Qi tonic and traditional Taoist herb. Astragalus works to support skin health, metabolism + digestion, immune response and energy levels! Make this quick dressing to adorn your crudités, salads and raw savory treats.
SUMMER POTIONS: SHATAVARI LAVENDER LEMONADE & BLUE BASIL BEAUTY SMOOTHIE
These two elixirs celebrate the season of solstice and taking care of the self. While it may look and feel a bit different this year, these blends were crafted with ingredients and adaptogens aimed to fuel your immunity and wellbeing this summer. Brianna Beard is sharing two potent tonics, A Shatavari Lavender Lemonade for your nervous system and libido health and a Blue Basil Beauty Smoothie made with all the skin-nourishing herbs to support radiance! Get these summertime recipes now!
GYAN MUDRA KRIYA MEDITATION
Brianna Beard shares a meditation to restore and rebuild your Ojas, essential energy, including a pranayama breath technique. Cultivating your breath is a empowering practice, feeling your body performing this life giving process. We are so excited to share this practice with you today!
TRANSCENDENT TRIPHALA TRUFFLES
"Through the medicinal food that I create and feed myself, I am able to shine my light and be a responsible, respectful human to myself, my family, friends, strangers, animals and most importantly our earth." These Transcendent Triphala Truffles by Brianna Beard were crafted with the current moment in mind. These artisanal treats were created to support whole-body harmonization and reset our digestive health, allowing the gentle removal of toxins, encouraging healing and nourishing our well being.
SHATAVARI ROSE MACAROONS
Raw and delicious, these Shatavari Transcendent Elixir infused rose macaroons are just what we needed! No baking required, we invite you to try this recipe for yourself. Brianna Beard's creativity in the kitchen is constantly inspiring us!
YIN POWER PASSIONFRUIT CHEESECAKE
Brianna Beard shares a golden passionfruit cake incorporating our Yin Power blend to support our energy levels, hormonal balance and spirit. This tropical, plant-based dessert is perfect to make when craving some sunshine!
GROUNDING HERBAL INFUSION
This warming herbal infusion is a wonderful way to to incorporate the soothing Ashwagandha Transcendent Elixir into your morning, afternoon or evening routine. Thank you Brianna Beard for this simple yet powerful tonic!