by Mary Lane
Several years ago I was told that coffee has a negative effect on the delicate kidney and adrenal systems. Knowing that this is a major area of support for sexual energy and Qi (life-force energy), I knew that I needed to take immediate action towards better care of this crucial component of my life and body.
I found a basic recipe for an herbal coffee substitute, played around with some roots from my yard, added a little local honey and dark chocolate, and came up with a magic decoction that is not only not harmful but acts as a powerful tonic for the liver, kidneys and heart while building the blood and Qi.
Add a little cream and you have a delicious latte. I hope you enjoy it!
Herbal Espresso Blend
1 cup dried chicory root
¼ cup dried dandelion root
¼ cup barley
*1/8 cup ginseng, or spikenard root
Sometimes I will add a little nettle root, yellow dock root, and, or comfrey root for extra flavor and medicinal qualities
To make the herb blend, roast chicory, dandelion, barley, and ginseng in a 200 degree preheated oven for 2 hours. Or roast in a large heavy skillet for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Grind in a coffee grinder until fine. Store in a glass container with a lid.
1-2 cups water
3-5 tsp herbal espresso blend
1-2 tsp molasses, honey or maple syrup
pinch ground cinnamon
pinch organic dark chocolate powder
To make the espresso, simmer the roots blend in water for about 10 minutes. Add the cinnamon and chocolate powder. Steep with the lid on for another few minutes. Sweeten with molasses, honey or maple syrup.
* Ginseng is not recommended for pregnant women or individuals with high blood pressure. It may also have estrogenic activity, which aggravates fibrocystic breast disease in women. If these conditions are present simply eliminate ginseng from mixture.