Chaga Dandelion Herbal Coffee

If you find yourself reaching for a cup of java to boast your energy in the afternoons, this may make you feel energized but in the long run, you run the risk of over taxing your adrenal glands (which are responsible for keeping you in check during stressful times) because coffee kicks your adrenals into high gear, causing your blood sugar to rise temporarily but then you crash ... and often reach for another cup, or maybe something sweet to keep you going. This keeps your body in a state of constant stress, raising your blood sugar levels, causing your adrenals to work hard. Your liver then needs to process the cortisol secreted by your adrenals to lower your blood sugar level - which can cause fat to deposit around your middle.

I recommend taking breaks from caffeine to give your body some time off, and a chance to balance itself naturally.  

This Herbal Coffee recipe is a great alternative. It has a bitter taste like coffee but instead of caffeine, it has liver loving herbs like Milk Thistle and Dandelion Root, and Chaga which is known as the King of Mushrooms.

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Chaga Dandelion Herbal Coffee

  • 3 teaspoons cardamom seeds
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 1/2 cup roasted chicory granules
  • 1/2 cup coarse chaga
  • 1/2 cup dandelion root
  • 1/3 cup milk thistle seeds

Method

  1. Grind all ingredients together in a coffee grinder, blender or food processor
  2. Store in an airtight container such as a mason jar

To make herbal add 1 tablespoon of the dry mix to every 8 ounces of hot water and let steep for 10 minutes (you could use a french press for this or a tea strainer). 

ENJOY as you would your regular cup of coffee!

To make a Hot "Bulletproof" Style Latte:

Blend together - 1 cup of steeped herbal coffee, 1/4 cup almond milk or cashew milk, 1 tsp coconut oil, 1 tsp hemp hearts, 1-2 pitted dates (for sweetness and ). Enjoy!

NOTE: You can reuse the mix for at least 2 batches of coffee. I usually just add a small scoop to the mixture I already steeped just to boost the flavour.

This recipe adapted from the Organic Dietician

Chicory It can stimulate the liver, cleanse the spleen, gallbladders, and kidneys.  It is often used as a substitute or ingredient in coffee but it has no caffeine. This is what gives the drink a "coffee" taste.

Milk Thistle and Dandelion Root  These herbs are well know to help  cleanse your liver.  The liver is your big detoxifying organ and secretes bile to stimulate digestive juices that breakdown nutrients from food so that we can absorb them. It does over 500 functions in your body so a healthy liver is important for a healthy body.

Chaga  Known as the King of Mushrooms . It exhibits anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral properties. It has been found to be a potent immune system modulate and adaptogen which helps to boast mood and reduce stress in our bodies.

Cinnamon  A popular spice that can support health blood sugar levels and support a healthy inflammatory response.

Cardamom  Possesses many known health benefits including supporting the gastrointestinal tract