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Wild Edibles Recipes: Nourishing Tonic Teas For Strong Bones and Happy Bellies!

Posted Nov 01 2012 7:00am
Written by Deborah on November 1, 2012 – -

By Dawn Houghton

Winter is just around the corner, bringing us shorter days, inviting us to wrap up and keep snuggly warm inside and out.  This recipe for a wonderful warming and nurturing Tonic Tea will give you a lovely Hug in a Mug when ever you need it.
One of the GREAT elements of this tea is that you can use it as the base of some even more magical creations, read on to find out more!

Teas are nurturing, nourishing, supportive, rejuvenate us and make us feel LOVED.  Bringing in wild edible plants is a fabulous way to introduce even more healing elements to our daily dose of gorgeousness!

Nettles contain silica for strong bones, Horse Tail likewise has a high silica content, Oat Straw; calcium rich for protecting our bones, strengthening our teeth and relieving muscle cramps, Aswaganda root is THE top feminine herb used for centuries in Ayurveda; boosts immunity, lowers cholesterol, improves memory, Fo Ti raises energy levels and tonifies the liver and kidneys. Reishi, the Queen of mushrooms and Chaga, the King the top two cleansing and rejuvenating medicinal mushrooms on the planet!

Time to get out your foraging gloves and skip off to the hills!

    Nettle Horse Tail Burdock Root Oat Straw Ashwaganda Root He Shou Wu (Fo Ti) Reishi Mushroom slices Chaga Mushroom pieces
Using as much of each of the ingredients as you love, in a large pan and fill with enough water to cover very generously.

Place the lid on to the pan and heat on the stove until almost boiling.  Then, reduce the heat to a low simmer and allow to infuse for 30 minutes to one hour.  As we are using tough barks and roots we need more time infusing to extract the goodies!

After the allotted time has passed, remove the pan from the heat and allow to stand until completely cooled.

The, strain, either through a fine mesh sieve OR a nut milk bag.

Store this tea concentrate in a glass jar in your refrigerator or pantry and use when ever you desire a love cup of Tonic Tea.

Serving ideas:  Serve warmed by adding a half cup or so of the concentrate tonic and diluting with hot water.  Sweeten or not sweeten to your preference.

This Tonic can be used as the base for Dairy Free Lattes and Hot Chocolates! (recipe below)

Each day this brings such amazing blessings

  • 3 cups of warm Tonic Tea
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder OR carob powder
  • 1 tablespoon Mesquite
  • 2 tablespoon Lucuma
  • 1- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder OR 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons raw nut butter
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen for garnish (optional)
  • Raw honey or sweetener of your choice (optional)
  • Place all the ingredients in the blender (apart from the bee pollen), adding in your choice of sweetness.

    Blend on high power for 1 minute.  Taste test and adjust to your desires. Blend again for a few seconds if needed.  Makes two servings.

    Enjoy served in a large mug and with a even larger grin on your face! *fingerless gloves optional extra*

    A real quick dairy free Latte to bring oomph to your day without the caffeine!  I love this warming drink when the rain is pouring and the wind is blowing.

  • 1 cup warm Tonic Tea
  • 1 cup warmed nut milk
  • sweeten as you desire
  • cinnamon sprinkle
  • Place the tea, milk and sweetener in the blender and blend for 1 minute on high power. Pour into your chosen vessel and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serves 1 large mug!

    I wish you great joy in creating these Wonderful Warming Winter Wild Drinks

    Sergei Boutenko & Heather Gardner and their famous WILD EDIBLE COURSE from the Women’s Wellness University offer you just that!!

    The Wild Edible course started October 15th but there’s still time for you to join. Learn how to identify wild edibles and use them in your diet for health, workbooks, coaching emails, online journal, dedicated Facebook groups, regular Q&A , ongoing support and comes with a lifetime membership, so you can retake the course anytime for free and get all the planned upgrades.


    Dawn Houghton is an Internationally trained Certified Living Foods Chef, Live Foods. Educator and Detox Coach. An established Live Foods Chef and creator behind Raw Alchemy and the School Of Living Raw Foods, Dawn graduated from Elaina Love’s Pure Joy Culinary Academy in April 2012.

    Dawn has a deep love and connection with wild places and studies Permaculture Design, playing as a Living Lightly facilitator of deep emotional and spiritual awakening through harnessing Mother Earth energies. Dawn’s mission is to work with many people, where ever there is demand and need, to share the infinite benefits of a lifestyle rich in Live plant sourced foods, assisting in the transformation of health and enhancing longevity and working with those in recovery from serious illness and disease.

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