Keep It Cool : An Adaptogenic Elixir Recipe
Eleuthero is one of my favorite adaptogenic herbs - it enhances mental focus and physical stamina without being too overstimulating and can be taken for longer periods of time than other adaptogens. It is great for folks of all ages and it is a plant that I recommend for folks who work odd hours (looking at your birthworkers) and night shifts to help with recovery. Eleuthero is, of course, great for athletes and I use it as part of my training tonic. Energetically, I find that Eleuthero helps us to re-connect to our inherent vitality and enhance all of our perceptive senses, from the audial to psychic.
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The Keep It Cool blend is, as the name implies, a cooling blend for those hot summer days and for folks who tend to overheat or run too hot. Think, too, about type A folks who get hot and bothered or are prone to angry outbursts. While the recipe below is for a alcohol or vinegar extract, you could adapt it easily to be a tea blend. Simply decoct the Eleuthero root first and then add the Peppermint and Hibiscus to taste. Blend together the following:
- 1 part Eleuthero Root (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
- 1/2 part Peppermint (Mentha piperita or your local variety)
- 1/2 part Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
Cover with your choice of menstruum (whether alcohol or raw apple cider vinegar) and a dash of water in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake daily for a full cycle of the moon, decant, and enjoy! The dosage for the extract is 1 - 10 drops up to 3 times daily, while you can enjoy 3 - 4 cups of the tea daily. Enjoy!
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