This rich, smooth, roasted adaptogenic elixir, has become a favorite morning ritual. The Adapt offers a calm nourishing energy that comes from within. I used to rely on that jittery coffee buzz but now I thirst for sustainable energy & that is how The Adapt was born. If you want to start your day with health promoting, stress-fighting, energy boosting herbs, without harmful side-effects, this is the elixir for you! The flavor & energy delivered by these supreme botanicals make The Adapt a great way to phase out coffee. *OR* keep your coffee by adding a tablespoon or two of coffee grinds just before you strain, you can taper down the grinds with each cup if you are trying to quit caffeine, or add it in every time (me lately!)
Adaptogens are botanicals that have survived & thrived in some of the world’s harshest environments. Studies have revealed that these super-herbs exhibit anti-fatigue, neuroprotective, nootropic (herbs & supplements that can improve cognitive function), anti-depressive & anti-anxiety activity & that they work at a cellular level. They can help us ADAPT to mental & physical stresses, boost immunity, combat fatigue, increase mental work capacity, enhance performance, balance hormones, & straight up thrive. Sign me up!! Adaptogens have been used for centuries in Chinese & Ayurvedic healing traditions. The longer you train your body with adaptogens, the better they work!
Why I made this blend
After having my second child I found myself depleted & experiencing symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Coffee was no longer serving me, causing anxiety, energy crash & worsening symptoms. I needed something nourishing & healing to start my day with. I tried many coffee alternatives before crafting my own & this is it! I am excited to share this delicious elixir with you!!
1. Stove Top
This method is easy & is the way I prefer to brew because your elixir will be strong in flavor & powerful in medicinal value. A decoction (an herbal preparation created by boiling roots & herbs in water) is a potent extract containing the essence of the medicinal botanicals. Simmer 1-2 tablespoons of The Adapt in 8-16oz of water (1 Tbsp per 8oz water). Bring water & botanicals to boil, reduce heat to low, cover & simmer for 10-20 mins. Strain & enjoy!
If this method feels like a lot in the morning or you just do not want to wait 15 mins, you can make a large batch to use the whole week! A batch of The Adapt will last about a week in the fridge. Heat it up as needed or enjoy cold, on ice!
I prefer to make a double batch, pour it into my 32oz french press, refrigerate, then just heat that in the morning.
Feel free to get creative in finding your preferred strength & method of brewing.
2. How to enjoy
Like black coffee? Maybe you just have it straight! Or add something creamy, and/or something sweet.
I prefer my morning adaptogens bulletproof style. I add a bit of honey (sometimes), a tablespoon or so of grass-fed butter (I use Kerigold), & unsweetened Lairds superfood creamer (love this stuff!). Next, I throw it all in the blender & blend until frothy & delicious. But you do YOU!! Prepare as desired, sip, relax, breathe, seize the day!
The Adapt ingredients and benefits
Roasted Chicory root
This woody herbaceous plant of the dandelion family has a ton of prebiotic fiber which can support and improved gut health.
Roasted Dandelion root
A prized digestive bitter, it supports bile flow & healthy digestion. This root also promotes liver health & function, is a master detoxifier, has antimicrobial properties, & is rich in antioxidants.
Roasted Cocoa nibs
These crumbled bits of dried and fermented cacao beans are rich in antioxidants and polyphenols. I roast them to bring out that divine rich chocolate flavor.
Roasted Burdock root
This superior tonic root is often used specifically for liver health and detoxification. It is the best herb for skin health and can be helpful for eczema, psoriasis, acne, and many other skin imbalances. It is an excellent blood purifier, promotes kidney function, it is alkalizing and expels acid from the body.
This ancient Ayurvedic herbal remedy is known to prevent anxiety and help reduce stress. It contains powerful antioxidants, can reduce inflammation, and has been used to improve and strengthen brain function and memory. Brahmi is considered an adaptogenic herb and lives up to its name.
This adaptogenic herb increases the body’s overall ability to adapt & resist stress. This ancient Ayurvedic herb has been used for thousands of years & is known to benefit memory & facilitate learning. It is a reproductive tonic known to restore sexual energy & is one of those special adaptogens that is both soothing and energizing.
This versatile root is an adaptogen, so it can protect the body from the effects of stress. The root of this shrub, native to China, offers cognitive support, is an immune system booster, can enhance athletic performance, can increase energy, and improve mental performance & mood. Eleuthero has been used for thousands of years as a healing remedy.
This medicinal bark is fragrant and delicious! Cinnamon has been used for centuries as a warming digestive aid. It has antiseptic properties, antiviral properties making it a wonderful infection fighter! We use Red Ape cinnamon that is sustainably harvested, sun dried and "slowly ground to sweet fragrant perfection".
This adaptogenic root has been used for thousands of years as an aphrodisiac. It is widely used as a female reproductive tonic (at any stage) and can help the body and mind withstand stress and calm the nervous system while simultaneously restoring it. These lovely white tuberous roots are found in large clusters, I love to blend them into my tonics to nourish and restore depleted vitality.
I rarely make a tonic without Reishi. This versatile, immune boosting medicinal mushroom can help relax the body while strengthening your adrenals. Reishi is known for its ability to balance the nervous system, hormones, the skin, and the adrenals. Reishi really lives up to its name as an adaptogen. The longer you incorporate Reishi into your health routine, the better it works!
Fo-ti root (He Shou wu)
There are legends surrounding this adaptogenic herb and its ability to offer immortality. Today it is still used in longevity tonics to ward off aging. Fo-ti root can be used to nourish the blood, liver & kidneys, for inflammatory conditions, to support skin, hair, and adrenal gland function, to downregulate the nervous system, balance hormones, assist with stress and increase energy. This flowering vine, native to China, is often used to support male fertility as well as for women’s reproductive health.
Mucuna Pruriens powder (Dopa bean)
This tropical legume native to Africa and Asia is an adaptogen used in Ayurvedic medicine that is known to lower stress, improve focus, boost libido, lower anxiety, and boost mood. This magic velvet bean contains high levels of L-dopa, a precursor to dopamine.