Thursday, July 29, 2010

Lemon Gynostemma Eucommia Elixir

12 oz gynostemma tea 
1 tbs eucommia bark powder available at hyperion herbs
juice from 1/2 lemon
ginger to taste

stevia to taste

Don't brew the gynostemma tea too long, or it will get super bitter.  Blend the above in your vitamix and enjoy warm.  Honey or gojis could be added for a sweeter drink.

Gynostemma is an adaptogenic leaf usually brewed for tea.  I like to mix it with holy basil or goji berries.    Its anti-inflammatory, and high in antioxidants.  It is known as the immortality herb, as drinkers of gynostemma tea live long lives.  

Eucommia bark is famous in Chinese herbalism for nourishing the kidneys and liver, aiding in joint paint specifically in the lower back, knees, and legs, and strengthening the bones.  It also supports the endocrine system and is great for pregnancy.  Eucommia pairs well with reishi or ginseng.

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