Return to Joy Elixir
Milky, cooling, slightly sweet, comforting, anti inflammatory, and largely mood enhancing, this elixir totally blew our faces off when we tried it! We are sure that you will enjoy this exotically floral and highly unique blend of eastern inspired deliciousness as much as we did.
Contradictions: During pregnancy. blood-thinning medications or those who have heavy menstruation.
1 cup Organic Raw Cashew
1/4 teaspoon Saffron Threads (soaked)
1 teaspoon Turmeric powder or 3 large slices of fresh turmeric root.
6 Cups Spring or Filtered Water
Pinch of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
Raw Local Honey (to taste)
1 Vanilla Bean split lengthwise, or Organic Vanilla Extract (one capful)
1 tablespoon Mucuna extract.
1 Whole large sized Raw Coconut Water
1. Soak saffron for 2 hours in 6 cups of water and cashews in Vitamix, or separate jars as pictured above. For a stronger saffron taste you can make cashew milk first and then soak them for several days or even a week in the fridge. For a smaller batch and a less powerful blender use a 4:1 ratio from water cups to cashews, but for a larger batch and vita-mix or other high powered blender, stick to 6 cups of water. At the larger ratio you will have enough for 7 people to enjoy a large glass. At the smaller ratio you will have enough for 5. It just might be best to make a large batch and keep the leftovers in the fridge for enjoyment throughout the week.
2. After 2 hours blend and strain either through a cheese/nutmilk cloth or a metal strainer. (If you made cashew milk as a prep step skip this step)
*Note: Cashews and Brazil nuts are the two nuts that are not necessary to soak beforehand to remove enzyme inhibitors. They dissolve smoothly in blenders and do not carry the same enzymes which cause gastric upset that other nuts do.
3. Clean vitamix and add strained Saffron/cashewmilk back to blender
4. Add Turmeric, Sea Salt, Honey, Mucuna extract, Vanilla Extract, and Raw Coconut Water.
6. Serve and enjoy!!!
Turmeric: invigorates and moves the blood. Its strong nature reduces and treats weakness. It stimulates blood formation. Its yellow color suggests use as a liver herb. A small dose cleans the liver and blood due to bitter taste. Turmeric is used in all blood and blood plasma related disorders, especially those due to Pitta and Kapha. Its heat alleviates Vata and Kapha. A large dose aggravates Pitta. Turmeric, called Jiang Huang in Chinese medicine, hones to the the spleen, stomach and liver meridians. Some of it’s actions include invigorates the blood, promotes movement of blood, unblocks the menses, chest and abdominal pain, alleviates amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea with cold deficiency, and swelling pain or pain due to obstruction. It expels wind, which is highly prevalent in the spring season due to the external influences of weather evils invading the body. Yogis have historically used turmeric to help stretch ligaments repair injury and obtain optimal flexibility. The state of the liver is associated with laxity of the tendons and ligaments, so having a clear and clean liver due to correct dosing of turmeric is essential to flexibility. This is highly congruent with it’s famous reputation as an anti inflammatory herb.
Saffron: known also known as”Hong Hua” or Red flower is used in Chinese Medicine as an invigorate blood herb which aids in moving stagnant blood, and qi through the meridians alleviating toxicity, clotting, and pathogenic heat. It hones to the heart and liver meridians, and has traditional use as an anti depressant, digestive aid, and pain maintence herb for removing cramping in the lower abdomen as well as abdominal distress.
Mucuna: Highly enhancing to the mood due to high levels of L dopa, bufotenine, and numerous other mood regulatory neuro nutrients, this is one of the greatest herbs for relaxing or feeling awesome. It’s effectivesness in inducing lucid dreaming, restful sleep, and boosting testosterone make it an ideal herb for both nourishing the body and emotional health. For a more in-depth read on Mucuna or to pickup some quality Mucuna extract you can click here
Hopefully you enjoy this recipe as much as we do over here at Hyperion!
References: TCM Clinic Aid App