Super Hero Herbs for Energy

“A nettle a day keeps the doctor away. ”
— Super hero herb for energy

Herbs for energy

Ginseng

Sage

Peppermint

Rhodiola

Ashwaganda

Maca

Cleavers

Gotu Kola

Coriander

Schizandra

Cordyceps

Yarrow

 

Super hero herb #1 – Nettle

A powerful liver tonic perfect to cleanse and detoxify the system in particular through seasonal transitions.

Nettle is a herb that is known for its medicinal properties. It can be easily consumed as a tea to improve several health aspects like heart issues, gut health, immunity development, kidney function enhancement, allergy reduction and is anti-inflammatory.

It is a powerful blood purifier that drives out toxins and is supportive of liver function.

Ingredients for nettle tea:

  • 1 cup of nettle leaves 
  • 2 cups of water
  • Honey, according to taste

 

Method

Boil 2 cups of water in a saucepan.

  • Add nettle leaves to the water, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Now, pour the tea into a cup, straining it with a sieve.
  • Add a bit of honey, according to your taste.

For an extra purifying tea blend you can add these to the above;

  • Tsp green tea
  • Tsp damiana (wonderful herb for increasing libido!)
  • Couple of drops of buplerum* tincture – hugely supportive of the liver

**Taking bupleurum along with medications that also slow blood clotting might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.

As spring & late summer unfolds you will see an abundance of nettles in nature. If you want to use what nature gifts us vs purchasing a nettle tea when available look out for shrubs around knee height, take some gloves and scissors and carefully harvest the tops of the nettle.

Get home, rinse and leave out on a sunny windowsill to dry. The nettles are then pretty much ready to be brewed as the crisp leaves crumble in your hands.

Healing Notes

  • Nettle is a healing herb with outstanding medicinal properties. It can be easily consumed as a tea to improve several health aspects like heart issues, gut health, immunity development, kidney function enhancement, allergy reduction and is anti-inflammatory.
  • It is a powerful blood purifier that drives out toxins and is supportive of liver function.
  • You can take as a tea or once rinsed add freshly foraged nettles to stir fries like you would spinach

Super hero herb #2 – Cleavers

Packed with nutrients and blood cleansing properties and will give you a very definite spring in your step. 

“That sticky green plant that some of you may remember being thrown at you as a child and being humiliated as you walked around school with it unknowingly stuck on your back. Well, it turns out this amazing plant is FULL of goodness – this is seasonal so you’re only going to find this Late Feb – early May”. 

It enhances the function of the lymphatic system and improves its ability to flush out toxins, decrease congestion and reduce swelling. The lymph-cleansing action of this herb in turn enhances the function of the immune system.

Ingredients for cleavers juice

1 handful of foraged cleavers, rinsed well

1 cup of fresh filtered water

Make it

Rinse the freshly freshly foraged cleavers well – they aren’t too happy out of the ground and will wilt quickly. Smash them into a pulp with a rolling pin then add to a glass of fresh filtered water and leave overnight.

In the morning you can strain out the cleavers and drink this potent nutrient dense medicine water popping the cleavers to one side to add into a green juice or smoothie.

You can also freeze the cleavers water in ice cube trays and pop them into smoothies.

Super hero herb #3 – Shilajit

Shilajit is highly mineral dense and naturally energising & endurance boosting. 

Dandelion and Shilajit ‘Coffee’

A caffeine-free, healing coffee alternative.

Ingredients

1 tsp dandelion root instant coffee

1 tsp schizandra berry powder (optional)

1/8 tsp shilajit powder or resin

1/4 tsp coconut sugar

Make it

Mix all the dry ingredients in a small bowl and add a tsp to your favourite mug, top up with hot water and mix in coconut milk to taste.

I add the coconut sugar to counterbalance the strong and unusual at first taste of the shilajit.

Dandelion root is super grounding, high in anti-oxidants, rich in vitamins A, B, C and D and potassium, iron and zinc.

Schizandra berry is tonifying for the liver and kidneys and adaptogenic (helps our bodies deal with stress).

Shilajit is highly mineral dense and naturally energising & endurance boosting. 

Switching any caffeinated drink for this healing and caffeine-free drink after midday will boost energy and sleep quality. Which then becomes its own self-fulfilling-prophecy.

The dandelion root coffee is also delicious on it’s own with your choice of milk.

Super hero herb #4 – Schizandra

A totally life changing herb. And one of only a handful of herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that supports all ‘Three Treasures’ – Qi (Energy), Jing (Life Force) and Shen (Spirit).

Tonifying for the liver, kidneys, heart and supportive of cognitive function. Removes toxins for the body and clears the skin. Adaptogenic, meaning it stimulates the body’s resistance to physical, environmental, and emotional stressors in turn helping increase energy and endurance.

 

In TCM it is often recommended to try a herb for 100 days. In my teachings at ‘Academy of Healing Nutrition’ we were challenged to a 100 day schizandra challenge, brewing a teaspoon of schizandra berries as a tea and sipping each day. My energy increased dramatically and skin cleared.

You are said to be gifted a gift that you need from this potent medicinal herb as it’s intelligence goes where it needs to go.

Schizandra & Goji Lemonade

Ingredients

Makes approx 4 servings.

1 tbsp Schizandra berries
Handful goji berries
4 cups of fresh water
1 large organic lemon, juiced
2 large organic lemons, quartered
1 tbsp local honey
Pinch of sea salt
Handful of fresh mint

Make it

Heat water and shizandra berries and goji in a pan until boiling and water starts to turn pink. Take of heat and allow to cool.


In a jug add the lemon juice, and squish in the quartered lemons. Mix in honey, aloe vera gel if using, salt and mint. Add the berry ‘tea’ stir and it’s ready to serve. Add ice on a hot day or enjoy without.

A juicy little number perfect for long summer – Yang – evenings and with an extra immunity and energy boosting kick from an all time favourite herbal ally – Schisandra.

And including the Mother of all berries, the Goji, used in Chinese medicine to help delay the aging process and to strengthen the kidneys, liver, and eyes. Anti-cancer, anti-oxidant and immune boosting.

Both these berries are incredibly nourishing and blood building – goji’s particularly supportive during menstruation.

NB: Contraindications for Schizandra – Medications changed by the liver interacts with Schizandra. Avoid if you have Epilepsy, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) Peptic ulcers.

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