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This 3-ingredient coffee substitute using rehmannia is as black as coffee and uses licorice and goji to sweeten naturally.
Make a standard decoction by adding the water and the herbs to a glass or ceramic pot (stainless steel is okay, not aluminum). Put on lid and let come to a boil; then simmer on low 20 minutes. Strain out the coffee using a sieve. For a second brew, add in 4 more cups water, boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. Strain, pushing down on the herbs with a spoon to extract all the liquid. The second brew won't be as potent (taste will be somewhat weaker), but still tasty nevertheless. Drink warm. Can add stevia and creamer/non-dairy milk as you would for coffee. Refrigerate remainders up to 3 days in the fridge; simply re-heat and enjoy :)
This is a sweet-tasting tea that can be drunk like a coffee substitute, and is a simple formula to help with adrenal (and liver) issues. I usually drink this brew during the cold winter months, which is a time when our kidneys could use a bit more help. The key ingredient is rehmannia, or Chinese foxglove. It is prepared in 2 different ways and is sometimes labeled as raw rehmannia vs. cooked rehmannia. I've used both and prefer the cooked variety as it has a more tonifying/gentle effect.
Licorice root is found in different forms, such as whole, chopped in bits, sliced, or even sliced and baked in honey (I wouldn't advise to use the powdered form). Licorice and goji berries are what are used to sweeten the "coffee," and all 3 herbs are allies when it comes to supporting adrenal health. You may find the coffee to be just to your liking and in no need of any sweetener or creamer :)
Dandelion root (especially roasted) is often touted as a coffee substitute, and is a gentle and tonifying herb for the liver. It pairs well with that wild weed burdock, and the root is also a gentle liver tonifying herb. The liver does over 500 jobs in the body, FYI, so most of us could some help with ensuring proper functioning :)
For this recipe, you can choose to add in just the dandelion root, just the burdock root, both or neither. The brew will taste great all the same. Similarly, I mentioned using marshmallow root/violet leaves to add some slipperiness to the coffee. This is often done to offset some of the bitterness of the liver herbs, but is entirely optional. Note that there are many species of violets, both wild and ones that you can easily grow yourself, such as viola tricolor.
Variation: Choco Mocha. Add in 1 heaping TBSP cocoa powder to 1 cup very hot "coffee." Stir well so that the cocoa dissolves. You can add in a few drops of liquid stevia to make it sweeter and even add in non-dairy milk as you normally would for coffee.
As always, Enjoy :)
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CF- Corn Free
DF- Dairy Free
EF- Egg Free
FF- Fat Free
GF- Gluten Free
GRF- GRain Free
MF- Meat Free
NUTF- NUT Free
SALF- SALt Free
SOYF- SOY Free
SUF- SUgar Free
YF- Yeast Free
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