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Wild Mushroom Soup Recipe for Immune Protective Vitality

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Add more wild mushrooms to your diet to up your immune system’s protective vitality with this wild mushroom soup recipe.

Ingredients:

-30g of Harmonic Arts Tonic Immuni-Tea*
-Or 10 Astragalus Slices* and 10 Reishi Slices* and other tonic herbs of choice
-2-5 Shiitake Mushrooms*  and 2-3 Maitake Mushrooms*
-1-2 Tbsp Harmonic Arts 6 or 14 Mushroom Powdered Extract (optional)*
-1/2 c. slightly sprouted beans, such as adzuki, black beans, black eyed peas, lentils (sprout the night before, optional)
-3/4 c. barley or rice
-2 c. of seasonal vegetables- carrots, squash, zucchini, potatoes, celery, cabbage, kale and or chard
-2-4 Garlic cloves, sliced
-1 small Onion, chopped
-1 tsp of tamari
-Miso to taste, try around a 1/4 c.
-Seasoning spices of choice*, such as ginger, chilies, celery seed, cummin or other herbs/spices.

Shiitake soup

Optional add ins

-2-3 Tbsp Harmonic Arts Sea veg blend*, or other sea vegetables*
-1/3 c. fresh wild burdock and/or dandelion roots sliced thin
-1/3 c. wild greens such as nettles, lambs quarter, or chickweed (if in season)

*Available from Harmonic Arts

Directions:

1. Fill a large soup pot with 4 liters of the best water you can get (spring water is ideal, if available).

2. Add the Tonic Immuni-tea blend or Astragalus, Reishi, and other tonic herbs. Bring to a boil and lightly simmer for 20-40 min. or longer. Strain herbs and use the liquid as a broth base for the soup. This is called a decoction.

3. Add Shiitake, Maitake, Mushroom powder extract and sprouted Beans. Simmer for 20 min. (to slightly sprout the beans, soak  overnight or for 8 hours, rinse and change the water 1-2 times. Beans can also be sprouted for longer if desired).

3. Add the barley or rice and simmer for another 30 minutes

4. Add vegetables of choice, onion, garlic, spices, sea veg, fresh burdock/dandelion and simmer for another 15-20 minutes.

5. Reduce heat. Add miso, tamari and other seasonings to taste. Miso should not be boiled as it destroys the pre and pro-biotic aspects.

This Recipe is a loose guide. Like all things in the kitchen, it is best to customize based on the ingredients you have on hand and your specific needs.

When to use:

This is a highly nourishing deep tonic and immune protective soup. It is best used anytime from late fall to early spring, and especially in the mid winter months or in cold weather. It is helpful if one is feeling weak, run down or low energy. Making a hearty meal like this will help bring back vitality and health. Vitality Soup is an ideal addition for those who suffer from weakened immunity, auto-immune conditions, allergies, diabetes, hepatitis, or other forms of weakened health.

Herbs of choice:

The Tonic Immuni-tea blend from Harmonic Arts or Reishi and Astragalus are included as Adaptogenic Immune Tonic Herbs, and by no means are these the only herbs that lend well to a soup like this. Other good choices of tonic herbs based on personal specifics can be: Chaga, Ginseng, Eleuthero, Ashwagandha, Fo-Ti, Rhemmania, Codonopsis, Wild Yam, Goji, Maca, Burdock and Dandelion. If you are using a small cut of herb, they can be put in a re-usable muslin tea bag*, cheese cloth pouch or should be strained out before adding other vegetables. Another option is to add herbal powders and not filter them, although this will leave some sediment in the soup. For more ideas on herbs to use in your decoction base check out our post on Making Herbal Decoctions.

Have fun with creating your own Vitality Soups and nourishing your loved ones with these great food medicines.

549070_423208021050754_926539210_nHerbal decoction bases:

A Decoction is a herbal tea that is lightly simmered for 30min-5 hours. It is different from an Infusion, which is a tea that is steeped in hot water, but not simmered. Typically decoctions are done with  woody plant parts like roots, barks and seeds as well as mushrooms, where the medicinal compounds require longer extraction as they are contained by tough fibrous cell walls. They are not ideal for leafy green herbs or those containing highly volatile oils.

How else can I use the Tonic Immuni-tea base:

Once created, a decoction can be used in many ways other than as a broth base for soup. It is great just to drink as a tea, but one of my favourite options is to make it into hot tonic drinks. This can be done by adding super food powders like Raw Cacao or our Super Power Blend, a nut mylk, coconut oil or cacao butter and sweetener to the decoction base, and then blending while still hot. This is like a nutrient infused, amped up hot chocolate.  It is also great used cold as a smoothie base, or as a base for making your own nut mylks.

As it can take up to a few hours to make a strong decoction, sometimes it is ideal to make more than you are able to use right away. After straining, they can be stored in mason jars or other glass containers in the fridge, and reheated or used cold when desired. Most will last for up to a week, so it is best not to make more than you can use in this amount of time.

 

Making Herbal Decoctions

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Tonic Herbal Decoction

What is a Herbal Decoction?

A Decoction is a herbal tea that is lightly simmered for 30 minutes-5 hours. It is different from an Infusion, which is a tea that is steeped in hot water, but not simmered. Typically decoctions are done with woody plant parts like roots, barks, seeds and berries as well as mushrooms, where the medicinal compounds require longer extraction as they are contained by tough fiberous cell walls. They are not ideal for leafy green herbs or those containing highly volatile oils. These types of herbs are better made into Infusions. The strength of a decoction is based on how long they are brewed for and how much herb material is added. Most are typically done with 20 parts water (ml) to 1 part herb (grams), 20:1 . To make stronger this can be reduced as low as 5:1 before you start having more herb than liquid. When making a decoction, it is also important to use the best water you can get (spring water is ideal).

As it can take up to a few hours to make a strong decoction sometimes it is ideal to make more then you are able to use right away. After straining, they can be stored in mason jars or other glass container in the fridge and reheated or used cold when desired. Most will last for up to a week, so keep this in mind, so as not to make more then you can use, unless you plan to freeze or can some of it.

How do we use Decoctions?

Once created, a decoction can be used in many ways other than drinking as a tea, they also make a great base for other projects. One of my favourite options is to make a hot tonic drink. This can be done by adding super food powders like Raw Cacao or our Super Power Blend, a nut mylk, coconut oil or cacao butter and sweetener to the base and blending while still hot, like an amped up hot chocolate.  Another option is to use it cold, as a smoothie base or a base for making your own nut mylks.  Decoctions  also make a great base for a tonic Immunity soups, becoming the broth. Some are used externally for skin conditions by applying with a dampened cloth or sponge. They can be added to a bath or used as a traditional steam bath, surrounding the area with a towel to keep the steam in. To preserve a decoction, sweetener and alcohol can be added making a syrup or just alcohol making a tincture.

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Medicinal Mushroom Decoction

Herbs of choice:

Like I said before, the best choice of herbs are those with tough fibrous cell walls, like roots, barks, seeds, berries and mushrooms.

Harmonic Arts Tea Blends that lend well to decoctions- Adapting Gems, Tonic Immunity, Organic Chai Mix, Throat Harmony, Coastal Roots, and Amazonian Allies.

Adaptogenic Tonic Herbs-  Chaga, Reishi, Astragulus, Ginseng, Eleuthero, Ashwagandha, Fo-Ti, Rhemmania, Codonopsis, Wild Yam, Goji, Maca, Licorice, Suma, Devils Club, Sarsaparilla

Immune Herbs- Chaga, Reishi, Astragulus, Goji, Echenacea, Elder Berry, Codonopsis, Wild Cherry Bark, Lomatium, Wild Indgo, Osha

Digestive Support- Fennel, Licorice, Fenugreek, Slippery Elm, Marshmallow, Ginger, Gentian, Burdock

Liver Herbs- Burdock, Dandelion, Milk Thistle, Artichoke, Black Radish, Oregon Grape, Yellow Dock, Turkey Tail, Maitake

Reproductive Support– Dong Quai, Vitex, Cramp Bark, Fo-Ti, Rhemmania, Wild Yam, Maca, Muria Puama, Catuaba, Ginger

Circulation and Blood- Ginger, Cinnamon, Clove, Cardamom, Chai Spices, Hawthorn, Turmeric, Garlic, Cayenne

Pain- Willow Bark, Jamaican Dogwood, Cramp Bark, Ginger, Poplar Buds, San Qi

Seaweeds- Bladderwrack, Kelp, Wakame (Harmonic Arts Fucoidan Blend)

All the Herbs mentioned above are available at Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary

If you are using a small cut of herb they are ideally brewed loose and strained out, but can also be put in a re-usable muslin tea bag*, cheese cloth pouch or should be strained out before adding other vegetables. Another option is to add herbal powders and not filter them, although tis will leave some sediment in the soup.

 

Super Tonic Oatmeal!

When interviewed, many of the oldest and healthiest people in the world claim that oatmeal or porridge was a staple food in their diet.  Rolled or chopped Oats, Rye and other grains can have a harmonizing effect on our digestive tract and the ecological balance inside us.  Soothing inflammation, absorbing toxins and scrubbing the colon walls clean on their way through.  The fibre in whole grains helps regulate the delivery of energy to our body, not spiking the blood sugars too quickly. They also relax the nervous tissue of the digestive tract, which increases our absorption of nutrients.  Most importantly, they make a great pre-biotic, which is food for our pro-biotics (Acidophilus & Bifidus cultures).  These pro-biotic cultures act as our initial immune protection from pathogens and help absorb essential vitamins/minerals more effectively.  A strong gut ecology is a precursor to good health and longevity.  It makes us more adaptable to our environment, which is constantly changing.  For these reasons and more porridge is a great addition to the modern lifestyle.  But, why stop at just plain porridge, when we can create our own personalized Super Tonic Oatmeal! We make it either savory or sweet, using the grains as a medium to help our other nutrients absorb better.

Super Food Fruit Crumbles

During the fruit season we practically live off superfood fruit crumbles and crisps.  They are incredibly easy and with so much fruit for the picking, we can hardly process it all.  This one is a peach, blackberry, apple.  If its not Fruit season you can always use frozen fruits or whats in season in other countries.  The crust is mostly our frozen almond pulp left over from making nut mylks.  To this we added lightly blended coconut ribbon, tocotrenol rice bran, mesquite, lucuma, vanilla, maca, coconut palm sugar and coconut oil.  Baked for 15-20 min. Yum….  Some we’ve done with Chai spice or pumpkin spice.  Some tropical flavours or roasted nuts.  Some sprouted chia and buckwheat or other seeds and grains as topping.  There is almost no end to what you can do with a fruit crumble.  Get out and find what ever fruit you can in abundance and try a few out this season!

Seaweed Fruit Gello

Try out our kids current favourite summertime snack, it’s full of nutrient goodness and a most wonderful texture that they adore!

  • 4cups unsweetened juice (may we suggest apple from your local orchard..)
  • 2cups chopped fruit of choice
  • 35grams white whole irish moss seaweed, reconstituted in water for about 4 hours and chopped into 2 inch pieces.
  • 1/4-1/2 cup coconut or date sugar (optional)

Warm juice in saucepan, and add seaweed.  Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring continuously, and allow to boil gently until liquid starts to thicken.  Slowly add coconut or date sugar while stirring (other sweetener alternatives can be played with, remembering to consider it’s influence on  the liquid setting into a gel.)  Remove from heat and fresh fruit.  Pour into a large glass bowl/mold  or multiple small glass cups.  Put into fridge and allow to set over 3-4 hours.

*Sometimes getting it to set can be a little tricky, heat juice slowly and don’t let it boil too strongly, remembering to add sugar in at the end a little bit at a time.  If it doesn’t set as thick as you’d hoped, turning them into popsicles is just as delicious!

 

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