For many of us, each New Year’s resolution usually involves a promise to live a healthier lifestyle. Incorporating herbs for longevity into your life is a great way to do this.
It’s especially easy to keep your promise if you are making your herbs into a tasty treat. This recipe is so simple with no baking required and tastes delightful, with aromas reminiscent of the holiday spirit.
The primary herbs in the recipe are called adaptogens. These adaptogens are tonifying and building to the system. They work to counteract the effects of stress in the body and keep it in balance. This helps to increase energy levels physically, mentally and emotionally. Adaptogens do this in different ways. These herbs for longevity can be gently stimulating to the system, deeply nourishing, restorative, vitality building, and overall strengthening.
For longer-term effects, adaptogenic herbs work at the cellular level and reduce oxidation to slow the aging process. Most of them are anti-inflammatory as well. All of these factors help reduce overall wear and tear on the body.
First let’s look at the benefits of these herbs for longevity and then we will learn how to make them into a tasty treat.
Herbs for Longevity
Eleuthero – Eleutherococcus senticosus
Eleuthero used to be called Siberian ginseng. The name was changed since this herb is not a ginseng all, although it does have many of the same virtues. It is slightly sweet tasting making it easy to incorporate into delicious foods. It is said to bring enjoyment to life by increasing stamina, endurance and alertness. This is an excellent herb for those under stress from over-exertion and adrenal fatigue. It is an immune tonic and also has cardiovascular benefits. For best results, use this herb over a period of time.
Fo-ti – Polygonum multiflorum
This herb is also called He Shou Wu or Ho shou wu. It’s the sweet tasting root of a vine that grows in many parts of Asia. Fo-ti is a tonic herb that increases inner strength, energy, vitality, endurance and stamina. It’s very rebuilding to the overall system and restoring to the nervous system. This makes it especially useful in times of stress and anxiety, providing a sense of calm. Fo-ti supports the liver, kidneys and blood.
Ashwagandha – Withania somnifera
Ashwagandha is a great herb for enhancing stamina and brain function. It’s used to stimulate the mind, improve memory and learning while also helping to clear cloudy thinking. Aswagandha works to help relieve physical fatigue as well. In particular, it’s used when there is nervous exhaustion since it nourishes the nervous system. Ashwagandha helps with physical and mental stressors as well as relieving stress-induced insomnia, irritability and headaches. Ashwagandha should be avoided during pregnancy, by those with hyperthyroidism, and those sensitive to Nightshade Family plants.
Goji Berry – Lycium chinense or Lycium barbarum
Goji berry is also called lycium berry or wolfberry. This red berry adds a sweet taste to the recipe and is known to encourage happiness and brighten the mood. It’s a nutritive tonic that supports the immune system, liver, kidneys and eyes. These berries are also antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. They are in the Nightshade Family so should be avoided by people with sensitivities to those plants.
The other ingredients in the recipe each contribute to long-term health. Bee pollen is a youth tonics. Cinnamon and nutmeg help calm the nerves during stressful times and bring the body back into balance. Cocoa helps to increase brain function while tahini, almond butter and honey are deeply nourishing and energizing.
Herbs for Longevity – the Recipe
- 2 cups tahini
- 1 cup almond butter
- 1 Tablespoon bee pollen
- 1 cup honey
- ¼ cup powdered eleuthero
- ¼ cup powdered fo-ti
- ¼ cup powdered ashwagandha
- 1 tsp powdered cinnamon
- 1 tsp powdered nutmeg
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ cup goji berries
Combine all ingredients from the tahini to the nutmeg and mix thoroughly. Add enough cocoa powder to make a thick dough consistency. Mix in the goji berries. Roll into 1.5” size balls. Eat one daily.
Where to find ingredients
You can often find the ingredients at your local co-op or health food store. If you would like to order online, here are some quality and trusted resources for you:
- United States and Canada: Starwest Botanicals (note: this is an affiliate link which does not cost you a thing, yet helps support this website)
- Europe and international shipping to other countries: G Baldwins & Co
Feel free to leave any comments or questions below. If you would like to learn more about herbal medicine, check out the Home Herbalism courses at www.herbalismcourses.com
Winston, D., & Maimes, S. (2007). Adaptogens, Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.
Gladstar, R. (2001), Family Herbal, A Guide to Living Life with Energy, Health, and Vitality. North Adams, MA: Storey Books.