You could say I'm a bit of a perfectionist. Every aspect of my site, shop, and social media is meticulously edited and I have hundreds of personal essays, photographs, recipes, and product ideas that I haven't shared yet - only because I don't feel they have been perfected. Or that they aren't "good enough" - which is essentially the same thing to a perfectionist.
So I've been holding onto this post for a while now - because it definitely isn't perfect. But after briefly mentioning my "Radiance Elixir" on social media and receiving tons of direct messages for the full recipe, I realized that perfection isn't the point. So, here it is - my "Radiance Elixir" - in all it's imperfect glory.
1/4 teaspoon Pearl Powder
1/4 teaspoon Shatavari Powder
1/2 teaspoon Schizranda Berry Powder
1/2 teaspoon He Sho Wu Powder
1 teaspoon Goji Powder
1 teaspoon Lucuma Powder
1 teaspoon Tocotrienols Powder
Coconut Nectar to Taste
2 cups of Hot Water
I simply bring the water to a boil, place the powdered herbs in a glass water-bottle, then pour the boiling water over them. Add the coconut nectar in after the hot water. Shake well (and throughout drinking).
I feel compelled to mention that this drink (in my opinion) has a neutral, mild taste. My husband straight-up doesn't like it, and I can see why it's no sugar-y latte for sure. For me, this drink is purely medicinal. I don't love the taste, I love the way it makes me feel and what it does for my skin. That's not to say you can't dress up the recipe and make it into some truly delish drink that makes you feel like you're having dessert - just that I haven't (yet).
I've been drinking this simple concoction daily for about month and a half now - My experiences have been absolutely incredible skin health (nothing does what this drink does for my skin), increased hair growth, more balanced emotional state, less painful periods, and my overall health/energy levels have been great lately. This is what I have personally experienced since starting this practice, but I will also share some of the documented benefits of these herbs, in case you're unfamiliar with them.
Goji :: Goji is considered by some to be the most nutrient-dense food on Earth. It contains all essential amino acids, are loaded with Vitamin C and Vitamin A, and have over twenty trace minerals. They are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal.
Lucuma :: Lucuma is a powerful tissue-regenerator, which is incredibly helpful for those of us who have scarring or sores on our skin. It's also anti-inflammatory, said to reverse the effects of aging and inflammation. It's also loaded with vitamins and minerals as well as fiber and iron.
Tocotrienols :: "Tocos" are a concentrated source of Vitamin E and D. It is regenerates tissue, heals inflammation, boosts immunity, improves muscle health, removes toxins from the body, and directly heals the brain, heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys.
Schizranda Berry :: Schizranda is tones and heals all organs in the body. It supports overall health, energy levels, and mental/emotional wellbeing.
Pearl :: Potent source of amino acids, minerals, and enzymes. Pearl literally builds cells and is thus great for healing the skin.
Shatavari :: Shatavari is a tonic for the female reproductive system. It balances your cycle, improves fertility, and reduces PMS symptoms. It's an adaptogen, meaning it helps us adapt to stress at a cellular level and promotes longevity.
He Sho Wu :: A tonic for the endocrine system (especially supportive of the thyroid), improves adrenal health, supports healthy hair, skin, nails, and internal organs.
Coconut Nectar :: Not an herb, but I wanted to include it as it's in my recipe. Coconut Nectar is a great, low-glycemic, natural sweetener that has decent mineral content.
For those of you who would rather purchase a pre-mixed powder with similar health benefits, check out Return To The Roots Ananda Elixir, Buck Naked Plant Medicine Radiant Glow Powder, Pure Potions Beauty Powder, or Moon Juice Beauty Dust.