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One of the main reasons I love this SHROOM MILK RECIPE so much is because cashew milk is involved in it. Cashew milk is the creamiest nut-milk out there, and also the easiest to make because you don’t have to STRAIN IT. Phewwww, I know right? You just blend until it becomes pure delicious cream delight.

The other reason why I love this SHROOM MILK TONIC so much is because it contains a secret ingredient that I’ve been obsessing over a lot lately: MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS.

Medicinal mushrooms are nature’s most powerful biodynamic adaptogens, which means that they help your body adapt to its environment, and cope with external change and stress. Adaptogens do not have specific functions – they neither stimulate nor inhibit bodily functions; instead they establish homeostasis, assist the body’s ability to heal, and strengthen the immune system. Adaptogens help the body adapt to stress by recharging the adrenal glands, which results in feeling calmer and more at ease. Adaptogens work differently each time depending on the person ingesting it and his/her body state at the moment.

Adaptogen mushrooms include chaga, reishi, cordyceps, maitake and shiitake mushrooms.  When taken in combination, medicinal mushrooms appear to have a synergistic effect, enhancing immunity more than if taken individually.

There’s two ways that I like to take adaptogen mushrooms:

The first way: I dilute 30-40 drops of the Anima Mundi Byodinamic Adaptogen Mushroom Elixir in water, and I drink it straight up,  or add some lemon and honey if I drink it in the morning.  This tonic is made with incredibly powerful mushrooms from around the world that contain the power to revolutionize the immune system and rewire it. It’s made up of reishi, shiitake, maiitake, lions mane, mangosteen peel, amla berry peel, and shizandra berrees, all 100% ORGANIC extracted in organic and biodynamic cane alcohol and water. You can drink it two to four times per day.  It is a formula known to rejuvenate all organ systems, create a deep therapeutic anti-biotic effect, increase white blood cell production, and purify the blood.

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The second (and more delicious) way that I take medicinal mushrooms is in the Shroom Milk Tonic (recipe below) using  the Comprehensive Immune Support medicinal mushroom powdered mix by Host Defense–MyCommunity. This supplement is a a blend of 17 potent mushroom species which support and help balance the immune system. I use 4 capsules for every cup of SHROOM MILK

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Shroom Milk Tonic Recipe

Yield:  3 cups
INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 2 cups water (divided)
  • 1 Tbsp of powdered mushroom mix (or open up 6 capsules of Host Defense MyCommunity mix)
  • 1  Tbsp maple syrup or honey or agave nectar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Dash sea saltPinch cinnamon
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Soak the cashews in water at least 4 hours, or overnight in the refrigerator. I like to soak my cashews with cloves.  Drain the cashews and rinse until the water runs clear. *The ratio of water to cashews is 4 to 1.
  2. Add the cashews and one cup of water to a blender. Start on a low setting and increase the speed until the cashews are totally pulverized. This could take 2 minutes in a high-powered blender or longer in a regular blender.
  3. Blend in 1 cup more water, the mushroom mix or tincture, your sweetener of choice, vanilla extract, sea salt and cinnamon.
Store the milk in a covered container in the refrigerator. It should keep for 3 to 4 days.

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The use of medicinal mushrooms dates back to the ancient Egyptians and ancient Chinese cultures that used them to promote general health and longevity. Egyptians associated mushroom with immortality and since they revered their Pharaohs, they included mushroom as a specialty in the diet of the royal family. In China they are associated to longevity.

Medicinal mushrooms are also one of the few plant species that are an ‘immune modulator’ which means they can either up-regulate or down-regulate natural immune response as needed, and everyone can benefit from a consistent flow to their immune system.

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