I am focusing on healing and nutrition more than ever at this point in my life. I eat healthy overall, a good mix of organic produce from local farms and wild foods. I also make concentrated healing herbal infusions every other day with organic herbs like alfalfa, nettles, oat straw and red raspberry leaf. These are teas which are steeped overnight to fully release their minerals and other health-giving components.
Recently, I’ve been researching modern farming methods and the way even organic agriculture leaves a lot to be desired nutritionally. When you grow acres of one single plant over and over in the same soil, the soil becomes depleted of nutrients. You then end up with a fruit or vegetable that has been grown in soil that has nutritional deficiencies, so it makes sense that such a large portion of “modern” society has nutritional deficiencies.
I did some research and found an easy and tasty way of getting concentrated herbs, vitamins and minerals into my daily regimen. I prefer receiving nutrients in their whole food form, so that all of the components of the plant can work together as nature intended. This recipe is very simple, and you can pack it full of super-foods. I enjoy eating them and both of my kids literally beg for them because they are so tasty!
Here is the basic recipe:
4 cups nut butter – which you can mix and match, so tahini, almond, peanut, walnut butters etc… would all be great options
2 cups honey
approx. 12 0z finely powdered mixed herbs/whole food powders (see below for herbal suggestions)
nuts and dried fruits as desired
cacao or carob powder
optional: chia seeds, shredded coconut to coat balls
Blend together everything except the cacao powder, which you will blend in gradually until the resulting mixture is firm enough to handle with your hands and form into balls. Shape into 1inch round balls. We rolled most of ours in cocoa powder, but if desired roll the balls in chia seeds or shredded coconut. We store these in the refrigerator to extend shelf life and make approximately a one month supply (for a family of 4) at a time. We take one ball per day in the morning or afternoon.
It is surprising how much the honey and nut butter cover the taste of the herbs. While you still can taste them and feel an herbal texture, it is not unpleasant.
Some of the herbs we used are alfalfa, nettles, oat straw, red raspberry leaf, maca root, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, kelp, cayenne pepper, rose hips, cardamom, caraway seeds, anise seeds, and thyme. These were all specifically chosen for both high vitamin and mineral content and multiple other healing benefits. I also focused on herbs I have found to be safe and beneficial for all ages.
To these we added some of our homemade superfood trail-mix – sesame seeds, sprouted sunflower seeds, cashews, dried peaches, goji berries, golden berries, mulberries, pumpkin seeds, dried apples and dried mangoes, which were all pulsed in a coffee grinder to be a course consistency.
I encourage you to do your own research on what herbs might be beneficial to you and your family. The combinations are endless! Other general herbs that would be great would be horsetail, red clover buds, plantain, rosemary, basil, parsley, sage, and other culinary herbs, superfood powders, powdered wheat grass or other green powders. Research each herb you use to make sure there are no contraindications applicable to you.
We used mostly herbs we had on hand, and these do not have to be prohibitively expensive. Many dried herbs can be found in bulk for cheap. We also found many ingredients on clearance or on sale. You can also find premixed herbal blends online rather than buying ingredients separately. Wild foods make excellent additions to these and can be found for free!
Mix-in options are limited only by your imagination; any type of nut or dried fruits or many dried veggies are great!
These are a great tasting, whole food alternative to pills.
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