Coffee smells (and tastes) divine but unfortunately it doesn’t play well with my adrenal glands. My senses aren’t teased past tasting — if they are I start to get the jitters. The best way to discover whether coffee is for you is to try a good quality coffee, an americano, or cold-brewed coffee, and to observe your symptoms after consuming.
There are many health benefits of drinking a cup of joe daily for those who can tolerate it, and for those who can’t — there are drawbacks. According to Eastern nutrition, coffee is warming — something that can be irritating for those who feel ‘constitutionally hot’, or for those with hot-natured syndrome patterns.
As for alternatives, there are many with caffeine levels ranging from weak to strong depending on how long you steep it for — including yerba mate, green tea, black tea, and white tea. If you want to go completely caffeine free there are many herbal coffee products on the market that you can explore, or, try my caffeine-free herbal coffee recipe!
Benefits of Dandelion Root:
Cleanses the blood and benefits the skin
Promotes qi circulation
Clears heat and damp-heat
Enters the kidney, bladder, liver, gallbladder, stomach, and intestine meridians
This bitter-sweet alternative imparts a similar bold and roasted coffee-flavour that is rounded out with the addition of sweet rooibos and dark nettle tea. Go ahead and add some maple syrup or blackstrap molasses to sweeten in up, blend with your milk of choice, and enjoy!
Prep time: 2 minutes
Steeping time: 10 minutes
Yields: 4 cups
4 cups water
2 tbsp. roasted dandelion root
1 tbsp. nettle tea
1 tbsp. rooibos tea
1 tsp. chicory root, optional
1 tsp. ginger root powder and/or dried cinnamon, optional
Sweetener of choice, such as blackstrap molasses
Bring four cups of water to a low boil in a small sized saucepan.
Add the roasted dandelion root, optional chicory, and stir.
Simmer over low heat for 3 minutes, covered.
Turn off the heat and add the rooibos and nettle. Cover and steep for an additional 7 – 10 minutes. The longer you steep the more bitter and dark your ‘coffee’ will be.
Using a small metal sieve, strain into a mason jar.
Press any residual liquid from the tea into the jar with a spoon.
Enjoy one cup or more per day. Blend with coconut butter or walnut oil, desired sweetener, and cinnamon for a nice treat! Keep refrigerated for 3 – 5 days.
I hope my post has given you insight today. If you’re interested in nutrition and acupuncture I’d be happy to guide you along. Please visit www.vcaspa.com to book online or call 250-590-4341. To learn more about my acupuncture practice, follow @hayley_stobbs on Instagram.
Wishing you love & vitality,
Hayley Stobbs R.Ac, CNC