Be Better Bonbons: Eat your Herbs Fight Fatigue and Adrenal Exhaustion
1/2 cup astragalus powder
1/2 cup Siberian ginseng (eleuthero) powder
1/2 cup ashwagandha powder
1/2 cup hawthorn berry powder
½ cup finely chopped dried nettle leaf or nettle leaf powder
1 tablespoon licorice powder
1 tablespoon ginger powder
1 tablespoon cardamom powder
1 cup tahini (sesame butter)
1/2 cup honey
1/4 to 1/2 cup dried Acacia/Gogi/Blueberies/Elder- berries
2 tablesppons cocoa
2 Tbsp to 1/4 cup Olive Leaf Powder
Mix together the tahini and raw honey. In a separate bowl, stir together all powdered herbs. Slowly mix the powdered herbs into the honey/sesame mixture until a thick paste forms.
You can separate dough and make 2 different flavors at this point.
Roll this “dough” into balls about 1 inch in diameter, in your hands. Roll the formed balls in 1 tbsp. of extra hawthorn berry powder or cocoa, if you would prefer. Place the formed balls in an airtight container. This recipe makes about 25-30 bonbons.
Store in the refrigerator. They will firm up once they are chilled. Eat 2-3 daily.
I made these power balls for my low energy. The Nettle Leaf is the main ingredient that I am trying to increase in my daily food. You know – eating your medicine. I have been drinking Nettle and Genmachai (roasted rice and green tea), but sometimes I crave something that is, well, not tea. So I made these. They are pretty good. I am not very good at eating my medicine if it doesn’t taste good.
I like the chocolate and elderberry. They tasted great for the first 3-4 days, then the chocolate flavor faded. At the same time the regular recipe bonbons aged nicely, and they became my favorite, and the favorite in taste tests. I tried grinding gogi berries but this just made a paste – so don’t try that. Or do. What ever. If you don’t add chocolate, they are a bit strong, but not unpleasant. The kids may or may not steal them.
The herbs are strong tonic and supportive herbs. I have long felt drawn to Ashwaganda, and Indian Herb. I put Astragalus in my soup all winter. Hwthorne berry is good for the heart, and I think this is mostly the emotional heart for me. I did not have them on hand, for this batch.
Nettle is the best tonic herb, supportive, green. It is wonderfully full of minerals, and vitamins. For women, drinking Nettle tea 3 x a week can reduce or eliminate menstrual cramps. I mean – entirely! Susan Weed swears by this herb as her energy assistant. I admit, I felt better within days of starting it. Now I hope to eat it.
I hope you enjoy these. I am!
by Tama Cathers