Thursday, January 14, 2010
I first learned about the Shaman Shack when I was at the Longevity Now weekender a couple months ago. Founder, Rehmannia Dean Thomas, is an expert on tonic herbs and has taught David Wolfe all he knows. I went ahead and purchased several of his herbal formulas so I can have the superherb experience David Wolfe talks about in his program. There are several different formulas depending on what your needs are. I started off with making the Protection tea which is a mushroom/root mixture of agaricus, reishi, astragalus, cordyceps, scutellaria, goji berries, schizandra and licorice.
This mixture had the most beautiful smell, almost chocolate like. Heaven. I had to resist the urge to take a bite, it really was that good. To make the tea, simply soak the herbs in a glass, clay or stainless steel pot with 1 gallon of water for 20 minutes. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour.
Strain tea into a pitcher and save herbs in a separate container. You can reuse the herbs 1-2 more times before discarding. The flavor of the simmered tea is pretty earthy. It's not a bad taste but if you're not a fan of mushrooms this might not be your cup of tea, pun intended. I've been drinking 2-3 cups a day to strengthen my immune system and really don't mind the flavor. Be warned, this not at all like drinking a simple bag of herbal tea. This is intense stuff that is as nurturing to body as much or more than raw foods. David Wolfe uses the teas as a base for making his super smoothies which I have yet to try. The next tea I'm planning to brew is the Cleanse Thyself formula because I will be embarking on the Love Your Liver cleanse this weekend. If you're in LA, Rehmannia is now the herbalist at Euphoria Loves Rawvolution in Santa Monica. There are very few people who have this sort of herbal wisdom so if you are in the area take advantage of the opportunity to speak with someone as knowledgeable as Rehmannia. As for the liver cleanse, I will post my results next week. See you then!