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Golden Milk with Medicinal Mushrooms Reishi & Scarlet Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris) Pt 2

Golden Milk with Medicinal Mushrooms Reishi & Scarlet Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris) Pt 1

May 21st, 2019

This is a two parter today, sometimes we get interrupted when the phone rings or a customer comes in! Today I’m discussing one of my favourite drink mixes- TurmaMilk by North American Herb and Spice. It’s super delicious, don’t let the fact that it’s turmeric scare you off!

Heres my personal recipe (the basic one is on the back of the bag):

  • 400ml milk or non-dairy milk (I prefer coconut or cashew)
  • 1 tsp TurmaMilk mix
  • 1-2 tsp coconut oil or grass-fed ghee
  • 2 tsp Yacon Syrup or raw honey
  • pinch of sea salt

My preferred superfood add-ins:

  • 1/2 tsp Vital Essence Reishi Extract (wildcrafted)
  • 1/2 tsp Vital Essence Scarlet Cordyceps Extract (wildcrafted)
  • 1 scoop New Earth Organics Collagen Peptides
  • 1 tsp New Earth Organics Astragalus extract (during fall and winter seasons)

Hibiscus Tea Benefits and How to Make a Nourishing Infusion

May 14th, 2019

In this video I explain how to steep herbal tea for maximum goodness and I cover a few of hibiscus’ many benefits for the liver and heart. Spring is liver season, summer is heart season- and this herb bridges the two seasons beautifully. Using it as a base for smoothies does not increase calories or sugar.

We eat ants! Benefits of Changbai Mountain Ant with Rose Devries

May 11th, 2019

Changbai Mountain Ants are considered a superior adaptogenic herb and have been used in China to promote health for 3,000 years.

Benefits of Low-Glycemic Yacon Syrup

May 7th, 2019

This week I chat about the benefits of this yummy low-glycemic sweetener! Yacon is lower on the glycemic index than stevia, and has a great maple syrup-like taste to it. Watch this video for more info!

Nut Mylk Recipe with Medicinal Mushrooms

April 30th, 2019

Heres my recipe for homemade nut mylk utilizing whatever nuts or seeds you have on hand, elevated with nutritive Jujube dates and medicinal mushrooms!

  • 1 cups nuts/seeds (soaked overnight)
  • 3-4 cups water depending on how creamy you want it
  • 2-3 New Earth Organics Jujube dates
  • Pinch of New Earth Organics Crystal Sea Salt
  • 2-3 tsp New Earth Organics medicinal mushroom powders
  • Pinch of cinnamon, cardamom and/or vanilla extract (about 1/4tsp)- optional

Strain the soaked nuts/seeds and give them a rinse. Add pitted dates and one cup hot water to blender, blend until dates start to break down. Add soaked nuts/seeds and 2-3 cups cold water. Blend on high for a couple minutes. Taste, and add sea salt and mushroom powders. Blend until mostly emulsified. Taste again and adjust seasonings as desired. Strain using cheesecloth or nut mylk bag. Although more expensive to make than store bought, your body (and taste buds) will thank you!

Natural Remedies for Springtime Allergies

with founder of Lotus Herbal, Rose Devries

Friday April 26th, 2019

Rose wanted to jump in front of the camera to let folks know what products we carry that help with springtime allergies. Greens are very cooling for the liver, and can help subdue itchy skin and hives.

Tasty Tuesdays Episode #7:

Chocolate Bone Broth and Medicinal Mushrooms

Tuesday April 24th, 2019

In this episode I talk about my love for ChoccoBroth by High Vibe Health, and recommend add-ins to plain broth. My favourite is maitake mushroom extract which provides a lovely umami flavour! Try it in miso soup sometime.

Tasty Tuesdays Episode #6:

Green Drinks and Sour Flavours for Liver Season

Tuesday April 17th, 2019

We’re in liver season which means now is the time to consume green foods and sour flavours! My green drink this morning consisted of: 1 tbsp Probiotic Supergreens by Organic Traditions 1 tsp Black Currant Powder by New Earth Organics juice of half a lemon 1-2 tsp raw honey.

Tasty Tuesdays Episode #5:

Cooking with Medicinal Mushrooms

Tuesday April 10th, 2019

In this video I talk about how to incorporate medicinal mushrooms into your dinners (or savoury meals). The two mushrooms I mention are Poria and Lions Mane, because they have the most neutral flavour. For those who don’t eat grains, these mushrooms would go great in things like cauliflower “mashed potatoes” or any kind of sauce! Cooking does not negatively impact the nutrition or medicine of the mushrooms.

Tasty Tuesdays Episode #5:

Chia Pudding with Green Tea Pollen and Sea Buckthorn (Part One)

Chia Pudding with Green Tea Pollen and Sea Buckthorn (Part Two)

Tuesday April 3rd, 2019

One of my favourite breakfasts is chia seed pudding. Chia is naturally high in fibre, and with the healthy fats from coconut milk- this pudding will keep you full for hours, while providing you with amazing plant-based nutrition. I also love that it’s versatile- you can have it hot or cold, with fruit or with nuts and seeds. For dessert I like to warm it up and mix raw cacao powder into it.

Tasty Tuesdays Episode #4:

“Chocolate” Protein Shake

with Reishi Spores and He Shou Wu

Tuesday March 26th, 2019

I love having something chocolate-y first thing in the morning. This protein shake contains Genuine Health’s Organic Vanilla Vegan Protein Powder, unsweetened cashew milk, Reishi spores, He Shou Wu, and Liver Life 5 Mushroom Blend from New Earth Organics. This shake keeps you feeling full and energized for hours, while the Reishi spores help take the edge off the stressful world we live in!

If you love chocolate too, make sure you follow us on Eventbrite to catch the next Raw Chocolate-Making Workshop!

Tasty Tuesdays Episode #3:

Sour Oats: Lacto-Fermented Oatmeal

Tuesday March 19th, 2019

Ferment your oats before you eat them! The recipe uses rolled oats but I MUCH PREFER steel cut oats, the texture is amazing.
Some of you may be wondering if cooking the oats destroys the fermentation benefits, and rest assured it does not! Yes, the bacteria will die off. But you’re still consuming the gut-friendly acids (aka post-biotics) that were produced by the probiotics.
Heres an article that covers the recipe for sour oats and suggested add-ins:

Tasty Tuesdays Episode #2:

Morning Schizandra Liver Flush

Tuesday March 12th, 2019

Now that Spring is upon us, the liver-gallbladder is the organ pair we’re focusing on. Try starting your morning with this sour Schizandra elixir to gently cleanse your liver and get your digestive juices flowing! Schizandra has far too many benefits to list, so come chat with us to discover how it could enhance your well-being. For more information on how you can nurture your liver this Spring, join us on the evening of March 27th to get the whole scoop! More details and tickets here:

Tasty Tuesdays Episode #1:

Adrenal-friendly Dandy Blend coffee substitute

Tuesday March 5th, 2019

This week marks the launch of Tasty Tuesdays! Subscribe to our Youtube channel so you don’t miss a video! Each week Mandy will be sharing a recipe with you that incorporates her favourite superfoods, starting with an adrenal-friendly dandelion coffee with Dandy Blend and Vital Essence medicinal mushroom extracts.

TrueHope Products: EMP & Freeminos

Sunday January 13th, 2019

TrueHope products are phenomenal for anyone struggling with less-than-optimal mental performance. EMP is a micronized multivitamin, and Freeminos is a micronized amino acid supplement- both provide essential building blocks for neurotransmitter production.

New Products for Christmas 2018

Thursday December 20th, 2018

So many new products to get excited about! Affordable organic skincare for the whole family from Alaffia, 100% pure beeswax candles from Honey Candles, Nellie’s natural laundry line, reusable glass straws, probiotic latte drinks… and more! Stop by the shop sometime to get the full scoop :)

Evelyne Nyairo of Ellie Bianca on Supporting Women

Saturday November 10th, 2018

Here’s a short video from our SKINFOOD night last Thursday with Ellie Bianca. Founder Evelyne Nyairo shares her story of why supporting women is so important to her and her business. For more information please come chat with us or visit their website! Sad you missed this event? It won’t be our last with these ladies so please stay tuned :)

Video Tour of our NEW DIGS in Haysboro Centre

November 1st, 2018

We’re finally settling into our new home! Here’s Sascha to give you a tour of the new space, and to tell you about a few of our favourite products!

Regulat Pro Bio by Dr. Niedermaier

October 27th, 2018

Interested in what Regulat Pro Bio (one of our favourite liquid probiotics) does to your blood? Check out this neat video! For those of you not in town, we’re happy to ship this to you! Want more info? Come chat with us or check out Regulat’s website (psst we have a better price than they do!):

Fresh Natto made in Calgary

October 13th, 2018

We have a new hookup of FRESH natto and we couldn’t be happier! For nutritional info, pop into the shop or check out this informative article from Dr. Axe:

Shared from Facebook (10/15/2018): a video on Olie’s probiotic “New Beginnings”

Erik Nielsen developer of Olie’s “New Beginnings” liquid probiotic

I was just on Olie’s website and stumbled upon this incredible video by the developer of the probiotic we love SO MUCH (New Beginnings), Erik Nielsen. It’s 13 minutes long so get comfy and prepare to learn about what makes this probiotic so special! Please tag your friends who were unable to make the Olie seminars we hosted 2 weeks ago.

Here’s the link to Olie’s page: —> yes they make a pet probiotic too! We’ll be carrying it in the shop as of next week :)

Posted by Lotus Herbal on Monday, October 15, 2018