Tony Siefert’s Herbal Boost Bon Bon
Tony Siefert, medicine maker at Ohlone Herbal Center, offers this sweet treat for holiday parties.
1 cup raw honey
1 cup nut butter (almond, hazelnut, or walnut)
1 cup tahini
1 cup mixed dried fruit, minced
8 ounces “powered” herbs (or 2 ounces per cup of first 4 ingredients); use herbs in your spice cabinet or try astragalus, ashwagandha, cacao, cardamom, caraway, coffee, cinnamon, eleuthero, fennel, ginger, or maca
Cayenne powder to taste
1 teaspoon bee pollen
Garnish: sesame seeds, dried coconut
Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Roll the mixture into bite-size balls and top with ground coconut and toasted sesame seeds. Chill until firm and serve.
An herbal support for the symptoms of cold and flu
1 tablespoon black cohosh
1 tablespoon echinacea
1 tablespoon elderberries
1 tablespoon wild cherry bark
1 tablespoon yarrow
8 fluid ounces raw honey
Finely grind all of the herbs in a coffee grinder, then combine with honey and mix. Let the mixture infuse for at least 24 hours. Eat straight from the jar or add 1 teaspoon to your favorite tea.
Madeleina Bolduc’s Vitality Decoction
Madeleina Bolduc is a member of the core faculty at the Ohlone Herbal Center.
1 ounce chicory root, dry roasted and chopped
1 ounce dandelion root, dry roasted and chopped
1 ounce fo ti (Chinese knotweed) root
1 ounce eleuthero (Siberian ginseng) root
¼ ounce sarsaparilla root
¼ ounce licorice root
1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
1 teaspoon dried orange peel
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
Combine the above herbs. (If not using immediately, you might store them in a pretty jar.)
To prepare for use, add 3 tablespoons of the herb mix to 4 cups of filtered or spring water in a saucepan. Heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced by half. This will result in a strong coffee-colored liquid. Strain and put aside. Add 2 more cups of water and decoct (reduce) until it is again by half. Add to the first batch.
Drink ¼–½ cup 3 times per day. You may drink it full strength or add it to your water bottle to sip throughout the day.
Try some in hot water for a tasty coffee substitute, perhaps with coconut milk and coconut sugar.
The decoction should be stored in the refrigerator. Keeps up to 5 days.
Madeleina Bolduc’s Relaxing Bedtime Drink
For 1 serving:
1 cup coconut or almond milk
1 teaspoon coconut sugar
1 teaspoon ashwagandha
A pinch of cardamom and nutmeg
A pinch of turmeric root, powdered or freshly grated
A pinch of ginger root, freshly grated
Dash Himalayan or sea salt
1 teaspoon rose or orange blossom water (found in health food or Middle Eastern specialty stores)
1 or 2 droppers each of skullcap and/or passionflower tincture (optional)
Mix the first 8 ingredients in a saucepan and warm. Stir in the rose or orange blossom water and the tinctures and serve.
Photos by Lucille Lawrence