Black Sesame, Rose, He Shou Wu Yin Elixir
This was such a fun and delicious beverage to make. The black sesame milk was the prettiest gray color ever, and anytime I get to play with rose petals is a good day!
Both black sesame seeds and he shou wu are potent yin and blood nourishing tonics in Chinese Medicine, boosting the kidneys and liver. “Taking black sesame seeds can heal all the chronic illness after 100 days, improve skin tone on body and face after 1 year, reverse gray hair after 2 years, and regrow teeth after 3 years.” says the Compendium of Materia Medica, the largest and most comprehensive medical writings in the history of Traditional Chinese medicine. Kidney yin deficiencies show up as premature aging, dryness, graying hair, weakness in the lower back, constipation, blurred vision. He Shou Wu is traditionally also known as a potent anti-aging herb. With high levels of SOD (superoxide dismutase) a potent anti-oxidant and reversatrol, He Shou Wu is an essential component of slowing down the aging process. He Shou Wu is also known for reversing gray hair, bring lubrication and moisture into tired, sore, weak muscles. Being an adaptogen, it will support your adrenal glands and help you adapt to stress. He Shou Wu also contains MAOI inhibitors, meaning it helps the body uptake and regulate more serotonin and dopamine, the happy hormones.
With the addition of the wonderfully gentle and healing rose in this beverage, it is the perfect tonic for an anxious or restless heart, especially in the evening(yin time).
Directions: enough for 2 cups
Soak 3/4 cup black sesame seeds over night. Strain out old water, and blend with 2.5 cups of fresh water. Strain through cheesecloth.
Warm up the black sesame milk on the stove with 2 tablespoons of dried rose petals. Let the rose petals steep in the milk for 10 minutes.
Strain out rose petals, and warm the milk back up.
Place in blender with 2 teaspoons of He Shou Wu powder, a splash of vanilla extract, and 2 teaspoons of raw honey.
In a separate blender or food processor, pulse dried rose petals until dusty.
Sprinkle rose dust on top of your beverage..Cheers!