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Night Cloud Elixir / A Delicious Detox

Night Cloud Elixir / A Cozy Detox for Cooler Days

Did you know the name for our newest Eau de Parfum Night Cloud began with an herbal elixir? Our launch last week has me thinking about my journey to Night Cloud, and I want to share with you the drink that started it all. With warm sesame milk, charcoal, lavender, and honey, Night Cloud Elixir is a detox that feels like a treat.

I first created the elixir last summer, when I was scheming up all sorts of herbal concoctions, from matcha to golden milk. I named it Night Cloud, and I told myself it would be the name of my next perfume. In many ways, the ingredients laid the foundation for the fragrance – dark, rich, and lavender based.

Lavender and reishi calm. Activated charcoal draws out toxins and can settle an upset stomach. Mineral-rich sesame milk contains healthy fats that feel fortifying on winter days.

I hope you love it. 

 

Night Cloud Elixir Recipe
Ingredients for 2 servings

16 oz. homemade black sesame milk*
1 heaping tablespoon lavender buds
1 half tablespoon activated charcoal powder
2 teaspoons reishi powder
1 tablespoon of honey, or to taste

Instructions

1. Heat sesame milk on medium-low or until nut milk is warm to touch.
2. Pour into blender. Add lavender, charcoal, and reishi.
3. Blend on high until smooth.
4. In blender, add honey to taste and blend. Pour, garnish with lavender buds and charcoal if desired, and enjoy!

*Homemade Sesame Milk

Black sesame milk is key to the making this drink rich and creamy. I also like sesame milk because it is so nutrient dense and has a very high mineral content. Homemade sesame milk is easy – I promise! All it requires is a blender, cheesecloth, sesame seeds, and water. In a pinch, you can also sub your favorite nut milk.

Ingredients

1 cup black sesame seeds
4 cups water
 
Instructions

  1. Mix sesame seeds and water.
  2. Soak overnight
  3. Optional: sweet with 2 dates. Because I add honey to the Night Cloud Elixir, I recommend skipping this step for this recipe.
  4. Pour mixture into blender and blend on high.
  5. Strain ingredients carefully into a bowl. For straining, I use a nut milk bag, but you can also use a cheesecloth or dish cloth.  

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A morning routine that can go anywhere & transitioning to summer!

Lemon water morning routine

I recently did a week-long spring cleanse ("Ayurvedic Kitchari," for those interested). While the cleanse itself was wonderful, what has stuck with me since has been the morning routine I developed that week. The idea of a morning routine is nothing revolutionary, but it is amazing how easy it is to forgo in favor of hitting the ground running straight into our very full lives. 

I like to start my morning with a big glass of hot lemon water. I juice half a lemon into about 10 ounces of hot water. This simple ritual has so many benefits! (Honestly, this is sometimes the only part of the routine I do; on weekends when I relax my routine, for example).

Next I do a bit of meditation and light stretching. If I'm pressed for time, I'll just do 15 minutes of meditation with my preferred meditation app (Insight Timer). On days when I have more time, I enjoy kundalini yoga classes on Yoga Glo.

That's the foundation of my morning routine. I keep it easy and flexible. In the past, my routines often failed because I was too ambitious. If I didn't do that hour-long walk and 30 minutes of stretching, it was OVER! Now, my routine is not a miracle cure. I still have good days and bad days like everyone, but a routine provides a peaceful touchstone to return to throughout the day. It also provides a domino effect. I've gotten better at cooking a solid breakfast, responding to stress in a less reactive way, and putting more time and attention into planning my day, for example. 

As we head into the intensity of the hot New Orleans summer, I'm grateful for any tools I can cultivate to stay grounded. I've also been revisiting my favorite herbal beverage, Golden Milk (see my blog post a few posts back for the recipe!), and reading more this week ("Love Warrior" by Glennon Doyle--aka the best book on healing I've read in a while!)

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Herbal Kitchen / Golden Milk

turmeric

 

Happy Fall! Even though the temperature is still in the nineties here in New Orleans, I can feel the shift from Summer to Fall...The geese have made their way from up north to winter in Bayou St. John & City Park, the beauty berries have come in fuchsia (a sure sign of Fall here), and I've been craving my daily cup of golden milk! 

Turmeric is the key ingredient in golden milk, and its benefits are innumerable. It's best known for its anti-inflammatory superpowers due to high levels of curcumin––aiding all sorts of aches and pains specific to the neuromuscular and digestive systems. Turmeric is known to balance skin (due to its liver-nourishing properties), boost brain power, and ward off all sorts of illnesses. It's no wonder that this root gets hailed as one of the most beneficial superfoods on the planet. And don't forget that gorgeous color!

Golden milk is an easy and tasty way to give yourself some nourishing support any time of the year. This bev is packed with antioxidant-rich ingredients and is wonderful first thing in the morning to wake up our livers, or right before bed to ease into deep, restorative slumber. Either way, I've come to rely on this comforting cup throughout the years.

 

turmeric based Golden Milk

Recipe:

1 tsp ground organic turmeric powder 

1/4 tsp black pepper (aids absorption of turmeric––don't skip this!)

2 scoops collagen peptides (ok, this is a new addition for me. I jumped on the paleo-popularized collagen bandwagon, for skin health and inflammation management, and I will say my skin has been loving it! This is optional. I find it adds a slightly creamy consistency to the drink and doesn't affect taste.)

1 T. coconut oil

1 T. raw honey

1.5 cups boiling water

Add all ingredients in a blender, blend for 30 seconds on high, pour into a mug, sit back, sip & GLOW!

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