Did you know that coffee is an herb? If you did, great! If you didn’t, now you do! Even though we often refer to “coffee beans”, we are actually intaking the seed of the plant. Coffee is a cooling and drying herb that stimulates digestive functions, energy, and circulation through the nervous system. “Clinical trials have shown that light- and medium-roast coffee reduces oxidative stress and inflammation in humans” (Source: Plant Foods for Human Nutrition). Other studies have shown that it improves cognitive functioning; decreases the risk of Alzheimer’s; and supports a healthy liver through detoxification (sources listed in “Alchemy of Herbs”). If you are a decaf drinker, look for coffee that was decaffeinated by soaking the beans in water or carbon dioxide, rather than harsh chemicals that create waste in the environment. Many believe that the benefits of coffee were discovered first in Ethiopia. While in Ethiopia, my friend and I were invited to a coffee ceremony with a very welcoming family. As you can see (swipe right), they grind the beans/seeds over hot coals while also burning eucalyptus leaves (prolific in Ethiopia) and incense to enhance the aromatics. The experience was a real treat and we enjoyed several cups of coffee with the family (etiquette for Ethiopian ceremonies: drink 3 full cups). In my morning routine, I don’t quite create that beautiful ritual, but I do burn eucalyptus oil for aromatics. Always look for fair trade, organic, and if possible shade grown coffee. I’m a huge fan of @kickinghorsecoffee
‘s Three Sisters medium blend. I freshly grind the beans (the best way) and dump them into a French press with 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, and 1 tsp of chaga (mushroom). The benefits of these other herbs require a post for each so just trust me on this blend. After the coffee is roasted, I pour it over 2 tbsp of coconut oil and 1 scoop of collagen peptides to support hair, nails, skin, joints, and bones (note: get the marine peptides version for sustainability purposes; available on Amazon. I use the brand @vitalproteins
). Stir it up and enjoy all the greatness!!