Making good food as our medicine is often a big hit when it comes out of our kitchen. Years of playing and experimenting in the kitchen make it all happen. We took up our best knives and chopped, stirred, consulted knowledge, experience, and the intuitive forces present and came up with this simple yet potent, satisfying soup for deep winter support. after many requests, we thought we'd give it a proper write-up. Enjoy from our kitchen to yours.
Shiitake Mushroom Bisque with Thyme & Nettles
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#2 Recipe Share: HOMEMADE TOOTHPASTE
- 4 tablespoons bentonite clay; I’ve used white clay too but you can experiment
- ½ teaspoon unrefined powdered sea salt, or fine grain such as Celtic, Himalayan, or any other natural sea salt (grind in mortar & pestle or dedicated coffee grinder for herbs).
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 4 – 6 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil, melted; more or less depending on desired consistency
- you may also want to add some powdered herbs/spices such as clove, in that case use 1/8 tsp. and add it with the clay.
- Sweetener Options: I don’t sweeten ours and have spent years deprograming my tribe from oral care having to be sweet. You get to decide. Simply drizzle of a small amount of vegetable glycerin (1/8-1/4 teaspoon if you need a measurement) – OR add a very small sprinkle of stevia powder (it’s 40x sweeter than sugar so be careful or it will taste awful! Try 5-10 drops of tincture) – OR - ½ – 1 teaspoon raw honey
- Flavors: 10 drops of any of the following: peppermint essential oil, wintergreen essential oil, sweet orange essential oil, tea tree oil (Avoid swallowing. Leave out if a small child might swallow.)
1. Melt coconut oil over a very low heat until completely melted. DO NOT overheat.
2. Add clay, salt, baking soda, powdered herbs in a small wide mouth glass jar that your tooth paste will be stored in.
3. When the coconut oil is melted, add it to the jar with the rest of the ingredients; mix well, cap quick to keep your essential oils in there, and let cool completely before using.
4. To use: do NOT put your tooth brush in this jar or you will introduce bacteria and it will be most counterproductive! Instead keep a small spoon handy or a wooden popsicle stick in there so you can scoop a small amount out to your hand and then wipe your moist toothbrush into this and brush gently as usual.
Jennifer Costa, Herbalist, Teacher, BS, RN, CST, and Founder of ElderMoon School of Herbs & Earth Medicine