Info: Available in Many Types in 150g Bags, and in 454g Bags for Some
As part of their commitment to sharing the healing benefits of herbs and plants, the Master Herbalists at the Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary in the Comox Valley of Vancouver Island have formulated a number of delicious blends of superfoods, herbs, and medicinal mushrooms in a convenient powdered format which can either make instant drinks or be integrated into other foods or beverages. Three of these -- Activate, Kick Start, and the 5 Mushroom Blend -- feature a genuine chocolate / cacao base; while two have a Coconut Cream latte base one (Matcha Mind and Elevate). Please see below for a summary of each one's characteristics.
Activate is a nourishing blend of mushrooms (Reishi and Chaga), Mucuna (a tropical legume traditionally used to increase mental alertness and improve coordination), Shilajit (a natural concentration of organic materials and minerals also known as mineral pitch), and more, with a rich chocolate and cinnamon flavour designed to bolster your immune system and leave you with a blissful stress free feeling.
Elevate is a creamy superfood blend designed to uplift your mood, nourish your mind, and build your energy. It includes Lion's Mane mushrooms for nerve growth and improved cognitive function; Lotus and Green Tea Pollen for their antioxidants, bio-active growth hormones, anti-aging amino acids, and adaptogenic compounds; Lucuma, to support healthy skin and digestion; and flavourful Cardamom, to help improve cardiovascular and digestive health and combat diseases.
The 5 Mushroom Drinking Chocolate uses raw cacao as both a comforting flavour and a carrier to help deliver a synergistic combination of the healing Reishi, Cordyceps, Turkey Tail, Chaga, and Lion's Mane mushrooms more effectively, to help enhance their immunomodulating and anti-pathogenic properties, and to help open up your senses and balance your mind, body, and spirit.
Kick Start! is a stimulating blend of Raw Cacao with Chaga Mushroom, Roasted Dandelion, Guarana, Maca, Ramon Nut, Sarsaparilla, and Yerba Mate designed to help support and nourish the energy centers of your body without negative effects. It makes a great substitute for coffee, and is a good way to wean yourself off that if you're so inclined.
Matcha Mind is another rich and creamy latte designed to help calm your nerves and decrease your worry level while fostering a meditative state. It features several ingredients associated with improving cognition and mental alertness -- Matcha, Lion's Mane, and Mucuna -- plus two (Green Tea Pollen and Moringa Powder) two help nourish and sustain the other organs.
Activate: Raw Cacao, Lucuma, Mesquite, Maca, Mucuna Extract, Chaga Dual Extract, Reishi Dual Extract, Shilajit, True Cinnamon.
Drinking Chocolate w/5 Mushroom Dual Extract: Organic Raw Cacao Powder, Organic Coconut Sugar, 5 Mushroom Dual Extract Powder (Reishi, Cordyceps, Turkey Tail, Chaga, Lion's Mane).
Elevate: Lucuma Powder, Coconut Cream Powder, Coconut Water Crystals, Lion's Mane DE, Green Tea Pollen, Lotus Pollen, Mucuna pruriens Extract, and Cardamom Powder
Kick Start!: Chaga Mushroom, Ramon Nut, Yerba Mate, Raw Cacao, Sarsaparilla, Maca, Roasted Dandelion and Guarana.
Matcha Mind (formerly known as Mucuna Matcha-ta): Matcha Tea, Coconut Cream Powder, Green Tea Pollen, Moringa Powder, Lion's Mane DE, and Mucuna pruriens Extract.
To have as an instant hot chocolate style drink, simply add 1 teaspoon of an Elixir Blend to 300 ml (10 ounces) of hot water, and stir well. (Some labels may say tbsp; the company has confirmed this was a printing error.) For the Drinking Chocolate with 5 Mushrooms type itself, Harmonic Arts suggests taking that in half the amount, twice a day.
For an upgraded hot elixir version, Harmonic Arts recommends using a full tablespoon of Elixir Blend, with a teaspoon of Coconut oil and a teaspoon of honey, and either adding them to a 10 to 12 oz cup of hot herbal tea; or putting them in a blender with 10 to 12 ounces of hot water.
Most if not all of these could also be blended with other types of hot or cold drinks (including nut mylks), or be added or sprinkled onto yogurt, ice cream, oatmeal, baked, or raw treats.
Warnings:If you are pregnant or have a medical condition, please consult your primary healthcare provider before use.