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Consciousness Magazine's Coverage of The Alchemist's Kitchen's Tasting Journey

Rachelle Robinett The Alchemists Kitchen

ALCHEMIST KITCHEN: CONNECT WITH THE POWER OF PLANTS

BY ASHLY PRIEST | Photos by Aris Ziagos of Riot Science Productions

In their newly opened retail and event space, The Alchemist’s Kitchen held a private tasting journey of state changing imbibables. As part of their month-long event series called Month of Love, this intimate tasting was one of many workshops, performances, mediations, and meet-ups arranged to preview the future home of the The Alchemist’s Kitchen Tonic Bar. Slated to open in April 2016, the occasion offered a sneak peek at the menu of the flagship botanical dispensary and whole plant tonic bar. With just 15 guests, sampling the flight of tonics, elixirs, and teas was a literal opportunity to come to the table as a community, celebrating the power of plants.

Acting as our guides and hosts for the evening were the Managing Director of The Alchemist’s Kitchen Stephanie Wang Walter, and in-house Herbalist Caity Flanagan. Seated around a beautifully arranged table each guest was given a Tasting Flight Notes booklet sharing the story of The Alchemist’s Kitchen, a brief glossary of Herbalism terms, and recipes in the spirit of the tasting. The evening began with a light breathing and meditation exercise led by Flanagan as she invited each of us to open ourselves to the experience and bring conscious intention to our lives. The tasting began with their signature “Joy Juice” formulation intended to allow for mood enhancement, grounding, and stress relief. Each of the tastes, six in total, carried the guests through shifts in mood and energy without relying on alcohol or caffeine.

It was an evening of storytelling, and guests were encouraged to share how each round of the tasting was affecting them. Wang Walter explained that this was also an opportunity to showcase the products and partnerships they have fostered with thoroughly vetted brands in the alternative medicine world like Zach Woods Herb FarmAnima Mundi Apothecary, and Herbal Revolution. Used in conjunction with their in-house blends these partners offer rare and difficult-to-source ingredients that allow The Alchemist’s Kitchen to fully customize their patrons’ formulas in any number of ways. Each round of the tasting offered a new combination of elixirs and mixers, or pure teas, or tinctures. Flanagan offered up the dried herbs of some combinations as an educational show-and-tell that was passed around the table. As a small part of the whole, the tasting journey acted as a microcosm of the message and mission ofThe Alchemist’s Kitchen. They wish for their new flagship to be an accessible space of learning, nourishment and enlightenment. As part of their on-going soft opening, the month of March will feature even more opportunities and events for avid practitioners and novices alike to experience the world of Herbalism. By their official opening in April the Tonic Bar will be open seven days a week, with a light food menu, and the ability to create custom formulations of tonics, tinctures, elixirs, teas, and infusions. Their online Evolver Learning Lab adds another dimension to their goals of creating a larger community, centralizing themselves as a hub for increased awareness and an access point to discover the power of plants.

Full story, here.

You're All Sick. How About Not? :)

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IMG_0259.JPG Tis that season! I'm not having it. Meaning, just because "everyone is sick" doesn't mean you need to be. I can't tell you how many times I've been surrounded by cold-flu-caught colleagues and not caught the bug. It is possible to accomplish a fall/winter without coming down with something. It is possible to go years without meds - at the very least, no antibiotics. Though now I'll probably be laid out for bragging. Regardless, here's something that will help:

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Elderberry Decoction: Elderberry is one of the most potent antioxidant herbs out there. Taken as a decoction, you get a concentrated dose of the herb, in a palatable (and hey, pocket-sized!) formula. While most recipes include honey, mine doesn't, because sugar is the last thing you want while ill or on the verge. This batch was freshly brewed with beautiful purple-black elderberries, plus ginger, cinnamon and a special mulling spice blend. It smelled like pie and looked like a galaxy. So much goodness.

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From me for the cause, which is you, the collective. So, while "everyone" is under the weather, maybe we can enjoy it instead. xR

- Benefits of Elderberry Elderberries (Sambucus) have been a folk remedy for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa.

Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis.

Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. People with the flu who took elderberry juice reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not.

Elderberries contain organic pigments, tannin, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, rutin, viburnic acid, vitaman A and B and a large amount of vitamin C.

Flavonoids, including quercetin, act as powerful antioxidants and protect cells against damage.

The wide range of medical benefits is probably due to the enhancement of each individual's immune system.

Further research indicates that anthocyanins found in elderberries possess significantly more antioxidant capacity than either vitamin E or vitamin C.

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Get yours

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