Dr. Dawna Ara, DACM

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Hot Cocoa with Immune Boosting Herbs & Mushrooms

Taking my herbs is something I look forward to every day. Not only do they help me to think clearly and feel good, but I’ve learned how to make them taste delicious.

Here I have homemade hot cocoa with collagen for skin and joint health and a homemade immune tonic with astragalus and mushrooms to keep me well throughout the fall and winter season. This warm and cozy drink is very calming and I look forward to drinking it as my day winds down. No, you cannot taste the herbs.


  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 scoop collagen powder
  • 1 dropperful of my homemade immune tincture (astragalus, atractylodes, siler, rishi, chaga and turkey tail mushrooms)
  • 1 tsp of raw and unfiltered local honey

I blend everything except the honey in my frother until the drink is warmed. You could also use a blender or warm it up on the stove.  Raw honey is packed with immune-boosting properties that can be destroyed by heat so I add it right before I'm about to enjoy it. Top with a dash of cinnamon. Try adding herbs to your warm beverages and let me know what you think. Enjoy!

About Dr. Dawna Ara, DACM
Dr. Dawna Ara is an acupuncturist, herbalist, functional medicine practitioner, a mom, wife, writer, foodie and nature lover. She teaches her patients how to live a healthy lifestyle.