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A Quick Guide To Using Our Products

A Quick Guide To Using Our Products

Posted by Ryan Wade on Jan 20, 2017

Putting Your Order To Good Use

Lan Gui Ren Oolong Tea

Always Taken On an Empty Stomach

Across the board, we advise that all of our products are to be taken on an empty stomach. This is because digestion and absorption is greatest when the stomach is empty, particularly before the first meal of the day.

As such, we recommend using all of our products on an empty stomach, taken twice daily. Ideally taken either 30 minutes before eating or 2 hours after eating. Once before breakfast and again mid afternoon is a schedule that works well for many people.

With that said, our products are worthless to you if they are not used. So the most important thing is to take them. If the above schedule does not work for you, take them as you can and as you like.

RAW Pollen Powders

RAW Pine Pollen and Ginger Tea

At RAW Forest Foods, we are pleased to offer customers three different completely RAW, cracked-cell wall pollens:  Mountain Harvest RAW Pine PollenDivine Farmer RAW Camellia sinensis Pollen (Green Tea Pollen), and Kunlun Mountain RAW Brassica Pollen.

All three of these can be prepared and used identically.

By far the easiest way to use the RAW Pollens is to simply add the desired amount to roughly 12 ounces of water, shake or stir until dissolved, and drink.

If they are not dissolving easily, let sit for a few minutes to allow the pollen spores to hydrate fully. There is nothing wrong with drinking them undissolved (it's just less pleasant).

Some of our favorite more involved uses of RAW Pollens:

We have had several customers that have integrated our RAW Pine Pollen into their chocolate making. Delicious. 

One of our favorite cold-weather drinks at RAW Forest Foods is to make a strong ginger tea by first bringing the desired amount of water to a boil (18 ounces or so), grating a good amount of fresh ginger into it, along with the juice of 1-2 lemons, a teaspoon or more of raw honey, and 1 tablespoon of RAW Pine Pollen.

Capsules and Tablets

We have an ever growing selection of  capsules and tablets, including our RAW Pine Pollen and Lion's Mane Extract tablets (our current favorite product). Both capsules and tablets are easy and do not need a whole lot of explanation. Take as directed, with water, ideally on an empty stomach.

The exception here is our RAW Pine Pollen Tablets. These can be taken whole as you would a regular tablet, but you can also chew them and swallow them—more like a candy than a tablet. 


Tinctures may be foreign for many customers, and if so, don't be intimidated. Tinctures are a very convenient way to use medicinal herbs (in particular, Pine Pollen Tincture). They are fully extracted and because they are alcohol based, the medicinal compounds present in the herbs cross readily into the body. Unlike any other extract, tinctures are unique in that they do not have to go through the normal digestive track, they can cross directly into the body. 

There are two common ways that tinctures are used:

  • Added to several ounces of water (add to hot water to quickly dissipate the alcohol is adverse to alcohol) and drank;
  • Taken directly by mouth.

Tinctures can also be added to other drinks or foods, but digestion will be greatest when taken by themselves, on an empty stomach.

Some customers may find the flavor of alcohol off-putting. If so (or if you are otherwise adverse to alcohol), pour several ounces of just boiled water into a glass or mug and quickly add one serving of tincture. Because alcohol dissipates at a lower temperature than water, much of the flavor of the alcohol will evaporate out of the steaming water. 

Extract Powders

Perhaps the most versatile of all our products,  powdered extracts (extract powders) are fully ready to use, and can be thought of as an instant tea. They dissolve best in warm or hot water, but using very hot water is unnecessary as the powders are already fully extracted. Like all of our products, the extract powders are best taken on an empty stomach.

Powdered extracts are potent. Our extracts start at a 10:1 concentration (including our popular  Mountain Harvest Pine Pollen Extract and our Desert Oasis Cistanche tubulosa Extract), meaning they are 10 times the potency of the raw, un-extracted herb. Our most potent extract is a 200:1 concentration Tongkat Ali Extract. Extract powders can be combined into a single formula and taken at one (similarly, we offer a full line of Forest Formulations).

While most use powdered extracts by simply combining with a few ounces of hot water, many of our extract make a fantastic base or addition to hot or cold drinks, tonics, elixirs, and the like.

At RAW Forest Foods, we particularly like to use the product Dandy Blend (commonly available and sold as a coffee alternative) and add our powdered extracts to it, creating fun, coffee house style hot drinks. A nourishing alternative to depleting coffee.

Lan Gui Ren Oolong Tea

Lan Gui Ren Oolong Tea

When we first learned of and tasted a  Lan Gui Ren, we knew that we had to carry this tea at RAW Forest Foods.

Lan Gui Ren is an oolong tea that is rolled with licorice root and American ginseng. The problem was finding a quality source, as most are made with poorer quality materials destined for the American market. We are able to source this Ceremonial Grade Lan Gui Ren directly from the tea plantation, and it is delicious.

This is a very special tea, both in flavor and in effect.

Making this tea is simple, as it is not prone to over-steeping and becoming bitter as many green teas are. Simply combine the desired amount with water either taken off the heat just prior to boiling or after letting it sit for several moments. Let it steep for several minutes, strain, and drink. The leaves will become unrolled in the steeping, revealing the deep quality of the tea. The tea holds up well to multiple steepings.