How to Make and Sell Almond Milk

Delicious, healthy almond milk is easy to make, and a great way to make some extra money.


| September/October 1976


We've discovered how to combine fresh almonds with apple juice to create a non-dairy milk that's fantastically good tasting. It's also chock-full of essential vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, minerals, and fruit sugars ... and ripe with home business possibilities, too! To show you what I mean, I'd like—if I may—to tell you how Michael and I happened onto almond milk, and how we reaped a "healthy" profit selling the drink to health food stores in and around Vancouver, British Columbia.

It all started one cold, rainy November day shortly after Michael and I had returned—penniless—to Vancouver following a summer of nomadic wanderings in Cinnamon, our VW van. I'd had—and was able to endure—a sporadic throbbing in one of my eyeteeth for quite some time, but upon our arrival home the pain had become agonizing and unbearable.

The next day we went to see the dentist, who looked into my mouth and promptly prescribed $250 worth of root canal work. "No way!" Michael exclaimed ... and that was the end of that.

So—rather than spend money we didn't have—I immediately embarked on a cleansing fast and scoured the herbal guidebooks for alternate methods of dealing with tooth problems. I ended up with a dental plan that included the following: a calcium and silicon-rich tea made from horsetail, oat straw, and comfrey leaves (to nourish the gums and teeth) ... a mouthwash—and poultice—containing powdered myrrh and goldenseal, for their healing and antiseptic qualities ... chaparral for pain ... and a tea of specially blended herbs, rich in B vitamins, to nourish and build nerve tissue. (These herbs included—among others—black cohosh, catnip, cayenne, hops, lady-slipper root, lobelia, mistletoe, red clover, skullcap, valerian, and wood betony.)

Over the next few days my face swelled "out to here" and the pain became excruciating, but finally—to my immense relief—an abscess broke through the gum and drained. Ten days of "herbal therapy" later, the swelling had completely subsided and my tooth stopped throbbing. I felt weak ... but the worst was over.

The Almond Milk Discovery

On the night of my "recovery", I spied some almonds in the house where Michael and I were staying. I found the nuts—to say the least—powerfully alluring. "Michael," I said, "do you think I could have some almonds?"





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