All posts tagged: herbalism

Cacao with Calendula outside

What goes well with cacao? Sharing some tasty Cacao Recipes 😋

What goes well with Ceremonial Cacao? Cacao Recipes Looking forward to sharing some of my favorite cacao recipes and combinations. Ceremonial cacao has been becoming more and more popular. I myself have been enjoying it well over a year or so. As an herbalist and someone genuinely curious about recipes and nourishment, it has been a lot of fun to be experimental and add more medicine to this incredible heart medicine. I also have an open spleen in Human Design so I am more open to different tastes 😋 Why would you add more ingredients to your cacao? I believe that we can use our food and nourishment as medicine in all life situations. If we only eat a certain amount of food and drink per day…why not make it tasty and nutritious and…medicinal? Food is medicine. Many ancient cultures have long believed this and it’s something I strive to do in my daily life. We can increase the nutritional value of something when we add certain things to our food. Cacao is a food …

Cacao with Calendula outside

Cacao Recipe

Ceremonial Cacao Recipe: Aether A Ceremonial Cacao Recipe Contest I’ve decided to enter a contest by Cacao Lab for the Fifth Element Blend of  “Aether.”  I am so excited to share my recipe with you! I love creating nourishing recipes with my ceremonial cacao. I like to think of any time we ingest something as a chance to use “food as medicine.” With cacao this is especially amazing because cacao acts as a vasodilator. Which means that your body can have a greater access to the medicinal potency of your ingredients. If you are a looking for an incredible source of ceremonial cacao, check out Cacao Lab ❤️  The Fifth Element-Cacao Recipe So what is Aether? Aether can be described as the invisible energy that connects all… No big deal right?  For this blend I wanted to highlight the mushrooms Lion’s Mane and Reishi for their supernatural ability to heal and nourish the body and brain, grounding us through the mycelial network. What one could visualize as the physical manifestation of aether 🌌  Reishi calms …

Backyard Foraging

It’s time to do a little Backyard Foraging It’s spring in Michigan and things are starting to feel a little bit greener, lighter and…tasty 😋 I love foraging and have been learning about “edible weeds” for the past 3 years or so. I am an herbalist in training and really love learning about the medicinal properties of food and the things that we ingest. I was so lucky to find 4 morels in our back yard, in addition to some dandelion greens, violet flowers and leaves and some wild and cultivated chives. Humans have been eating from the land for a long time We can all play part in that ancestral tradition by learning what grows in our area. There are many incredible guidebooks and lots of useful online information about foraging. Plants can be used as food (you can ingest them as you would food) or they can be medicinal (you should be working with these plants in a medicinal way and knowing for certain how much etc.) We use herbs as “medicine” in …

Learning to care deeper for this earth suit

I have been interested in herbalism longer than I realize. When I was younger my dad would slip in stories about his childhood, and sometimes I was able to listen. He’s an excellent story teller and would recount memories of going out into the field and collecting dandelion leaves with his mom and siblings. She would then take the dandelion leaves and either Sautee them or boil them or use them fresh for salads. Fast forward many years later, my husband and I move to Ann Arbor and start to catch wind of mystical things such as plant walks with Jim McDonald (the renowned herbalist) through the Michigan Folk School. It was thrilling. I was on the road to healthy eating and thinking more consciously about what I put into my body. I had never been one for traditional conventional medicine, something about it just seemed unnatural. I am so glad I had that tiny inkling of thought. I believe conventional medicine is a powerhouse and saves many lives but often conditions are blanket statements …