Have you ever heard that chocolate is good for you? Buzz words like 'antioxidant', 'superfood', and 'aphrodisiac' are often used to tout this amazing food's benefits. They aren't just buzz words when it comes to cacao.
Cacao, cocoa, chocolate. What's the difference? Below, I go into more detail about this terminology and give you some fun facts about the history of this delicious plant. Fair warning, this article is not all sweet and lovely. Cacao is bitter! And so is it's story.
White pine can taste astringent. Have you tried it? What did the word ‘astringent’ make you feel? Did your lips start to pucker and tongue dry up just hearing the word? Then you are aware of plant energetics.
What else do I have in this decoction that I have wild-thinged into this new calendar year? I say ‘wild-thinged’ and you pictured me plunging my fists into herb jars and thrusting plants wildly into a bowl. Memories of childhood fiction?
Tidings of joy during this Yule season
Do you ever find yourself lost in the holiday shuffle of work, kids, family, shopping, baking.....? What are some of the ways you slow it down? Mine is evening tea. For my entire household.
This Yule tea is a new tradition in our home. I started it last night. My little herbalists had gone out to enjoy some hours of snow play, coming in with red cheeks and noses, so we made spice cookies and Yule tea to warm them up. It smelled so festive and cozy in our home!
Sarah is a community herbalist, raising children, teaching children and adults the ways of herbalism and nature, and handcrafting herbal products for the community.