Aphrodisiac Chocolates

Aphrodisiac herbs are traditionally used to increase feelings of vitality, sexuality and intimacy.  Most importantly, the majority of our aphrodisiac herbs also moonlight as nervines, working to reduce the negative impacts of stress on our body- elevated stress levels being one of the primary contributing factors to low libido. Some of my favorite aphrodisiac herbs are damiana, rose, kava, cacao (yes, chocolate!), vanilla and maca.  These herbs can be made into teas, tinctures and cordials, taken as supplements/pills, or turned into my favorite form of aphrodisiac- herbal chocolates!  Here’s an easy recipe you can make at home to experience the magical effects of a few of these plants:

Aphrodisiac Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients

  • 2.5 ounces raw cacao powder
  • 4.5 ounces cocoa butter
  • .25 ounces maca powder
  • .25 ounces damiana powder (*I use my nutribullet/ninja to powder my loose damiana herb)
  • Honey, maple syrup or herb-infused glycerin to taste (I usually use about ¼ cup per recipe- depends upon how sweet you want it)
  • 2-3 tablespoons finely chopped (dried) rose petals
  • 1 tbsp course ground sea salt

Instructions

  1. Begin by placing a small sprinkle of rose petals and sea salt at the bottom of each chocolate mold (if you don’t have chocolate molds, you can use wax paper in a baking dish and just sprinkle the roses and sea salt over it)
  2. Break the cocoa butter into chunks, and melt in a double boiler over low heat
  3. Once the cocoa butter is fully melted, slowly whisk in the cacao powder and herbal powders
  4. Stir in the honey until everything is well mixed
  5. Slowly pour into the chocolate molds
  6. Allow the chocolates to harden at room temperature (takes a few hours) or by placing in the refrigerator
  7. Once they’re set, pop them out of the molds and enjoy!

Betsy Miller, MS, CNS, LDN, is a clinical herbalist and licensed nutritionist in Northern Virginia.  She began self-studying plant medicine at the age of 12, and went on to complete her Masters Degree in herbal medicine at Tai Sophia (now MUIH).  Betsy currently teaches in the herbal program at MUIH, and is a founding faculty member of the Mid-Atlantic School of Herbalism.  She focuses her practice on digestive and reproductive health.  Betsy is a plant lover, kitchen witch and potion-maker, and spends as much time as possible making herbal concoctions or running around in the woods with her dogs.

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