Graduate, Karen Howard, is the official ‘chocolatier’ of Indigo Herbs in Glastonbury.
Over many months of
focused trial and error, Karen has developed the
ultimate raw chocolate recipes,
including a Pure chocolate and several herbal
chocolate combinations. In Pure Passion Karen
added Mucuna pruriens, an Ayurvedic mood enhancing
herb, and Tynanthus paneurensis, an Amazonian
aphrodisiac; in Pure Goddess she combines
Shatavari, an Ayurvedic herb to provide stamina
and deep seated energy reserves and Maca, a herb
known to provide nutrient support for the nervous
and hormonal systems; and in Pure Hero she
supports the needs of men’s hormonal chemistry
with Ashwagandha, a stress relieving herb,
Gokshura, a herb that supports stamina and bone,
flesh and cartilage building and strengthening and
Kappikachhu, an Ayurvedic mood enhancer that
supports positive thinking. She also offers Pure
Energy and Pure Life and a ‘Make Your Own’ Kit, so that
you can learn how to make delicious Raw Chocolate
of the highest quality for yourself.
Raw Cacao, also known as Kakaw, or by its Latin name, Theobroma cacao, originates from South America, where it was early recognized to induce feelings of euphoria. Raw Cacao is high in antioxidants, tryptophan, sulphur, chromium, magnesium and iron. It also contains Dopamine (lack of Dopamine linked to addiction and introversion - increased Dopamine associated with ability to experience pleasure), Phenylethylamine (known to mimic the brain chemistry of a person in love), and Serotonin (a natural mood enhancer and appetite suppressant). In fact, Raw Cacao contains more than 300 chemical compounds and is considered a ‘superfood’ due to it’s extremely high ratio of nutrient to calories. Due to its rich nutritive qualities it is a natural relaxant, mood enhancer, supports the growth of beautiful shiny hair, glowing skin, strong nails, and is a natural liver cleanser. It also supports the work of the pancreas. Its high magnesium content is wonderful for supporting balanced brain chemistry and hormonal function. Cacao contains both Anandamine, a neurotransmitter that is know to create blissful states, and enzyme prohibitors that decrease our bodies ability to break down Anandamine. What this means is that we achieve a blissful state when we eat Cacao that LASTS. Think about it. Delicious, nutritious, blissful...and it lasts.
Nectar of the Gods in my opinion, and the Mayans agreed. They believed that the Plumed Serpent gave cacao to the Mayans along with a plethora of other highly nutritious superfoods. The Latin name for cacao means ‘Food of the Gods.’ Well, there is a lot to learn about the properties of cacao, but the best place to begin is with personal experience. Try some of Indigo Herbs raw chocolate, and find out for yourself just how blissful eating the highest quality pure raw chocolate can be.
Medicine Flower Extracts are gluten free, calorie free, extracted below 118 degrees F, organic, wild-crafted and water and oil soluble. They are very highly concentrated so you won’t need more than a drop or two to bring life and exotic flavours to your recipes. Many of us are familiar with the multi-faceted pleasures and benefits of pure essential oils. Here, Medicine Flower harnesses the pure, delicious flavours and aromas of organic fruits, nuts, beans and flowers in ‘raw’ extracts. You will have to smell and taste this extracts yourself to appreciate the potency and intensity of their flavours...up to 70 times more flavour than most other extracts on the market.
Medicine Flower Extracts in 45 Delicious Flavours
Medicine Flower Extracts
are available at Medicine Flower in the US or at
Raw Living in the UK and
include the following flavors: Almond, Golden
Apple, Green Apple, Red Apple, Apricot, Banana,
Bergamot, Black Currant, Blackberry, Blueberry,
Black Cherry, Morello Cherry, Chocolate (light),
Chocolate (dark), Chocolate (white), Cinnamon,
Coconut, Coffee, Elderberry, Fig, Guava, Hazelnut,
Honeydew, Jasmine, Kiwi, Lemon, Mango, Mint,
Orange, Passionfruit, Peach, Peanut, Pear,
Pineapple, Plum, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Bulgarian
Rose, Rum, Strawberry, Tropical Fruit, Vanilla,
Violet, Walnut and Watermelon. The difficulty will
be in choosing which flavour to try first.
Here is a recipe to
get you started:
1 cup cashew milk (walnut or almond milk also very good)
1 cup ice
1/2 tsp Maple Syrup
6 drops Medicine Flower Blueberry Extract
4 pitted dates
10 soaked Goji Berries
Pinch Himalayan Salt
Blend until smoothe
These extracts can also be used in natural beauty products. Check back for recipes for my favorite ‘edible’ body lotion.