The herbal treat in the recipes below is formulated to relieve stress, bring greater immunity, boost energy and vitality, and balance hormonal changes with both PMS and menopause hot flashes. These treats are an ideal way to let your food be your medicine. They are delicious, easy to make, and store well; and are relatively cost-effective.

Herbal information and safety warnings:

Ashwagandha Withania somnifera: Warming, adaptogen, helps fortify physical and emotional balance, increases energy and stamina and strengthens immune, nervous (nervine) and reproductive systems.

Contraindications/safety: Use caution for those with extreme “heat” (Pitta) in their constitution. Theoretical interactions between Ashwagandha and immunosuppressant, thyroid and some sedative medications have been reported.  Ashwagandha may have some hypoglycemic activity in humans; it is wise to monitor blood glucose levels for those individuals who are susceptible. Speculative:  May potentiate the effects of barbiturates (Atal and Schwarting, 1961).  Avoid this plant if sensitive to plants in the nightshade family, and do not use internally if you have hemochromatosis (excess iron). Avoid with hyperthyroidism (Adaptogens, David Winston 2007). As with all herbs during pregnancy and lactation, consult a healthcare professional prior to use. It should not be used if one is sick (cold or flu), as it is a tonifying and building herb which is contraindicated during viral illnesses. No known drug-herb interactions.

Cacao Theobroma cacao:  plant part- cacao pod -Stimulating, rich in antioxidants, delicious, bitter, aromatic, flavonoids, magnesium, iron, and minerals, promotes mood enhancement.

Contraindications/safety: Use caution if sensitive to stimulation from caffeine. People who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome should not use cacao, and it may also cause allergies.  Although there is little evidence that Cocoa can cause headaches, some studies suggest that it may trigger certain headaches, specifically in migraine sufferers.

Goji- Lycium chinensis: Plant part-berry – Cooling/bitter/sweet, Adaptogen, delicious, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, soothing, nourishing, lubricating, supports immune, respiratory, liver functions. Delicious when consumed by the handful or added to tea as a sweetener.

Contraindications/safety: Not for use if sensitive to plants in the nightshade family. Avoid with diarrhea, gas, bloating.

Shatavari- Asparagus racemosus: Plant part- root- Cooling, demulcent, adaptogen, aphrodisiac, helps enhance the reproductive system and your body’s response to stress, may increase urine flow, galactogogue, lung tonic, helps relieve spasms, cools and calms the mind, traditionally used as a fertility tonic for men and women.

Contraindications/safety: Use with caution in cases of acute lung congestion or with high congestion in the body (Kapha), (Pole, 2006). Those with diarrhea and abdominal bloating may want to avoid Shatavari or mix it with a warming herb like ginger (Winston 2007). As with all herbs during pregnancy and lactation, consult a healthcare professional prior to use. It should not be used if one is sick (cold or flu), as it is a tonifying and building herb which is contraindicated during viral/bacterial illnesses. No known drug-herb interactions. Potential: Prevents aspirin-induced stomach irritation, and diarrhea caused by taking cisplatin, (Winston 2007). Shatavari may increase urine flow, yet it is also soothing (demulcent).

*Adaptogen definition: An adaptogen is an herb or agent that helps the body uniquely respond to emotional, physical and environmental stressors.

All organic ingredients are preferable favorite sources:

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup toasted coconut flakes- nourishing, fatty, aromatic
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cacao Theobroma cacao powder – bitter, dry, aromatic, cool
  • 1-1.5 cup of ghee or coconut oil warmed to liquid state- neutral energy, nourishing
  • 1/4 cup ShatavariAsparagus racemosus – Cooling/moist/ adaptogen*
  •             &  Ashwagandha Withania somnifera –warming/moving/adaptogen*
  • ½ cup honey & or to taste- nourishing, soothing, antimicrobial
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract- delicious, mood uplifting, aphrodisiac
  • 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt – nourishes and soothes tissues,, invaluable taste
  • 1 tsp cardamom, ginger root, cinnamon, and coriander powder: each herb and spice offers delicious and unique antimicrobial, antiviral, antispasmodics, soothing, anti-inflammatory benefits

Finishing garnish:

  • Goji berries or dried cranberries – goji berries are soothing/sweet/ adaptogenic*
  • Fresh orange or lemon zest- uplifting, sour taste promotes secretions

Analogues|optional herbal additions:  Siberian ginseng, Schisandra, Codonopsis, Astragalus. 

You can add more of each of the below as desired for your constitution.  Simply add more ghee and honey to create a firm yet moist ball.

Flavor:  Balance of sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, salty and astringent.

Herbal Energetics:   Create a balance of warming and cooling herbs that is just right for you!-  not too hot or too cold- but just right!  If you run cold or are feeling more bloated/gassy, add more heating spices (ginger, cinnamon, cardamom).  If you run hot use less.

Directions:

  • Lightly toast coconut for 5 minutes @ 225 degrees- remove from oven and cool
  • Combine all dry ingredients in a glass bowl or ceramic bowl and mix well with clean hands
  • Stir in honey and oil of choice, making sure that all ingredients are well covered in oils and honey.  Add more honey or oil if they are too dry and do not stick together well
  • Form into little balls- and lay on plate or wax paper
  • Adorn each ball with 1 goji berry or a dried cranberry
  • Grate zest of a orange on top for color and taste.

Benefits:

Adaptogenic herbs support a healthy response to stress, immune system tonic, reproductive system tonic, soothes symptoms of PMS and Menopause, nourishing, yummy.

Caution: If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical drugs, please consult with your health care practitioner before using this formula.  Consult your primary health care provider prior to use if pregnant, lactating, or with children under 12 years of age.

These treats should not be used if one is sick (cold or flu), as it is a tonifying and building herb which is contraindicated during viral illnesses.  Scroll below for a more complete list of safety and contraindications for the herbs in this formula.

*An adaptogen is an herb or agent to help the body adapt to environmental, physical, and emotional stressors.