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Spread the Love: Herbal Recipes to Treat Yourself & Others

Woman in bath with rose petals

The intoxicating fragrance of jasmine on a warm summer’s night, the alluring hues of wild roses, borage and calendula, and the juicy sweetness of a fully ripe peach are all part of nature’s divine craft of seduction. They entice us through our senses to do their bidding. With each pluck, nibble, and inhale, they’ve lured us to spread their seeds, replant their roots, and release their pollen to keep alive their cycle of reproduction.

We invite you to further lavish yourself in nature’s pleasures through these sumptuous recipes. Access your most flirtatious self through our Kissable Beet Root Lip & Cheek Stain; awaken your sensuality with Damiana-laced Rosewater Truffles; and relax into bliss with our Stay Supple Bath Soak recipe.

Take pleasure in working with your hands as you craft these delights and relish in the joy of spreading this plant love.

Looking for a trusted source for your DIY ingredients? Try our friends at Mountain Rose Herbs.

As you get creating, remember to tag us @tradmedicinals on Instagram. We’d love to see your labors of love!

 

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Kissable Beet Root Lip & Cheek Stain

Kissable Beet Root Lip & Cheek Stain

Servings: About 15 (.5oz tins)
Time: 45 minutes

Materials:

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Fill the bottom of your double boiler with water, to the line mark. Add 3 tablespoons of alkanet root in 1 cup of sweet almond oil in the top section, apart from the section with water. Bring the double boiler to a low simmer, stir the mixture and keep on low for 15 minutes. The oil will soon turn a deep red.
  2. Strain out the alkanet root, using your mesh strainer and liquid measuring cup, and then add the deep red oil back to the top pot.
  3. Shave the beeswax, and then add it in with the cocoa butter and beet root powder.
  4. Once melted and mixed in, turn off the heat and add your peppermint essential oil.
  5. Pour into your lip balm containers.
  6. Allow the stain to dry and enjoy!

 

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Damiana & Rosewater Lover’s Truffles

Damiana & Rosewater Lover’s Truffles

Servings: 15-20 truffles
Serving Size: Approx. 2 truffles
Time: 20 mins prep a day ahead, 45 mins total

Materials:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Parchment paper
  • 2 trays for chocolate truffles
  • Spoon for mixing
  • Small cooking pot with cover
  • Small cookie scoop

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz of Fair Trade Certified™ bittersweet chocolate
  • 3/4 cup of full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 small capful of rosewater
  • 1 pinch of cardamom
  • 3/4 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of dried damiana

Instructions:

  1. Simmer the coconut milk in your pot, then add the damiana. Turn off the burner and cover the pot. Let it stand and infuse for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain out the herb, and then measure the remaining coconut milk. (You should be left with just under a 1/2 cup.)
  3. Reheat the coconut milk, bring to a simmer, and then turn off the stove.
  4. Place the 8 oz of chocolate in a mixing bowl, and then quickly pour in the hot, damiana-infused coconut milk.
  5. Quickly mix together until all chocolate has been melted; then add in the salt, cardamom, and rosewater.
  6. Cover the bowl and put in the fridge overnight to allow the mixture to achieve a more solid, paste-like consistency.
  7. Use a small cookie scoop to measure out each truffle from the bowl. Roll the contents of each scoop into a ball with your hands, and (if you’d like) roll each ball in cocoa powder or coconut flakes to coat.
  8. Plate with dry or fresh rose petals and enjoy! Whether or not you have a lover to share these with makes no difference; these truffles are equally tasty when enjoyed alone. We hope you’ll infuse these herbs for the heart space into your celebrations and beyond; and remember that nourishing yourself will allow you to love and support others more fully.
  9. Refrigerate leftovers and store in airtight container. Consume within 10 days.

 

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Stay Supple Bath Soak

Stay Supple Bath Soak

Servings: 5 jars
Time: 5-10 minutes

Materials:

  • 5 six-ounce jars
  • Labels
  • Big mixing bowl
  • Spoon for mixing

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ½ cup sweet almond oil (or healthy oil of choice, like jojoba or sesame oil)
  • ½ cup dried calendula petals
  • 1 cup dried rose petals
  • 1 cup coarsely ground, Kosher sea salt
  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 4-6 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops of jasmine essential oil
  • 1 drop of Moroccan blue chamomile oil

Instructions:

  1. Start by blending the dry ingredients together in the large bowl, then slowly pour in the almond and essential oils while stirring.
  2. Add the mixture to the jars, and label them with their ingredients and the date crafted.
  3. Add a couple of tablespoons to each bath to enjoy a deep state of calm.
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