Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Herbal Truffles

Because Valentines Day is coming up I thought I would share my recipe for Herbal Aphrodisiac Truffles. I use simple herbs that are wonderfully balancing and supportive to the libido. Maca (Lepidium meyenii) and Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) are delightful adaptogenic herbs that support and balance the stress response and are known aphrodisiacs. These plants work in various ways to improve and harmonize the overall physical and mental well-being.

Maca is a herb native to the high Andes of Peru and Bolivia where it is traditionally used as a aphrodisiac and for enhancing fertility. It grows under harsh conditions where few plants can survive. It is a tenacious and nourishing plant that helps to build energy and stamina.

Ashwagandha is particularly useful in cases of  fatigue and nervous exhaustion, and helps to induce a state of calm and restfulness. It is well known to increases sexual stamina and desire. Ashwagandha is a particularly tonic herb for the whole body. Kiva Rose has a wonderful monograph on this herb.

Aphrodisiac Truffles
2 tbsp Maca root powder
2 tbsp Aswagandha root powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
2 tbsp Almond meal
Enough honey to make a thick paste (sorry I don't have an exact amount, I just pour from the jar and guess)
Cocoa powder to roll the truffles

Mix everything but the cocoa together in a bowl. It should be a thick paste like cookie dough. Roll into small balls (about a teaspoon) then roll in the cocoa powder. That's it! To store them in the refrigerator add a bit more cocoa to keep everything from sticking. They should keep in the fridge for a few days, up to a week. Eat a couple every day to build your energy and desire.

Enjoy! Happy Valentines Day.


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