I am super honored to have Rosalee de la Foret share with us her Kava Hot Chocolate recipe and to talk about this wonderful herb. Who couldn’t use a little nervine tonic in the middle of the harvest season, right? I mean, look at my eye twitchin’ and if I have to can one more thing I think I’ll…anyway, we’re hopeful this proves helpful to you! Learning Herbs is gearing up for the release of their new curriculum Taste of Herbs.
Kava (Piper methysticum) has a long traditional and ceremonial use in the Pacific Islands.
This herb is a wonderful relaxing nervine. It can relax tensed muscles and give a sense of peace and calmness. A friend recently described drinking kava to getting a luxurious massage. That’s a pretty good description!
If you’ve never had kava before you’ll quickly notice a very distinct acrid taste and numbing sensation on your tongue. If the kava doesn’t produce this effect it probably wasn’t prepared right. Acrid herbs are often used to relax muscle spasms and several acrid herbs are used for acute cases of anxiety.
Please do not buy wild harvested kava. Get it from a sustainable cultivated source. In the past kava has gotten some bad press because kava products that had been adulterated with kava leaves caused serious unwanted effects. Be sure to buy the root only from a reputable company.
The following recipe is part of the upcoming Taste of Herbs Course.
What you’ll need…
1/2 cup powdered Kava root
1/2 cup fair trade cocoa powder
6 cups water
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
honey and cream to taste
Step One: Make the Kava
Place 1/2 cup of kava powder into a muslin bag.
Place the bag in a large bowl along with 4 cups of water (lukewarm).
Knead the bag for 20 minutes. The kava mixture should look cloudy. Set it aside. Note: you are now done using the muslin bag and it can be repurposed.
Step Two: Make the cocoa
Combine the cocoa, cinnamon and water into a small saucepan and heat on medium high, stirring constantly. Once the cocoa has dissolved and the temperature is fairly warm, remove from heat. Add the vanilla.
Step Three: Combining the two
I like to mix equal parts cocoa to cloudy kava mixture. If you are new to the taste of kava you may want to add more cocoa than kava.
Add cream and honey to taste.
This recipe is an excerpt from the upcoming course, Taste of Herbs. Taste is an amazing way to learn HOW herbs work.
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Rosalee de la Forêt is the creator of Taste of Herbs, a new course by LearningHerbs and Mountain Rose Herbs. Rosalee is a clinical herbalist, herbal educator and founder of Herbal Remedies Advice.
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