February is a popular month for purchasing and consuming chocolate. Adding herbs, dried fruit and other spices to your chocolate can transform and enhance the flavor of this already delectable treat and may be beneficial for medicinal purposes. Here are a few of our favorite chocolate and plant combinations:
Chocolate infused with Lavender
Lavender is best known for emotionally, calming, soothing and nurturing, while encouraging balance in all of the bodily systems.
Chocolate infused with Dried Chili Peppers
Red chilis contain a substance called Capsaicin, which is a potent inhibitor of substance P, a neuropeptide associated with inflammatory processes. Capsaicin is known to be a natural pain reliever. Other benefits of chilis include lowering cholesterol, boosting immunity and acting as a decongestant.
Chocolate infused with Bergamot or Dried Orange
Both fruits fall into the citrus family and are great digestive aids and immunity boosters.
Chocolate infused with Peppermint
Peppermint oil is well-known for relaxing the intestinal tract, making it highly-effective in combating nausea, digestive problems and heartburn. Emotionally, it awakens, refreshes and uplifts, stimulating the mind and increasing focus.
Chocolate infused with Rosemary
This plant is known to stimulate and strengthen mental activity, clear thoughts and encourage clarity.
Chocolate infused with Ginger (digestive)
Ginger is very effective in alleviating nausea and other digestive disorders, and it is also an excellent weapon against inflammation and muscle pain.