CSCH Student Price: $15-20 supply donation
Maximum class size: 8 students
Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism
2900 Valmont Rd. unit F-1
Boulder CO 80301
Make homemade herbal chocolate Valentine’s Day treats for your loved ones! In this hands-on class, we will make herbal chocolates, a scented massage oil and an herbal chocolate cordial. You will leave with at least three completed projects. We will explore the history of chocolate and classic heart-centered herbs.
The word chocolate comes from chócolatl, the Aztec name for the cacao tree. Chocolate is made with beans from the cacao tree. The Latin name for this amazing tree is Theobroma cacao, derived from the Greek meaning “food of the gods”. Cacao has been used in rituals in pre-colombian Mesoamerican civilizations for thousands of years. Some early archaeological records dating back to 1900 BC report that cacao residue has been found in ceremonial vessels, and sometimes with residues from other plants such as chili, vanilla and maize.
Aside from cacao’s incredible history, it also contains many medicinal properties. Cacao is known for it’s actions as an aphrodisiac, antioxidant, heart and kidney tonic and nervous system stimulant. It also contains B vitamins, vitamin E, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, amino acids, dopamine and serotonin.
With cacao’s rich history as an aphrodisiac and ceremonial beverage, it became an ever popular treat, especially for Valentine’s Day. We will explore using other heart-centered and aphrodisiac herbs in our cacao recipes such as Damiana, Rosehips, Vanilla and Tulsi.
Those who attend the class with leave with an extensive handout including a bit of history and medicinal properties of cacao and other heart-centered herbs, recipes used in class and other recipes to explore at home.
Amy Timmons is a certified herbalist, nutritionist and wholistic health coach. Amy’s clinical practice blends her knowledge of yoga, meditation, permaculture, herbalism, nutrition and coaching into unique sessions, tailored to meet each clients specific needs. Amy believes in Bioindividuality – she honors the fact that each person is unique and requires a special set of tools and resources to obtain optimal health. She also believes in educating and empowering each individual to take charge of his or her own health and wellness. Amy is currently an Herbalist at Rebecca’s Herbal Apothecary & Supply in Boulder, CO.
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