Coco Rose Latte

This.  This is so nourishing.  So satisfying.  And full of ingredients that will make you feel good from the inside out.  Rose is an ancient remedy for beauty.  It is anti-inflammatory and astringent for the skin, and is effective in helping on to age gracefully.  The rose is an aphrodisiac and evokes the spirit of love in the heart and mind. Additionally it is good for lifting depression, and calming anxiety.

Coconut is deeply nourishing for ojas, which is Ayurveda is the principle of vitality in the body, giving strength, vigor, and fertility.  Additionally it is grounding, cooling, and contains Monolaurin, a natural chemical made from lauric acid, which is found in coconut milk and breast milk.  It is used for boosting the immune system, preventing and treating colds, flu, herpes, shingles, infections, and chronic fatigue.
In studies, cacao has been shown to decrease blood pressure, improve blood vessel health, and improve cholesterol levels, and help prevent heart disease. The polyphenolic flavonoids are what makes cacao rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals and prevent aging.  Among other amazing constituents present in cacao (like sulfur, which is thought to help with liver cleansing), it is high in magnesium. Magnesium is a critical co-factor in more than 300 enzymatic reactions in the human body. Finally, raw cacao is an aphrodisiac and anti-depressant and rejuvenative.

Lucuma is a native Peruvian fruit.  In addition to being mildly sweet, it is an antioxidant rich source of nutrients including protein, fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin B3, iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, and other vitamins and minerals.

According to Ayurveda, cardamom improves digestion and helps in cleansing and detoxifying the body. It is warming, improves blood circulation, and is also an aphrodisiac!  It is also anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and anti-microbial.

Vanilla is a powerful antioxidant, acts as a mild sedative, fights inflammation and has anti-depresant qualities.

Sounds magical right?  Just wait until you taste it.  Let me know what you think!

12 oz Coconut Milk
1 tsp Culinary Rose Water
1 tbsp Cacao
1/4 tsp Cardamom
2 tsp Lucuma (if you can’t find this herb, you can omit it, it will still taste amazing)
1/2 tsp Vanilla powder (or extract)
2 tsp coconut sap/sugar (or to your taste)

UPDATE: I have tried using Heritage Store Rose Water, and it is nowhere near as strong as culinary rose water.  I you want to use this, I recommend 1-2 Tablespoons.  Alternatively you can use one drop of high quality rose essential oil.

1. Blend all ingredients in a blender, or with a hand whisk while heating.
2. Heat in a pot, taking it off just before it boils.
3. Enjoy!

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