Adaptogens are herbs that have many functions but are most well-known for their ability to normalize. An adaptogen helps to keep a body balanced and functioning optimally. If a body system is working overtime, an adaptogen can help bring it back into balance. It works the same way for an under functioning body system. Whether the body is under physical, emotional, mental, environmental, or other stresses, adaptogens can help the affected body systems to cope and bring them back to homeostasis. Basically, adaptogens help the body to adapt to the circumstances that it is in.

That being said, one can understand why we would want to include adaptogens in our daily diet, as we are constantly being bombarded with all different kinds of stressors. Chocolate is an easy way to get the medicine to go down, and we’ve concocted a recipe to help you eat your adaptogens.

L to R: hemp seeds, bee pollen, and rose-cinnamon with sea salt truffles

The two adaptogenic herbs we have chosen to use in this recipe are cordyceps fungus (Cordyceps sinensis) and ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). Flavor-wise, they are both just slightly bitter, and as such, are easily masked by the intensity of the flavor of cacao. Other herbs can be used in place of them, but it’s important to note that herbs with very strong flavor profiles might shine through and not produce the tasty treat that you were expecting.


1 c. roasted almond butter

1/2 c. cacao powder

1 tsp. cordyceps powder

1 tsp. ashwagandha powder

3 Tbs. maple syrup

Pinch of fine sea salt

Pinch of ground vanilla or 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract

*optional ingredients for finishing the truffles include (but are not limited to) hemp seeds, bee pollen, crushed rose petals, cinnamon, and sea salt.


Mix dry ingredients. Mix wet ingredients and add to dry. Knead together with a spoon or with your hands. Roll into balls and then roll them in your choice of finish.

*my favorite finish is this:

1/4 tsp crushed rose petals

1/4 tsp cinnamon

Hefty pinch of large flake sea salt (I used a pink Hawaiian sea salt)

Mix all ingredients and then roll your truffles in it!



calendula petals, cornflowers, lemon balm, skullcap, and spearmint

Herbal ice cubes in water make for the perfect summer refresher.  Not only are they visually pleasing, but they also impart a delicious flavor to water and other cocktails.

Making them is a delight on its own – it gives you a good excuse to leave your busy day for awhile, to go to the garden and be amongst the hummingbirds, bees, and other insects to harvest herbs. Allowing yourself to be inspired by the colors and scents of nature will help you to create very beautiful accompaniments for your next drink.

lemon balm, feverfew, chamomile, wood betony

lemon balm, feverfew, chamomile, and wood betony

The list of herbs you can use to decorate your ice cubes is endless, but of course, be sure to use plants that aren’t poisonous.

Some of my favorite herbs to use are not only beautiful, but have medicinal properties as well. Herbs like chamomile, wood betony, lemon balm, and feverfew are all cooling and calming herbs, making cubes containing them icy bombs of useful medicine. As the cube melts in your glass, the herbs will begin to diffuse into the water turning it into an infusion for cooling and calming your system. These types of herbs are especially useful on hot days!

Making these lovely cubes is perfectly easy – simply add the chosen herbs to your ice cube trays, pour water over the top, and freeze. Once frozen, pop them out and add to your drink!

More Herb Ideas for Ice Cubes


California poppy 


Echinacea petals






peppermint, chamomile, skullcap, cornflowers, borage, and marshmallow flowers for adding to ice cubesFullSizeRender