Day 6: The Decadent Heart

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Greetings beloveds,

Welcome to Day 6 loves! Now it’s time for the good stuff and if you’re like me we’re all thinking the same thing. That’s right time to add some food to this heart connection equation!

Now of course your first thought may be chocolate or more specifically cacao the bean that is used to create chocolate. Originating in the Orinoco Valley of Venezuela, the Theobroma cacao tree eventually made its’ way to Mexico where chocolate/cacao is most often referenced to having originated from. Chocolate is associated with health benefits to the heart and mood. These benefits can best be obtained through the consumption of either cacao powder or semi-sweet dark chocolate. Cacao powder can be found generally in your local store in the backing section but depending on your leanings in environmental sustainability and ethical working conditions check out this site for Ethical Chocolate Companies. I love to use cacao power in my chocolate dishes such as cakes, brownies, smoothies, hot chocolate and pudding. You can check out my hot chocolate recipe here for a delicious warm drink that is full of spices that are associated with love and the heart chakra.

If you are looking for a savory option look for dishes that feature red foods such as beets, red bell peppers, red onions, tomatoes or red beans. A decadent pasta, salad, or taco dish would be the perfect way to display a variety of red foods. Let’s not forget the importance of spices and herbs associated with love and the heart chakra such as chili pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, or saffron which can create a medley of flavors to activate your taste buds. It’s still a bit cold but it’s quickly warming up so here is an easy dish to make whether you are bundled up still in hibernation or coming out of the cave ready to feel the sun on your face again as we head into spring.

Heart Beet Salad/Pasta

2 medium sized red beets

A small red onion

2 medium red bell peppers

4 medium hot house tomatoes

½ Cup Kidney Beans

A large avocado

    Any green lettuce mix or pasta of your choice depending on which dish you would like to make

     Chili pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, oregano, parsley, nutritional yeast, pink Himalayan salt, olive oil, vinegar, and lemon to taste

If you prefer use any of your favorite salad dressings as opposed to the olive oil, vinegar and lemon.

Of course I won’t leave you all without a bit of information on essential oils, herbs, colors, and crystals associated with love and the heart chakra.

Love/Heart Chakra (self, romantic, platonic, eternal)

Essential Oils: Rose, Jasmine, White Gardenia, Hibiscus, Jasmine, Lavender, Olive, Strawberry

Honey

Herbs/Plants: Apple Blossom, Roses, Chickweed, Chili, Hibiscus, Hyacinth, Jasmine, Lavender, Lily of the Valley, Olive, Orris, Passion Flower, Strawberry. Sweet Pea, Tuberose, Valerian, Violet

Colors: Red, Pinks, Light Blue, Green,

Stones/Minerals/Etc: Emerald, Rose Quartz, Green Aventurine, Bloodstone, Verdelite, Kunzite, Rubellite, Rhodonite, Ruby, Garnet, Topaz

Always check and make sure that it’s safe to consume or use the above named items topically before putting together a luscious evening of loving baths, beverages, and meals. Here’s to feeding your heart and soul.

-Rose

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