Heart Tonic Cookies to Spice Up Your Love Life
By Jamie Larrison - February 18, 2016
Valentine’s day used to be one of my favorite holidays because I always got a box of chocolates from my parents. Now that I’m married, it’s a special time to share with the man I fell in love with. These herbal heart tonic cookies to spice up your love life make the holiday even better because not only are they delicious, but they promote heart health. Many people think of roses when they think of Valentine’s day. Your pictured scenario probably doesn’t involve eating the roses you were gifted, yet they have plenty of nutritional value. I can’t recommend eating the roses from your florist though as they’ve probably been sprayed with toxic chemicals. Roses are part of the rosacea family of herbs and are related to the hawthorn berry. One study showed that a rose extract was helpful at controlling blood pressure without raising the heart rate . Rose is also a powerful yet gentle anti-inflammatory for everything from herniated discs, to wounds and skin conditions like eczema . Traditionally rose is probably most known for its use as a heart tonic and the emotional balance it brings to the body. It's users feel more self-confident and harmonious with themselves and their surroundings . It also helps to harmonize blood and break up stagnation in the circulatory system . While rose is delicate and floral, the next plant used in these cookies, cinnamon, is pungent and anything but delicate. I love the fragrant smell of cinnamon, and put it in everything from tea, to savory dishes to desserts. Additionally, cinnamon is another herb that’s great for the heart. This bark increases circulation, relieves smooth muscle spasms and aids digestion. It also contains volatile oils that are potent antiviral, antibacterial and antifungals . As good as rose and cinnamon are for heart health, hawthorn berry really takes the cake (or cookie in this case!). Hawthorn can regulate both high or low blood pressure, strengthens the heart and slightly dilates blood vessels for better circulation. It also brings more oxygen to and helps tone the heart . I drink hawthorn in my daily tea to improve my varicose and spider veins . You don’t have to have a heart problem though to start using these herbs. They can help improve existing issues, but they also work wonders at preventing them from happening in the first place . And what better way to get your herbs in than a delicious batch of heart tonic cookies?
Heart Tonic Cookies to Spice up Your Love LifeIngredients
- 1 and 1/2 cups organic all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup unrefined coconut sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup rose petals
- 1 Tbsp hawthorn berry powder
- 1 T ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger powder
- 1/2 tsp clove powder
- 3 Tbsps cocoa butter
- Combine all of the ingredients except for the flour and mix well until combined.
- Add the flour and stir in just until the dough comes together. You don't want to overmix.
- Chill the dough for about one hour in the fridge.
- Once the dough is chilled, roll out to about 1/4 inch thick and cut with your cookie cutter.
- Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes, or just until firm and no longer wet looking.
- Gently melt the cocoa butter on the stove and drizzle over the cookies for decoration.
Do you add heart healthy herbs to your foods? We would love to hear your ideas in the comments below!
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