Herbal Aphrodisiac Truffles by rachael keener, February 9th, 2016

The best aphrodisiacs stimulate the senses, soften the heart, increase circulation and inspire passion.  These herbally infused truffles stop nowhere short of evoking all of those tantalizing qualities.  You’ll be tempted to devour the dark chocolate delectables in one quick bite–but trust us, they’re best savored slowly while you take the time to notice and enjoy the way they unlock each of your senses.  While they are certainly fun for sharing with a lover, these truffles are equally fit for savoring on one’s own or amongst friends.  After all, who doesn’t benefit from coming home to the sweetness of their heart and the liveliness of their senses?      

The recipe may sound complicated, but rest assured it’s actually quite straightforward.  The most challenging part is finding the right consistency for the ganache filling before you roll it into balls.  

Herbal Aphrodisiac Chocolate Truffles


Damiana, Ginger, Rose and Pink Peppercorn Aphrodisiac Truffles

  • 20 oz Dark Chocolate (65-75%) (this can come in any form–if using bars, chop finely)
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 Tsp Pink Peppercorns (set aside ¼ tsp to be used for decorating finished truffles)
  • 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • ½ oz Damiana
  • ½ oz Red Rose Petals, dried (set aside 1 Tbsp to be used in decorating finished truffles)

In a small, heavy-bottomed sauce pan, combine the cream with all of the herbs.  Cover, and then turn the pan on medium high, watching closely waiting for it to come to a boil.  As soon as it comes to a boil, remove from heat and allow the herbs to steep, covered, for […]

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Science Update: Plant miRNA by Guido Masé, February 4, 2016

Information storage and transfer are critical components of our modern connected world, but are just as essential to the natural world, too. Take, for example, the problem of antibiotic resistance: many bacteria have, in the course of the last seventy years, evolved the ability to defeat some of our most powerful germ-killing drugs.1 We’ve known for some time that part of how bacteria do this is by transferring key snippets of information back and forth, “sharing” antibiotic resistance across a global microbial network . 2 This has allowed a much more rapid pace than predicted for the development of resistance, and it also highlights how little we know about cell-to-cell communication in nature.

 

In the realm of human disease and herbal therapeutics, we’ve uncovered many fascinating imbalances and mechanisms plants use to stabilize them. There are cell-surface receptors – many alkaloids, like those found in Belladonna or Ephedra seem to work that way.3 Other plant constituents, especially polyphenols such as those found in Curcuma, work on gene expression4Kim, Ji H., et al. “Turmeric (Curcuma longa) inhibits inflammatory nuclear factor (NF)κB and NFκBregulated […]

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