For the modern day witchy woman, cardamom and rose both soothe and uplift in this cocoa recipe. When Grandfather Sun lays to rest, Grandmother Moon gracefully illuminates the plane in which and our Star Sisters gather for ritual dance. Their glowing lanterns dance to the rhythm of the winding flowing feminine. The quiet blanket of our Nightly Father Sky encourages deep, dark introspection and candlelit cookery.
The earthbound witchy woman is an intuitive healer who concocts Mother Earth's medicine for body, spirit, and heart. All herbal medicine is brewed with intention to serve one's desires, or to remedy an imbalance within the body. Witchy Woman Cardamom & Rose Cocoa can do both.
As an intuitive healer, the witchy woman honors her female body, allowing nature to influence her cycles. Quite literally, this cocoa recipe can provide comfort to you during menstruation when your symptoms are exaggerated. If you're anything like me, you crave a lot of grounding foods, such as nourishing milk tonics, during menses. Rose, vanilla and cardamom are the flavors that I gravitate towards during these phases.
Inside each woman is an inner witch. Listen to the voice within and let her guide you and your choices. You may find that your inner witch sounds just like you. She is the crone whose energy is witchy wisdom, and her purpose is to help you navigate and learn from every new or repeating experience. The youthful energy of the maiden is best harnessed in times that require you to be curious.
So, when your body seems to disagree, get curious. Ask your inner witch what she wants. Become familiar with her language, and as a result, you'll have activated your "witch switch". JJ Martin (La DoubleJ) explains "How To Activate Your Witch Switch" in this video.
Maiden, Mother, Crone
From maiden, to mother, to crone, the witchy woman is the embodiment of pure magic at all phases of her life. These phases of womanhood are illustrated through five goddess archetypes in the book, Evolution of Goddess by Emma Mildon. As a Moon Goddess Archetype, I often refer back to this resource, gaining further insight into my evolution as it is right now.
Whether you're surrendering to the cycles of nature as a maiden, reflecting in self-awareness as a mother, or caring for all things living as a crone, the witchy woman is alive in you. She requires the same loving care as you would nurture an infant, responding empathically to her needs. So, give yourself the grace and compassion you need in order to soothe the body and uplift the spirit.
Cardamom & Rose
Cardamom is a carminative, warming the body, relieving bloating and gastrointestinal discomfort. Rose's astringent qualities and delicate aroma offer love to the skin through topical applications and to the inner body as witchy medicine. I like to use rose as a uterine tonic during menses. When added to this cocoa recipe, rose delivers the added nourishment a woman's body requires, easing tension in the region of the second chakra.
Rose is known for its age-defying properties, which is a perfect reminder that rose is for all women, not only the crones.
Homemade cocoa is a nourishing luxury that even the maiden witchy woman can create. Cacao is both stimulating and grounding, as it contains traces of caffeine combined with the sensual vibration of the feminine. Because of the caffeine content of the raw cacao, preparing or consuming this witchy woman cocoa in the morning may be a wise choice.
This cocoa recipe contains vanilla, cinnamon, and black pepper. Vanilla is a nervine, supporting the nervous system through its stimulating actions within the body. Just like rose, vanilla can help to balance hormones in the body. Cinnamon raises the temperature of the body while its volatile oils are antimicrobial and contain antioxidants, all of which maintain your youthfulness.
"Go be a witch about it."
- JJ Martin
Witchy Woman Cardamom & Rose Cocoa · UPLIFTS 4 to 6
for the cocoa
2 heaping tablespoons unsweetened raw cacao powder
4 tablespoons light brown coconut sugar
2 ounces dark chocolate (70-85%), chopped, grated, or callets
pinch of salt (I use finely ground grey Celtic Sea Salt)
freshly cracked black pepper
for the garnish
freshly ground dried rose petals
freshly cracked black pepper
1. Heat milk, heavy cream, vanilla extract, cinnamon stick, cardamom seeds, and rose petals* over medium heat in a 2-quart sauce pan, uncovered, until it starts to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, whisking frequently for 20 minutes**.
2. Cover and steep for 10 minutes.
3. Strain milk mixture through a fine mesh strainer with cheese cloth and rinse the sauce pan, returning the strained milk to the stovetop.
4. Add the raw cacao powder and whisk over medium-low heat until fully combined.
5. Whisk in the coconut sugar until completely dissolved, about 1-2 minutes.
6. Reduce heat to low and carefully add the dark chocolate, a little at a time, whisking constantly until it melts completely. Add a pinch of salt and continue stirring until you've reached your desired thickness. The longer you simmer the thicker the cocoa will be.
7. Remove Cardamom & Rose Cocoa from the heat and add freshly cracked black pepper to the pot. Whisk for one minute to combine and to activate the pepper's volatile oils.
For best results, allow cocoa to cool completely before storing in the fridge overnight and up to 5 days. This gives the chocolate time to really absorb the flavors of the brew. For immediate comfort, pour freshly made Witchy Woman Cardamom & Rose Cocoa into a handmade ceramic mug. I suggest serving the cocoa while it's hot to the touch, but not so hot that it burns the tongue. This would certainly distract from the otherwise soothing experience for which this recipe is intended. Top with your preferred garnish and cackle at the brilliance of this brew! sip sun, Star Sister.
*Alternatively, you can use food grade rose water or rose extract for a stronger rose flavor profile. For the rose water, add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon to the milk mixture just before steeping. For the rose extract, add 1/2 teaspoon to the milk mixture in Step 1, and reduce the vanilla extract to 1/2 teaspoon.
** I love making this recipe because I get a great arm workout. Switch arms every couple of minutes to tone your muscles and bring healing power to your creation. For added strength building benefit, continue to stir your final cocoa concoction until it completely cools, reducing the probability of a film to form over the top of the brew.