“You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” This excerpt from “Wild Geese,” a poem by Mary Oliver, feels like the perfect welcome into the spirit of Autumn, when we return inward to the original home that is our bodies and tend to the primal, essential energies of our life force. This warming and invigorating hot cocoa nourishes Yang, which can be thought of as our inner flame, boosting libido and the capacity for sensory pleasure – beginning from the moment we indulge in this rich tonic latte.
- 1 C milk of choice, warmed
- 1 tbsp cacao powder or dark chocolate shavings
- ½ tsp Warrior blend
- ½ tsp Pine Pollen
- ½ tsp ginger
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp maple syrup to taste
- ⅛ tsp vanilla extract
- Add all ingredients to a mug and use a handheld frother to integrate.
- If choosing to use a blender instead, blend on high for 20 seconds and then pour into a mug to enjoy.
- Add extra chocolate shavings, if using, or a sprinkle of cinnamon to make this frothy latte even more decadent.
Our Warrior blend was formulated to empower balanced Yang energy in men and women alike, with additional deep support for overall vitality and essence (Jing). It promotes physical endurance, fatigue prevention, healthy libido, and greater presence through nervous system support. With adaptogenic and immunomodulating herbs, this formula minimizes susceptibility to stress on every level, while also fortifying one’s natural defenses, including the Wei Qi (the body’s protective shield). This facilitates a type of resilience that truly allows us the freedom to do what we love, in both a primal and expansive sense.
Pine Pollen, which also allows libido to flow, stimulates dopamine production in the brain so that we can have heightened experiences of pleasure. Warming and energizing, this nutrient-dense tonic deeply supports the body through all meridians and treasures (Jing, Qi, and Shen), kindling mind-body connectivity. Cacao is another mineral-rich plant ally that nourishes the heart and helps us feel embodied. The warming spices further help stoke our inner flame, especially important to cultivating harmony as we are met with abundant external Yin.