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Balance Your Hormones with Easy Homemade Chocolate

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Can you eat chocolate and balance your hormones at the same time?


The answer is yes! You can easily make healthy chocolate at home. It’s actually faster than running to the store to buy your favorite chocolaty treat.


So how exactly does chocolate help with hormone balance?


When chocolate is in its pure form, it acts as a delivery system for herbal medicine.


Cacao dilates your blood vessels and acts as a mild stimulant, which makes your heart circulate your blood faster. These properties make chocolate the perfect way to drive herbal medicine into the body. In addition, the flavor of chocolate can mask or synergize with the flavor of herbs that don’t taste particularly good on their own, such as schizandra or medicinal mushroom powders.


Herbs & Chocolate


I love to add the following powdered herbs to my chocolate. These are my favorites.


Schizandra is a vitality herb that promotes abundant energy, a sharp mind and calmness that’s invaluable in our modern world. However, many people don’t like the strong taste! It contains 5 flavors: bitter, salty, sour, sweet and pungent.


The thing is, you need to taste schizandra rather than take in a capsule. The flavor activates the channels and meridians in your body, and that’s how you get the benefits of this unique superfood! Thankfully, chocolate synergizes beautifully with the flavors of schizandra. Learn more about how to work with these superfoods in my Elixir Crafting course here.


Shatavari is an ayurvedic herb from the asparagus family. In this traditional medicinal system, it’s regarded as a prime women’s health tonic. Shatavari acts on the hypothalamus and helps decrease stress hormones. It also contains steroidal saponins, a class of natural plant hormones that help to regulate the menstrual cycle.


This herb is fat-soluble, which is why traditionally it’s prepared by decocting the herb in cow’s milk and mixing it with ghee or sugar. Hmmm, sounds like some of the common ingredients in chocolate!


Damiana prevents testosterone from converting to estrogen. This helps keep your libido up! Damiana also calms the nerves and uplifts those who have had an exhausting day.


It is also what I like to call an ‘on-demand aphrodisiac’ because it primes your hormones and directs oxygen to the genitals. It helps bring you out of your head and into your body… you relax and are ready to experience more pleasure. Damiana has a very herbaceous flavor that is masked by the strong flavor of cacao.


Maca root balances hormones and increases energy and libido. This is great for adrenal fatigue recovery because it helps support the HPA axis.




Indulge in the pleasure of making (and eating!) your own chocolate. I want to share my favorite homemade chocolate recipe with you. Please let me know if you make it by posting a photo to Instagram and tagging @naturalhormonehealing.


Cherry Rose Chocolate

Yield: 8

Cherry Rose Chocolate


  • 1/2 cup cacao butter
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1 Tbsp rose hydrosol
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 2 Tbsp lucuma powder


  • In a double boiler, melt the cacao butter.
  • Once melted, stir in the cacao powder and whisk until fully combined.
  • Stir in the rose hydrosol, vanilla and optional lucuma powder.
  • Stir in the honey until well combined.
  • Fold in the cherries and pour into molds or onto a pan lined with plastic wrap. Let set in the refrigerator and enjoy when hardened.


Schizandra for Glowing Skin & Increased Energy

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I first read about the benefits of schizandra in Ron Teaguarden’s book The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs.


He writes,

‘Schizandra is “the herb that does it all.” It develops and protects the primary energies of life. Schizandra, known as the “quintessence of Chinese tonic herbs,” supports vitality and beauty when used regularly for some time. It is said to promote beautiful skin. Schizandra is said to help purify the blood, support the mind, help maintain a strong memory, and help maintain sexual energy and sexual functions in both men and women.’

The Benefits of Schizandra


Schizandra has some of the following benefits:

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Use Elixir Crafting For Hormone Balance & Glowing Skin

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Here at Natural Hormone Healing we are committed to equipping women with the tools to help them balance their hormones naturally. One of these tools is making a daily hormone balancing elixir.

What Is An Elixir?

An elixir is a warm beverage made with a herbal tea base.  Elixirs resemble the flavor of coffee shop lattes and are designed to be a delicious delivery system for your superfoods and herbal medicine.

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Practice the Art of Beauty with Schizandra Powder

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An Ancient Beauty Secret


Schizandra powder is a herb that was held in high regard by women in the imperial courts of China. These women, known as ‘jade girls’, carefully practiced the art of beauty, and schizandra was an essential part of their ‘beauty diet’ for its many beneficial effects.

In addition to its beautifying benefits, schizandra powder is a vitality herb that promotes abundant energy, a sharp mind and a calmness that’s invaluable in our busy modern world. This is my top recommended herb, both in my classes and to my clients because it promotes balanced hormones.

In this article I go in depth on the benefits of schizandra powder and you’ll learn the best, most beneficial ways to integrate it into your diet. My hope is that you will develop an appreciation and the same reverence that I have for schizandra. Read More

Menopause Libido Smoothie Recipe

Increase Libido & Sexual Fluids During Menopause

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This is a delicious smoothie recipe that is full of superfoods and nutrient-dense ingredients to support sex drive, quality of orgasms and decrease vaginal dryness.

With the onset of your menopausal years, you may be working less and have more time for yourself. Paradoxically, your hormones are sabotaging you: reducing your sex drive, energy levels and other mental and physical aspects you need to enjoy yourself.

Though many women will opt to take estrogen therapy or use an estrogen cream, botanicals and foods can also be an effective way to achieve the same results as bio identical hormones.

Feed yourself meals that increase menopause libido such as the smoothie recipe below.


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Turmeric Smoothie for Endometriosis Diet

Turmeric, Carrot & Mango Smoothie Bowl

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10 percent of women of reproductive age have endometriosis.

This condition is challenging because symptoms such as bloating, immense pain and fertility fears affect your daily life. However, you may be surprised to know it’s possible to reduce the symptoms with an endometriosis diet! Many women struggle with the symptoms of endometriosis but don’t know that they have this condition. Regrettably, only advanced stages of endometriosis show up on medical tests.

Below is part of the approach I use to help my clients control their endometriosis and, if they are working on fertility, to help them conceive.

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Goji Longevity Lemonade

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As the weather gets warmer who doesn’t love iced cold lemonade?  I’ve got the superfood upgrade version for you today with beautifying, longevity enhancing and hormone balancing herbs and super foods added.

The ingredients have similar benefits that work synergistically to create a beautiful flavour and beneficial synergy.

Here are just some of the benefits of consuming these herbs and super foods

Goji Berry – Builds blood, aids digestion, contains polysaccharides (essential sugars to feed your immune system), contains betaine to aid in liver methylation which will keep the hormones and the liver healthy and happy, high antioxidants and anti-inflammatory content.

Fresh Aloe Vera – ancient Egyptian superfood that also contains polysaccharides, cools down the body in the summer heat, heals the digestive tract, speeds wound healing, and promotes glowing clear moisturized skin. I purchase my fresh aloe at The Light Cellar in Calgary or online but if you can’t get a hold of it you can skip the aloe and the elixir will still taste amazing. It’s important to use a specific type of aloe that has large leaves. I don’t recommend using the small aloe house plant you have at home.

Schizandra – Phase 2 liver cleansing, increases glutathione in the liver (anti-aging), helps your body adapt to the summer heat, helps body adapt to stress, sharpens the brain, promotes glowing skin, improves eyesight and  boost the libido (more sexual fluids and sexual sensitivity in women).

Turmeric Extract- Sharpens the brain, increases glutathione in the liver (anti-aging), anti-inflammatory and promotes glowing skin.

Lemon- Lemon peel helps remove bad estrogen, reduces cellulite and cleanses the liver.

 Goji Longevity Lemonade Recipe

  • 1/2 cup dried Goji Berries
  • 1.5 Litres Spring Water
  • 2 organic lemons, skin on
  • 1/2 organic grapefruit, peel skin but leave the pith (white layer) on
  • 2 tsp schizandra extract powder (available here or here)
  • 1-2 tsp turmeric extract powder (available here)
  • pinch of high quality sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • sweetener to taste- 1 tbsp raw honey, stevia or sometimes I don’t use a sweetener
  • roughly a 4 inch fillet peeled  fresh aloe vera

Soak goji berries overnight in 2 cups of spring water or for at least 2 hours until goji berries are soft or rehydrated.

Add rehydrated goji berries and soaking liquid to a high speed blender along with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smoothie. Serve immediately or chill in the fridge. This drink will store in the fridge for 3 days but I recommend having it as fresh as possible.

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My 5 Step Formula For Crafting The Perfect Salad Dressing

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Spring is finally here in Calgary (Yay!)  and as the weather grows warmer I’ve been finding myself naturally gravitating to eating more salads and fresh produce. However, I have to admit,  a few years ago I wasn’t so enthusiastic about salad. I got bored of using the same salad ingredients and dressing everyday.

Then, when I started delving into the world of raw foods, I came across some delicious salad-making techniques and my love affair with salads was instantly revived.

Today I want to share with you my 5 step magic formula to make a uniquely delicious salad dressing every time. Since this is a formula and not an exact recipe you can make a variety of different dressings, such as my creamy hemp dill ‘ranch’ dressing, or my ginger sesame miso dressing. Before you know it, your own creative salad-making juices will awaken within you and you’ll be happily creating whatever inspires you that day. If you have a blender you can literally make a dressing in 5 minutes or less.

  1. The Base.  Start with the 3:1 Oil:Vinegar (or lemon juice) ratio. For your oil base I recommend using cold pressed olive oil or sesame oil that is stored in dark glass. It’s important to invest in the highest quality oil you can get because rancid oil will cause oxidization and inflammation in the body.I make my dressings with a cup of olive or sesame oil and 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar.
  2. Salt. Add something salty such as a good Himalayan salt , tamari, nama shoyu or kelp flakes (all to taste).
  3. Sweet. 2 tsp- 1 tbsp raw organic honey or maple syrup.
  4.  Creamy. To get a ‘ranch’ or ‘caesar’ like consistency add 2 tbsp of seeds or nuts, such as hemp or cashews, or a nut or seed butter, such as almond butter.
  5. Flavor The next step is to add your herbs of choice. Depending on what type of flavor you’re going for you can add spices (turmeric, cayenne, ginger), fresh herbs (basil, dill -my personal favorite- cilantro or parsley. Optionally, add in mustard, garlic, shallots, onions, tomato, red pepper or fresh chilies.

Blend the dressing in a high speed blender.. Depending on the amount of fresh produce you add to your dressing, it should keep in the fridge for at least a week.

Bonus  Tip

Enhance the flavour even more by adding miso as your pungent flavour element.

Miso is my secret weapon for salad dressings and sauces. Start with 2 tsp and increase if you want more flavour. The sweet / pungent / salty combo of miso will bring out the flavour of the dressing even more.  My personal favourite is the chickpea miso from the light cellar. It is a soy free option and is the lightest, sweetest option

If you like, you can take your salad dressings to the next level by adding different super foods and herbs. You can use your salad dressing as a delivery mechanism or ‘driving agent’ to add in herbs and super foods that are customized to your particular health needs.

For example if you are looking to increase your cognitive function you can try adding different algae powders to your salad dressing.

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