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Dear Friends, 
Valentine’s Day offers the perfect excuse to spread a little love! As herbalists we adore welcoming botanicals into all of our celebrations and Valentine’s Day is no exception. After all, herbs offer a bounty of beauty, aroma, and beneficial properties that touch us on a deep level, nourishing the heart and body. 

Whether it is taking inspired action to connect with the heart chakra, making a delicious treat to share, spending the evening with another, or engaging in well deserved self-care, there are herbs aplenty to enjoy.

Find three of our favorite plants including ideas and recipes below to celebrate Valentine’s Day with botanicals! 
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​​​​​​​Enchanting Lavender Blossoms
Enjoy the beauty and serenity that lavender offers with your sweetie! In the language of flowers, lavender (Lavandula spp.) symbolizes devotion. The clean, floral scent of lavender blossoms soothes away worries and refreshes a tired mind, inviting a feeling of relaxation into the moment. As a nervine, this herb is a classic for helping to ease away the stress and anxiety of the day. 

Many people simply adore the fragrance of these tiny purple blossoms. They make their way easily into bath blends, massage oils, and dream pillows! Enjoy creating a special night filled with a special calm that lavender offers with these craft and recipe ideas.
  1. Lavender Infused Oil – create a bit of heaven in a bottle to share for a Valentine’s Day massage. 
  2. Lavender Dream Pillows and Sachets –  tuck blossoms into lovely folds of cloth for sweet devotion.
  3. Lavender Bath Salts – soothe your skin with lusciously blended salts, milk, and lavender.
  4. Rosy Lavender Body Powder – create a pampering gift that your Valentine can use long after the day is over.  
Heart Opening Rose
​​​​​​​Heart Opening Rose
What would Valentine’s Day be without the lovely rose? Indeed there may be no other flower that inspires love in the human heart like the rose. However, roses (Rosa spp.) are more than just beautiful. Long used to comfort and calm the heart, rose’s gentle antidepressant and sedative properties can help uplift the emotions while providing a sense of ease. Rose may be considered the finest herb for opening the heart - what better way to facilitate connection than with sweet, gentle rose? 

The soft silky petals make delightful additions to herbal preparations including body care or a tasty treat to share. Find craft and recipe ideas for inviting rose to your celebrations and into your heart below! 
  1. Rose Petal Rhodiola Valentine’s Day Herbal Lollipops – enjoy special homemade candies filled with heart supportive herbs such as hawthorn and rose.
  2. Rose Vanilla Massage Oil – bring the beautiful aphrodisiacs rose and vanilla together to play in this blend and excite passion! 
  3. Rose & Chocolate Scrub – create a sensual scrub with two Valentine’s Day favorites for silky smooth skin.  
  4. Rose Infused Honey – infuse fragrant rose petals in honey for a simple yet divine treat to drizzle at will. 
​​​​​​​Refreshing & Clean Mint
Like so many plants, mint has roots in legend and has long been enjoyed by humanity for its usefulness. With its simply delightful flavor, mints such as peppermint (Mentha × piperita) and spearmint (Mentha spicata) freshens the breath and makes kisses all the more sweet. It also enhances digestion and offers a restorative nervine action, making it a delightful companion to romance. 

The vibrant green leaves are a welcome addition to recipes and can be simply chopped and sprinkled on dishes for an uplifting experience. The leaves dipped into dark chocolate make a simple treat to share. Other ideas for enjoying mint range from cookies to hot chocolate and even love potions, so there is sure to be something to entice you. 
  1. Nectar of Venus Cordial – fill your glass with warmth and delight from roses, hibiscus, orange peel, cinnamon, and yes, mint! 
  2. Valerian Mint Cordial – make a cuddly combination for a sweet night of snuggling up together. 
  3. Peppermint Patty Homemade Chocolate – a classic pairing!
  4. Peppermint Hot Cacao – brew a warm peppermint patty in a cup with the goodness of plenty of peppermint, chocolate, and a touch of maple syrup. 
  5. Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies – bake up cookies, inviting mint and chocolate to Valentine’s Day - perfect for anyone with fresh mint on hand. 
Luscious Chocolate
With a fascinating history, chocolate has been near and dear to the human heart for ages. Along with rose, chocolate is probably one of the most embraced indulgences for Valentine’s Day. Did you know that chocolate is made from the the bean of the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao) and is used by herbalists for its many beneficial properties

Cocao has aphrodisiac and nutritive properties as well as acting as a stimulating nervine. High quality chocolate contains flavonoids, antioxidants, and magnesium that all help to nourish the cardiovascular system. This amazing plant also helps to stimulate feel-good neurotransmitters. It is known to contain phenylethylamine, a mood modulator produced naturally in the body that effects a feeling of being in love!  
Be sure to choose dark chocolate that is low in sugar content and free from artificial ingredients that would negate this delightful botanical’s benefits. Or, better yet, make your own sumptuous chocolate treats to enjoy with one of these recipes!
  1. Herbal Chocolate Recipes to Inspire Love – indulge in sumptuous chocolates blended with herbs such as rose, damiana, lavender, and cinnamon.   
  2. Hot Chocolate Mama – keep things juicy with shatavari and fenugreek. 
  3. Herbal Truffles for Good Circulation – stoke the fires of romance with herbs ginger and damiana! 
  4. Chocolate Rose Love Elixir - lick decadence right off the spoon, pour over ice cream, or swirl into hot chocolate. 
  5. Valentine’s Day Hot Chocolate – blend chocolate with calming, adaptogenic ashwagandha and sweeten with honey. 
  6. Healthy Chocolate Pudding for Valentine’s Day – enjoy a luscious treat with none of the guilt. 
Looking for more Valentine's Day Inspiration? 
We wish you love and hope that however you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, that you have found some inspiration to invite herbs into your day and into your life! 

With love, 
Marlene Adelmann
& the Herbal Academy Team​​​

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– J.S., Herbal Academy Student

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a perfect Valentine's Day Gift for your special someone!