Rose for the heart, Cacao for my PMS and Local A2 Milk cause DUH

My heart has been craving rose for weeks now and this is no coincidence. The world is crying, my people are crying and rose soothes the heart space, reminds us of all the beauty around us. As I move into the end of my luteal phase (the female hormonal phase commonly characterized by PMS), my body is craving cacao. So, what does a baby herbalist do -- make a floral latte. 
Tea and herbal lattes are my absolute favorite, especially during winter months or during the fall/winter of my cycle (the luteal/menstrual phases). I was fortunate enough to be able to taste the new A2 Milk from this beautiful local farm,  Family Farmstead Dairy (@familyfarmsteaddairy). 
Family Farmstead Dairy is one of few A2 milk producers here in Upstate NY.  The owners, Tom and Caroline, are second-generation family farmers, and they have 45 free-grazing Jersey cows that are treated like pets. The milk is 100% organic and is wildly thick and creamy.
Things to know about A2 Milk: 
  • A2 is a different variation of beta-casein, the main protein in milk. Making it easier to digest.
  • It's non-homogenized and full of healthy fats.
  • Contains higher levels of Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Calcium, and protein than regular milk.
  • It is only possible to get from 100% grass-fed cows of a certain rare genetic background.

Typically, I try not to use milk but who can pass up this luxury. The A2 milk gave the latte a delicious creaminess and density. I highly recommend trying it out. It can be purchased straight from Family Farmstead Dairy or in your next Good Food Collective CSA from Headwater Food Hub.


Rose Lavender Hot Cacao Recipe:

For the tea: 

  • 1/2 tsp Organic Rose Petals 
  • 1/2 tsp Organic Lavander Flowers
  • A couple slices of fresh ginger (or a couple shakes of powdered)
  • 6 oz of hot water

For the Hot Cacao:

  • 1 1/2 tsp Organic Cacao Powder 
  • 8 oz of Family Farmstead Dairy A2 Milk (or other milk)
  • Pure local honey to taste.

Boil your water and steep your tea as you prepare the cacao. In a small pot, gently heat the milk over the stove, I warm on medium-low heat until warm. Once warm, mix in cacao and honey. 

Strain your tea and combine with the Hot Cacao in your favorite mug. 

Sniff, give thanks, and enjoy.