Published February 21, 2022 Valentine’s day is almost here, so it’s only appropriate to share this delicate, uplifting, rose-infused + cardamom latte (a pairing in our new Spice It Up Love Bitters) – perfect for slow mornings and setting the tone to stay grounded all day. If you’ve been following our last few posts, you know why we can’t stop putting rose in our tinctures, food + drinks: roses are potent medicine, promoting not only proper flow of physical blood to and from the heart (especially moving stagnant blood within the pelvic area), but the flow & release of emotions that may be holding us back and hindering our sense of courage aka the FIRE in our hearts. Cardamom is part of the ginger family of plants, prized for its aromatic ability to direct digestive energy downward. The same digestive energy we use for food and drinks is also utilized to digest our thoughts… so if you’re someone who is prone to looping thoughts, downward-directing fragrant herbs can support not only digestive difficulties but the healthy processing AND elimination of rumination/worry around life events. Mentally, cardamom is extremely grounding, clears the mind, lifts the spirits, and restores vitality. This is part of its history of use as an aphrodisiac tonic that energizes and rebuilds our spark + vital Qi. Cardamom combined with coffee traditionally helps to neutralize the overstimulating effects of caffeine, making our morning fuel more conducive to nervous system health. INGREDIENTS 4-6 oz oat milk (or preferred milk)1-2 teaspoons rose powder (this one is from Anima Mundi)1 teaspoon cardamom pods, crushed1-3 oz strong brew of coffee or espresso Honey to tasteRose petals to garnish DIRECTIONS Combine crushed cardamom pods and oat milk in a pot on medium high heat Once boiling, set heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutesOnce the milk is infused with the cardamom (it should smell yummy) add honey and rose powder. For subtle rose flavor, use 1 tsp – for a stronger infusion, use 2 tspStir until fully dissolved on low heat Remove from heat, strain out the pods and frothAdd the frothy rose milk decoction to your choice of coffeeTop with dried rose petals. Enjoy!