Self-love emotion potion; aphrodisiac hotline to your heart… This V-Day, S E L F-love is so in- so drink up & be good to yourself.
Set some self-love intentions & sip, sip, sip.
1 T sherry wine vinegar
1 T goji berries
1 T loose-leaf yerba mate tea
3 blood oranges juiced, save one peel for garnish
3 drops organic neroli orange essential oil
1 oz rose water or ¼ cup Mei gui hua aka baby rose petals
Gently muddle goji berries into sherry wine vinegar. Set aside and allow goji berries to absorb vinegar. Once absorbed, place what will now be a paste-like mixture into the bottom of a glass.
Steep yerba mate tea in 3 oz of water for 15 minutes, pour over ice and stir in juice of 3 blood oranges and rose water. If using rose petals, steep with tea. Strain mixture over goji paste into glass.
Add 3 drops neroli orange essential oil & garnish with orange peel.
A 2012 study published by the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that neroli helped drop blood pressure while balancing 24-hour cortisol rhythms.
Rose oil can help build self-confidence and relaxation and has been shown in studies to help women achieve orgasm by alleviating mental stress.
Antioxidants in goji improve mood, stamina and testosterone in both women and men.
Yerba Mate has the strength of coffee and offers the same euphoric effects as chocolate.
Christine Dionese is an integrative health & food therapy specialist, medical & food journalist. She is the co-founder of the modern organic lifestyle blog Garden Eats. Taste one of her latest concoctions on Instagram and watch for the launch of her new food therapy biz launching this spring. Photo by Sean Cassidy.