½ bar of Apotheker’s Classic Dark Chocolate
10 oz water
1 tsp. rosehips
1 tbsp. lycii (goji) berries
1 tsp. nettle
1 tsp. raspberry leaf
1 tsp. calendula
Raw Honey (optional). We recommend using raw, untreated honey if possible.
On the stovetop, add rosehips and lycii berries into water and simmer for 20-30 minutes without boiling. Watch and add water if too much evaporates. Mix in remaining herbs and heat on low for 10-15 minutes, again carefully not boiling. Strain and add the tea back into (rinsed out) saucepan. Break up Apotheker’s chocolate into tea, stirring as it melts. Remove from heat and add raw honey if desired. ENJOY!
Makes 1-2 servings.
Rosehips, or the fruit of the rose, are incredibly high in Vitamin C & Vitamin A. Lycii berries are high in Vitamin C & Vitamin E, beta-carotene and lycopene; and are beneficial for overall well-being. (PLEASE NOTE: Lycii or goji berries contains betaine, which should not be consumed while pregnant).
We drink nettle, raspberry leaf and calendula daily. Stinging nettles, one of the best herbs for you, contain iron, magnesium, calcium, protein, and beta-carotene, as well as Vitamins A, C, D & B complex. Raspberry leaf is also high in Vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and iron. Calendula flowers, or marigolds, are excellent in the winter with their immune-boosting properties and they are ideal for soothing and nourishing not only your skin, but entire system as well. These three herbs are also easy to grow in your own backyard! **As with any herbs, please consult your doctor before taking, especially if you are on any medications; or pregnant or nursing.
Our chocolate is sourced from a small, family cooperative in the Dominican Republic and is organically and biodynamically grown. It is naturally high in magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper & potassium; healthy fats and fiber. We only use raw tupelo honey in our chocolate bars from a third generation beekeeper that does not use antibiotics or chemicals of any kind on her happy bees. Because we heat our chocolate to a low temperature, we ensure we do not lose many of the vital minerals, vitamins and enzymes found in raw honey. White Tupelo is found in the South and is a rich, mild tasting honey; it is also often considered safe for diabetics (though we recommend asking your doctor first). Other ingredients include organic ground vanilla bean powder, which is high in trace minerals, potassium and magnesium; and non-GMO sunflower lecithin, high in fatty acids that are wonderful for the brain and nervous system.