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Video: Rachelle & Well+Good: Floral Beauty Water Recipe

HOW TO COLD BREW YOUR OWN SPARKLING BEAUTY WATER INFUSED WITH CITRUS AND FLOWER PETALS

If you’re as plant obsessed as everyone in the succulent-covered Well+Good offices, you pretty much have spring fever right now. Gorgeous greenery and flowers are blossoming everywhere across the country. (Shoutout to everyone traipsing through California’s poppy fields or the bluebonnets in Texas.) But the power of colorful plants extends far beyond home decor. Certain ones are anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and anti-bad mood.

In the latest episode of Plant Based, herbalist, health coach, and Supernatural founder Rachelle Robinettshares her recipe for sparkling beauty water, made with some key floral ingredients. “[They’re] brightening, soothing, and some are mood boosting,” she says of the blend.

So what exactly in it? Here’s a breakdown: Citrus peels, rose petals, calendula ( vibrant orange flower that serves as a balm for the skin), chamomile, lavender, hibiscus, and sparkling water. Robinett explains that the citrus peels and flowers are high in polyphenols (which protect the body from harmful agents like ultraviolet rays and radiation) and terpenes (which may help lower anxiety). She also says the blend is high in antioxidants, which help reduce inflammation.

Because the flower petals can be pretty bitter, Robinett cold brews the blend, which reduces the harshness, giving the beauty water a slightly sweet taste instead. And the sparkling water makes it super refreshing. Ready to see how to do it? Watch Robinett whip it up.

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Video: Rachelle for Well+Good on the benefits of cacao and how to make herb-infused dark chocolate (includes recipe!)

Things that have never been more popular: CBD and cauliflower—and now cacao. The superfood is a staple in healthy recipes, snacks, and desserts. But beyond the taste, are there any legitimate benefits of cacao?

Enter Well+Good’s new video series, Plant-Based, which aims to dig deep (pun intended) into all things that grow in the ground and how they impact your health and nutrition. For the first episode, we talked to herbalist and holistic nutritionist Rachelle Robinett to get the goods on all things cacao and, TL;DR, I really want to run to Whole Foods and grab some cacao nibs right now.

Cacao is not the same as chocolate. Like cocoa powder and chocolate, it comes from the cacao bean, but cacao is made from unroasted, cold-pressed beans and without added sugar. This helps it preserve a very impressive nutrient profile, says Robinett.

“Cacao is very nutrient dense,” says Robinett. It’s high in antioxidants as well as nutrients like magnesium (which can help reduce stress), potassium, and iron. Cacao is also high in healthy fats to help us stay satiated and energized, she adds.

Another perk to cacao is its alkaloid content. Alkaloids are naturally-occurring compounds often found in plants; the alkaloids in cacao, Robinett says, “interact with different neurotransmitters in our body and help us feel good.” So, yeah, there’s a reason why eating a piece of dark chocolate makes you feel so damn good.

All of this makes cacao a great before-bed snack. “I am a huge fan of cacao or dark chocolate before bed,” Robinett says. Cacao has only minimal amounts of caffeine and considering its magnesium and alkaloid profile, it’s something to try when you want to calm down, she says. Yet another reason to look forward to bedtime, IMO!

For more on the benefits of cacao, plus a delicious dark chocolate recipe straight from Robinett, be sure to watch the video above.

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