by Rosalee de la Forêt

Chocolate lovers can celebrate this exceptionally dark chocolate mousse cake. Each bite slowly melts in your mouth while the cardamom spice enlivens the senses. This is my family’s go-to dessert recipe for potlucks, and we’ve been asked for the recipe countless times. If you don’t have a double boiler, fill a pot with 1 to 2 inches of water and place a tight-fitting bowl over the top.

Yield: 1 9-inch cake, approximately 16 small servings (or 8 large servings)

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup cocoa powder (plus extra, for garnish)
1 (13.5-oz.) can coconut milk
2 eggs
1 tablespoon cardamom powder
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
sliced almonds, for garnish (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F.

2. Put 1 to 2 inches of water in the bottom pan of a double boiler. Melt the bittersweet chocolate and coconut oil in the top.

3. When they are melted, remove from the heat. Add the honey and cocoa powder and mix well.

4. Add the coconut milk and mix well.

5. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl. Add the whisked eggs, cardamom, and vanilla extract to the chocolate mixture and combine well.

6. Pour the mixture into a slightly oiled 9-inch pie pan.

7. Bake in oven for 30 minutes.

8. When the cake is done, the top should be cracked but the middle should still be soft and wiggly.

9. Cool overnight to allow it to set. Sprinkle with sliced almonds, if desired.

10. Sprinkle some cocoa powder on top before serving.

Recipe from Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal by Rosalee de la Forêt (Hay House, 2017)

Rosalee de la Forêt, RH, is passionate about helping people discover the world of herbalism and natural health. She is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and the Education Director at LearningHerbs. She is also the author of the online courses, The Taste of Herbs and Herbal Cold Care. When she is not immersed in herbs, you can find her taking photos of nature, kayaking with her husband, or curled up in a hammock with a good book.

15 new events, the MidAmerica Symposium + photography for your business

Here's some HerbRally updates for ya :-)

The 4th Annual MidAmerica Herb Symposium is coming up!

September 15th - 17th, 2017 at Whitewater State Park, Altura, MN.
Whether you’re a healthcare professional or a plant enthusiast starting out, you’ll love the lineup of this year's incredible teachers. 

Spend 3 days deepening your connection to the plant people, to our Earth Mother, to Yourself. Sit in on 3 hour workshops and classes; learn to prepare plant medicine, meditate with the plants and walk among them, learn how they fuse with health conditions and help the body. 

To register: or call 507-474-9970

Small business owners! If you want to learn how to take professional product photos in your own space, check out my friend Krystal's new page.

She is an absolute pro. So take a looksie at what she has to offer...

Slowly but surely updating certain pages on the website. Just revamped the "contributors" page and I feel so grateful to get to work with such rad herbalists. HerbRally is a community effort, so if you have a sec, check out the new and improved CONTRIBUTORS PAGE (CLICK HERE)

Please, please, please CONTACT ME if you'd like me to list your events. 

Speaking of events, check out the 15 new ones below... 

8 Week Introduction to Tropical Plant Medicine Apprenticeship with David Bruce Leonard
March 13th, 2017
Maui, HI

Free Orientation for 2017 Earth Wisdom Apprenticeship Level 1
March 15th, 2017
Nevada City, CA

Community Herbalism
March 16th, 2017
Denver, CO

Medicinal Herbs for Springtime Planting with BJ Avery
March 19th, 2017
Oakland, CA

Tincture Making 101
March 22nd, 2017
New Orleans, LA

Free Plant Walk
March 26th, 2017
Austin, TX

Syrups and Immune Health
March 29th, 2017
New Orleans, LA

Community Herbalism
March 30th, 2017
Denver, CO

Spirit Medicine: Managing Stress and Mental Health
April 5th, 2017
New Orleans, LA

Annual America River Herb Walk
April 15th, 2017
Rancho Cordova, CA

Spring Foraging Walk
April 22nd, 2017
New Orleans, LA

Spokane Herbal Faire
May 13th, 2017
Spokane, WA

The 7th Annual Herbal Hoedown
June 3rd, 2017
Lodi, NY

Herb and Garden Day
June 17th, 2017
Concord, NH

American Society of Pharmacognosy Annual Meeting
July 29th - August 2nd, 2017
Portland, OR

Mason is the creator of HerbRally and the Events and Outreach Coordinator for Mountain Rose Herbs. He studied herbalism, wildcrafting and botany at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies in Eugene, OR.

Mason is the creator of HerbRally and the Events and Outreach Coordinator for Mountain Rose Herbs. He studied herbalism, wildcrafting and botany at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies in Eugene, OR.

Lady's Mantle monograph, fermentation and 10 new events


Washington herbalist Leslie Lekos wrote a beautiful new monograph on Lady's Mantle. I hadn't ever studied up on this useful plant before, so this write-up was a great introduction. It's about six pages, so prepare to learn! (CLICK HERE)

Have you heard the Herbal Academy has released a new course on herbal fermentation? Inside this course, you will explore each type of herbal fermentation process via video tutorials with step-by-step directions, and you’ll receive access to downloadable written tutorials and resource and supply lists to equip you with all of the information you may need for various herbal fermentation experimentations. Plus, you’ll get access to exclusive recipes and inspiring fermentation stories to support and motivate you along the way. (CLICK HERE)

Aaaand here's the 10 new events!

Herb Society of Wisconsin Spring Symposium
March 4th, 2017
Cedarburg, WI

Herbscaping - Landscaping with Herbs
March 16th, 2017
Cedarburg, WI

Medicine Making with Erin Piorier
March 18th, 2017
Saint Paul, MN

How to Make Herbal Soaps with Ann Marie Craig
March 25th, 2017
Cedarburg, WI

The Kentuckiana Herb Society Spring Education Day
March 25th, 2017
Borden, IN

Berry Health Benefits Symposium
March 28th - 30th, 2017
Pismo Beach, CA

All About Herbs - The Life of Monarchs and Butterflies
April 4th, 2017
Cedarburg, WI

All About Herbs - Cilantro and Coriander
May 2nd, 2017
Cedarburg, WI

Gaia Gathering for Women
May 5th - 7th, 2017
Charlottesville, VA

Holistic Health and Herbal Education Festival
September 17th, 2017
Belle Plain, MN

The Vitalist Herbal Practitioner Program

Hey there,

I just wanted to drop you a quick line here and remind you that my friend Sajah's herbalism program closes for registration this Monday, February 27th at midnight!

CLICK HERE for all of the program details. 

I truly hope you will take advantage of this amazing opportunity to take your understanding and practice of herbal medicine to new heights. 

Take care,


 PS: This program will be closing down for the rest of the year and won't be reopening until the 2017 session, so now is the time to jump on this opportunity unless you want to wait another year!

Heaps of bonuses when you register for the Vitalist Herbal Practitioner Program

Did you see that my buddy Sajah Popham at the School of Evolutionary Herbalism just opened up registration for his Vitalist Herbal Practitioner Program?

I was just checking out the program details myself and wanted to point something out...

Sajah is giving away bonus materials worth more than the price of the program itself!

On top of 150+ hours of in-depth video training on holistic therapeutics for each organ system of the body, he’s also giving away these incredible addition bonuses:

  1. The Holistic Evaluation Crash Course: Here you learn the in’s and out’s of how to work with your clients and assess them through different methods such as interview, intake, pulse and tongue evaluation, medical astrology, and intuitive diagnostics- so you’ll have multiple tools to work with to understand what’s going on with your clients physically, psychologically and spiritually. 
  2. The Strategic Formulation Blueprint: This bonus module goes through the foundational principles of formulation, as well as moves into advanced formulation strategies so you’ll never just put together a formula haphazardly again! 
  3. Classic Herbal Texts: Love this one. When you register you get literally dozens of old school classic herbals from North American and European herbal traditions. Some of these books are out of print, or at least very expensive to purchase, but you get .PDF versions of them for free!
  4. 1 Year Subscription of Materia Medica Monthly: I couldn’t believe this one- you get 1 year of access to a completely other (equally massive) program that outlines specific herbs in depth, herbal actions, energetics, and constitutional systems. Most monographs are over 20 pages long and the training videos are usually over 2 hours- just on one plant! 
  5. Medical Astrology Case Studies: Here you’ll see medical astrology in action and how you can use this powerful tradition to see what’s going on in the body and it’s relationship to the psyche through specific case studies. Sajah even creates formulas based on someone’s birth chart!

I couldn’t believe how much you get in this course in bonuses alone.

So if you haven’t checked out the Vitalist Herbal Practitioner Program, be sure to click here to get all the program details.

You'll be glad you did! 


22 New Events

Hi herb-world,

Here's 22 new events I have recently added to HerbRally. 

If you would ever like me to add one of your events, please contact me here:



An Alternative to Conventional Medicine
February 18th, 2017
Portland, OR

Herbs and Practices for Vibrant Digestion
February 21st, 2017
Portland, OR

Exploring Ashwagandha
February 22nd, 2017
Portland, OR

Self-Love through Herbalism
February 26th, 2017
Portland, OR

Gut Microbes and Your Health: How Diet Can Help with Riley Wimminger
March 1st, 2017
Portland, OR

Demonstration with Molly of Lola's Fruit Shrubs
March 4th, 2017
Portland, OR

Homemade Medicine: Find Medicine In Your Spice Rack!
March 7th, 2017
Portland, OR

Introduction to Flower Essences with Martha Rohrer
March 15th, 2017
Portland, OR

Crafting Infused Oils Using Many Methods
March 21st, 2017
Portland, OR

Cooties and Coughs - Herbs for Children's Colds with Dr. Alicia Hart, ND
March 22nd, 2017
Portland, OR

Divine Feminine Self Care
April 1st, 2017
Missoula, MT

Faeries: Fanciful or Real?
April 1st - 2nd, 2017
Nevada City, CA

Wild Foods - Getting Wild
April 5th, 2017
Missoula, MT

Greenwood Secrets - Herbal Magic for Girls (Ages 7 - 12)
April 10th - 14th, 2017
Vashon, WA

Tree Medicine
April 22nd, 2017
Missoula, MT

Celebrating First Menstruation
May 6th, 2017
Missoula, MT

We Are Nature Workshop Series: Plant Spirit Healing Ways
May 20th, 2017
Vashton Island, WA

Wild Medicine: Folk Herbalism in Montana
May 20th, 2017
Missoula, MT

Designing Your Own Medicinal Herb Garden
May 27th, 2017
Missoula, MT

Herbal First Aid: Plasters, Poultices and Moxa
June 3rd, 2017
Missoula, MT

Greenwood Secrets - Herbal Magic Camp for Girls (Ages 7 - 10)
June 26th - 30th, 2017
Vashon, WA

Green Gathering - An American Herbalist Guild Event
July 14th - 15th, 2017
Camano Island, WA


The Art of Strategic Formulation

Sajah and Whitney Popham of the School of Evolutionary Herbalism have just released the third video in their free Vitalist Herbalism Mini-course. This lesson is titled "The Art of Strategic Formulation". 

You will learn the 5 Elements of Strategic Formulation, the 8 things you need to know about every plant you work with, as well as the 3 levels in a person you need to know before you give them any herbs!

Click here to learn the Pillars of Strategic Formulation.

The Vitalist Herbalism Mini-Course will be expiring soon, so be sure to check out these FREE lessons while you can!