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When cacao meets the heart

I love talking about plants, especially when a ceremony is involved. Today I will be diving into all my love for Cacao & her sacred spirit is my favourite non-psychedelic plant to work with as she holds grandmother energy. This is based on my experience with her; she has brought me many healings, reflections & releases.



A cup of ceremonial cacao


What is Cacao?

Cacao is the raw, unprocessed version of cocoa. The healthiest chocolate in the world! (it reaally is) because not only is it a sacred medicine to many cultures, it is classed as a superfood. What a bonus that this sacred plant medicine provides so many health benefits. Cacao is a cultivated plant originating throughout South & Northern America, Ghana, Southeastern Asia & Nigeria. Cacao requires tropical weather and tending so she can thrive.

There are several varieties of Cacao, such as Criollo (my personal fave), Forastero, Nacional and Trinitaro. "Food of the gods" was the translated name from the ancient greek language. The Aztecs once travelled to the mountains to discover the sacred plant given by the gods. Cacao is the richest source of natural theobromine.


What is Cacao used for?

Spiritual

Cacao is a plant medicine used for the heart chakra. Cacao expands the heart's energy to feel an abundance of unconditional love. There are many variations of cacao ceremonies. Cacao is used to create a communal space, to reconnect each other to the oneness (singing, dancing ceremonies). Cacao is also a private and sacred practice that can be used for the self-healing journey. Cacao can be combined with other sacred plants like Mushrooms, Rose, Blue Lotus etc. It depends on what you need from the combination of plants, but Cacao is purely for the heart space.


She inherits so much wisdom & allows you to connect with your higher self in such a gentle, anchored way. She brings euphoric energy as well as nurturing. When we journey or meditate with Cacao, we can access her wisdom & she allows us to bring forward our own. Healing with Cacao is a beautiful way to release emotional pain and trauma. From this, we gain unique experience and wisdom.



a cup of ceremonial cacao


Medicinal

She is so amazing, I consume her every day whether I have this in my porridge, for a ceremony, or I take a combination drink of ceremonial Cacao with various mushrooms.

  • Theobromine stimulates the heart and dilates the cardiovascular system.

  • Antioxidants and anti-bacterial effects - Polyphenols, Epicatechin

  • Aphrodisiac - Stimulates sensuality

  • Anandamide: known as the "bliss molecule."

  • Phenylalanine is an amino acid involved in making dopamine, the same chemical released when we are in love.

  • Serotonin - Tryptophan is an amino acid found in raw, unprocessed Cacao and assists our body in producing serotonin.

  • Magnesium - keeps blood pressure normal, bones strong, and the heart rhythm steady.

  • Iron - Excellent for deficiency or regular intake of Iron

  • Sulfur - Shown to improve skin (ageing) & conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.

  • Manganese - helps the body form connective tissue, bones, blood clotting factors, and sex hormones. It also sustains fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation. Manganese is also necessary for normal brain and nerve function.

  • Zinc - reproductive quality for men.

  • Potassium, amino acids, chromium and calcium

How amazing are all these benefits of Cacao? I am going to list below a few more amazing outcomes from Cacao:

  • No sugar

  • Weight loss as Cacao suppresses hunger and sugar craving

  • Long lasting energy

  • Rejuvenation of old cells

  • Antiaging, the appearance of wrinkles

  • Speed metabolic system

  • Help with sleep and relaxation.

  • Helps with the digestive system and opening of the bowels.

  • Supports anxiety and depression

  • Anti-inflammatory

She has helped my healing journey so much. I personally have very high cortisol levels and inflammation. She is apart of my daily rituals & food routine. My mind, body & soul is the best it has ever been.


I will be producing a video on this blog very soon about Cacao & how I prepare the ceremony for myself!


Thank you for reading, I love you x

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