For thousands of years people have considered cacao as a sacred plant with potent healing properties. It was used both for its widely understood health benefits as well as in ceremonial settings. It wasn’t until Europeans came across it and brought it home that sweetener was added and what we now know of as chocolate was created. Today, chocolate is usually laden with extra ingredients such as sugar, milk and preservatives and people often see it as either a guilty pleasure or junk food.
We say throw out this outdated view and discover how delighting the senses and treating your body well can taste great. In this light, it’s truly a health food extraordinaire. It has protein and healthy fats. It has essential vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, vitamin C, natural sulfur, B-complex vitamins and iron. Studies link it to lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity. It is good for the heart, increasing blood flow and adding vitality and energy to our bodies. It’s contains powerful anti-oxidants, compounds that boost the immune system. It is a safe and gentle aphrodisiac, increasing sensitivity and inciting passion.
People are also re-discovering the spiritual uses of cacao to facilitate work in the inner realms. Cacao is a powerful heart-opener, increasing blood flow 30-40% with a ceremonial dose. It increases focus so that meditation, yoga and therapeutic work are more accessible. It’s gentle, supportive energy allows people to expand and experience heightened states. It facilitates greater connection to other people and in intimate partnership. It will add a buzz to your social gatherings.
This is what we call Ceremonial Cacao. Delicious, rich, heart open and good for the body.
- Eat the beans straight as a health snack
- Prepare a Mayan Potion for ceremonial use
- Make exquisite chocolate mousse
- Brew the drink to help you meditate, sing kirtan, do yoga or dance freely
- Brew rich, real hot chocolate
- Add a cup of love to social gatherings with a cacao drink or treats
- Lavish your dinner guests with a dish of cacao beans and honey to dip
- Make your own chocolate
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