What is Cacao?
Medicine for the Heart
Cacao has long been used by indigenous cultures. The first people to grow cacao trees were the Maya, one of the oldest civilizations on the American continent. They used the cocoa beans as a barter currency to exchange for food or clothes, as well as for preparing a bitter drink, known as Xocoatl. It was an integral part of Mayan culture and religious activities, often used as a ceremonial offering and referred to as "Food of the Gods." Cacao is packed full of vitamins and minerals, and provides natural energy through it's chemical constituents.
More than hot cocoa...
We're all familiar with hot cocoa, but what's the difference between regular cocoa powder and medicinal, raw cacao? Well, they both taste delicious... but the difference is in how the beans are processed and cooked. Raw cacao is made from fermented beans and are processed in temperature regulated ovens, ensuring that all of the healthy fats, nutrients, and vitamins are preserved.
Which makes cacao...
Full of Antioxidants that support heart function and improve circulation
Contains the bitter alkaloid Theobromine, and trace amounts of Caffeine that combat fatigue and provide natural energy to the body. Theobromine also works on the vagus nerve, promoting a deeper sense of well being and ease to your body's central nervous system.
Contains Anandamide, sometimes referred to as the bliss molecule, which binds to the cannabinoid receptors in the brain creating a sense of ease and happiness
Believed to be one of the best sources of magnesium in the world. Magnesium supports neurotransmission and provides natural energy
Contains Potassium, which is an electrolyte that helps nerves and muscles function properly. Potassium aids heart health and facilitates nutrient absorption/waste elimination in cells.
Manganese, which is an essential nutrient needed by the body to process cholesterol, carbohydrates, and proteins.
Flavonoids, which lower blood pressure, prevent blood clots, and increase circulation to the brain, heart, and cells. Flavonoids are anti-inflammatory and promote healthy skin!
Calcium, healthy bones, muscles, and heart function
Zinc, immunity and metabolic function
Holding a daily cacao ceremony for yourself can be a life-changing practice.
I started this practice last week after being introduced to the concept by a friend while simultaneously finding a local company that sourced this ceremonial grade superfood.
Like meditation or yoga, the cacao ceremony can be a simple secular practice that, when undertaken with commitment, can help reduce your stress and anxiety, promote a healthy mental state and most importantly, foster a general sense of well-being in your life.
There are MANY versions of this ceremony but I've been practicing a very simple striped down version that focuses on mindfulness and sometimes a little sound healing.
I prepare the cacao and give gratitude for the plant, its medicine and the indigenous farmers and women that create the finished product.
I set an intention and mindfully drink the liquid gold while journaling on my intention for the day.
That's it enjoy the energy, healing properties and a relaxed and uplifted start to your day.
Our cacao comes from a local company called Kakow. They partner with indigenous farmers around the world to deliver the highest quality organic, ethically sourced cacao. Creating a sustainable business model that is equitable for all. Revenue is evenly split by the farmers who grow and harvest the beans, the women's cooperatives that turn them into liquid magic, and their international partners who facilitate distribution.