If you've made it to this page, I'm willing to bet you already know all about Cacao 'The Superfood,' but how much do you know about Cacao in its purest and most potent form?
Over the last decade, Cacao, predominately in the form of 'raw cacao powder,' has become a staple in just about every health food junkie’s pantry and with an impressively long list of health benefits, it’s not hard to see why.
Higher in antioxidants than any other widely consumed food, Cacao supports immune function and helps to neutralize free radicals that can damage cells and lead to more serious diseases like cancer and heart disease.
High in magnesium, potassium, iron and calcium, Cacao more than lives up to its superfood status and believe it or not, this is not even the half of it.
The magic of Cacao in it's purest and most potent form is not so widely known.
Before the Spanish conquest of Central America, Cacao was more than the candy we know it to be today, Cacao was sacred. One of the most ancient and revered plant medicines there is, Cacao has been used medicinally and ceremonially by shamans and healers for thousands of years, worshipped for its heart-opening & bliss-inducing properties.
Before I go on, it's important to point out that I am not talking about your run of the mill, supermarket cocoa powder or even the organic, raw cacao powder that you find at Wholefoods.
I am talking about 100% pure, unprocessed Ceremonial Grade Cacao beans - Cacao in her purest form.
Whilst there is nothing wrong with Cacao powder (it is super high in nutritional value), it is has been highly processed to be separated from its fat element. This completely changes how this plant is received and absorbed by the body and it means we are missing out on some of the juiciest and most exciting properties of this medicine.
Ceremonial Cacao, on the other hand, is full and whole, having been only lightly sundried and ground down into a paste (which is what you will find in our store). We work with only the highest quality Cacao beans, grown on sacred Mayan territory in El Salvador. It is our mission to bring this sacred medicine directly from the jungle to you so that you can experience Cacao the way she has been experienced for over 2 thousand years!
So how does it work?
In Mayan culture, Cacao has been used for thousands of years to facilitate deep and profound healing journeys.
The active ingredients in ceremonial grade Cacao help to relax the nervous system as well as the busy 'thinking mind', enabling the drinker to access the deeper layers of consciousness that often go unnoticed or neglected.
Within this space and silence comes the clarity we need to help us understand who we are, where we are going, and the opportunities available to us.
Meditation and 'inner-work' can be hard and Cacao acts as a gentle and nurturing guide, encouraging self-exploration and self-discovery. She possesses a simple yet potent ability to take you on a deep inner journey of your psyche, heart & soul.
When we drink Cacao, anything is possible, sometimes we share, sometimes we sit in silence, sometimes we laugh, cry, dance, shake or even scream but always we open our hearts to infinite love and possibility.
Whether you’re looking to release emotional blockages, find some creative inspiration or simply want to feel GOOD, a ceremonial Cacao is a powerful tool to re-align and connect to your heart.
To learn how to make your own ceremonial Cacao tonic, check out this article that takes you through all the steps! Or if you would like to dive deeper and learn how to work with and share Cacao in ceremony check out our Cacao Initiation Program.