According to the Mayan Spiritual Elders, the Cacao Spirit was one of the most powerful deities in Mayan Cosmology, they called the Cacao “the water that ran through the heart.” Indigenous tribes and many Western Healers who have turned to energy work and plant medicines throughout the world are embracing connecting with the Cacao Spirit to help align us all with our true selves and our heart space. When we consume ceremonial grade Cacao all the mood enhancing neurochemicals found in this magical medicine ignite, signaling the nervous system to: increase blood flow and nutrition to the brain, heart and skin nourish the whole body heighten awareness and focus intensify sensations and high vibrational emotions.
Drinking this age old “food from the Gods” deepens our meditations, opens our hearts and allows us to sit with our stories and identify any areas that are still causing us pain or limitation. When in this beautiful safe space we can relax deeply, receive insights, connect with our highest selves and allow inspiration and divine guidance to flow through us. The experience will change with each ceremony, as intentions evolve and meditations differ, giving us the opportunity to explore a little further and delve a little deeper into our hearts every time.
Cacao has multiple active elements working together; it is one of the most complex foods found in nature. Sources claim that there are between 300-1000 different compounds found in Cacao, therefore it has been used for millennia as an antidote for a vast array of health issues. The alkaloids, neurotransmitters, neuromodulators, vitamins and minerals found in Cacao are particularly nourishing for the body. Again, as with all plant medicines of Mother Earth, the properties found in the Cacao bean are already present within us.
The amazing compounds in Cacao give our physical bodies a healthy boost and increase our levels of serotonin and dopamine, two neurotransmitters that are chemical messengers in the brain. Dopamine stimulates pleasure and alertness while serotonin stimulates peacefulness and sleep. An imbalance in either or both of these neurotransmitters is associated with mood disorders.
The neuromodulator phenylethylamine PEA is responsible for our feeling of excitement and exhilaration as well as helping us to stay focused and alert. An increase in PEA in the body also increases our norepinephrine levels, the feeling associated with joy.
Another compound found in Cacao is anandamide, which belongs to a class of bioactive lipids called fatty acid amides. The word Ananda translated from Sanskrit means Bliss. When we increase our levels of anandamide we in turn heighten the feeling of bliss and euphoria throughout the body. Anandamide is also responsible for regulating our appetite, experiencing pleasure and reward, and balancing our hormonal and reproductive systems.
Cacao is the highest natural food source of magnesium, a vital mineral for our bodies, aiding our metabolic process, muscle recovery and relaxation, increased flexibility, and sleep. It also hydrates and alkalises the body, aids bowel regulation, and is a key ingredient for our brain, helping our memory, concentration levels and focus. Serotonin is also dependent on magnesium.
Cacao contains high antioxidant levels as another health benefit, antioxidants protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. Damaged or corrupt cells in the body can lead to blood vessel disease, cancer and other conditions.
While Cacao is a great heart opener and increases our levels of dopamine and serotonin, it is not advised to take if you are currently taking any anti-depressants or anti-psychotics. If you are on any of these medications but feel guided to take a different approach then Cacao can be a great place to start. First and foremost, you will need to stop taking your SSRI’s and then slowly you can start to introduce Cacao around the 4-7 day mark. Again, before making any decisions, do your research and check in with your Doctor.
This medicine is safe and very beneficial for pregnant mothers and their developing babies. Some ‘Cacao babies’ have become quite psychically and intuitively aware, some babies go quieter and deeper with Cacao; if the baby does not like the effects of the Cacao, you will know. Best advice is to start with small doses and observe, listening deeply. If you have any questions please email me and I will guide you as safely and as knowledgeably as i can with your best intentions at heart.
“ I believe one of the greatest challenges on earth is loss of connection to self. I'm inviting you to come meet Mother Cacao and reconnect with yourself.“
preparing your cacao
Preparing a delicious mug of cacao (or drinking chocolate) is easy! My cacao has a delightful flavor and is an amazingly flexible ingredient. You can add the power of cacao to a broad range of drinks, and smoothies.
General tips for making a fantastic cup of drinking chocolate:
Use a heavy knife to shave your cacao block into small slivers
If a food scale is unavailable, measure 44 grams of well ground cacao for each serving
Boiling water or your favorite plant based milk is not necessary or recommended, try water just warm enough to barely keep a finger in it
For a smoother concoction, mix in a blender or stick blender
Add your favorite spices and herbs for
Adding a sweetener of your choice will not affect the energies of the cacao. Many experienced cacao drinkers use no sweetener at all. Both choices are completely fine!
Stay away from caffeine on the day
Eat a light lunch/dinner 2 to 3 hours before your cacao