My Cacao Journey
Some of you might have read my Walk The Talk With The Moon post, which included within my adventure my very first personal Cacao ceremony, you can catch it here if you didn’t read it: Walk The Talk With The Moon
It was the Lunar Eclipse Full Blood Blue Moon the other day and I took the opportunity to venture out in to Richmond Park with my husband, crazy pug underfoot to take time to embrace the beauty of this moon and the heart opening blissfull cacao.
This was the first time having made it myself. I’ve been to Cacao ceremonies myself and being a chocolate addict always wondered why such small amounts. I now know why. Having got my hands on a large amount and consuming it, it’s not a good idea, however I did feel many effects, including heart opening, heart opening for myself not just others and I think that is the most important thing. Self love is crucial for if we do not love ourselves how can we give to others?
So let’s talk a little about Cacao…
What About The Cacao Ceremony?
Cacao is a powerful healer. Cacao has the potential to open your heart and assist in a deep emotional release.
So it’s no surprise that during emotional distress we are drawn to chocolate. Many of us say it’s to escape or distract us from the problem at hand, but with this new information, and the right form of cacao, you can use chocolate to move and transcend negative emotions and assist in your healing.
Cacao is NOT Cocoa
Before we dive into the recipe for the cacao elixir we need to clear up the confusion between Cacao and Cocoa. They are not simple spelling mistakes, Cacao is not the hoity-toity way of saying chocolate. They are in fact very different from one another.
Cacao is the raw, unsweetened, unadulterated, form of the cacao beans. The powder is a result of a cold-pressed procedure that keeps the beneficial enzymes, antioxidants, flavonoids, any other active healing compounds of the cacao plant intact.
This is the purest form of chocolate you can consume. This form of chocolate is said to be the best and highest source of antioxidants of all foods and the highest source of magnesium of all foods. (And we are all magnesium deficient these days, but this is entire other post on its own)
Cocoa, on the other hand, looks almost identical but it has been blasted with heat, destroying these beneficial compounds. Most often the powder has little to no nutritional value left and is also loaded with sugar and additives. This is the chocolate you have probably been buying from your local store over the years.
So when you are preparing this Cacao Elixir make sure you are using the real thing, Cacao.
Ingredients for your Elixir
For 1 dose:
1 cup of water
1 heaping tablespoon of cacao powder
1 heaping tablespoon of cacao paste
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Honey as a sweetener to taste
Optional spices: cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla, sea salt, turmeric, ginger, mesquite powder, maca, ashwagandha, Chaga mushroom, peanut butter
Optional additional: coconut milk, almond milk, or ghee(clarified butter)
What to Expect
Cayenne is a synergist. It helps increase blood circulation throughout the body allowing cacao to course through your veins with more efficiency. Theobromine, one of the cacao’s main active compounds stimulates blood flow to the brain and to the heart. The amount of oxygen going to your brain can increase up to 40%, blood vessels dilate, your skin floods with oxygen becoming more sensitive.
Many will feel the cacao immediately, feeling a buzz or high within half an hour. The heart opens, there is a feeling of deep love, gratitude, creativity, and expansion, flowing outward from the heart centre. For this reason, Cacao has been known to assist in deep emotion release. The open heart connection is also what gives Cacao it’s aphrodisiac reputation. The full effects may last up to 5 hours, I think mine lasted at least 12!!
One thing to know is to go slow, take 2oz sips. Less can be more for some people. If you take too much at one time you may feel unwell, and I know this, I did get a bit greedy and drink nearly a full thermos full, was jumping about like a cat on a hot tin roof and yep felt a tad sick later, but all self-inflicted so I had no one to blame.
History of Sacred Cacao Ceremony
For over 3000 years the world has been obsessed with chocolate. Today’s chocolate, the highly processed bars, the Hershey’s kisses, the sugar-laden hot cocoa, the creamy ice creamy is nothing to what it once was.
In ancient Mesoamerica some 3500 years ago, chocolate was a scared speciality food. The Maya and the Aztecs believed that cacao was a gift from the gods. It was their most prized possession. The Maya drank cacao as a thick hot, spicy, sultry, ceremonial elixir. Reserved for the rich and the royals.
When it came to the ceremonial and ritual use of cacao it was used spiritually and even politically, anything from healing ceremonies and bright festivals to brutal blood sacrifices to honour the gods. Today this delicious tradition has made its way over to the Western world, each day gaining more popularity- and of course without the ceremonial bloodshed.
Cacao is a powerful healer. Respect the medicine. Enjoy the medicine.