About Ceremonial Cacao

Cacao, in its raw, pure form, is considered a ‘vasodilator’ meaning it improves blood flow to the heart and brain, thus lowering blood pressure and warming the body. Considered a heart-opening medicine due to its properties, it also served as an aphrodisiac and stamina-increasing food packed with flavonoids and theobromine.
Cacao can also be used to deepen meditations and quiet contemplation, enhancing creativity and stillness of the mind.
When we drop into our hearts, it becomes easier to see our path and hear our inner voice. Cacao, lovingly called ‘Cacaocita’ by these cultures, can help us connect more deeply.
Our Cacao is ethically sourced from farms in Tanzania and prepared in an extensive, traditional way by picking the fruit, fermenting them to cultivate the flavor, then they are cracked to extract the seeds, stone-ground and roasted at a low temperature thus leaving its amazing antioxidant and beneficial compounds intact.

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Ceremonial Cacao

During the past decade, using cacao as a catalyst for healing has become popular in the West, although it has been used for medicinal and ceremonial purposes for thousands of years. Cacao is considered sacred, and the ritual of drinking it as an elixir for good health has its roots in the ancient Olmec, Mayan and Aztec traditions in Central and South America.

Cacao is the natural and unprocessed seed of the Theobroma cacao treeIt contains flavonoids which can help reduce inflammation throughout the body. It is also packed with antioxidants. The nutrients in cacao have been shown to help lower blood pressure, improve blood flow to the brain and heart, and aid in preventing blood clots. Theobromine is an alkaloid responsible for the stimulating effects of cacao. It is a heart stimulant, it dilates blood vessels and reduces blood pressure. 

You may have heard about ritual cacao ceremonies, especially if you’re part of a yoga community. These days, cacao ceremonies are commonly practiced in spiritual groups and have many benefits, including the simple joys of communal connection and nutrition. While they’ve recently become a trend in the contemporary world, many indigenous communities have this as part of their culture spanning centuries. 

Many of them still practice the ceremonial rites inherited from their ancestors. Cacao ceremonies adopted in the West have a broader purpose, they are typically spiritually agnostic and can be practiced ritualistically and individually at home, similar to forms of tea meditation.