About Sacred Medicines

The foundation of holistic healing is connection: connection to nature, to the elements and to the universe and its life force. Certain plants and remedies are considered sacred because of their ability to heighten and facilitate this connection. This is why these plants have been revered by First Peoples across the world.

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.