Cacao: Heart Medicine – What Is Cacao Used For?
Cacao ceremonies and drinking cacao are a ritual in many spiritual communities across the world. In fact, it feels as though cacao is becoming more popular every single day. But these ceremonies have been around for thousands of years, dating back to Aztec and Mayan traditions in Central and South America, used for spiritual and health purposes.
What is Cacao Used For?
Pure cacao is used as a heart opening medicine for people to safely experience awakening, inner healing and receive guidance. Before a ceremony, intentions are set and the cacao is slowly sipped, leading people into a euphoric state where heavy energy is released and mulched by the Earth and all partakers can truly connect with themselves and each other. In my experience, cacao is absolutely a gateway to transformation.
The pure ceremonial cacao is not made with processed cocoa like you would find in the grocery store. It is made from minimally processed cacao beans, which still have the naturally healthy fat of cacao butter. Cacao butter is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, which could have a positive effect on immune function, have anti-inflammatory effects and support heart health. Pure cacao does not taste like hot chocolate; ceremonial cacao recipes vary but generally speaking, your cup would contain ground raw cacao, water or plant milk, a pinch of chili or cayenne pepper, optional sweetener and optional grounding spices.
Cacao provides sustained energy and focus, making it a perfect morning ritual and coffee replacement. Even if you enjoy coffee (like I do), cacao makes a great supplement and occasional substitute for a morning coffee. Starting my morning with gratitude, meditation, rose-scented candles and cacao is my favorite way to get connected to my heart and soul.
There is a lot to be said about sacred cacao. This is just a small glimpse. But if you’re going at it with the right recipe and a whole lot of love and intention, you can’t really do it wrong.