Cacao, also known as the drink of the gods and goddesses, has a history going back thousands of years and is a traditional part of many cultures around the world. Worshiped as the drink of the gods by the natives of Central and South America, used by Aztec soldiers as a stimulant, drunk by European monks for fasting - right up to the luxury food and cacao bliss of today.
In the course of the 17th century, the cacao fruit first found its way to Germany as a medicine. Here it was treated as a rare commodity, as it could only be purchased by the gram in pharmacies. Even then, people knew about the numerous health benefits and effects of cacao Theobroma (according to Theo=God; Broma=food).
With the mass production of chocolate, the original value and knowledge of this wonderful plant has been increasingly forgotten. What is understood today by "cacao" has hardly anything to do with the roots of this miracle drug. Fortunately, the ritual cacao is returning more and more to our culture, bringing its wisdom and magic to us.
So nutritious is the food of the gods
Cacao is rich in minerals and antioxidants; contains anandamide and energy hormones and stimulates the production of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. So far, scientists have been able to identify around 1,200 chemical substances in the beans of the cacao fruit. Magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, chromium, potassium and vitamin E are particularly worth mentioning because they are contained in relevant amounts.
The contained theobromine widens the blood vessels and thus improves the oxygen supply. Cacao contains a lot of natural compounds and more antioxidants than blueberries, pomegranates, cranberries or grapes. The high calcium content supports the transmission of muscle and nerve signals and strengthens the bones. In our blog you will also learn why cacao can make you smarter from sip to sip .
Cacao is heart-opening
The effect of ritual cacao can unfold in a very profound way. From relaxing to euphoric, the fruit can be therapeutic as well. By "working" with the spirit of the plant, emotional blockages can be released and self-knowledge and personality development can be supported.
Cacao helps us to strengthen the connection to ourselves and others. It is said that cacao has a heart-opening effect and shows us exactly what is important in our development. Cacao increases access to intuition, inspiration, creativity and life itself.