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Cacao

Cacao has been used for thousands of years as medicine and spiritual ritual and ceremony in Mesoamerica and more recently in Africia, Indonesia and the Caribbean. 

Cacao has been called the "Food of the Gods" and it makes sense when you understand the myriad of benefits this amazing plant has to offer both nutritionally and from a spiritual perspective . 

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Benefits of Cacao

 

Cacao, revered since ancient times for its sacred and healing properties, offers a rich tapestry of benefits that cater to both the body and spirit.

 

Nutritional Benefits of Cacao

Nutritionally, Cacao  is a powerhouse, packed with essential minerals like

  • Magnesium - which promotes heart health and reduces stress, and antioxidants that fight free radicals, protecting the body from oxidative stress and inflammation. 

  • Theobromine - a natural compound that enhances mood and energy without the jitteriness associated with caffeine.

  • Anadamide - can actively help to keep mental illnesses like anxiety and depression at bay. In addition, regular cacao consumption is believed to create new neural pathways in your brain, increasing the amount of joy and love you feel long-term.

  • Phenylethylamine -  raises blood pressure and blood glucose levels. The results is that we feel more alert and gives us a sense of well being and contentment.

  • Flavonoids - One of the unique features of cacao is that it contains high levels of flavonoids, which are a type of plant pigment with powerful antioxidant properties. These flavonoids have been shown to have a number of health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart disease.

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Benefits of Cacao to Mental Health

Cacao contains a number of compounds that have been shown to have antidepressant and anxiolytic effects, including serotonin, dopamine, and anandamide. It has been used to help reduce stress and anxiety, and improve mood. 

Spiritual Benefits of Cacao 

The benefits of Cacao extends far beyond the physical.  Spiritually, cacao is the most beautiful  heart-opening medicine, facilitating deep emotional release and connection.  Ceremonial grade cacao serves as a potent instrument for fostering spiritual development and deepening connections. This beautiful medicine helps to unlock the heart's capacity for tranquillity, ushering in a profound connection to the immediacy of the now.

By integrating cacao into one's holistic practice, can leave you feeling connected, relaxed, centered and more connected the web of interconnectedness. 

By developing a deep relationship with this plant medicine, be it in ceremony or regular use at home, you are granted the comfort of Mother Cacao's nurturing embrace, providing a secure space that enables access to profound levels of healing. This connection fosters an environment where emotional and spiritual wounds can be gently uncovered and soothed, allowing for transformative healing journeys grounded in love and understanding

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MY Journey with Cacao

I am a Saoro trained Cacao facilitator, a journey that began long before my formal training. Prior to earning my certification, I devoted nearly three years to cultivating a profound relationship with Mama Cacao, exploring the depths of heart healing and the expansive potential of this sacred plant.

 

My connection with cacao has not only been a vessel for deep emotional healing but has also served as a powerful ally in deepening my connection with the sacred sites of Ireland. This ancient landscape, rich with history and spiritual significance, has revealed its mysteries to me more fully with cacao as my guide, enhancing my attunement to these powerful energies.

 

Additionally, cacao has been a constant source of inspiration and creativity. It has opened channels to new ideas and expressions, enabling me to weave the magic of creativity through my work and personal practices. My journey with Mama Cacao is one of ongoing discovery, healing, and inspiration, forming the foundation of my services as a Cacao facilitator, where I guide others to explore their own paths to healing, connection, and creative fulfilment.

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