Practical Magic: Cacao – The Sweet Heart Healer

Cacao – The Sweet Heart Healer

Name: Cacao

Most Commonly Found: The cacao tree is native to the Americas. It may have originated in the foothills of the Andes in the Amazon and Orinoco basins of South America, current day Columbia and Venezuela, where it is still found today. 

Stone Cold Facts: Cacao is the dried and fully fermented fatty seed of Theobroma cacao. Cocoa solids (chocolate) and cocoa butter and extracted from it. In addition, many Mesoamerican foods like mole sauce and tejate are created from it. 

[Related: Practical Magic: Dark Chocolate - The Sweet Healer]

What to Heal: The healing benefits of cacao are miraculous. It can improve your memory, increase your bliss, reduce heart disease, shed fat, boost immunity and create loads of energy. 

It contains four times the antioxidant content of regular processed dark chocolate, 20 times more than blueberries and 119 times more than bananas (Daily Super Food Love). This makes it effective in fighting free radicals which cause cancer, and helps boost immunity and prevents disease at large. 

It contains the mood booster, anandamide or the "bliss molecule," helping create feelings of utopia. With that said, it also contains phenethylamine, which triggers the release of endorphins and pleasurable chemicals which makes it an aphrodisiac. Its chemicals also help balance mood swings, making it healing to balance hormones from PMS

It protects the heart, prevents cardiovascular disease and helps prevent bad cholesterol from its antioxidants. It also has been proven to thin blood and prevent blood clots, making it as beneficial as aspirin. 

It can also prevent premature aging, just like green tea and red wine. 

In addition, it helps you shed fat and creates loads of energy from its high concentration of magnesium. 

Since it contains surfer, it helps create shiny hair, strong nails and heals the liver and pancreas.

It also has the ability to improve kidney and stimulates bowel function. 

It also helps prevent sunburns and leads to glowing skin. 

It has been proven to be even more effective than fluoride in preventing cavities and more effective than codeine to halt coughs. 

How to Heal: Cacao is commonly eaten through a variety of foods and is especially healing when raw.

Related Chakras: Cacao is the ultimate heart chakra healer. It's often incorporated into Valentine's Day practices for that reason. It's also healing for the third eye. 

Spirituality + Psychic Properties: Some say that it helps create a stronger connection with our creative abilities; writing, painting, dancing, music, etc. 

It's also known to create a deeper, stronger connection with the light and helps lift one into higher levels of consciousness (Soul Discovery Coaching). 

History + Lore: The Latin name for cocoa - Theobroma - means "food of the gods." It played a major role in ancient South American cultures. The Mayans used cocoa to create a ritual beverage that was shared during marriage ceremonies, originally linking it to romance.

It was then taken to Spain and was one of the biggest products in New Spain. From there, it spread to France and got popular throughout Europe.

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