Most Commonly Found: Caffeine comes from seeds, nuts and leaves in plants native to South America and East Asia. The most well-known source of caffeine is the seed (usually incorrectly referred to as the "bean") of Coffea plants.
Stone Cold Facts: The word “caffeine” originated from the German word “kaffee” and the French word “café,” both translating directly as “coffee.” It's naturally very bitter.
Caffeine is found in a multitude of foods, including coffee, tea, chocolate and soda throughout the world. Beverages containing caffeine are typically ingested in drinks to prevent drowsiness, to increase one's energy level and increase alertness. It is extracted from the plant part containing it for making beverages by steeping it in water - the "infusion process." Coffee is popular throughout the world.
In America, approximately 90 percent of adults consume caffeine in some form daily. The Food and Drug Administration classifies caffeine as "generally recognized as safe" and it is almost impossible to overdose on.
What to Heal: Like any drug, caffeine can be harmful to the body though it can be extremely healing in moderate amounts. It can boost mood, lower the risk of stroke in older women and reduce the risk of developing dementia. It's been proven to be extremely effective in preventing diabetes.
Many of its benefits stem from the fact that it is a purine alkaloid and it is comprised of metabolites called xanthine and theobromine that have powerful antioxidant properties, which helps with enhancing the immune system and starving off wound infection.
It also may be protective in preventing Parkinson's Disease and certain types of cancer. It may also lower blood pressure.
However, caffeine consumption also has some adverse side effects to certain users. The most common is insomnia, due to its energetic properties. It's also addictive to many of its users (withdrawal can include headaches and negative moods) and can lead to problems with digestion. It also has been known to dehydrate the body. It has also been known to intensify anxiety, especially if the person has an anxiety disorder. If you are pregnant, check with your doctor before consuming caffeine.
According to Ayurveda:
How to Heal: Most commonly, people drink coffee, tea or the least healthy option, soda, as a beverage. It can also be consumed as a powder or as a pill. It's also found in certain foods, including chocolate.
Related Chakras: Caffeine has been known to open the 6th Chakra. As it works the Third Eye, the user sees things in a different matter and has a greater whole of understanding.
Psychic + Spiritual Properties: Since caffeine opens the Third Eye, it also alters reality, helping increase psychic abilities.
History + Lore: Caffeine's history is long and global. Each country has its own story and source of caffeine. For instance, Ethiopian folk stories passed between generations says that a farmer, who had recently moved his goats to a new pasture found them to be restless and ancy. For the next few days, the farmer watched them and noted that they were grazing on small berries. These berries were later dried and called “coffee beans.”
The earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the fifteenth century, in the Sufis monasteries in Yemenin South Arabia and later it spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It then moved to Italy and Europe and was later spread to North America by the Dutch East India Country.
Caffeine was first extracted from cocoa beans into a white powder or its purest form, in the 1820s by a German Scientist named Friedrich Ferdinand Runge.