Due to certain active ingredients that help release ‘feel good’
emotions, cacao is considered a heart opener. Creating feelings of
emotional intimacy and pleasure, it has long been considered a
luxurious delicacy, especially with the addition of sugar and
spices to suit modern palates. Without realizing, we still get to
enjoy a small fraction of it’s potential when we eat cacao in a
regular chocolate bar. This is also why it has become associated
with romantic gestures and pleasurable indulgence. We think of our
cacao as a plant medicine. Like any potent medicine, it is
important to be mindful in its use.
Not only is drinking chocolate delicious, it's extraordinarily healthy! With 300-1200 individual constituents, cacao is one of the most pharmacologically complex plant substances known to man. When consumed unsweetened or with very little sugar, it is a superfood, packed with beneficial minerals and neuro-chemicals that beneficially affect our state of mind. The mild bitterness of a ceremonial cacao drink can also serve to cleanse the liver or release emotions, and the alkaloid content of pure cacao boosts circulation and absorption of nutrients.