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Cacao's Hidden Power
« on: September 18, 2016, 07:44:55 AM »

Cacao's Hidden Power

Cacao has been used since antiquity in the Central and South American regions for ceremonial, recreational, and medicinal purposes.  It was discovered by Europeans in the early 16th century and has since become the interest of many for it's plethora of wonderful qualities.  Traditionally, kakaw (cacao) was served with chili, honey, and other herbs to make an energizing hot beverage that was consumed predominantly by the emperor.  The average man would be allowed to enjoy kakaw on special ceremonial days or through the work of a kakaw shaman or priest. 

Today, we all have access to high quality cacao and are able to make pretty much anything that we want to out of it.  From desserts to hot beverages to just munching down on whole beans, cacao indeed has many uses and can help many people in our world today.  In this article, we are going to go over a few recipes and methods of ingestion that most people probably haven't even heard of yet, and by the end, I hope you feel inspired to experiment more with this wonderfully powerful plant as I have. 

Ceremonial Cacao

This recipe is something I have been working on for a while now, and makes a brew more potent than anyone, who hasn't already tried ceremonial cacao, would ever dream. 

30-50 grams of Raw Cacao powder (If you don't have a scale, -1 cup)
tsp Cayenne powder
tsp ground Black Pepper
tsp Sassafras Root powder (optional)
- cup of Honey or Agave Nectar
1-2 cups of hot Water

-Add all ingredients to coffee mug, stir well with small whisk or spoon.

This ceremonial drink should be used wisely and needs to be made out of raw cacao powder, Nesquik just isn't going to cut it for this purpose.  Please don't go driving around or take this high of a dose while you are at work.  This is more for after work, or on the weekend, as a way to induce meditative states and heightened levels of empathy, compassion, and joy.  This sacred brew can be used for solo meditation sessions, for group ceremonies, or for intimate nights with your partner.   Just throw on some of your favorite relaxing music and enjoy the real power of the cacao bean with this recipe. 

Energizing Cacao

This recipe is more for kick-starting the day, or throughout the day, as a substitute for coffee or tea.

2-3 Tbsp of Raw Cacao powder
1 tsp of dried Mint leaf powder
1-2 tsp of Honey or Agave Nectar (optional, the mint cuts the bitterness of the cacao)
1-2 cups of hot Water

-Add all ingredients to coffee mug, stir well with small whisk or spoon.

This brew is perfect for those who are trying to quit coffee and need something to replace it that is going to be energizing without all the anxiety and stress that can come with too much coffee.  Cacao does have a little bit of caffeine in it, but it's other chemical constituents makes for a more euphoric buzz than coffee.  I have been an avid coffee drinker for many years now, and this brew has been my go to since I started cutting back on the coffee.  This brew is also perfect for a night out on the town, going to see live music, or dancing at the club, which has become a popular trend in Europe right now.

Cacao Capsules

This is pretty self explanatory, but it's something most people haven't really thought about.  All you have to do is take empty gel caps or veggie caps and fill them with either raw cacao powder or cacao extract.  This is more for convenience than anything else.  You can use these mildly energizing and mood enhancing pills whenever or wherever you need them.  Whether you are on the job or out and about these capsules will help lift your mood and give you the perfect little perk. 

Christmas Chocolates

I call these Christmas Chocolates more because of the spices used, but it can really be made anytime of the year.  That being said, I do like making these for the family for Christmas, everyone seems to love them.

250 gram Dark Chocolate bar (80%+ cocoa)
1 tsp Cinnamon powder
1 tsp Clove powder
tsp Nutmeg powder
tsp Turmeric powder
tsp Cayenne
Honey or Agave Nectar to taste

- Melt chocolate in a double boiler (glass or metal bowl on top of a pot of simmering water) then add in the spices and sweetener.  I prefer Agave Nectar for this recipe, it seems to have a certain sweetness that goes very well with chocolate, but local honey is never a bad call.  Then, all you have to do is pour it into a flat baking dish or sheet with some wax paper and stick it in the fridge to harden.  After it hardens up, you can cut into squares or bars and wrap individually.  Store in the fridge.

These are very warming and delicious chocolates that make for the perfect home-made gift or just to enjoy with friends and family.

Cacao Snuff

This is another new fad over in Europe that I decided to try out, and I was surprised at the mood lift and energy given by this method of ingestion. 

1 part Raw Cacao powder
1 part dried Mint leaf powder

- Make sure the mint is finely powdered, I use a coffee grinder and I grind it down for a while just to make sure it's as fine as I can get it.  The reason you cut the cacao is because by itself it cakes up in your nose.  You can replace the Mint with other herbs like Sassafras and Nutmeg, depending on the effects you are going for.  I know it sounds a little weird, and I was skeptical at first myself, but I actually enjoyed this when I tried it, and for those of you out there who are not opposed to putting things up your nose, this is definitely worth trying out.

So these are just a few ways that I have personally experimented with Cacao, and I feel like it is going to be one of my plant friends for the rest of my life.  It really helps lift my mood and opens up my heart in wonderful ways, and I am certain that it will do the same for anyone willing to give Raw Cacao a try.   

Thank you for your time!  Here is a link and a discount code for 10% off any order at Meridian Botanicals, where they have many of there own Cacao Blends, Cacao extracts, and quality Raw Cacao for sale. 

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Re: Cacao's Hidden Power
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2016, 04:21:11 PM »

I've done a few cacao ceremonies with some friends before!  We all had a wonderful time!! At one point during a ceremony we were all just sitting in a circle sharing our fears and hopes with each other, and I will never forget how meaningful it all was to us.  It's kind of funny how Cacao got turned into these sugar-laden candy bars, so many people don't ever realize the true power of this plant.
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