What is Ceremonial Grade Cacao?
if you are wanting to know if your cacao meets the criteria for ceremonial cacao, here are some tips:
- The cacao should be whole cacao – not defatted powder that is typically sold commercially as cocoa. Cocoa powder is denatured and no longer a whole food.
- The cacao should NOT be alkalized or Dutch-processed. Those processes (which are commonly used for chocolate bars and candies) make cacao unsuitable for cacao ceremony. You will not receive the benefits of cacao from a ceremony performed using alkalized or Dutch-process cacao.
- The cacao should be 100% cacao or it should tell you the percentage of cacao it contains. This is important because you need to be able to calculate the total cacao you include per ceremonial drink.
Our ceremonial grade cacao is derived from an Australian company that sources the highest quality 100% pure Peruvian Criollo chocolate that is Sugar Free with no additives. It is shaved and packaged ready for ceremonial practice. Australian Certified Organic, Vegan and Gluten Free, it is the best quality cacao you can find, grown under the best conditions and handled and processed to the highest standards. That energetic quality matters to ceremony because the cacao carries the energies of the way it has been produced. And our cacao is always handled with the greatest respect. It is grown on a small-scale family farms and produced in small batches. We also ship every order ourselves personally.
How to Prepare a Ceremonial Cacao Drink
The most important factor for a beneficial cacao ceremony is ensuring the quality of the cacao you are using, but equally important is to set your intentions for the practice.
An Introduction to Ceremonial Cacao
When prepared and consumed correctly as part of ceremony, cacao can profoundly open our heart awareness. The benefits of living with greater awareness of the heart are many, including greater access to love, abundance and connection to source, self and others.
The physical benefits of ceremonial cacao practice include increased energy (and not short-lived like a coffee high, but an enduring energy for 3 to 5 hours), and increased focus, creativity and inspiration. You will have more blood flowing to your brain, so practices of yoga, meditation, sound healing can be beneficial afterwards.
Make sure to drink plenty of water and afterward eat dense foods to help ground the energy!
How to Prepare Ceremonial Cacao
Now that you know how to select quality cacao, here’s the recipe that we recommend. We recommend the chili/cayenne spice as it helps potentiate the cacao but it’s possible to have a successful ceremony without it.
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