Creating Cacao

Savour the richness, relish the tradition. Dive deep into the ritual of preparing a cup of warm, soothing cacao right in the comfort of your home. It's not just a drink; it's an experience.

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Discover the Magic of Making Cacao at Home

Savour the richness, relish the tradition. Dive deep into the ritual of preparing a cup of warm, soothing cacao right in the comfort of your home. It's not just a drink; it's an experience.

Cacao, revered since ancient times, has often been referred to as a "heart opener." Beyond its delightful taste, cacao possesses unique biochemical properties that influence the body's endorphin levels, promoting feelings of bliss and well-being. Its rich content of flavonoids aids in improving blood flow, not only enhancing physical heart health but also metaphorically opening the heart by fostering emotional connection and warmth. Additionally, the presence of compounds like phenylethylamine (PEA) in cacao can enhance mood, further creating an environment conducive to vulnerability, compassion, and deep interpersonal connection. As a result, many cultures and modern holistic practices utilise cacao in ceremonial contexts, aiming to bridge the divide between individuals and cultivate a sense of collective unity and open-heartedness.

Join chef at Aro Ha, Marissa, to make the perfect cup of cacao at home.

Tips for the Best Cacao Experience:

  • Use almond, oat, or coconut milk for a vegan treat.
  • Try adding a pinch of sea salt to enhance the chocolate flavour.
  • For an extra creamy texture, add a spoon of coconut oil or butter while heating.
  • Store your cacao beans in a cool, dry place to maintain freshness.

Top 9 Benefits of Drinking Cacao

1. Rich in Antioxidants: Cacao is packed with flavonoids, which are naturally occurring compounds that have antioxidant properties. These can help counteract oxidative stress and may reduce the risk of certain diseases.

2. Mood Enhancer: Cacao contains compounds like phenylethylamine (PEA), which can promote feelings of well-being and happiness. Theobromine, another compound in cacao, can have stimulant effects and improve mood.

3. Good for the Heart: Flavonoids in cacao can help improve heart health by promoting good blood flow, lowering blood pressure, and reducing the risk of heart disease.

4. Supports Brain Health: The flavonoids in cacao may benefit brain function and improve cognitive abilities, including memory and attention span.

5. Skin Health: The antioxidants in cacao can help protect the skin against harmful UV radiation, potentially reducing the risk of sunburn and skin ageing.

6. Improved Digestion: Cacao contains dietary fiber which can support a healthy digestive system and promote regular bowel movements.

7. Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Some studies suggest that cacao has anti-inflammatory effects, which can be beneficial in reducing the risk of chronic diseases associated with inflammation.

8. Supports Weight Management: The fiber content in cacao can promote feelings of fullness, potentially helping in appetite control and weight management. However, it's essential to consume it as part of a balanced diet and in moderation.

9. Enhanced Energy: The theobromine in cacao acts as a mild stimulant, which can boost energy and alertness without the jitters often associated with caffeine.

Guided Cacao Ceremony

We invite you to join Anna Chaparro as she guides you into connection with the present through your heart, accompanied by the elixir of cacao.

You’ll need:

  • a journal and a pen
  • your hot cup of cacao or hot drink of choice

The heart-opening blend used in this video is Aro Ha’s own certified organic cacao, sourced from Peru and packaged on site here at Aro Ha Wellness Retreat. It is packed with nutrients; like magnesium and zinc and neurotransmitters such as tyrosine, dopamine and tryptophan.

Fill your cup, press play, and enjoy.