preparation and recipes see below..

Ceremonial Cacao

When I write about cacao, it is understandable that most people imagine a bar of chocolate or a cup of milk with cacao powder. Yes, all of that contains cacao as well. But unfortunately only a fraction of the original, magical cacao. Anyone who has ever tried raw cacao, e.g. in the form of beans, will probably have noticed a difference. And maybe one or the other was lucky to experience the spirit of cacao. This plant is a powerful, but subtle, medicinal plant and has wonderful medicine to give. She is a true connecter, comforter, supporter ... she gently shows us how we can let our hearts speak, how we can feel (again) connected to ourselves and our environment. We are not cut off from each other. We are no different from others. We are beings, all together and have our hearts to understand one another. To sit around the fire and share stories. To support us all together in becoming and growing. In difficult phases in life it can give hold and show how we can give hold to ourselves and others. As we hear with our hearts, peacefully and emphatically. Sometimes it also shows how easy life can be - playful and creative, like the healthy world of our children. Just beeing the way we are. With everything we have.

I am always moved by this plant and incredibly grateful that we have the opportunity to receive its medicine all over the world. Thankful for our ancestors who guarded and passed on this knowledge of the healing power of cacao. Grateful for the people who put their energy into the cultivation, harvest and processing. May we, with our loving care, prayers and rituals, appreciate what we have on this earth so that beautiful things can be multiplied.

What exactly is the difference to conventional cacao? 

Ceremonial cacao differs from conventional chocolate you find in supermarkets in terms of  type, cultivation, processing, texture and effect. The cultivation takes place in small mixed crop plantations instead of monocultures. The trees of the ritual cacao are grown organically and traded fairly. The beans are usually gently fermented in the air. Conventional chocolate is strongly heated and defatted, whereas ritual cacao is gently ground, so that all ingredients (vitamins, minerals, cacao butter, etc.) are retained so that all the wonderful, natural raw food qualities, with everything it has to offer can stay in the cacao. This is of course noticeable in the taste and in the effect!

Cacao - superfood for body and soul

It is not for nothing that Theobroma Cacao is called “food of the gods”. It is a real feast for body and soul. This is shown by my own experience and various studies.

The effect of the ceremonial cacao is unique! It is not for nothing that this cacao is also called Theobroma Cacao - translated: ´food of the gods´.Cacao is rich in antioxidants and stimulates the production of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. These hormones are responsible for how we feel. Serotonin, for example, is known as the happiness hormone. Cacao also stimulates the libido and has an aphrodisiac effect.

Anandamide was also found in cacao beans. The name anandamid is derived from the Sanskrit ananda, "bliss". This substance binds to the THC receptor in the brain and is the natural THC analog that occurs in the body.

Cacao contains numerous minerals. Magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, chromium, potassium and vitamin E are particularly worth mentioning because these are contained in relevant quantities.

Cacao has a diuretic, anti-inflammatory effect and promotes blood circulation, as the theobromine it contains dilates the blood vessels so that more oxygen can be transported through our body, about three times as much. This means that our organs, such as our brain, are better supplied. Together with the flavonoids, cacao has been proven to increase memory and our ability to learn.

Regular cacao consumption, for example, also lowers the risk of stroke and Alzheimer's disease. Cacao can reduce fears and promote our creativity and intuition. It is a psychoactive plant that can help us reach areas of the brain that are more difficult to access in everyday life. Very similar to deep meditation. This can help us to understand better when old memories emerge or we are in transition times. Cacao can help to meet the changes in life with love instead of fear, as its basic energy mediates trust and "being held" .

For me she is a very special teacher and healer, with whom I have been working intensively for some time. It is therefore very important to me to share cacao with other people in circle, connecting from heart to heart, and to give others the opportunity to receive her treasures.

reference : David Wolfe ‘Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future’

My own experiences through daly practice and  dieta

Cacao ~ preparation and recipes

The original Cacao recipe is simple and consists of only 3 ingredients! You can use it as a basic recipe and add more ingredients later if you want something different.

  • Cacao
  • Chili
  • Water
 (see below for more recipes)

Prepaire in mindfulness & love with intention & gratitude

Heat the water in the kettle / pot until it starts to steam. The water temperature should be between 42 and 70 degrees. If you want to keep your cacao in raw food quality, your water should not be warmer than 42 degrees. But that is also a matter of taste. Experiment and decide which temperature you prefer. If you use a kettle, then put the warmed water in a saucepan or a teapot. Add your Cacao- chips or the crushed Cacao mass to the warm water. Add some chilli.

Now stir your Cacao vigorously for a while until a thick foam has formed on the surface. This can take 1-2 minutes and may require some practice. But only then the Cacao is properly connected to the water and has a pleasant consistency.

Now your Cacao can be poured into a nice cup to drink.

Guide values for your Cacao ritual

  • 10g light but noticeable effect
  •  20-30g meditation dose
  • 35-45g for a ceremonial dose
 Decide for yourself how much Cacao is good for you. Notice that some people need more, others less. You can overdose with Cacao and  this could lead to a racing heart, nausea and headaches. Drink plenty of water the day of ceremony.

If you have heart disease or if you take antidepressants, you should first clarify with your doctor if you can drink higher amounts of Cacao. Pregnant and breastfeeding women drink much less and pay attention to their intuition. If you want you can use these recipes as inspiration for variation:

Variation 1

  • some cardamom
  • the pulp of 1/3 vanilla pod
  • a pinch of chilli
  • e.g. 40g Cacao
  • 250ml pure water
 Prepare your  Cacao as usual, only add the chilli, cardamom and vanilla in addition.

Variation 2

  • 1 teaspoon almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon coconut blossom sugar
  • a pinch of chilli
  • e.g. 30g Cacao
  • 250ml pure water
Mix the water & almond butter with the coconut blossom sugar in a blender. If you want, you can now add the other ingredients and mix again briefly, or you can prepare the  Cacao by hand as described above.