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What is Ceremonial Cacao?

Updated: Apr 11, 2022

We are talking about 100% cacao straight from the beans, not the commercial cacao that has added milk, fats and sugar. In fact, once cacao is being processed, the goodness essentially gets stripped off. Thus, the more it is processed, the more of the natural goodness is removed.

In the earlier days, humans lived in harmony with the natural world and saw plants as intelligent, alive beings and healers in their own light. This is why we use supplements, herbs and superfoods as a way to reconnect with this primal wisdom that’s becoming more and more readily available.

Cacao has always been considered a very powerful aphrodisiac, exotic food, and medicine, by the Mesoamerican and South American cultures. Pure cacao is also renowned for its many health benefits that support physical and psychological well-being. It contains powerful antioxidants along with a significant amount of chromium, which balances blood sugar levels. It increases the blood flow to the brain, creating more mental agility, awareness and focus.

Ceremonial cacao needs to be made from the highest quality cacao beans. The processing is equally important to ensure the cacao retains the bean's beneficial properties.

Ceremonial cacao is a powerful plant medicine, used to dive deeper into your inner soul while gently touching your heart and guiding you on a journey deep into the emotional center of our body – our heart (Anahata) chakra. It also helps in releasing emotional blockages that no longer serve us, find forgiveness in ourselves and others, showing us the way forward if we are stuck, or afraid of making necessary life changes. Ceremonial cacao also enables us to access stuck emotions, conditionings, patterns of behaviour and addictions that are buried deep in the unconscious.

Ceremonial cacao is the choice for use in ceremonies. Cacao ceremonies are a type of shamanic healing, which is one of the oldest, holistic form of healing practiced all over the world. With ceremonial cacao and its ceremonies, we work towards being in an open-hearted state, allowing us to be calm, curious, connected, compassionate, confident, courageous and clear. These are the 7 Cs as described by Richard Schwartz, founder of the Internal Family Systems Model.

Like coffee, cacao has caffeine. However, coffee contains a high concentration caffeine that stimulates the nervous system and may potentially even give you the jitters, whereas ceremonial cacao contains an abundance of theobromine that stimulates the cardiovascular system and gives a sensation of uplifting warmth. Ceremonial cacao can bring a warm sensation to your heart and chest, making you feel more loved and present.

In the next blog post, we will discuss how we can use ceremonial cacao to create cacao ceremonies for just ourselves and/or family and friends coupled with some simple recipes.

At Tehara Dream, we use pure ceremonial grade cacao from Keith's Cacao ( for our cacao ceremonies. You can also request to add on a warm or cold cuppa cacao to enjoy after your Reiki healing session.

Drink with an open mind and explore into the depths of your inner heart and soul (:

Not sure if Reiki healing is suitable for you? Contact us directly to find out more.

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