Ceremonial cocoa or raw is increasingly used during ceremonies and rituals. As a connecting factor. To open the heart. Get closer to yourself. But in addition to this spiritual interpretation, raw cocoa also has many health benefits and can easily be used in daily life. For example, it contains many positive substances for the brain. Magnesium, which helps the body to relax. And a number of other interesting health benefits. In this blog, you can read more about the benefits and where to buy ceremonial cocoa.
Health benefits of ceremonial cocoa
Ceremonial cocoa has a positive effect on the blood vessels and helps to reduce stress. This is because it contains minerals and antioxidants.
Bringing antioxidants/flavonoids help your body clean up free radicals and contribute to healthy blood vessels and a healthy heart. During pregnancy, it also contributes to the development of the baby’s blood vessels and heart. Obviously not too much. Anything that represents too much is not good. But don’t immediately feel guilty if you have taken a block of raw chocolate. During cocoa ceremonies, it is important to make a lighter version. Around 20 grams is sufficient.
Minerals that the raw cocoa contains contribute to the oxygen content in the blood. In addition, the magnesium has a positive effect on the brain, immune system and metabolism. It is therefore not for nothing that people feel more relaxed when they consume raw cocoa on a regular basis. Then in the morning through the yogurt or during a ceremony or ritual.
Raw cocoa also contains copper and iron. This also contributes to the oxygen level in the blood.
Phenylalanine and mental health
Raw cocoa also contains a substance that is also called the happiness hormone. This substance phenylalanine is converted into dopamine. This will quickly make you feel happy and happy. This is also the substance that can make you feel like you are sitting on a ‘pink cloud’ during a cocoa ritual. Naturally, the surrounding factors also play a part in this. I mean the combination with yoga, breathwork and mantra singing.
Your mental health is therefore boosted by using ceremonial cocoa. You can buy various types of ceremonial cocoa here.
Effects on the skin
In addition to the internal effects, raw cocoa also has positive effects for the skin. For example, it contains vitamin K – for the suppleness of your skin and vitamin E, which contributes to slowing down the aging of your skin. This way you have less chance of wrinkles and the production of pigment spots is slowed down.
You can use a cream with cocoa butter that keeps the skin supple. In addition, it can also be effective during pregnancy to reduce stretch marks.
Buy ceremonial cocoa and use it in your daily life
You can use raw cocoa in your daily life in various ways. It is important to choose a raw cocoa that has been processed as little as possible. Below are 3 simple ways to apply it immediately.
- Start the day with a cocoa drink and an intention
- Add raw cocoa to a smoothie, yogurt or oatmeal
- Eat raw cocoa cube
- Rub skin with cream containing cocoa butter
Using ceremonial cocoa in a ceremony, setting or ritual
Raw cocoa is a beautiful product to use during a ceremony or ritual. Think of a full moon or new moon ceremony. But also during a self-care retreat or manifestation ritual. It can also be nice to do it together with your partner.
Drinking ceremonial cocoa in a group setting creates a loving connection. With yourself. But also with the people around you with whom you do the ceremony or ritual.
You can turn on music while drinking the cocoa or, for example, have the ceremony or ritual accompanied by a meditation or breathing exercise. There are various types of ceremonies. There are ceremonies where only mantras are sung. But there are also ceremonies where a meditation is accompanied while drinking the cocoa and this ceremony continues, for example, with yoga and breathing exercises or ecstatic dance.
During our cocoa ceremonies we combine the cocoa with breathwork, yoga and sound healing. We start the ceremony with a guided meditation in which you connect with your heart and can ground yourself deeper. Like the cocoa, you open your heart to love (sweetness) and ground your intentions deep in the pelvis (darkness / bitterness). Bringing the light and the dark together brings balance to body and mind.
Where to buy ceremonial cocoa?
There are various suppliers who sell ceremonial cocoa. My favorite ceremonial cocoa comes from Nicaragua, from Pure Kakaw.
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