|CACAO - Theobroma cacao
Traditional use: male & female aphrodisiac, euphoric & mood lifter, excellent general tonic, nutritive & antioxidant
The Cacao bean is the source of chocolate, and well-known as such, but it is less well-known as an amazing superfood and medicinal plant. Of course, much of the chocolate on the market is not at all healthy or beneficial, but real Cacao and extracts of it are a wonderful tonic.
Cacao has been considered a sacred plant for thousands of years, used as money by the Mayans and Aztecs. It was a food for royalty and ceremony, prepared without the sugar we are used to, and with other herbs to enhance its properties, such as cayenne and psychedelic mushrooms.
Cacao is a very complex plant, full of antioxidants, vitamins, and brain-affecting chemicals. For example, a chocolate binge during emotional upset is effective because of the mood lifting properties of theobromine and theophylline, which increase the body's own "happy chemical", serotonin. The high concentration of relaxing magnesium in cacao (higher than any other plant) explains PMS chocolate cravings, and chocolate also contains phenylethylamine and anandamide, chemicals our brains create in states of romantic love and bliss.
From ancient Aztec weddings, sealed with the exchange of Cacao beans between bride and groom, to the modern box of chocolates, this sacred plant gift is the quintessential food of lovers. Our Spagyric of Cacao is sensual and delicious, playful and sultry, and sure to sweeten any act of love. Our Cacao combines well with many of the other Venus Spagyrics, especially Damiana and Rose.