A relatively small tropical tree in the Sterculiaceae family, Theobroma cacao is native to the dense tropical forests of the Amazon and was later distributed throughout Central America. Today it is found growing at elevations of around 650 to 1300 ft in the Amazon and Orinoco river basins, and in the low foothills of the Andes.
About Cacao Absolute
This chocolate essential oil is extracted from the seeds (pods) of wild, sustainably harvested trees. The complexity of the cacao seed serves as a reminder of the great potential of the rain forest botanicals for enhancing our well-being. The plant can be used in honor of the vast diversity of the virgin rain forest.
Cacao is not to be confused with ‘cocoa’, which is the dried, powdered cacao beans, roasted and processed with alkali, to make it more soluble in water. This absolute was extracted in France from the raw, dried cacao beans – and truly has quite a wonderful chocolate aroma!
Cacao has long been thought of as a natural medicine. Cacao is known to open the heart chakra, healing on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. Research shows that smelling cacao reduces levels of stress and anxiety. Cacao may also help to reduce cravings and addictive patterns. The scent of this exquisite essential oil is at once mystical and magical. We recommend cacao essential oil for increasing creativity and connection to your heart chakra. It also enhances pleasure, including sex.
Cacao is a ‘potentiator’, enhancing the yumminess of the other essential oils with which it is blended. Cacao essential oil is loved by children as well as elders and makes a nice addition to one’s collection. Cacao Absolute is a must for chocolate lovers as the aroma is that of the finest dark chocolate!
The beans from which this oil is extracted have one of the richest histories in the plant world: The word ‘cacao’ is ancient and likely originated with the pre-mayan Olmec people. All chocolate is made from cacao, the seed of the fruit of the jungle tree, Theobroma cacao, which translates as “food of the Gods”. Native to Central American rain forests, the cacao tree was originally cultivated by these ancient earth walkers. Later harvested by the Mayans, Toltecs, and Aztecs the seeds (also known as beans) were also used as a form of currency in Aztec society.
In their quest to understand the properties of all plants in their realm, the Aztecs trained a class of medicinal botanists to explore far and wide bringing back living Cacao specimens to the royal botanical gardens for research. With such expertise and so many fabulous and intriguing botanicals available, it is fitting that they determined the seeds of the Cacao tree to be of such superior value. There were even times when no person in the whole domain was allowed to use the seeds, except the King and his court.
Recently, scholars deciphered the word ‘ka-ka-wa’ on a Mayan chocolate drinking vessel that dates back thousands of years. Cacao is so popular, rumor has it that Casanova himself abandoned champagne in preference of chocolate. Even the animals love cacao as the trees attract over 80 different species of birds in areas that they are planted.
A beautiful Mayan legend about Cacao: After creating the world, the oceans, plants and animals, the Mayan deity, Heart of Sky, had one remaining task; to create humanity. First, Heart of Sky worked with mud, then wood, and even stone without success. Using creativity and insight, Heart of Sky fashioned a human being out of natural materials