RITUAL: Ritualising Raw Cacao to Open the Heart

I have been intrigued with reading about Sacred Cacao Ceremonies and rituals for sometime now.  Its seems each and every time I find one to attend the universe has other plans for me.

Taking matters into my own hands I decided to start creating my own ceremony based on a beautiful cacao elixir and several rituals I enjoy performing in my own sacred space at home.

Raw cacao is one of natures most divine gifts.  It would have to be one of my favourite superfoods in which I can indulge in freely knowing this healing chocolate experience is full of nutritional goodies.

From a nutritional view point cacao contains an abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  Its full of stress reliving magnesium which is wonderful for us women, particularly if we are keen to align a cacao ceremony with our menstrual cycle… this month will be the first time I formally ritualise the menstrual phase of my cycle – slightly excited!

Cacao embraces the power of femininity, sexuality and fertility in many of the worlds most beautifully connected cultures.

Physically, the theobroma in cacao stimulates blood flow to the heart and brain, hence the link to it being a true heart opener which can assist in deep emotional releases – particularity when its consumed with intention as part of a healing ritual.

Cacao has been associated with connecting deeply with self and the divine due to these heart opening qualities.  It has also said to be a aphrodisiac for the same reason.  The natural high felt by consuming this natural chocolatey elixir can unite people with self and others due to the feelings of deep love and gratitude felt flowing outwards during sacred rituals using this gift from mother earth.

This makes it pretty clear why when we are feeling lost, alone, distressed or unloved we often resort to chocolate.  The problem with most commercial chocolate bars or cocoa powder is that they are highly processed and riddled with sugar, taking away the nutritional and emotional healing benefits originally associated with raw cacao.

However, if we select cacao in the right form, you can certainly use chocolate to help shift and transcend negative emotions, again if done with intention and purpose the elixir will help you move towards your goal.

Sacred cacao ceremonies have been around for thousands of years.  The Mayans and the Aztecs knew that cacao increased energy, mental clarity, strength, courage and sustenance.  For this reason they saw it as a magical gift from the gods and was a prized possession consumed by the nobility and used for ceremony.  The Maya drank hot spicy ceremonial cacao as it was seen as a universal ambrosia, sacred plant medicine, a source of economic exchange, a tool for ritual and a special elixir for life.

Cacao Elixir Recipe

Below is the elixir recipe I have started using.  I was initially surprised to see cayenne powder included in many of the recipes I found but soon learnt that the warming spice acts as a synergist in helping increase blood flow around the body which allows the cacao to move more rapidly through your veins.

On a vibrational level is said to accelerate spiritual connection, hence why those intelligent ancient cultures included the spice for both the physical and spiritual benefits.

You can source sacred grade cacao for ceremony online which offers a higher vibrational energy than what you can purchase at the supermarket.  I would suggest at least ensure your powder is raw and organic to start with.

You may like to prepare your elixir and sit quietly outside whist your consume with it with gratitude, or if you enjoy ritual I suggest taking it to your sacred space so you can sing, give blessings, meditate and slowly sip/drink the elixir as part of a small ceremony.  You need not say anything, as long as you are completely present and aware of the feelings arising in your body.

Simple Cacao Elixir for One


  • Warm filtered water (add more/less depending on the consistency you enjoy)
  • 2 heaped tablespoons of cacao powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper, himalayan salt and cinnamon
  • Honey to sweeten


  • Pop cacao and spices into a mug and gently cover powders with warm water until you form the preferred consistency.  Add honey to sweeten


  • Spices – Chilli, ginger, ashwaganda or turmeric
  • Milk – Coconut milk, almond milk or ghee (Ghee will make the elixir creamier without blocking the healing compounds that cows milk will, as it has all the milk solids removed)

Ceremonial Raw Chocolate

This is an alternative way to include cacao into your ceremony.


  • 1/4 cup cacao butter
  • 2 cups Cacao Powder
  • 2 tablespoons of local raw honey
  • Pinch of himalayan Salt
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • Dash of cinnamon


  • Double boil the cacao butter until melted
  • Add honey, salt, cayenne and cinnamon
  • Slowly mix in the cacao powder until it become paste like
  • Roll chocolate into balls and coat in cacao powder
  • Pop in the fridge

Like anything there are precautions in drinking and serving cacao elixirs.  Those with heart issues and on heart medication should be wary as the heart rate is directly impacted.  The time of the day should also be considered as the cacao acts as a stimulant.  Please always conduct your own research and discuss any concerns with your doctor before trying a strong elixir.

Enjoy the healing plant medicine and the euphoria it brings during and after consumption.  This practice can become a special one no matter how formal or informal the ritual you create around it is! xx


Image:  www.zorbathebuddha.org
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