Cacao For The Alchemist! (history, science, and Raw Choco Mocha Recipe)

The recipe is bellow, if you don’t want to bother with the history and science.

Cacao is an alchemist food! It’s amazing. The Mayans and other cultures that had access to cacao considered a medicinal and shamanistic food. It wasn’t until the 1800s that someone learned how to separate cacao oil from the cacao butter, that’s when they recombined it into what we call the chocolate bar. When chocolate is made it begins with the melted oil of the cacao plant. I used to make chocolate with the oil (recombining it with cacao powder), but now I use the paste because it’s the beans directly ground into the paste without the separation of the butter so less of the nutritional properties are lost. Most of the chocolate that is on the market (the candy, and powders) is of very low quality and treated with heat and so over processed that it looses most, if not all, it’s health and healing benefits. Commercial chocolate causes acne, weight gain, and is an allergen (causes allergies), is addictive and can cause cravings. Allergies to raw chocolate (cacao) are actually quite rare. It is more often the case that the person is allergic to pasteurized milk and dairy products (milk is the number one food that causes allergies). The acne is likely triggered by refined sugars that are added to chocolate. Refined sugars can cause hypoglycemia, hormone fluctuations, moodiness and skin outbreaks. Raw chocolate will help with weight loss because it’s a natural appetite suppressant, very mineral rich, natural prozac (has anti-depressant properties because it contains anandamide and anandamide inhibitors which keep this bliss chemical from being prematurely broken down) and is a natural skin beautifier and softener. (Raw) cacao butter is very nourishing for the skin if applied topically and smells awesome. So you can run around smelling sweet all day!
Substances in chocolate that have been widely discussed in the scientific community as pharmacologically significant include: anandamide, arginine, epicatechins, histamine, magnesium, phenylethylamine (PEA), polyphenols, salsolinol, serotonin, theobromine, tryptophan, tyramine, and vitamin C. When it was introduced to the west cacao was known to be a potentiator of herbal medicines and is one of the most chemically complex foods studied. It has many interesting pharmacological studies (like nerotransmiters). Nerotransmiters cause bonding in the brain, they are the chemicals in your brain for causing communication between it’s neurons (thought molecules). They’re your bodies intelligence communications system. In the presence of nerotransmiters we become more intelligent because of this bonding in the brain… in short this is a brain food and will increase your smarts. Ok, aside from gray matter its an ideal delivery system for other herbs, by adding cacao with your herbs it strengthens the effect of that herb. Again, It’s a potentiator.
every major culture on the planet uses some form of advancing molecule, usually caffeine. This is a safe practice, in moderation, but chocolate is great because it’s gentle (unlike coffee, which is highly acidic) and it’s stimulating effects increases body processes which increases processing of medicine… SO cacao is an ideal delivery system for medicine. Ok, getting to the point here; it’s a great base for some herbal alchemy! Herbs are medicine and if you learn to use them (elixircraft) you can use them in combination to do cool shit like heal, energize, soothe, ect. So here’s a recipe for “super chocolate”!
This is a mineralizing, nourishing, and most importantly energizing food. It’ll elevate your mood too!

You can buy these ingredients from Ultimate Superfoods

**Take Raw Cacao Paste.
*Melt it (without cooking it) using the double boiler technique (glass inside of a pot of hot water) or place it in a food dehydrator (at 40 °C (104 °F) to 46 °C (115 °F)).

Once melted add…

*LOTS of raw honey. (Sweetener) Note: If you’re diabetic use Yacon root syrup as a sweetener because it has no glycemic index.

*Merlin’s Roots Elixir.
*Organic Raw Cacao (Powder, optional) –Adding more cacao powder just makes it more nourishing and taste stronger.
*Ashwagandha (Powder)
*Mucuna Pruriens (Powder)
*Maca (Powder)
*Shilajit (Powder) -Adding Shilajit is what gives raw chocolate a mocha flavor.

About the ingredients:

As a note, never over consume herbs. Listen to your body. The key is in moderation. Most people hear that something is good for them, and will over-consume it only to suffer side effects. The difference between medicine and poison is in dosage.

Raw honey:
Some of the world’s longest living people are bee keepers! Cacao and bee products are meant for each-other. Bee products are considered to be one of the top superfoods and sources for concentrated nutrition. In its organic (or wild), raw, unfiltered state honey is rich in minerals, antioxidants, probiotics, and especially enzymes. It is a very healing food that provides very digestible and soothing form of sugar to the body. It has anti-fungal properties and is actually good to take when combating candida overgrowth (which everyone on a standard American/western diet has). ALL honey should be eaten raw, as cooked honey has no enzymes and is just a dead sugar. Honey can be taken with other mineral-rich foods to increase mineral absorption. So it’s great to take with Shilajit (mix Shilajit with honey in water for an energizing tonic).

Merlin’s Roots Elixir:
Ok. Getting past the crazy sales pitch on the site this is a HIGHLY alkalizing blend of 33 organically-grown and wild-crafted herbs. It’s super energizing. You can live off this stuff (it’s a great to take during a fast… when you want to cheat). I could go on-and-on how awesome it is. It’s ingredients are: Maca, Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm Bark, Triphala, Ginseng, Nettles, Ashwaganda, Astragalus Root, Burdock Root, Dong Quai, Fo-Ti Root, Kelp Powder, Licorice Root, Milk Thistle Seed, Pau D’Arco, Sarsaparilla, Saw Palmetto Berries, Shizandra Berries, Suma, Wild Yam Root, Anise Seed, Cinnamon, Ginger, Bilberry Leaf, Catsclaw, Cayenne, Dandelion Root, Ginko Leaf, Gota Kola, Irish Moss, Olive Leaf, Passion Flower, and Vanilla Orchid Bean. I won’t go into detail about each herb in it, you do the research if you like.

Ashwagandha:
Also known as Indian ginseng. It is known for promoting vigor and vitality. It is an antioxidant, adaptogenic (capability to increase body’s resistance to stress), aphrodisiac, anti-inflammatory, sedative, mood elevator, etc…
This is good for the adrenals, and stimulates the GABA receptors in the brain giving it a calming effect. This is important as stress because stress weakens the adrenals. It also helps the thyroid and aids with T4 to T3 conversion. If you have a weak/sluggish/dysfunctional thyroid this is and/or Maca (Maca more so) are great to take… an under-active thyroid is caused by a number of things like fried foods or over consumption of soy products, which cause weight gain because of the bodies inability to properly process toxins. When the body can’t process toxins it stores them in fat (that’s what cellulite is), therefore, you could say, in a way, that obesity is a disease. It’s toxification… undernourished people are fat… I won’t get into that now. In Ayurvedic medicine; Ashwagandha mixes well with Shilajit for seminal debility.

Mucuna Pruriens:
Is also known as Cowhage, and contains a very powerful neurotransmitter pre-cursor L-Dopa (40mg/g of the plant). L-Dopa helps in the reduction of cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Mucuna is a reputed remedy of Ayurveda in nervous and sexual diseases. It is most commonly utilized as a carminative, hypertensive and hypoglycemic agent. Benefits include improved sleep, reduces body fat and cellulite, improves skin texture, and helps with appetite control. It’s great for mood balancing, and energy levels.
It has become popular among lucid dreaming enthusiasts when combined with other supplements that stimulate the cholinergic system. It has high concentrations of levodopa a direct precursor of the neurotransmitter dopamine. It also contains serotonin, nicotine, bufotenine, and could potentially have psychedelic effects… Mucuna Pruriens is used in Ayurvedic medicine for diseases including Parkinson’s Disease.
It is used as an anti-depressant, and is an effective aphrodisiac. It is used to increase libido in men and women due to its dopamine inducing properties. A typical dose is 15g mixed with Shilajit powder.

Maca:
Maca is from Peru, and it almost went extinct! It’s a root, and it’s awesome…
Maca is one of the most powerful aphrodisiacs in the world, and is an incredible fertility superfood. You have to be careful when using it otherwise you’re likely to have babies. Maca combined with cacao is even more potent in that matter. If you have a partner and take Maca with cacao… consider yourself warned. It is a true adaptogen and a strong hormone balancer. If you have thyroid problems (again because of over consumption of cooked fats or soy) then taking this is recommended. It is well known as an endocrine modulator/adaptogen and works on the pituitary through the hypothalamus. It communicates with all the glands of internal secretion (the whole endocrine system). Maca is loaded with over 60 micronutrients. 40 percent potassium, 10 percent calcium, and is high in iron, phosphorus, magnesium, silica and zinc… It contains 18 amino acids and 20 fatty acids. It is, I would say, the strongest root on earth. Even though it doesn’t have any stimulants people feel energized right away (mental clarity, stress relief and relief from anxiety). It’s the new premier herb as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy, so women should take it to help with menopause.

Shilajit:
Don’t take mineral supplements take Shilajit. It is a vegetative fossil from the Himalayan Ranges literally translated it means stone-borne (‘Shila’ = stone and ‘jit’ or ‘jith’ = borne). The fossilization is believed to have occurred during the formation of the Himalayas. Fascinating, eh? It’s at the root of Ayurvedic medicine because it’s such a good potentiator (potentiator means something that amplifies the benefits of other herbs by enhancing their bio-availability). The chemical combination of Shilajit indicates an abundance of several essential minerals and is considered a master rejuvenator. Working on a cellular level it strengthens each cell in the body and revitalizes a person. It enhances the immune system, and can be taken as an anti-oxidant. It helps revitalize the reproductive system and improves sexual pleasure and is also a cure for menstrual problems. Don’t let that last bit put you off, both men and women can take it. It is supposed to bring back the enthusiasm of a teenager to the aged who take it. It’s an anti-aging herb (amongst countless other properties).

If you’re interested to know more about cacao (science and history) buy the book Naked Chocolate by David Wolfe and Shazzie.

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