- Essential Oils & Extracts
- Quality & Chemistry
This essential oil is extracted from the seeds (pods) of wild, sustainably harvested trees in West Africa. The complexity of the cacao seed serves as a reminder of the great potential of the rainforest botanicals for enhancing our well-being. Thorough 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 times when no person in except the King and his court were allowed to ingest the seeds.
Cacao has long been thought of as a natural medicine; its diverse therapeutic qualities of the plant include a decrease in depression; an increase in general health; a lessening of stress and enhancements in sensual pleasures, including sex. Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature: Antidepressant, Antioxidant, Aphrodisiac, Immune booster, Nutrient. Psychological: Reduces anxiety, helps break addictive patterns. Digestive System: Quells indigestion. Dermatological: Nourishes and moisturizes cells, Promotes collagen and elastin production, Protects epidermal cells from free radicals. Raw cacao (in powder form) contains high levels of antioxidant polyphenols, oligomeric procynanidins and other flavonoids that help boost the immune system and protect against LDL cholesterol and even heart disease. It is also extremely nutritious due to its high protein, vitamin and mineral content.