“Chocolate can heal me?”. In case you feel like that title doesn’t ring true with previous posts about how you are your own healer and can’t be “healed”, let’s be clear from the off. Chocolate (like many of the other tools we rave about here at Wild as the Moon HQ) can be a potent ally on your healing journey. Before you reach for your stash of chocolate bars though, get the lowdown on the difference between what you think of as chocolate and the real deal.
Our resident Alchemical Chocolate Practitioner and former chocolate maker Lea is here to shed some light on how chocolate can support you. Either as a standalone practice, or in combination with your other self care rituals.
What Lea says:
“As someone who has run a chocolate business and sold at farmers markets in January, (the time of year when abstaining from this magical plant is a trend), I’m all too familiar with the misassociation of chocolate with the label “unhealthy”.
The truth is, most people have a warped notion of what “chocolate” is and we need to kick the idea that the likes of Dairy Milk (chocolate flavoured confectionery) is true chocolate or is in any way reflective of chocolate’s true identity.
We’ve been driven away from chocolate’s true goodness and power, but we’re now seeing a renaissance of sorts – as the earth cries out, as the animals cry out and as we cry out – never before has chocolate been so needed.”
You might now be rolling your eyes and thinking this is all a bunch of hooey – “what a load of nonsense to place so much emphasis on chocolate, when it’s such an everyday occurrence here in the West”. But cacao, a.k.a chocolate in its purest and least processed form, deserves a great deal more reverence.
The healing power of chocolate
There are two ways to approach this. Those of you that prefer to see things broken down, keep scrolling to check out the list of 5 ways chocolate can heal you.
If you’re someone that prefers a personal story, stick here for a bit to read Lea’s story of healing with cacao.
“I’ve been to what I generally refer to as “the dark place” a few times over the years. The time that is most relevant to how cacao helped me, is when my animal companion Poppy died. Grief is a terrible state- one I’ve never navigated as healthfully as I did when cacao entered my life.
About a month after this loss, I joined a cacao ceremony and during the journey did a heck of a lot of releasing (a.k.a having a good boo). Being held in a safe space, alongside the nurturing qualities of cacao, I was able to feel through my grief and gain some comfort. I wasn’t “healed”, of course, but cacao absolutely helped support me in my time of need.
I also live with a couple of chronic health conditions, one of those is Endometriosis, which causes me a considerable amount of pain and dis-ease. Cacao is incredibly potent for women: all of the nutrients and qualities of cacao lend themselves to supporting women with their relationship with their womb space!
When my brain is fried or I need to reground, the best thing I can do for myself is to brew up a pot of cacao, burn some herbs, put on some soothing music and dive into the molten stuff.”
5 ways chocolate can support your healing journey
1. The interconnectedness of things
There’s nothing like seeing yourself as a small part of a much bigger whole, to ground you into the experience of life. Having a deeper relationship with chocolate brings us closer to the rainforests, creatures and indigenous peoples of our planet. Allowing us to share in some of their wisdom: of which we can benefit greatly. Remembering that we are a part of rather than apart from the inhabitants of our home is healing in itself.
2. Having a gratitude practice
There are many proponents of having a gratitude practice for mental wellbeing and we’re in support of this at Wild as the Moon HQ. Chocolate can be incredibly helpful for integrating such a practice which also helps to boost your general outlook.
From being grateful for the sunlight that helps the cacao tree to grow; and imbues its power into the chocolate we consume. To the rains that water her, the banana trees that shade her, to the midges that pollinate her. Yup, the only pollinators of this plant are the pesky midge. And the workers who farm, harvest and lovingly prepare her. There are so many things to be grateful for that cacao illuminates to us.
3. The power of ritual
Doing things with intention is super fucking powerful. Chocolate is one of the most intentional things you can do and is a beautiful way to create loving rituals for yourself. From cutting up blocks of cacao paste, to selecting additional ingredients, to stirring in your intentions. The whole process is a powerful ritual.
The kind of space you need to heal will be different to the kind of space someone else needs and you need to discover that for yourself. But some of the ways you could create your own healing ritual with chocolate include burning herbs, playing soothing music, sipping your elixir amongst nature and playing with oracle or tarot cards.
4. Rediscovering your joy
Were you one of those kids that delighted in mixing up “potions” for the fairies at the bottom of the garden? Most of us put that innocent baby witch away and forgot the joy of crafting potions and elixirs. Working with chocolate can help you rediscover the joy of potion making and delight your senses at the same time. Crafting your own blends and sharing your creations with those you love has a wonderful healing power.
It also helps that chocolate is packed with nutrients and molecules that elevate your joy. It’s often referred to as a “heart opening medicine”, in fact, which leads us to…
5. Self nourishment
If you’re a science-y type, you are about to get your nerd fix right here, because cacao is a fucking alchemical powerhouse! Chocolate is, ahem, choc-full of essential minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. These include magnesium and zinc (great for period pains and explains a lot about why we instinctively reach for chocolate around that time of the month). It also contains a heap of naturally occurring, consciousness-altering compounds. Endorphins, anandamide (a.k.a Bliss), serotonin, theobromine, dopamine and tryptophan.
All in all, chocolate has incredible potential as support for your healing journey.
It’s potency has been kept obscured from us for far too long. Chocolate in its purest form is a simple and delicious way for us to introduce powerful rituals into our everyday life and to connect intentionally with the world around us. To spread a greater ripple of love and kindness around.
Interested in diving into the healing magic of chocolate? Book yourself an Alchemical Chocolate session with Lea today. Get support with tuning into your inner compass and tap into your own well of power. Chocolate really can heal you, and this witchcraft is open to all!
About Alchemical Chocolate Practitioner, Lea:
Lea has studied and been on a three year journey with Annu Tara’s Alchemical Chocolate™ Practitioner Training*. She has also participated in many circles over the course of the past 6 years as well as focusing on her own personal practice. Ensuring that your Alchemical Cacao experience is matched to your needs is Lea’s first priority.
Lea is also a trained Nutritional Therapist, Indian Head Massage Therapist and is working towards becoming a Master Herbalist. She will guide you where she has expertise and encourage you to do your own research where there are gaps in her own knowledge.
All content presented in this blog post is for information purposes only. It is not intended as medical advice or to diagnose and treat any disease or serious health condition.
Responsibility is very much required when working with medicinal-like substances such as tonics and herbs.
Cacao is a wonderful and safe way to experience chocolate as a plant teacher and transformational facilitator. However, there are a couple of contraindications that you need to be clear about. If you are on antidepressants, have a heart condition or a serious illness, cacao is probably not right for you. If you might be pregnant or if you are on any medications, you may need to adjust your dosage.
Please be aware, caffeine, alcohol and dairy don’t interact well with medicinal cacao!
*More info at: http://annutara.co.uk