Blending the gentle wisdom of Rose with the uplifting energy of Cacao truly is a heart opening match made in heaven. So, let’s dive into the rich world of plant medicine to find out why these two beautiful lovers have the reputation they do.
The Beauty of Rose
For the first time in my life, I am growing my own roses and oh my Goddess!! Enchanted daily by their exquisite beauty, scent and the gift of love they grace us with, I have become obsessed with merging Rose medicine into my practice.
As one of the most ancient and revered plants known to us, Rose has a history that predates humankind by millions of years and was thought to be one of the first flower species to appear on Earth.
Long associated with the Goddess cultures of old, Rose’s seductive, scent and arousing beauty has been used extensively in cultures across the planet to evoke and celebrate beauty, passion, love and devotion.
Operating on our physical, emotional, spiritual, and energetic bodies with profound depth, Rose is a beautiful ally to our wellbeing, and it’s sensual and sweet medicine an ultimate heart opener.
Due to its enticing appearance and multitude of health perks, it’s now grown all over Mother Earth for medicinal, cosmetic, nutritional and ornamental purposes.
On a practical and physical level, some of the healing benefits of Rose can include calming of the nervous system, uplifting the spirits, opening the heart, and bringing about a sense of deep relaxation and restoration – and due to these amazing properties is also respected as a powerful aphrodisiac!
In her delicious book ‘Aphrodisiac: The Herbal Path to Healthy Sexual Fulfillment and Vital Living’ Kimberley Gallagher reveals that, “rose works as a neurotransmitter, helping to protect nerve cells from damage. Two main constituents found in rose oil, citronellol and geraniol, interact with AMPA receptors in our brain to help calm and protect the central nervous system. The flavonoids found in roses interact with the GABA receptors in our brain to help relieve anxiety”.
With amazing benefits for a woman’s (and men’s) reproductive health which include uterine strengthening, menstrual regulation, easing of cramps and hormone regulation support during menopause - the rose hip (the fruit of the rose plant) also acts as a heart and circulatory tonic with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
This truly is a plant that just keeps on giving!
Used to awaken the senses with its intoxicating and seductive aroma plus heart blossoming medicine, Rose not only generously gifts us the blessings of heart activation and resilience, but with her sharp thorns on display, is the powerful reminder of balancing our kind open hearts with discernment and strong boundaries.
The Potency of Cacao
Tracing it’s usage back over 4000 years, Cacao - or the “Food of the Gods” has a long and rich history in Mesoamerican native cultures, being used in rituals, ceremonies, festivals, feasts, as currency and as a sacred way to connect with the divine.
Modern usage of cacao – both as chocolate, and now more increasingly as a plant medicine, has seen the growth in reverence for cacao and cacao ceremonies on a global scale.
So what is it about Cacao – and in particular ceremonial cacao - that has us lining up salivating for more?
Cacao, like Rose, has a unique and delicious aroma that excites our senses even before we’ve taken the first bite – or sip!
Ingesting it, in any of its forms, is a sensual experience – and with small amounts of caffeine combined with theobromine (similar to caffeine but with a focus on blood flow and the heart – and a more grounded energy) it can also leave us feeling uplifted and exhilarated (yet without the jitters that often accompany caffeine).
Beyond just chocolate (which often comes with a host of less healthy additives), cacao’s nutritional benefits are well known, especially when it comes to the heart as it’s particular make up of compounds not only allow us to experience these beautiful ‘heart opening’ feelings, but also support the physical heart by protecting the cardiovascular system, reducing inflammation and can also lower blood pressure.
Rich in antioxidants and the minerals iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous and calcium working together – and combined with other ingredients like anandamides and phenylethylamine – these can positively impact our mood and enhance feelings of connection and love. And remember that Cacao, like Rose, has aphrodisiac properties (think of how sensual just eating some good quality chocolate can be, then imagine amplifying this with high potency Ceremonial Cacao!).
Some of Cacao’s other benefits include calming the mind, enhanced productivity, nervous system relaxation, increased awareness + clarity and a deepening in feelings of connection – to self, other and the Divine.
Blending Rose and Cacao – a Powerful Elixir of Love.
As we’ve shared, both Rose and Cacao have the sublime common qualities of heart opening, mood elevation, enhanced connection, and relaxation of the nervous system.
With the highest bio-electrical frequency in the plant world of 320MHz, Rose has a profound impact on the overall vibration of our body. Combined with the powerful energetics of Ceremonial Cacao, which is known as a great amplifier or enhancer, bringing these plant allies together creates a love infused synergistic experience we truly believe is like no other!
So next time you’re in need of some heart opening inspiration, support for a tender heart, a boost of your mood, calming of your system or want to connect more deeply with the divine and the unconditional love within – then why not try our Rose Activated Cacao brew.
We know you will LOVE it!