Derived from the same tree used to make cocoa powder and chocolate, cacao essential oil is a popular choice for aromatherapists. Potent, earthy, with an aroma reminiscent of dark chocolate, this oil may be:
- Stimulating and uplifting.
- Helpful for easing occasional stress.
- A popular additive for skin care products.
What is Cacao?
Theobroma cacao is a tropical tree that is native to Mexico, Central America and South America. The evergreen tree is small, reaching 13-26 feet, and bears pods with its seeds. Its seeds, also known as cacao beans, are popularly known for being the main ingredient in chocolate, used to make cocoa powder. The Latinized Greek word Theobroma can be broken down into “theo” meaning god and “broma” meaning nectar or food.
Cacao has long been prized by society dating back to the ancient people of Mesoamerica. The Olmecs and Aztecs valued cacao to the point where it was even used as currency and kept a regional secret until the Spanish arrived and introduced chocolate to Europe.
Cacao Essential Oil
Cacao Essential Oil is solvent extracted from the same bean pods that are used to make cacao powder! This oil’s rich and potent aroma is earthy and reminiscent of dark-chocolate. In aromatherapy, it is valued for being uplifting and stimulating as well as helpful for easing occasional stress. Over the years, it has become a popular additive for skin care products.
Blending essential oils opens up a world of wellness possibilities! Other oils that complement Cacao oil’s rich and dark fragrance include: cinnamon, ginger, lavender, nutmeg, orange, patchouli, peppermint, rose, sandalwood, spearmint, tuberose, vanilla, and wintergreen oils.
Piping Rock 100% pure Cacao Oil is available in 1/2 oz. and 1 oz. bottles.
Cacao Oil Directions for Use
Add 3-5 drops of Cacao Oil to a diffuser or vaporizer, to a bowl of steaming water or a hot bath to fill a room with its potent and dark aroma. To use topically, add ~5 drops of Cacao Oil to ~10 mL of any Piping Rock carrier oil.
Cacao Oil is for external use only and should be diluted in a carrier oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed or avocado oil before being used topically. Do not apply to broken or irritated skin. Always consult your trusted physician before adding any essential oil to your regimen, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking any medications. Discontinue use and alert your doctor should an adverse reaction occur. Keep out of reach of children and away from eyes and mouth. Essential oils are flammable.