Cacao trees will grow in a limited geographical zone, of
approximately 20 degrees to the north and south of the Equator.
Nearly 70% of the world crop is grown in West Africa.
The cacao plant was first given its botanical name by Swedish
natural scientist Carolus Linnaeus in his original classification
of the plant kingdom, who called it Theobroma ("food of the gods")
Cocoa is the dried and fully fermented fatty seed from the cacao tree
from which chocolate is made.
Cocoa contain a high level of flavonoids, specifically epicatechin, which
may have beneficial cardiovascular effects on health. The ingestion
of flavonol-rich cocoa is associated with acute elevation of
circulating nitric oxide, enhanced flow-mediated vasodilation, and
Cocoa also contains large amounts of antioxidants such as epicatechins
and polyphenols. According to research at CornellUniversity, cocoa
powder has nearly twice the antioxidants of red wine, and up to
three times the antioxidants found in green tea. Cocoa also
contains magnesium, iron, chromium, vitamin C, zinc and others.
Foods rich in cocoa appear to reduce blood pressure but drinking
green and black tea may not, according to an analysis of previously
published research in the April 9, 2007 issue of Archives of
Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. A 15-year
study of elderly men published in the Archives of Internal Medicine
in 2006 found a 50 percent reduction in cardiovascular mortality
and a 47 percent reduction in all-cause mortality for the men
regularly consuming the most cocoa, compared to those consuming the
least cocoa from all sources.
Cocoa butter, also called theobroma oil or theobroma cacao or cacao
butter, is the natural cream coloured vegetable fat extracted from
cocoa beans during the process of separating the powder and liquor
from the bean. 70% of the worlds production of cocoa butter is
produced in the West African nations; Nigeria, Ghana and Cote
Our Cocoa butter is refined, bleached and deodorized. It has a
soft, sweet cocoa aroma, and is one of the most stable fats known.
It contains natural antioxidants that prevent rancidity, and has an
extremely long shelf life. An excellent moisturising agent for the
Appearance: pale-yellow, hard butter
Odour: Cocoa butter has a mild chocolate flavor and aroma.
Solubility: Soluble in vegetable oils. Insoluble in water.
Common Use: Skin conditioning agent. It is used to make chocolate,
pharmaceuticals, ointments, and toiletries.
Recommendations: Bath products, hand & body products, facial moisturizers,
make-up bases, bath oils, facial cleansers, soaps, bubble baths and
GENERAL SAFETY INFORMATION: Caution should be taken when using Essential Oils. Do not use any
oils without consultation from a qualified aroma therapy
practitioner. All Essential Oils should be kept out of the reach of
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