Cocoa is derived from a plant.

botanical information:

    Botanical name: Theobroma cacao

    Common name: cocao, cocoa

    Use the botanical name when ordering seeds (bulbs, etc.) or when looking up information in the library. Common names vary by nation, culture, and region, and sometimes the same common name is applied to different plants.

    Chocolate comes from cacao beans. Cacao beans are the seeds of the cocao tree.


    Origin: Mexico and Central America.

    Cocoa must be grown within 20 degrees of the Equator. Most of the world’s cocoa is now grown in Africa.


    History: The Aztecs and the Mayans had the first cacao plantations.

part used:

    Part Used: Beans, either whole or broken into nibs.

Information courtesy of Mountain Rose Herbs

nutritional information:

    Cocoa is a source of iron.


base or carrier oil:

    Base Oil: Cocoa butter can be used as a base (or carrier) oil for aromatherapy.
    Aroma: Rich and sweet. Unrefined cocoa butter has a chocolate aroma; refined cocoa butter has a less noticeable aroma.
    Texture: Solid; difficult to work with at room temperature; breaks into pieces.
    Color: Yellowish-tan.
    Notes: Must be blended with other oils to be workable. Great for lotions and creams.

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external care:

    External skin care: Cocoa butter in Belli Elasticity Belly Oil: “Reduce the risk of stretch marks with Belli’s bestseller for stretching skin. Rapid stretching of skin can tear the underlying connective tissue, resulting in scars known as stretchmarks. Luxurious, quick-drying oil is an advanced blend of Vitamin E, gotu kola extract, and collagen hydrolysates that was clinically proven to decrease the risk and severity of stretch marks by 39%! Heavenly scented with lavender, cocoa butter, and sweet almond oil, it soothes the senses while nourishing and moisturizing the skin to prepare it for stretching. Use morning and night on stomach, breasts, hips, thighs, and buttocks.” Belli Elasticity Belly Oil

See also: chocolate.

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