The cacao tree is native to the Americas. It originated in Central America as well as parts of Mexico. Originally over 5000 years ago, consumed by pre-Columbian cultures along the Yucatán including the Mayans, and as far back as Olmeca civilisation in spiritual ceremonies.
It can be found as well in the foothills of the Andes in the Amazon and Orinoco basins of South America, current-day Colombia and Venezuela. Today examples of wild cacao still can be found there. However, it may have had a larger range in the past, evidence for which may be obscured because of its cultivation in these areas long before, as well as after, the Spanish arrived.
Long before the flavour of the cacao seed (or bean) became popular, the sweet pulp of the chocolate fruit, used in making a fermented beverage, first drew attention to the plant in the Americas. The cocoa bean was a common currency throughout Mesoamerica before the Spanish conquest.
Why Tabitha includes it
Cocoa is known to be high in anti ageing oxidants and nutrients which can help to maintain a healthy scalp and glossy hair.
Cacao is known to help with increasing blood circulation in your scalp, promoting the growth of healthy and lustrous locks. As it also acts as a circulation booster, it helps in reducing hair loss.
Cacao has anti inflammatory properties, which helps in minimising the odds of getting scalp infections.