Chocolate history
 What is for us chocolate? Pleasure, vigor and beauty. For more than 500 years, Europeans have enjoyed the taste of chocolate, and many even can not imagine how their ancestors lived without it.

For 1500 years BC the Gulf of Mexico was inhabited by tribes of the Olmec. Scientists say that they have laid the Indian tradition of lighting his pipe of peace, and the habit of chewing the fruits of stunted trees, which they called - «kakawa».

For 1000 years BC, on the same land came the ancestors of the Mayan and Olmec civilization supplanted. In the 600 years of our era, the Maya built cities, castles, and began to grow cocoa plantations.

They had a lot of recipes for this drink with a variety of additives. And even had a god who, in their opinion, and raised garden with trees, which grow cocoa beans.

But after 1200 the Mayan civilization replaced the Aztecs who inhabited these lands up to the invasion of the Spaniards. In 1521, the Aztec empire was destroyed.

The Aztecs cocoa beans replaced the money. Preserved interesting data, such as turkey cost 200 cocoa beans, and services prostitutes - 6 grains.

The word chocolate in the Indian language consisted of two words - «choco», foam and «atl», water - probably due to the fact that the original chocolate was only a drink.

 Chocolate history
   It is believed that the first European to try chocolate was Christopher Columbus, and it happened in 1502. It is said that the drink is absolutely not like Columbus, but he still prepodnёs cocoa beans from his fourth expedition to the New World to King Ferdinand. However, when this gift no one paid due attention, and they are quite simply lost.

Appreciate the Indians managed to drink Fernando Cortes, its flavor and restorative properties have led to the delight colonizer. In 1526, a box of cocoa bean was brought to Spain and won the king and courtiers. Soon, the morning cup of cocoa has become a ritual of the nobility.

The Church tried to condemn and prohibit the use of cocoa. The struggle between opponents and defenders of chocolate lasted for as long as a cup of drink not brought the Pope Pius V. After tasting the drink, he said the famous phrase: "Chocolate does not break the fast. It can not bring this stuff to someone fun. "

In fact, it brings a lot. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine and theobromine, which promote the development of happiness hormone, causing an increase in a certain mood and euphoria.

In the Middle Ages used chocolate as a remedy against colds and even consumption. Men actively treated their sexual problems. For example, Casanova believed that it was a morning cup chocolate allowed him to be known as a tireless lover.

 Chocolate history
   The first solid chocolate was introduced to the market the Swiss Daniel Peter in 1879. Since then chocolate march around the world, bringing joy to millions of people around the world.

And more chocolate is the cause of beauty . Masks, wraps, massages, baths - women learned to derive enormous benefits of chocolate.

- The mask gives the skin a tan
Melt a small tile of dark chocolate, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil, stir, cool slightly and apply on face. After ten minutes, rinse with lukewarm water.

- Mask for oily skin
2 tbsp. tablespoons of melted dark chocolate mixed with 2 tbsp. spoons pulp kiwi, transformed into a puree. Apply on face for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water, wash cold.

- The mask for dry skin
Melt a small tile white chocolate, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 2 teaspoons of sour cream and mix. Apply on face for 10 minutes, rinse with lukewarm weak brew green tea. After another 10 minutes, wash with cool water.

If there is a desire and can afford it, you can visit the beauty salon where they make chocolate wrap for cellulite and even chocolate foot bath.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva