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Ayahuasca, Spirit Vine

Ayahuasca, Spirit Vine

The word “Ayahuasca” refers to a medicinal brew with the main ingredient being the ayahuasca vine (banisteriopsis caapi). The vine is cooked, usually in combination with a variety of other admixture plants, to produce a brown liquid that is consumed in healing ceremonies led by Amazon healers, called curanderos…

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Plant Spirit Healing

Plant Spirit Healing

The ancient science of plant spirit healing in the Amazon is called Curanderismo (also called shamanism). It has been practiced in the Amazon Region for over 10,000 years and is one of the oldest medical sciences still practiced today. Much more than herbalism or natural medicine, curanderismo focuses on communicating with the spirits of medicinal plants and other spiritual beings that exist in other dimensions. A central component of this science is the use of Ayahuasca, a medicinal brew that provides access to these spiritual dimensions…

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Healing Plants

Healing Plants

Plants are the source of all life on earth. They provide humans and animals with everything they need, processing the energy of the sun into a form that allows us to use it. They receive minerals and vitamins from the Earth to create nutrient rich food and the most effective medicine there is. Plants have unfathomable wisdom and their spirits are always enthusiastic to make connections with us and to teach us how to regain harmony and balance, which they exemplify perfectly in every environment…

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Medicinal Plant Directory

Medicinal Plant Directory

A listing of important medicinal plants used in Amazon curanderismo with detailed descriptions of their appearance, chemical content, specific use, and preparation. There are over 60,000 species of plants in the Amazon Rainforest, so this list doesn’t even begin to touch the surface, but it is a good start…

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The Ayahuasca Museum

The Ayahuasca Museum

Located in downtown Iquitos, Peru, the Ayahuasca Museum will quickly become the most intriguing and most visited tourist attraction in the region. High quality interactice displays will educate the public about the benefits of natural medicine and the power available to us through our own personal spiritual evolution…

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Plant Spirits

What to Expect the First Time

I am often asked what drinking ayahuasca is like, not only by people who know very little about it but also by people who have read about it or have seen videos about it but have yet to try it. I usually respond that it is a lot like asking someone what sex is like [...]

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Making Ayahuasca

Making Ayahuasca

The process to make ayahuasca varies from curandero to curandero, and even from batch to batch.  The greatest differences are in the admixture plants used in addition to the ayahuasca.  The shipibo, for example, only use chacruna and ayahuasca in their brews.  Others use a variety of plants in addition to chacruna, like ajo sacha, [...]

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Achiote – bixa orellana

Achiote – bixa orellana

Achiote is a small tree or big bush that reaches a height of 3 to 5 meters. The leaves are alternated heart-shaped, generally 10 to 20 cm in length and 5 to 10 cm in width. They are green on both sides with discreet purple coloration on the back of the ribbings.  Sometimes known as [...]

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Ajo Sacha – mansoa alliacea

Ajo Sacha – mansoa alliacea

Ajo sacha is an evergreen tropical shrubby vine with leaves that have a strong garlic smell and flavor when crushed. Ajo sacha produces bright green leaves up to 15 cm long and beautiful deep lavender flowers with a white throat that fade to a pale lavender, then to almost white. All three flower colors can [...]

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Albahaca – Ocimum basilicum

Albahaca, in english basil, is a medicinal herb that grows to a height of around one meter.  It has oval or lanceolate leaves around 5 cm in length that are very aromatic. The flowers are grouped in spiral patterns formed by 6 flowers. This aromatic plant is typically know for its culinary uses, being a [...]

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