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Medicinal plants

Ajo Sacha


ajosacha

AJO SACHA (aqueous extract of the root)
Physical effects: Physical discomfort, generalized pain and heat.
Psychic Effects: Strengthening of the body and the will. Self-affirmation. Discernment. Dreams of struggle and reflection on past behavior.
Teaching: Enhancing self-esteem and decision-making capacity.
Traditional Use: Macerated in brandy or ointment. To treat rheumatism and improve immune defenses.

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 be found on the plant simultaneously. While it is used in cooking as a flavorful herb, it most often used medicinally.

Ajo sacha is well used and respected by most of the indigenous Indian tribes of the Amazon and almost all parts of the plant are used; the leaves, vine bark, and root. Most consider the plant to be magical and capable of driving away dark spirits. Sometimes, it is used as an ingredient in the making of ayahuasca. It is most often used in baths, however, to cleanse the spirit from negative energy and to boost the immune system and the body’s ability to resist colds and illnesses.

Ayahuma


ayahuma

Ayahuma is a type of evergreen tree that grows up to 100 feet high. Its flowers are orange, scarlet and pink in color, and form large bunches measuring up to 10 feet in length. They produce large spherical and woody fruits ranging from 15 to 24 cm in diameter, which is why the english name for this plant is the cannonball tree. Each of these fruits, or cannonballs, contains up to 200 or 300 seeds apiece. This tree is considered a maestro plant, as its spirit enjoys teaching and the plant itself has incredible medicinal properties. The spirit is typically male and works well with other power plants like ayahuasca.

Catahua


catahua

Catahua is a tree that can reach a height of 40 meters. It is most known for its recognizable trunk which is covered with conical spines. The leaves are thin and heart shaped and its flowers are red. The tree is poisonous, with toxins released by its thorns that are used in poison dart preparations. For this reason, it is considered to be a powerful protection plant.

Most commonly used in vapor baths, the bark of the Catahua plant provides protection from negative spirits by producing a suit of armor similar to its bark in the spiritual dimensions. The thorns are carefully cut off the bark prior to using it, however, to prevent any toxins from being inhaled during the vapor baths. It is also a powerful teacher plant and is often dieted along with ayahuma or by itself, using a decoction made from boiling the bark.

Chiric Sanango


sanango

Chiric Sanango is a sacred and spiritual plant sometimes used by Curanderos in ayahuasca preparations, in protective baths, plant diets, as well as remedies. In the Amazon, the root is infused with alcohol for treatment of rheumatism as well as a decoction of leaves used externally. Sometime referred to as the Fever Plant, preparation of the roots are used for chills, fever, yellow fever, colds and flu, and even venereal diseases to clean the blood. The root of Chiric Sanango is said to stimulate the lymphatic system, and it has also been used for the treatment of syphilis. It is powerful teacher plant as well and is commonly dieted to increase energy, healing awareness, and to boost the immune system.

Chuchuhuasi


chuchuhuasi

Chuchuhuasi (Maytenus krukovii) Chuchuhuasi is a tree found in western Amazonia. The bark, roots, and leaves are a famous ethnomedicine and used for many traditional purposes. Chuchuhuasi is most commonly used to treat rheumatism, tuberculosis, bronchitis, stomach ache, and fever, however there are other uses still being discovered by botanists and medical researchers.

Chewing Chuchuhuasi bark is considered by some to be effective in treating diarrhea, arthritis, menstrual irregularities, and upset stomachIt is also used as a muscle relaxant, effectively breaking up and dispersing lactic actid. Some say It enhances virility. The bark is extremely bitter which is why it is usually taken as an alcoholic decoction, often mixed with bee honey.The herb tends to reflect revitalising and antioxidant activities as well as it enhancing the immunological system. Its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties are taken advantage of in relieving rheumatic conditions. Chuchuhuasi also helps some in their fight against pain due to its analgesic properties. It is an anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, and valuable to some in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, MS and alcoholism.Chuchuhuasi is also used in some countries as an adjuvant in chronic diseases of the nervous system, such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis

Geranium


Geranium

The geranium have a lot of healing properties. Native to South Africa, the plant produces essential oils in small glands around the foliage and flowers. The oil of the Geranium makes a good astringent and can be diluted with water and used topically to help clean the face or in a bath . It also has great antiseptic properties and is said to help restore the balance to dry or oily skin and hair. You can also make a tea with the leaves and flowers or an oil infusion. The geranium is considered to be safe for most people (those with an autoimmune disease and those who are pregnant should avoid it) and can be used as an herb in cooking as well. In addition to its astringent qualities, the geranium also has soothing qualities and is helpful in relieving symptoms of anxiety as well as PMS and menopausal symptoms. The geranium is reputed to help heal bruises, cuts and scrapes, eczema, hemorrhoids, nail fungus and sunburns as well as help with insomnia and varicose veins. It is also said to be a great natural insect repellent and is well known in the ancient world as a tick repellent for dogs and humans alike.

Maca


Maca

Maca is a hardy perennial plant cultivated high in the Andes Mountains, at altitudes from 8,000 to 14,500 feet. It has one of the highest frost tolerances among native cultivated species. Rich in nutritional content (potassium, and higher levels of calcium than in milk), maca is a natural hormonal balancer which provides great health benefits for both, men and women. Due to its high nutritional value, maca is not only popular as a sexual libido enhancer and menopause symptoms savior, but also greatly affects energy, stamina, depression, and memory. In Peruvian herbal medicine today, maca is reported to be used as an immunostimulant; for anemia, tuberculosis, menstrual disorders, menopause symptoms, stomach cancer, sterility (and other reproductive and sexual disorders), to enhance memory, to increase energy, stamina, and endurance, to promote mental clarity, and to help with menstrual irregularities, female hormonal imbalances, menopause, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Mapacho


Mapacho is considered very sacred by Amazonian shamans. Some shamans drink the juice of tobacco leaves alone as a source of visions. Mapacho is used extensively in healing practices and is considered a medicine, when used properly. The principal active biochemicals are nicotine, nornicotine and anabasine. The proportion of each varies greatly among the species and varieties. As many as eight other pyridine alkaloids occur in lower concentrations. Tobacco is smoked on rare occasions, except in ceremonies and curative rituals of the medicine men who blow smoke over the patient or inhale the smoke, all with appropriate incantations and ritual. Recreational smoking amongst the Indians of the northwest Amazon is not common.

Nettle


Nettle - a medicinal plant , a spiritual teacher , prized by healers , shamans , nutritionists and doctors around the world.

Nettle is wearing a layer of stinging hairs located on the leaves which while touching nettle is delicately injected under the skin like snake venom or bee toksalbuminy, histamine or formic acid.

Urtica Latin name literally means " burning ," and it also means burning the bad energy , as in the old days hanging in the room bunch of nettles protected the house from negative energies . Many prominent herbalists recognized this noble plant as a fundamental tool for healing-it awakens the body juices of life and protects against all diseases. Traditional herbalists and herbalists , and later doctors had recommended nettle as an excellent means not only for rheumatism, but also as a activties balancer , for nourishing and toning the body , an above all for improving the functioning of the immune system. Early spring young leave were collected and added to salads, soups and teas to awaken organic juices in order to increase the desire to live. Nettle seeds were brewedwith wine and used as an antidote against snake and insect bites, poisonous mushrooms and cicuta, mercury. The preparations of the herb and leaves applied externally show a clear effect of anti-dandruff , anti-acne , strengthening hair roots , nourishing the skin. The active substances contained in the herb and nettle leaf from which preparations are made, can have the following effects: nourishing , anti-arteriosclerosis , detoxication, warming, stimulate the regeneration of tissues.

Furthermore, nettle inhibits inflammation of urinary tract as well as of gastrointestinal tract. As a cleaning agent it inhibits the resorption of blood condenser and clearly eliminates harmful waste products. Tea, herb, or leaf helps with skin problems , and diseases of the spleen, allergies , anemia , problems with overgrowth of hair. Extract from the root and rhizome has anti-inflammatory properties, helps maintain homeostasis at the correct level, when administered orally, it helps in asthma and allergic rhinitis. Formulations of the root and rhizome are used in the treatment of dermatological and rheumatic diseases due to their anti-inflammatory, detoxification and regenerating properties. Extracts accelerate wound healing, help with dry coughs, treats and supports respiratory epithelium in the purification of the lateral nasal sinuses .

Palo Santo


The Palo Santo tree (Spanish for “holy stick”) is a prevalent tree variety in the arid zones of the Galapagos Islands and commonly seen during any of our Galapagos cruises. It is most commonly seen at Tower Island and at North Seymour Island. The tree can be distinguished by its whitish gray bark and its bright green leaves that are present only during the wet season. As a local custom in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Palo Santo incense is used against the “bad energy” in people’s homes, which many even consider to be a clinical disease. The incense is believed to have special characteristics that rid the places where the wood is lit of bad energy and evil spirits.

Plantago lanceolata


The plant is a rosette-forming perennial herb, with leafless, silky, hairy flower stems (10–40 cm or 3.9–15.7 in). The basal leaves are lanceolate spreading or erect, scarcely toothed with 3-5 strong parallel veins narrowed to short petiole. Grouping leaf stalk deeply furrowed, ending in an oblong inflorescence of many small flowers each with a pointed bract. Each flower can produce up to two seeds. Flowers 4 mm (calyx green, corolla brownish), 4 bent back lobes with brown midribs, long white stamens. A tea from the leaves is used as a highly effective cough medicine.In the traditional Austrian medicine Plantago lanceolata leaves have been used internally (as syrup or tea) or externally (fresh leaves) for treatment of disorders of the respiratory tract, skin, insect bites, and infections.

Sage


Sage is a powerful herb which is held sacred in many religions due to its effective purifying energies. This small evergreen shrub is used in kitchen as herb for cooking and as herbal medicine due to its anti-biotic, anti-fungal and antispasmodic properties.

It heals by bringing the patient back in to balance and cleanses the body and mind of negative spirits and impurities. This potent herb has been used for thousands of years in several rituals and ceremonies. It is used in cleansing rituals to establish positive energy, clarity of thoughts and healing.

Wormwood


Artemisia absinthium L.
A perennial herb up to 1 meter high; the leaves are feathery and silvery in color with pale yellow flowers. A very bitter plant, extracts are used as food additives such as seasonings for food and drinks, especially in a bitter tonic used for dyspepsia and bile disorders. Can stimulate appetite. A hot water infusion is taken before meals or as a chololagogue after the meal. Traditionally wormwood has been used to flavor absinthe, vermouth, and other alcoholic beverages, but has been banned due to the CNS toxicity of the constituent, thujone.Bitter principles (absinthin and anabsinthin), volatile oil (70% thujone) Antimicrobial activity of volatile oils, 14 phenolic acids, caffeic acid, ferulic acid, sinapic acid, p-hydroxyphenol acidid acid, vanillic acid, salicylic acid, p-coumaric acid responsible for some therapeutic effects Absinthin artabsin are sesque terpines lactones Sesque terpinoids alpha tujone, beta tujone, chrysanthenyl acetate Thujone enhances the effect of alcohol but at high doses acts as convulsant poison. According to Aztec religious practice the plant belongs to Tlaloc the god of water and rain. And was used to remedy illness involving too much water in the body: epilepsy, gout, and leprosy. In celebrations honoring this god, children were fanned with this herb to protect from intestinal parasites There is no data on effectiveness.

Research shows promise of antioxidant, antimicrobial and antifungal activity. Phenolic acids are responsible for choleretic and cholagogic effects Effect of aqueous extract investigated against Tylenol and CCL4 induced hepatic damage. Pretreatment of rats with plant extract prevented rise in serum transamanases. Post treatment restricted hepatic damage with Tylenol but not CCL4.Crude extract exhibits hepatic protective action partly through microsomal drug metabolizing enzymes. Inhibits MDME. Under investigation as an anti-malarial

Safe in moderation, but large doses are toxic! Poisoning leads to seizures, delirium, and hallucinations and DEATH. Mind-altering effects similar to tetrahydrocannabinol. Also can cause dermatitis and allergic reactions. Use of large amounts can produce restlessness, insomnia, nightmares, vomiting, intestinal cramps, dizziness, tremors, urinary retention, renal damage and convulsions. Absinthism, a group of symptoms, presents with digestive symptoms: thirst, restlessness, vertigo, tremor, numbness of extremities, diminished intellect, delirium paralysis and death. Interactions with acid inhibiting drugs and anticonvulsants.