Ethnobotany

01-02-2012
Green Vein Borneo
borneo kratom leaf crushed
Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) has recently made an appearance to the western world. It's native to Pacific regions of the planet where it has been used for some time now.

01-20-2012
Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
frankincense
Frankincense burns best with the use of an electric incense burner. It has been as an aid in meditation practice and alternative healing applications.




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                  Just about everyone appreciates the lifting energetic vibes induced by a good Caffeine fix. The thing that a lot of people don't realize is that it's in a lot more plants that just Coffee and tea. Each one of these different herbals contains its own unique phytochemicals. This makes them all unique in their own way when it comes to the psychoactive effects that they produce. Experience reports from each individual botanical demonstrate this clearly.

Obtaining this naturally occurring stimulant from nature rather than energy drinks etc, is a great way to cut back on sugar and other additives which may be harmful to your health. The natural sources also have other beneficial qualities. The following can even be made into tinctures and infusions for therapeutic practices. Some have even been used in ceremonies by the Native Americans.

To learn more about each item, click on its title.

Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria)
Ilex vomitoria

                  Not many people have ever heard of the Yaupon Holly. The Native Americans are more than familiar with it though. They would use both the leaves and stems to make a tea. This drink was consumed ceremonially, and for purification. The use of such plants as medicine and psychoactive sacraments is innate in their culture.

Kola Nut

                  This is another rare plant that mostly everyone is not familiar with. Everyone is familiar with the popular soft drink known as Coca cola ( at least in the west ). Kola Nut was actually the original source of both caffeine and flavor in this popular beverage. That was in the days when it was still being combined with the alkaloid called Cocaine which was extracted from Coca leaves. Multiple African cultures use the plant for various things including medicine, and religious practices.

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Yerba Mate

                  Yerba Mate use has roots far back in history. It was brought to the world by the Guarani Indians of South America. There's something about Yerba Mate that leaves you with a less jittery form of energy than Coffee. It has a unique flavor and aroma that's much different from others. Some like to add creme or mix it with other herbs for synergistic properties and flavor.

Guarana

                  Guarana is a little more well known than the previous botanicals mentioned above. It's a shrub from Brazil and Uruguay. It actually has several medicinal applications including treating headaches and migraines, to tone, balance, and protect the heart, cleanse blood, and reduce blood clots.

Cacao ( Chocolate )

                  Many people are un-aware that Cacao ( chocolate ) actually contains caffeine. It's chalked full of other beneficial compounds too, assuming you're consuming quality chocolate. The closer it is to pure, the better. Cacao also contains theobromine, which is another stimulant phytochemical. Certain studies have shown that it can actually improve cardiovascular health, assuming you're not chain smoking and lying on the couch weeks at a time. :)

I guess one of the main points of this page is that chemicals like Caffeine exist in botanicals, and they are naturally recurring. This means that plants produce a wide range of beneficial, medicinal, and psychoactive chemicals. Certain compounds exist not in one specific family, but in various different families and species. When you understand that these botanicals and their active constituents have been thoroughly researched by educated professionals around the globe, you can begin to understand how holistic medicine actually works.

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