Welcome to this online database of plants that have been prized by all walks of life sense the dawn of humanity. These "ethnobotanicals" are majestic plants that humans have found useful in ANY way ( mostly medicinally or in a spiritual context ) throughout history. They have given us life, insight, and even shelter.
Be very careful if you plan to do anything with this stuff. Some consider it an "entheogen", but don't make the mistake of thinking that it's like mushrooms or something.. Black Nightshade is potentially very dangerous. It can also be a wonderful medicine. It has both a dark side and a light side. Medicinal applications of the plant are done so by applying a scientific principle known as the Arndt-Schulz rule. It means that any poison in a diluted enough form has medicinal value. Nightshade is also a relative of the Tomato plant, Henbane, and even Datura.
The ancient Egyptians were a big time fan of the Blue Lotus. It's earned the nickname "sacred lily of the nile". The plant has very tranquil properties that make it beneficial for meditation. In lore it "opens the third eye". It brings calmness, tranquility, or sedation to the user. Blue Lotus also has aphrodisiac properties meaning that its used to excite and enhance ones sexuality. There are different varieties of this stuff that you don't hear a lot about, including White and Pink lotus.
Also known as: Tree Datura, Angels Trumpets, Maikoa
Even though this plant has the common nick name "Angels Trumpets", that's no reason to be deceived. They have also been refereed to as "Devil's weed", which I think is a more accurate description. It all depends on how the plant is used I suppose. If you are seeking a thrill or "legal high", then I highly advise against it when it comes to Datura. It's potentially very dangerous and even lethal. It can induce extreme states of delirium, and even death. It does offer a few medicinal qualities if you KNOW what you're doing. Unless you are a highly trained holistic doctor or another type of alternative healer, you do NOT want to mess with Datura.
People are all about those "E-Cig's" and vapes today. I'd like to offer you another alternative though.. Bushman's Tobacco contains a constituent known as Camphor. Camphor is very similar to menthol because of its aroma and other mint-like qualities. This Tobacco is sort of like a menthol cigarette. It does not contain nicotine however. It has several medicinal qualities as well according to phytochemical research and ethnobotanical history.
These ethnobotanicals have been used as "entheogens" ( in religious ceremonies, shamanic practices, a spiritual context ), as medicine, and even as shelter. They have been prized for centuries all around the world by people with many different spiritual beliefs. One thing is certain, they are here for our benefit and survival. They are thought to be "biological hacks", if you will. Many are even considered oneirogens ( dream generating ). These botanicals are scientifically understood due to the phytochemical research conducted on them.
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