This is no ordinary selection of plants. These ethnobotanical specimens are of great interest to pharmocologist, ethnobotanist, scientist, alternative healers, spiritualist, shamans, and other cultures across the globe. Ethnobotanicals are plants that have been highly sought after by human beings sense the beginning. Below I will discuss these sacred tools in alphabetical order. Keep in mind this is only a small portion of ethnobotanicals in the world.
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Mandrake is potentially very dangerous. I noticed some dangerous online marketing of this plant and wanted to warn people. It has a history of use by many cultures but what you don't hear about it that it is very potentially lethal. It was often referred to by some cultures as "magic mandrake", which I don't need to explain further. The plant itself though is very beautiful and worthy of anyones garden as an ornamental plant. On this page I will discuss further in detail the lore surrounding its ethnobotany, and even its phytochemistry. It can be compared to the beautiful but deadly Datura.
Ephedra sinica is a plant that is used by herbalists for colds and the flu. It's thought to clear sinus congestion. According to the book "Natures Medicine by National Geographic", it's a natural source of "ephedrine", which is highly controlled. Different cultures used it for different things and on this page I'll go into detail a bit about it and add my own personal touch.
Malaysian Kratom has quickly become popular around the world! People everywhere swear that it helps pain, etc. Drug companies have a new pill that they've made out of it. I actually wrote a blog about it. I first heard about this via msnbc, and wasn't even that surprised. They also use it in Malaysia for energy, relaxation, and prior to work. In its native habitat, it's chewed.
The Aztecs used this stuff ceremonially. Don't try that at home though. It makes a great house plant or addition to anyones garden. It has some interested phytochemistry in which I discuss in further detail on its page here. It was utilized as a natural incense, and that's not a spice hint. Plants were often burned in the form of smudge or for use in aromtherapy by some cultures.
Mitragynine is a checmical created by the plant Kratom. It's believed to be one of the main active components of the plant, and has a rather interesting and unique chemistry. Claud rifat was one of the first researchers to study and write scholarly journals on its pharmacological nature. It's no secret that this stuff has been studied, and I find it a shame that not enough people know about it.
The Morning glory flower and plant have a history of use by many cultures. They are as beautiful as they are mysterious. The seeds have been marketed in a dangerous way by some and I intended to put some fair warnings out. They are not to be consumed. Different cultures though have found ways to utilize it as medicine, although i don't suggest it. The flowers are mesmorizing to look at though!
This is an ancient recipe that utilized many plants in a way not known to most modern westerners today! It was crated by the Russians and is a very ancient folk lore mixture. A lot of these were often burned as incense or "aromatics" and that's not a hint that it's spice or anything. Certain cultures would burn all kinds of plants for different reasons. One should use great caution when dealing with any of these plants though, and I highly suggest against trying this at home. It's interesting to know though!
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