Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a member of the Coffee tree family. This plant contains many of the same alkaloids found in Chocolate and a series of alkaloids that effect the human opioid receptors.
04/01/16 Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
Frankincense is prized for its essential oils which are believed to be medicinal and energetic. Oils are also used in the production of the finest cosmetics and perfumes. This incense is also used in a large number of medicinal applications. There have been many studies behind the mechanisms of action within this historic gift.
Pharmacological constituents: xanthines ( including caffeine) , theobromine, and L-
theanine. ( to name a few )
Medicinal properties and applications: anti-acid, indigestion, stomach and bile related
ailments; mental strength, both energizing and relaxing.(Heaven, Charing 2006 60)
Here at Botanical Guides.com I've made it my mission to introduce and discuss rarely
mentioned oneirogenic plants to the public. My pages are meant to provide new and accurate
information on these sacred plant allys, instead of the same paraphrased content you see
all over the internet time and time again. If you're tired of reading the same reworded
information on the same plants over and over, then you've come to the right place.
It's scientific name is Ilex guayusa, but it's commonly known as Guayusa. It's closely
related to Yerba
Mate ( Ilex paraguariensis ), as indicated by the scientific name. Some believe Yerba Mate to
also be an oneirogen. Guayusa has a reputation by the Amazonian medicine peoples ( shamans
) as being an oneirogen capable of assisting in the induction of lucid dreams.(Heaven, Charing 2006 60) A lucid
dream is when you're aware of the fact that you're dreaming, while it's happening.
According to Amazonian belief, it's known as the "night watchman's plant", because they
believe that while you're sleeping you still have an awareness of your outer physical
surroundings.(Heaven, Charing 2006 60) These beliefs are very interesting, and the properties this plant is
believed to induce are very unique when it comes to plant based oneirogens. Guayusa has
many medicinal applications as well. The phytochemicals that it
produces are the pharmacological mechanisms behind its action. To the shamans though, there
is much more to plants and their abilities.
In order to get the most out of Guayusa, I have the following suggestions. When making a
tea, add a drop of oil to the mixture to prevent it from boiling over. Cover it with a lid,
bring it to a boil, and then immediately reduce the heat to a simmer. Allow it to cook for
at least 30 minutes while covered. This will prevent volatile constituents from
evaporating, which ultimately preserves the potency. You can also add a small amount of
high proof liquor like everclear. This helps extract non-polar compounds into the water.
Finally, you can make infusions or a tincture out of it by soaking it in everclear for at
least one month. Store it in a cool, dark place to protect the potency.
Infusions are combinations of plant allys intended to work together symbiotically. The best
way to get to know the properties of plants like Guayusa is to use your own inner awareness
and intuition. Pay attention to how you feel and what's happening inside your spirit and
body after consuming them. Don't rely on what you read to learn new things about these
ethnobotanicals. In time, you'll learn many new things, and acquire an intuitive sense as to
which plants work well together. From there, you can master your own infusions, and gain
new levels of internal insight, where you can explore amazing dream-scapes, and master the
art of lucid dreaming.
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References & Resources:
Heaven, R., & Charing, H. G. (2006). Plant spirit Shamanism: Traditional techniques for healing the soul. Rochester, VT: Destiny Books.