Aya-huasca contains two Quechua words: ‘aya’ means spirit or soul, and ‘huasca’ means vine. Ayahuasca is also known as vine of the dead or vine of the soul, and by many other names like yaje, caapi, Daime and Hoasca.

Jungle tea
Ayahuasca is a popular amazonian beverage, most commonly prepared from the South American woody vine ‘Banisteriopsis caapi’. The basic recipe of the beverage contains only the vine and, depending of the tradition, some other plants can be added to the beverage to modify its effect. 

In many preparations, the leaf of the ‘Psychotria Viridis’ plant is added to the tea but in some countries this addition can cause issues with the legal authorities. So until these issues are sorted out, and to avoid problems with the authorities, it is recommended to work just with the basic tea from the vine and not with other mixtures.


The ayahuasca tea plays a central role in the spiritual, religious and cultural traditions of the Indigenous and Mestizo peoples of Amazonian Perú, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, and in portions of the Río Orinoco basin. The oldest known indication teaches us that ayahuasca potions were used at least 2.500 years ago.*


After being ignored by Western civilization for centuries, there has been a huge surge of interest in ayahuasca since the beginning of the 90’s. It could prove to be a useful tool in helping science better understand the biochemistry of consciousness and the genetics of pathological brain function. There is a growing belief that it is a kind of ‘medicine of hope’, and that the tea gives inspiring answers to spiritual questions and the big ecological issues of our contemporary civilization. Currently, scientists are studying its possible use in the treatment of drug addiction and alcoholism, as well as the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders.


Spiritual discovery
Spirituality is at the core of the ayahuasca experience. Purification and cleansing of body, mind, and spirit in an ayahuasca ceremony can be the beginning of a process of profound personal and spiritual discovery and transformation. This process can continue, even if one never drinks ayahuasca again.

We believe that by seriously working with ayahuasca we will improve our life experience and that we will benefit from this amazing tea. This doesn't mean that ayahuasca is a magical cure. The tea can help us open the ‘doors of perception’, but what we do with this insights is entirely our own challenge. We still have to do our homework by ourselves.


Contexts
The different contexts of drinking ayahuasca are:

1) Brazilian ayahuasca religions, such as the Santo Daime and União do Vegetal (UDV), which developed spiritual rituals around ayahuasca as a sacrament in Brazil in the early 20th century.

2) Indigenous-style ayahuasca healing ceremonies for (non-)indigenous users both in the Amazon and abroad.

3) Hybrid ritual forms with ayahuasca, incorporating therapeutic and/or shamanic practices.


4) Psychonautic, or uses of ayahuasca in non-structured contexts by users who may buy the dried plant material by mail-order and prepare and consume it at home. (Experienced guidance strongly advised!)


The experience

About the experience itself we can be short. Everyone will get his or her own unique experience. And this experience will never be the same again. So if you decide to take part in a ritual, drinking with an intention, but without expectations is recommended.


*The oldest known object related to the use of ayahuasca is a ceremonial cup, hewn out of stone, with engraved ornamentation, which was found in the Pastaza culture of the Ecuadorian Amazon from 500 B.C. to 50 A.D. It is part of the collection of the Ethnological Museum in Quito, Ecuador.




 

‘A’ tea with high potential

‘Humanity, all of us, have forgotten the power of the spirit of the sacred plants.

We have plants on our planet for everything that ails us, but we are too busy to honor that.’



Grandmother Flordemayo
Mayan spiritual healer


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