IBOGA: A tropical shrub with panicles of small white/yellow/pink flowers from the West African rain forests.

Iboga plant and flowers

The yellow roots contain a number of indole alkaloids, the most active of which is probably ibogaine, which is found in the highest concentration in the root-bark. The root material, bitter in taste, causes an anaesthetic sensation in the mouth as well as a systemic numbness of the skin.

The root bark is used as a magical plant in initiatory rights of secret cults such as the Bwiti of Western central Africa. Ibogaine, the chief alkaloid in this plant is a MAO inhibitor, has psychedelic properties, and in low doses is capable of producing aphrodisiac effects. Large doses can be fatal. Ibogaine is being researched as a cure for alcoholism. Illegal in the US.

IMAGE: Ibogaine HCl Crystal Under UV, courtesy of Marko Resinovic and the Sacrament of Transmission.

“The Catholic church is a beautiful theory for Sunday, the iboga on the contrary is the practice of everyday living. In church, they speak of God, with iboga, you live God” – Nengue Me Ndjoung Isidore, ecumenical Bwitist religious leader


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OLOLIUHQUI, COAXIHUITL, XTABENTÚN: A perennial, tender (keep from freezing), rapidly growing vine with many small (1-2″ long) white trumpet flowers and dark green heart-shaped leaves.
A strained cold water infusion of 60-100 ground seeds was used by Oaxacan shamans. Be aware, though, that in 1620 the Catholic Church declared the use of Ololiuhqui to be heresy and ordered all known plants destroyed (God only knows where I found this specimen…). Likes warmth, moisture and rich soil. Grows quickly in the right situation. Medicinally, the seeds were used as ecbolics and uterine hemostatics because of their high content of ergot-like alkaloids.

XTABENTÚN is the Mayan name for T. corymbosa and the name of a commercially available liqueur in Mexico distilled from fermented honey made by bees from the flowers of this plant.

oliliuqui flowers

This plant has been previously classified botanically as Rivea corymbosa and Ipomoea sidafolia.

Ololiuhqui - the Mayan morning gloryLILIVHQVI, quam Coaxibuitl, feu herbam Serpentis alij vocant, volubilis herba eft, folia viridia ferens, tenuia,cordis figura. caules teretes,virides,tenuefq;. flores albos, & longiufculos. femen rotundum fimile Coriandro,vnde nomen. radices fibris fimiles, calida quarto ordine planta eft . Gallicam curat . dolores è frigoreortos fedat . flatum, ac prater naturam tumores difcutic. puluis refina mixtus pellit frigus . luxatis aut fractis offibus, & lumbis fœminarum laxis,aueto robore mirum auxiliatur in modum.S eminis etiam, eft vfus in medicina, quod triutm, ac deuoratum, illicumq; capiti, & fronti, cum lacte & chilli, fertur morbis oculorum mederi, deuoratum verò, venerem excitat. Acri eft fapore, & temperie, veluti & planta eius, impensè calida. Indorum facrifici cum videri volebant verfari cum Superis, acrelpófa accipere ab eis,ea vefcebatur planta, vt defiperent, milleq; phantafmata, & dæmonu oburesãtium effigies circumfpectarent. qua in re Solano maniaco Diofcoridis fimilis fortaffe alicui videri poffit.

–The earliest detailed discussion of the uses of ololuiqui in Francisco Hernandez’ Rerum medicarum Novae Hispaniae thesaurus, seu plantarum, animalium, mineralium historia (published in Rome in 1651)



DIVINE SAGE, PIPILTZINTZINTLI: This plant is used by the Mazatec Indians of Oaxaca, Mexico, for telepathy and clairvoyant insights.

CAUTION: If you are in Mexico and you ask herbalists or regular people for “salvia” you will most likely get Aloe vera. “Salvia” is what Aloe is called here and it’s a very popular medicinal herb.

It has square, winged stems and large (to 8″ long) fragile, dark green, almost iridescent leaves on a sprawling plant to 2 meters tall. Has hairy white ¾” flowers within purple bracts and calyxes. It flowers in winter, with flowering triggered by a day-length of 11 hours.

Salvia divinorum flowers
Grow in rich jungle soil or in a very large pot with a loose, moist, very rich soil mix high in humus. Tender to about 25° although will be damaged by any amount of frost. Salvia likes cool, 80° summer temperatures with high humidity: mist in hot weather or keep in a high-humidity (above 60%) environment.

Salvia has a light scent and a bitter taste, sunburns easily (grow in heavy shade) and is the favorite food of many greenhouse pests. Native shamans use(d) it by making a tea of 50-60 dried leaves (not well absorbed through the intestinal tract) or by keeping 6-18 chewed fresh leaves in the mouth (being absorbed through the mucus membranes of the mouth, a somewhat difficult task because of the bitterness). The dried leaves may be smoked, a much more effective method of ingestion.
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