This information is provided solely for educational purposes and
with Ayahuasca should always be accompanied by competent, trusted,
and experienced guidance with careful attention to spiritual protection
Ayahuasca is not a recreational drug experience.
There are many permutations of the classic shamanic formula for the magical healing brew in the upper Amazon. Virtually every shaman and curandero has his or her personal recipe, often incorporating secret components. The nature and spirit of the various admixture plants brings undeniable healing versatility to the medicine, often enriching one's visionary communion with the plants.
Ayahuasca prepared in the Peruvian Amazon is typically composed of the following plants, although combinations and ratios vary. Every experienced shaman has his or her special secret technique, ritual, or recipe. The indicated plant ratios will produce superior Ayahuasca if proper techniques are employed in the cooking process. It is important to point out that many factors influence the strength and character of an Ayahuasca experience apart from the plants and preparation technique.
Core Companion Plants
~ 12 kilograms macerated "cielo" (heaven or yellow) ayahuasca; 2/3 this amount if "trueno (thunder or black) ayahuasca is used ~
chacruna (Psychotria viridis)
~ 4-5 kilograms of fresh finely shredded leaves ~
oco yagé (Diplopterys cabrerana=Banisteriopsis rusbyana*)
also known as chagropanga, huambisa, chaliponga
~ .5-1 kilogram ground leaves ~
prefer oco yagé over chacruna while others pointedly avoid it. It
is used much more in Ecuador and Colombia than in Perú.
This formula produces about two liters of pure Ayahuasca medicine.
toé (Brugmansia suaveolens)
~ 2-3 leaves in an entire brew to produce thirty or more drinks - no more! ~
Toé is also known as 'tree datura' and is a member of the Datura complex of the botanical family Solanaceae.
It is potentially very dangerous and excessive use can cause permanent mental impairment. Deaths are not uncommon from miscalculated dosages.
Curanderos in the Peruvian Amazon use toé very cautiously if at all as an Ayahuasca admixture...
negro; toé brasilera; maricahua (Teliostachya
~ 2-3 small leaves in an entire brew to produce thirty or more drinks - no more! ~
sanango (Brunfelsia grandiflora)
~ a small amount of bark scrapings are used in an entire brew ~
Chiric sanango contains the same tropane alkaloids as Toé but is not as toxic. It characteristically produces a feeling of cold characterized by chills.
It is used in the Amazon to break fevers, hence it's common English name "Fever Tree."
(Nicotania rustica or N. tabacum)
~ 1-2 cigarillos 10 cm long ~
Mapacho is always smoked in Peruvian Amazon Ayahuasca ceremonies and is often added to the Ayahuasca brew
to increase the strength of the visions as well as the purge. Caution should be exercised by the neophyte in taking Ayahuasca containing mapacho
because the nicotine may produce an unpleasant effect, especially if one does not otherwise consume tobacco.
More about admixture plants...These are some of the many plants used in various combinations by many curanderos in their healing practices. Up to 100 grams of these or other medicinal plants may be added...their healing properties reportedly strengthened in combination with Ayahuasca.
...for a photo essay of Ayahuasca preparation
by grassroots jungle curanderos in the Peruvian Amazon
Working List of Confirmed Ayahuasca Admixture Plants
ARRANGED BY BOTANICAL NAME AND FAMILY
(links go to detailed accounts of each species)
Diplopterys involuta (=Mezia includens)
Mascagnia psilophylla var. antifebrilis
(= Cabi paraensis; Callaeum antifebrile)
Triplaris surinamensis var. chamissoana
Psychotria "nai kawa"
Brunfelsia grandiflora ssp. schultesii
Medicinal Plants of the Peruvian Amazon
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