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The History of Valentine’s Day: Celebrating Love Through the Ages

history saint valentiens

The History of Valentine’s Day: Celebrating Love Through the Ages February 14th is Valentine’s Day, a time to celebrate love and affection. The origins of this holiday date back thousands of years and have evolved over time. In this article, we’ll explore the fascinating history behind Valentine’s Day and how cultures around the world have […]

Journey Into the Mysteries of Chacruna or Psychotria viridis

CHACRUNA-Psychotria-viridis-harvesting

Chacruna or Psychotria viridis: Journey Into the Mystery As a journalist based in Quito, I’ve been fascinated by the intricate relationships between indigenous Amazonian tribes and the diverse plant life forming the foundation of their medicinal and spiritual traditions. Over the years, one plant in particular captured my intense curiosity, the profoundly powerful chacruna or […]

Acacia Confusa Root

Acacia Confusa ACBR

Acacia confusa Root: Where did it really come from? To talk about the origins of Acacia Confusa is to talk about the origins of life itself. I felt like a true detective while creating this blog post because there is valid information to believe that it started in South Asia. It is widely mentioned in […]

Chacra

chacra system of cultivating , two hands passing a plant

Cultivating Resilience: Why Chacra System is Key to Sustainable Farming Greetings friend, I am glad that you had the time to visit us here in lovely Saloya. I understand you have come a long way to learn about our ways of farming here in our community, our chacra system. For many years now, big agriculture […]

Blue Lotus Extract: Reviving Ancient Traditions

Blue Lotus Flower Papyrus

Blue Lotus Extract: Reviving Ancient Traditions Sitting away at night in your apartment, in your realm of peace you still worry and have sleepless nights. The world seems to spin into a relentless turmoil without understanding why. You work hard, you are grateful and you are one of the lucky ones to have an amazing […]

Ultrasound Extraction: Reinventing Old Extraction Methods 

Ultrasound extraction machine for premium extracts

Ultrasound Extraction: The Path to Amazing Extracts You know, we humans are a curious bunch. We’ve climbed the tallest peaks, braved the iciest waters, and even left footprints in space. But now? Now, with all this tech at our fingertips, maybe it’s time we looked inward. Maybe it’s time we tackled our stomachs, give our […]

Cat’s Claw: Amazonian Roots and Modern Appeal

Cat's Claw, Uncaria tomentosa

Cat’s Claw: Amazonian Roots and Modern Appeal By: Andrés Molestina G Deep in the Amazon, a special vine has been weaving its story among the tribes. This isn’t just any vine; it’s the Uncaria tomentosa, or as the locals call it, Cat’s Claw. From being a part of age-old tribal ceremonies to now gracing modern […]

Richard Evans Schultes Legacy

Richar Evans Schultes

Richard Evans Schultes and the Legacy of Amazonian Plant Knowledge By: Andrés Molestina G Schultes, born in Boston on January 12, 1915, was the son of a working class German immigrant. During his  early life, a significant period of illnesses played a crucial role for him, his parents introduced him to botany during this time. […]

The Role of Alcohol in Extracts

Bobinsana flower for alcohol extraction

The Role of Alcohol in Extracts Munay extracts received several inquiries: “Why do you use alcohol for your extracts?” We use alcohol in our extracts because it aids in creating potent extracts. It has been a preferred solvent for herbalists for over 4000 years. Importantly, it’s in the dose. As the great Paracelsus once said, […]

Yellow Banisteriopsis caapi vs. Red Banisteriopsis muricata

Banisteriopsis Caapi logs - Ayahuasca

Yellow Banisteriopsis caapi vs. Red Banisteriopsis muricata: Unraveling Amazon’s Enigmatic Vines   Within the Amazon’s pulsating heart, generations have passed down tales of two vines. The Yellow Banisteriopsis caapi and the Red Banisteriopsis muricata. Both are offsprings of the Banisteriopsis clan, and their stories are as old as the Amazonian soil they spring from. But […]

The Unpredictable Contemplation of Peace Day

Pece day with Banisteriopsis caapi

The Unpredictable Contemplation of Peace Day Have you ever sat with a hot cup of guayusa (or coffee if that’s your jam), take that first sip, and find your mind wandering? Today, mine wandered to Peace Day. Random, right? But bare with me.  Growing up, my grandma would tell stories of local people coming together, […]

Theobroma Cacao Extract: Reviving Ancient Energy

Theobroma cacao in cayambe expedition

Theobroma Cacao Extract: Reviving Ancient Energy Journeying into the wilderness often holds a mirror to our spirit, revealing our courage, resilience, and the unique bond we share with nature. This tale traces such a journey — a two-day expedition to the magnificent Cayambe volcano, deeply intertwined with the essence of Theobroma Cacao, an age-old source […]