Psychotria viridis seeds | Chacruna | Ecuador

Psychotria viridis seeds | Chacruna | Ecuador

Harvested: March 2018


Family: Rubiaceae

Genus: Psychotria

Origin: Amazon Jungle Ecuador

Common names: Chacruna, Chacrona, Oprito, Sami Ruca, Chaqruy, Amiruka, Amiruca Panga, O-pri-to, Kawa, Rami Appane, Suija, Tupamaqui, Yage, Cahua (Shipibo-Conibo), Horova (Campa), Oprito (Kofan), Rainha.

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Psychotria viridis seeds (Chacruna)

We offer you viable Psychotria Viridis seeds from a Quechua family in Ecuador. We met this family years ago and we are proud that we are allowed to sell the sacred plants they take care of. By buying these from us you enable us to support this family and help them maintain the land they care for.  As we deal with this family directly we guarantee to always have fresh stock.

This Quechua Psychotria viridis seeds are collected and blessed by a Quechua shaman. Together with his family he lives on his ancestral lands in the Rio Napo Province  in Ecuador.
In cooperation with him (and our kids) we have planted around 700 chacruna plants. These plants are for the Quechua people to use for their ceremonies and for us to spread around the world and share with you.
On the land where the shaman lives there is an amazing cave with a waterfall where ceremonies are held in complete silence and peace.

The family has many Psychotria viridis plants growing in their chacra,  a Quechua forest garden. The chacra carries a wide variety of spiritual plants besides plants and trees that provide food. Of course no fertilisers nor pesticides are used.


This is an indication of how I (Philip) have grown seedlings of the chacruna. I live in the Netherlands, so complete different circumstances than Ecuador. The seeds germinated in warm soil. The seedlings like a humid environment. I have put each seedling under a glas vase and sprayed them with water every day. Direct sun light will burn the leaves so a window on the north works perfect. After a year they can go outside as long a the temperature stays above 10 degrees celcius in the night. They like humid soil and love to be sprayed. The plants need attention and love. Good luck!

Plant teacher

This is a very special plant that is prized as a healer and Master Plant teacher by the people of the Amazon.  As a synergist, P. viridis is commonly added to the traditional Ayahuasca brews among medicine healers of South and Central America. For centuries, shamans and medicine men and women have used the leaves of this plant to reverse many illnesses. Therefore it is commonly known to be a reputable and useful medicine.


Psychotria viridis is a common shrub perennial of the Rubiaceae family. It grows to a height of approximately five meters. The leaves are opposite and are typically 5-15cm, elliptic in shape and are papery in texture, mostly smooth, but infrequently microscopic hairs on the lower surface can be found. The leaves tend to become grayish to reddish brown when dried. It also produces many open, inflorescent flowers, which turn into a red fruit, 4-5mm in diameter. Psychotria viridis can be confused with other plants of similar genus, including Psychotria alba and Psychotria carthagenesis. They do look similar to Psychotria viridis, and they are all commonly used among shamans who work with the traditional healing brew Ayahuasca with very similar effects among the three. Due to their similarity, it is important to distinguish between the three.

Traditional Use

An example of its’ traditional use in Peru, includes the dropping of the fresh juice into the eyes for the treatment of migraines. The Machiguenga also use the fresh leaf juice to assist in hunting. It causes a burning sensation, which will eventually subside with the resulting heightened senses. The Andoke will also crush up the leaves and infuse them with water that are then applied to the eyes to promote ‘clear vision and to see with understanding.”

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Our products are not certified by the FDA neither Health Canada for human consumption. They are sold for incense and soap making purposes, decorative purposes and/or legitimate ethnobotanical research. Our products are not sold and intended for human consumption. The information given about the plants is for academic purposes only and not intended to be used medically., its suppliers, agents, employees and distributors cannot be held accountable for any misuse of the products offered.

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