Psychotria viridis (Chacruna)
Whole Psychotria Viridis leaves from a Quechua family in Ecuador. We met this family years ago and we are proud that we are allowed to sell their sacred plants. By buying these from us you enable us to support them and help them maintain the land they care for.
This Quechua Chacruna is planted, harvested and blessed by Claudio a Quechua shaman. Together with his family he lives on his ancestral lands in the Rio Napo Province near Tena in Ecuador. Tena is located in the rainforest, 420m above sea level.
We have planted around 500 Dilopterys Cabrerana plants. These plants are for the Quechua people to use for their ceremonies and for us to spread around the world.
On the land where Claudio lives there is an amazing cave with a waterfall where ceremonies are held in complete silence and peace.
Only a part of the leaves are harvested so the plant remains strong. Claudio has many Psychotria viridis plants growing in his chacra, a Quechua forest garden. The chacra carries a wide variety of medicinal and spiritual plants besides plants and trees that provide food. Of course no fertilisers nor pesticides are used.
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. Its’ primary chemical constituent is the entheogenic indole alkaloid, di-methyltryptamine that is found in many plants. But P. viridis has particularly higher quantities, depending upon harvesting factors.
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.
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.”