Ceremonial Medicines

Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca is a spiritual medicine used for many centuries in the sacred traditions and ceremonies of the native Amazon basin. Indigenous tribes have used this ancient medicinal tea to heal illnesses in the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual layers.

 

What Ingredients are in Ayahuasca?

Ayahuasca is composed of Banisteriopsis Caapi vine, Chacruna, and various other plant ingredients. The active ingredients of the different plants in the Ayahuasca beverage taken during ceremony, create unique interactions to each brew for a powerful hallucinogenic experience.

The main substance inside Chacruna is the neurotransmitter called dimethyltryptamine (DMT). This neurotransmitter is naturally occuring within the human brain and plays a role in bringing humans into altered states of consciousness.

 

What are common effects of taking Ayahuasca?

The plant’s effects can last anywhere from 4 to 8 hours depending on dose and metabolism of the individual. Each batch of Ayahuasca varies in strength, making it tough to anticipate the effects and experience of the herbal medicine. Some effects you may experience are:

  • Alterations to one’s consciousness
  • Close and open-eyed visuals
  • Distorted perception of time
  • Intense spiritual experiences
  • Spontaneous, primordial movements

 

What are the therapeutic benefits of Ayahuasca?

Ayahuasca and various other plant medicines are used to treat a variety of spiritual, emotional, psychological, and physical dis-ease. It is often used as a tool to continue on a conscious path of growth, reveal spiritual illnesses, and expand one’s perception beyond it’s previous limits. 

Spiritual Healing – Ayahuasca is a medicine of deep reflection. This life-altering hallucinogenic spirit can reveal your individual authentic truth and purpose in life, while lighting a path to inner peace that invites a deeper understanding of the universe. Ayahuasca invites you into introspective states of consciousness, and a greater connection with mother nature. 

Emotional Healing – Ayahuasca can reveal to an individual the emotional healing that needs to take place specific to where a person is on their healing journey. A ceremony often begins the process of unraveling any stress and dissonance in participants’ lives, creating a shift towards living a life true to their heart. After a ceremony, participants have shared that their emotional blockages and symptoms have diminished or completely ceased.

Psychological Healing – Ayahuasca has been used as a healing tool to treat conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addictions, depression, anxiety, guilt from sexual abuse and various other mental or physical ailments.

Physical Healing – Ayahuasca has been used to treat physical disorders such as fevers, addictions, alcoholism, diabetes, high blood pressure, hepatitis, and issues with joints and other health-threatening conditions.

 

History Of Ayahuasca

For the Shipibo tribes of Peru, Ayahuasca is revered and respected as “the Mother of all Medicines.” In other indigenous traditions, she is regarded as the Grandmother and also known as “the Vine of the Souls.”

Ayahuasca, or Yage, are traditional native names from the Amazon for a particular vine found in the Amazon jungle, otherwise known by its botanical name, Banisteriopsis Caapi. Ayahuasca is used throughout the Amazon by Ayahuasqueros and Curanderos (shaman), in order to access the visionary, mythological or spiritual realms, and for physical, mental and spiritual healing.

The Shipibo tradition uses Ayahuasca ceremonies as a holistic approach to achieve balance, harmony, and happiness in the body, mind, and spirit. We utilize these healing methods that are rooted in their ancestral traditions, respect for nature, and plant spirit wisdom. 

San Pedro

Grandfather San Pedro helps to expand our hearts and reconnect with our emotions. He creates understanding within our life experiences so we can begin to walk our path with confidence and passion. 

San Pedro is one of the longest-studied psychedelics in the world. This cactus has been an important element to the spiritual ceremonies of various indigenous cultures for thousands of years. In ceremony, the San Pedro experience is known for promoting radical introspection, healing, and a sense of wonder and awe. 

 

What Ingredients are in San Pedro?

The main substance of San Pedro is mescaline, a phenethylamine. Each cactus contains variable concentrations of mescaline in the green outer layer of the cacti’s flesh. Mescaline binds to most of the serotonin receptors in the brain and also has an affinity for the dopamine receptors.

San Pedro contains a variety of other secondary ingredients that may create some of its medicinal benefits. For example, Hordenine is an antibiotic, and Anhalonidine has a mildly sedative effect. Traditionally, San Pedro has been consumed either on its own or with other plants in a ceremonial brew called cimora.

 

What are common effects of taking San Pedro?

After consuming, the effects of San Pedro often begin within 15-40 minutes. The whole experience usually lasts around 10 hours leaving an afterglow, making it difficult to sleep after the effects wear off. 

  • Clear and connected thought
  • Relaxed and in control
  • Close and open-eyed visuals
  • Synesthesia (e.g. “feeling” and “smelling” sights and sounds)
  • Potential nausea, vomiting, and perspiration 
  • Distortions of spatial awareness

 

What are the therapeutic benefits of San Pedro?

A San Pedro ceremony has been considered a powerful agent for healing and change. These intense and powerful ceremonies can offer deep insight into the self and the universe, giving one a greater sense of connection and spirituality. Each experience is unique and individual, but there are some general things you can expect. 

Spiritual HealingSan Pedro is a medicine that creates a deep spiritual understanding of one’s purpose. This plant spirit can create a path to self-realization. 

Emotional HealingSan Pedro can create empathy and euphoria. Even ordinary things can appear more interesting, beautiful, and amazingly mystical. Mescaline has also been shown to help people solve problems, access their creativity, be more environmentally conscious, and while improving their capacity for learning.

Psychological HealingSan Pedro has been used to foster compassion and gratitude. Mescaline also activates serotonin and dopamine receptors, which could help boost mood and alleviate psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression, PTSD and addiction. 

Physical HealingMescaline may increase blood flow and activity in the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain is in charge of planning, problem-solving, emotional regulation, and behavior. San Pedro has also been used by indiginous tribes to treat a number of ailments, including symptoms of fever, headache, arthritis, and general pain relief.

 

History Of San Pedro in Ecuador

The San Pedro cactus has long been revered by Andean shamans in South America. San Pedro has been called the primordial soup of the cosmos, with their use dating back to 2200 BCE. Many artifacts found with the cactus associate this spirit with the jaguar, hummingbird, deer, boa, owl, and snail. Spiral steps and symbols represent aspects of the visionary experience of San Pedro itself.

The Wind element arriving during a ceremony is seen as a sign of health and the arrival of the San Pedro spirit. This spirit can manifest various forms or visions in the air, including a gringo with blond hair, an Inca prince or princess, an animal (such as a jaguar), or San Pedro/Saint Peter himself.

Kambo

Kambo is a very potent medicine from the monkey frog. The venomous secretion of this bright green tree frog is considered the “ultimate detox” and treats ailments in the physical, emotional and spiritual body. This animal medicine is primarily used by amazonian tribes as a spiritual guide to expand energy from the heart. 


What Ingredients are in Kambo?

Kambo is a nocturnal and arboreal frog from the amazon jungle, the frog is known as Giant Monkey Frog and its scientific name is Phyllomedusa bicolour. This frog produces a secretion that contains a synergistic complex of peptides that work as an effective medicine for a variety of different ailments. 


What are common effects of taking Kambo?

The immediate effects of kambo medicine are intense and unpleasant but short-lived, usually lasting no more than 30-40 minutes. Effects vary from each individual, but many report feelings of discomfort. Additional symptoms may include: 

  • Induce deep meditative/introspective states
  • Heat in the head and hands
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Sweating, lite-headedness and swelling 


What are the therapeutic benefits of Kambo?

Kambo has a range of therapeutic applications, both medical and psycho-spiritual. Despite its initial unpleasantness and powerful purgative effects, kambo is widely sought out to revitalize body and mind.

Spiritual HealingKambo is used to “reset” the spiritual body through creating a deep sensation of cleanliness, lightness, tranquility, well-being, inner peace and a deepening of the conscience.  

Emotional HealingKambo can clear out negative energy and emotions stuck within our body. This stored energy can create imbalance that is often expressed through physical, emotional and spiritual blockages, even bad luck and insecurity. After a Kambo session, emotions are often elevated and anxiety, sadness, insecurity and laziness is often released. 

Psychological Healing Kambo works to “clear the pain body” by reorganizing one’s personal psychology and clearing up depression, addiction, and emotional trauma. Purging  itself may serve to let go of bad thoughts, habits, negative personality traits, or persistent life problems.

Physical HealingKambo is a natural vaccine that purifies harmful cells of our body while generating a powerful multiplication of our immunity cells. Kambo has been used to treat physical ailments such as arthritis, infections, autoimmune conditions, and inflammatory conditions.


History Of Kambo in Ecuador

Kambo is used in a ritualistic ceremonial context that takes place early in the morning. The medicine is applied to the skin through small superficial burns.

This medicine has been used for centuries by different tribes from Brazil and Peru. People from the amazon describe “Panema”  as root of all illnesses, imbalances either physical, mental or emotional, even bad luck. “Panema” translated to our language could be conceptualized as “negative energy” that once stored in our human energy field creates imbalance that is later expressed as depresion, anxiety, insecurity or in the physical body as illness. Kambo is considered the main spirit to remove “Panema”. 

Ceremonial Mushrooms

Psychoactive fungi are one of the oldest tools used by humans to bring into focus a perspective of present mindedness. These mushroom medicines are one of the most effective resources used to connect with our human essence. This sacred medicine is often referred to as “magic mushrooms”, “shrooms” or “the children of god.” 

 

What Ingredients are in Ceremonial Mushrooms?

The psychoactive compound found in ceremonial mushrooms is called psilocybin. This naturally occurring substance interacts with serotonin receptors and other areas of the brain that integrate sensory experiences, creating the effects of synesthesia. 

 

What are common effects of taking Ceremonial Mushrooms?

The dose, mindset, setting, and your personal chemistry all contribute to the effects of a mushroom experience. There is no journey alike. Each experience with this sacred medicine is unique to the time, place and person. Generally, a mushroom experience has powerful hallucinations and mystical-type experiences. Other common effects include: 

 

  • Change in heart rate & blood pressure 
  • Nausea 
  • Increased tendon reflexes, tremors, and dilated pupils 
  • Restlessness or arousal
  • Changes in coordinated movement 
  • Feelings of deep calm and relaxation
  • Increased introspection
  • Distorted sense of time 
  • Visual perception changes
  • Synesthesia
  • Strong Emotions

 

What are the therapeutic benefits of Ceremonial Mushrooms?

The sacred mushroom medicines offer the possibility to expand our awareness into the subtle realms of experience where the perception is not mediated by the ego. When used in ceremony, this medicine acts as a catalyzer of consciousness that moves an experiencer beyond the self-centered mind.

Spiritual HealingThis sacred fungi brings about realization of one’s higher consciousness and potential. This mushroom spirit connects us to Mother Nature by opening our heart to the experience of pure beauty. 

Emotional HealingDipping deep into our emotions on this mushroom medicine brings about enormous positive and lasting changes within the individual self, while also unlocking our creative potential.

Psychological HealingPsychoactive mushrooms have been used to treat a variety of ailments from post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction and more. Substantial and long term decreases in depression and anxiety have been linked to psilocybin therapy. 

Physical HealingPsilocybin mushrooms have been used to clear cluster headaches and also impacts neuroplasticity in the brain, which increases our ability to learn, grow and change.

 

History Of Ceremonial Mushrooms

The psychoactive fungi have a long history of use in Mesoamerican spiritual and religious rituals. Psilocybin mushrooms are considered to be one of the first conscious expanding substances used by humans, dating back 7,000 years or more. Use of this sacred mushroom is present in many spiritual traditions and rites of passage ceremonies all over the globe.         

Rapé

Rapé (or Hape) is used to energize, purify energies, ground and bring attention to the present moment. Rapé is a tobacco powder made from ancient plants from the Amazon. This  medicine cleanses the physical, mental and spiritual body. Rapé is typically used before other plant ceremonies. 

 

What Ingredients are in Rapé?

The main component in the preparation of rapé is tobacco, from which the ashes of the leaves are used. There are various rapé preparations, some entheogenic substances with psychoactive effects. The rapé that is used at Casa del Sol does not have psychoactive qualities and is made from tobacco and Tissunu, the bark of an Amazonian tree.

 

What are common effects of Rapé?

Rapé is a powerful cleansing tobacco given to attendees to inhale through the nostrils with a tool called “tepi”. Once administered, Rapé can be felt scanning the body for at least 5-10 minutes. A few effects you may experience are: 

  • A deep groundedness 
  • A meditative, calming state
  • Clearings one’s sinuses and throat
  • Burning sensation in the mind and body
  • Nausea (if swallowed)

 

What are the therapeutic benefits of Rapé?

Rapé creates a sharpened mental acuity while cleansing the mind and body. This medicine has a calming effect, and is also used to treat some colds and detoxify. Its purification effects are one reason Rapé is often used in conjunction with San Pedro and Ayahuasca ceremonies.

 

History Of Rapé

Tobacco ceremonies is one of the most long-established ways to reconnect with nature, ancestors, and spirits. The traditional use of this medicine comes from Brazil. 

Temazcal

A Temazcal, or sweat lodge, is an ancient ceremony used around the world to represent rebirth, honor of life-giving elements and the Great Spirit. This returning to the womb of Mother Earth is a healing and liberating purification ritual.


What happens during a Temazcal?

We begin by entering a dark, igloo-type hut that is symbolic of the womb held and gave birth to us. Then stones are brought into the space after being heated red-hot from a ritual fire. Once inside, the stones are received with incense and amber. After each stage of stones have been received, the hut is sealed. Sacred water is poured to create the steam that purifies our physical and spiritual bodies. At the end of the four stages, we exit the temazcal reborn.

This ritual of rebirth leads us through the experience of our creation. Prayers during ceremony help us to recall gratitude for the four major passages of humanity: childhood, youth, adulthood and old age. Songs during ceremony help to heal memories, deep emotions and lift the spirit towards a clearer understanding of self. 


History Of Temazcales 

The “House of Heat” sweat lodge ceremonies are a common practice by many Native Americans to cleanse and heal one’s spirit. In ancient Mesoamerica, Temazcales were used to heal illness, improve health, and assist the birthing process. Mexico, Central America and many other areas around the world continue to use it to restore the balance of mind, body and spirit.

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