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Plant Medicine of the Amazon | Uña de gato (Cat’s Claw)

Plant Medicine of the Amazon | Uña de gato (Cat’s Claw) Uña de gato (Cat’s Claw) is a large tropical woody vine indigenous to the Amazon Rainforest. The inner bark of the vine and the roots has been used in the Amazon for generations to…

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Medicine for the Soul | Plant Spirit Medicine of the Amazon

Medicine for the Soul | Plant Spirit Medicine of the Amazon an article first published in Sacred Hoop Magazine Issue 41 2003. In the Amazonian tradition working with planta maestras (teacher plants) is known as the Diet. The working can be seen as a conscious…

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Medicine for the Soul: Shamanism, Soul Retrieval, and Healing

Contact for Individual Shamanic Healing Sessions: Tel: 07905 139935 Skype: HGC999 email: shamanism@yahoo.com [scribd id=90137872 key=key-8vx6ncftl2bnilhc31o mode=list]   What is Shamanic Healing & Soul Retrieval? Shamanic Healing consists of a varied body of practices performed by the shaman or practitioner to help or heal another person….

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A Golden Guide to Hallucinogenic Plants

[scribd id=82775289 key=key-2nci99x84022j0n91tdc mode=list] A Golden Guide to Hallucinogenic Plants by Richard Evans Schultes & Elmer W. Smith Published in 1976,  this book has been out of print for many years. It is  beautifully illustrated with detailed botanical paintings and extremely  informative narratives. There is…

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The History of Coca – The Divine Plant of the Incas

[scribd id=82732649 key=key-lymbfz9vyhmx2bkyiuc mode=list] This magnificent book by W. Golden Mortimer, published in 1901 and long out of print, has been digitized by Microsoft for the  University of California and now available in the Open Internet Archive. The book contains nearly 200 hundred illustrations.

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Medicinal and Shamanic Plants of the Amazon – my Photo Gallery on Flickr

Medicinal and Shamanic Plants of Peru, a set on Flickr. I’ve been adding more photos from the archives.

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Frotacion de Coca

Frotacion de COCA, a photo by Howard G Charing on Flickr. Frotacion de COCA  Erythroxylum  – The Peruvian ‘Tiger Balm’ reinforced with Wira Sacha aka Sacha Inchi (Plukenetia volubilis). The frotacion is also good to relieve insect bites, and It’s a very pretty little tin…

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Coca Myths – a research paper by the Transnational Institute

[scribd id=81813295 key=key-jgb20m51bp64178ruux mode=list] A  very well researched and informative study from the Transnational Institute about the Coca (erythroxylum) plant.

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Lifting the ban on coca chewing – Bolivia’s proposal

[scribd id=81739611 key=key-cljsxvum4endf6abiar mode=list] As documented by the Transnational Institute: The 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – recently endorsed by the United States in December 2010 – states that “indigenous peoples have the right to maintain, control, protect and develop their cultural heritage, traditional knowledge and traditional…

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The Cactus of Vision – San Pedro

The use of San Pedro cactus and healing altars in the shamanic tradition of Northern Peru. Shamans from different cultures and traditions have been using psychoactive plants since the dawn of human emergence. These plants have been used traditionally for guidance divination, healing, maintaining a…

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