A traditional ayahuasquero may only use a few ingredients when making their ayahuasca, including: the ayahuasca vine, leaves of chacruna or chalipangi, and mapacho (jungle tobacco). An ayahuasquero palero may use well over 15 different ingredients. At Blue Morpho, we prepare ayahuasca using ingredients specific to each group of guests, as agreed upon by the shaman and the medicine spirits.
The barks of the medicinal trees and roots are added to the ayahuasca brew, bringing a practical and powerful diversity to the overall experience. The trees help to structure and support the ceremonies, each offering a specific form of medicine and energy that affects the movement and expression of the ceremonial experience in different ways. This variety of plants enables the shamans to work with a greater number of medicine spirits, increasing their capacity and shamanic abilities.
MEDICINAL PLANTS AND THE PROPERTIES WE WORK WITH AT BLUE MORPHO
Ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi)
Vine of the soul or spirit. This is the principal ingredient in ayahuasca. It provides the power and strength in the ceremony.
Chacruna leaves (Psychotria viridis)
This is the second principal ingredient in ayahuasca. It provides vision.
Ayahuma bark (Couroupita guianensis)
Dead Head Tree. Provides protection and is used in healing susto (soul loss from spiritual fright or trauma). Head spirit is a headless giant.
Capirona bark (Calycophyllum spruceanum)
Provides cleansing and protection. It is noted for its smooth bark, white flowers, and hard wood. Head spirits look Caucasian.
Chullachaki Caspi bark (Byrsonima christianeae)
Provides cleansing to the physical body. Used to transcend physical body ailments. Head spirits look Caucasian.
Lupuna Blanca bark (Ceiba pentandra)
Provides protection. Head spirits take the form of giants.
Punga Amarilla bark
Yellow Punga. Provides protection. Used to pull or draw out negative spirits or energies. Head spirit is the yellow anaconda.
Remo Caspi bark (Aspidosperma excelsum)
Oar Tree. Used to move dense or dark energies. Head spirit is a native warrior.
Wyra (huaira) Caspi bark (Cedrelinga caeniformis)
Air Tree. Used to create purging, transcend gastro/intestinal ailments, calm the mind, and bring tranquility. Head spirit looks African.
Uchu Sanango (Tabernaemontana sanango)
Head of the sanango plants. Provides power, strength, and protection. Head doctor spirit is a grandfather with a long, gray-white beard.
Shiwawaku bark (Dipteryx odorata)
Brings purple medicine to the ceremony. Provides healing and protection.
Camu camu Gigante (Myrciaria dubia)
Head spirit comes in the form of a large dark skinned giant. He provides medicine and protection in the form of warding off dark and demonic spirits.
Tamamuri (Brosimum acutifolium) Head spirit looks like an old Asian warrior with a long white wispy beard. He carries a staff and manages thousands of spirits to protect the ceremony and send away energies that are purges from the participants.
Huacapurana (Campsiandra angustifolia) Giant tree of the amazon with very hard bark. Its head spirits come in the form of Amazonian giants and provide a strong grounding presence in the ceremony.
Note: Very little official scientific research has been conducted with many of these plants. The above botanical data is from traditional shamanic practices and not from western based studies.