Introduction to Bobinsana
The Bobinsana plant (Calliandra angustifolia) is native to the Amazon basin and has been used for countless generations to heal the body and enhance shamanic abilities. It is usually called the master plant and it is common to see it in combination with ayahuasca in the preparation made by many healers in the Amazon. Amazonian vegetalistas revere this tree that grows along riverbeds in the jungle, whose flowers resemble open hearts. Her feminine mermaid spirit also earned her the affectionate nickname “Sirenita Bobinsana”.
Use of bobinsana
Traditionally, Bobinsana is prepared as a strong tea tincture, using alcohol made from cane sugar called aguardiente. The entire plant is usually used: roots, bark, leaves and flowers. In the Peruvian Amazon, the Shipibo-Conibo people have historically prepared a medicinal tincture from the bark of the Bobinsana tree, used as a treatment for rheumatism and other ailments. In some ayahuasca recipes and ceremonies, healers also use Bobinsana as a complementary ingredient to enhance the receptivity and openness of the heart during the ceremony.
The spirit of the Bobinsana plant is said to be able to bring comfort to those experiencing loss, heartbreak, or grief. A practice also known as ‘soul retrieval’ which in the West we would define as “post-traumatic stress healing”.
Benefits provided in microdoses
- Greater emotional openness
- Help in lucid dreaming
- Strengthen ayahuasca in the work of healing traumatic events.
They contain harmala alkaloids, amino acids, cyanogenic glycosides, flavonoids, tannins, saponins, and sterols. Two laboratory studies report the presence of various pipecolic acids.
- As it contains harmala alkaloids, it is recommended to take the same precautions as with ayahuasca. Never combine with antidepressant psychoactive drugs.
- Consult a medical professional first if you have a psychiatric disorder.
- Not suitable for children under 18 years of age.
- Not suitable for pregnant or lactating women
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