Botanical name: Heimia salicifolia,
Other names: Sinicuichi, Elixir of the Sun, Shrubby YellowCrest, Sun Opener
Spiritual and Ritual uses: Connection to and honouring the Sun Deities; Shamanic journeying, Meditation, Solar Plexus Chakra and enabling oneself to open up and release blocked or pent up past issues and emotions etc.
Another traditional use is as a thick medicinal salve that is used to cover open wounds, stop bleeding and promote healing. This salve is prepared in the same way as the fermented tea, except the tea is left to evaporate into a thick paste. The juice of the fresh leaves was also applied to the skin to repel mosquitoes and other insects.
Tincture Preparation: Soak 10g in enough wine or vodka to easily cover the herb (as it will expand). Leave this to soak for up to 2 weeks ideally, however good effects can be achieved in less time (even 1 day).
A tea can also be made by steeping 1-2 tsp per cup of boiled water, which has a pleasant relaxing effect.
Sinicuichi can also be smoked.
*Please be responsible, information is only provided for educational purposes and should not be taken in any way as medical or nutritional advice.