plant medicine

When we do thorough research, find the right support, and use our discernment, many discomforts and diseases can be healed with the use of natural medicine. The simplest way is to use plants, roots, spices, and herbs that are sold in natural health shops. There are several single or combined ingredients with powerful benefits. For example, we can make purees, soups, or teas which boost the immune-system, that contain ginger, garlic, turmeric, cayenne, cinnamon, and cloves. Other ingredients can be used to calm the nervous system (such as camomile and lavender), to clear and activate the mind (such as mint and ginkgo), and to purify the system (such as sage and nettle).

Cannabis products can offer natural support and sometimes a cure for a variety of discomforts and diseases. In many (mostly Western) countries, the medicinal use of cannabis products has been legalized, however, shipping could cause problems. There seems to have been a lot of bad propaganda for using cannabis, and although some people do experience mental disbalance after using cannabis, some people can replace their pharmaceutical drugs completely with the correct use of cannabis. Our body has a so-called endocannabinoid system that is designed by nature to ‘link’ cannabis into our nervous system and allow it to have its health benefits.

Cannabis is known to improve conditions that include chronic pain, concentration problems (such as with ADHD), intense emotional states (such as with depression and anxiety), and it seems to have a generally calming effect that can allow the system to focus more on its healing and regenerating abilities. There are two compounds in most common cannabis products: CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). They  have the same chemical formula but the difference lies in the way their atoms are arranged. That gives CBD and THC different chemical properties, and they affect your body in different ways. THC is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, which makes people feel high. A CBD product brand that ships worldwide is Endoca.

A CBD oil that has a metaphysical component to it called ‘the Spirit of Aya’, is AyaLife. Besides the known effects of CBD oil, this oil has been infused with the extract of the Ayahuasca vine. This vine is known for its anti-parasitic and anti-fungal properties and it is the non-psychoactive component of Ayahuasca tea. Shamans believe the vine itself is responsible for the physical and healing benefits of the Ayahuasca medicine, while the psychoactive component known as ‘chacruna’ is the ‘helper plant’. This part is not included in AyaLife. The presence of the vine in this blend is known to help reconnect us to nature and to ‘Spirit’, which can assist in moving from resisting to embracing life, from doubting to trusting our intuition, and to move from willpower to deeper inner guidance.

The most ‘extreme’ plant medicine are those that contain DMT (dimethyltryptamine), which can be used on its own for a short spirit journey experience. This is also the psychoactive component in Ayahuasca: a shamanic tea brewed with several local South American plants. Often, the Ayahuasca spirit journey would be experienced in retreat form, guided by indigenous shamans. The journey can have a life-changing impact on participants, as they witness and experience the deeper truth of their being and of the reality we perceive. Participants also often interact with spiritual aspects of themselves and with other multi-dimensional beings. This journey is not for everybody and should only be attempted by people who feel in every cell of their being that this is the right experience for them at that moment in time. When this journey is experienced from an ungrounded and mentally unstable state, it can result in psychosis.