Seven Roots Amazonian Blend - History, Traditional Use and Modern Research

Seven Roots Amazonian Blend

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Evolved Alchemy’s Seven Roots Amazonian Blend is a unique blend of traditionally used Amazonian barks and  and vines. Each of these trees and vines grows in the forests of South America, and have varying historical medicinal and spiritual uses. What’s interesting about this particular blend of plant allies is that many of these herbal allies are often referred to as Ayahuasca Shamanism Plants, because they either pair well with the sacred, psychedelic medicine or are used as part of a diet in preparation for the experience. A study conducted in 1995 on plant hallucinogens eloquently describes: “Our sources likewise perceive the synergistic impact that occasionally happens when a few plants are taken together. This idea depends on the possibility that these plants ‘know each other’ or ‘go well together,’ while different plants ‘don’t care for each other’ “(McKenna 1995).

Tynanthus panurensis commonly known as Clavohuasca, along with Chuchuhuasi (Maytenus laevis) and Hymenaea courbaril known as the Sugar Fruit Tree are all plants recommended as part of an extended strict plant diet preceding an Ayahuasca journey. Each of these plants has something different to offer, which is why they are used for the specific purpose of cleansing, nourishing, and preparing ones body and soul for such a sacred medicine journey. Clavohuasca increases blood circulation, which helps to maintain full body and mind presence during the experience.  Also in support of the body, Chuchuhuasi provides strength and circulation to the body itself. The Sugar Fruit Tree is used for physical renewal. Together these plants synergize and create a nourishing and strengthening experience for the physical temple itself. As one might suspect, a psychedelic journey of this strength can lead to great exhaustion of the physical, emotional and spiritual body. By intentionally reinforcing the body with specific herbs in preparation for the experience, one can have a more connected and supported journey.

Due to the vine’s astringent properties, Clavohuasca is sometimes prepared with the Ayahuasca brew in order to combat symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting. This expansive, woody vine grows up to 80 meters in length and is native to the Amazon Rainforest. Historically it is used in South America as a very powerful aphrodisiac. This use is continued today as the vine is a primary ingredient in two famous Peruvian formulas, widely used today to frigidity and impotency. It also contains a wide range of antioxidant properties and a large flavonoid profile, which is greatly helpful in reducing pain. Furthermore, testing and analysis revealed that the extract of this inner-vine bark has free-radical-scavenging antioxidant properties, which reduces tumor production (Morales et al., 2011). Preparatory phytochemical investigation by Brazilian researchers have found a new alkaloid in the vine they named tinantina (Taylor, 2005). Though little is known about this alkaloid thus far, it is believed to produce physiological and pathophysiolocial effects within the body. 

Cumaseba (Swartzia polypylla)  is a small Amazonian tree growing up to 15 meters in height, described to have olive green lanceolate leaves and brown seed pods containing two seeds. Historically, the bark of this tree was used in the Amazon to help with rheumatism, to speed up the healing of bone fractures, and as a postpartum tonic. Interestingly, the Shipibo-Conibo Indians used the resin of this tree directly in their eyes to combat the loss of eysight. There are also multiple cases of the bark extract being used to fight against Malaria, such as in the case of the Trio Indians. The healing properties of this tree may be due to its rich flavonoid content, specifically the presence of the Biochanin A. Biochanin A is a flavonoid believed to have anti-cancerous and anti-tumor properties due to its cytotoxic actions. A study conducted in 2006 showed anti-fungal and anti-mycobacterium tuberculosis properties due to the presence of Biochanin A specifically, along with another flavonoid, Dihydrobiochanin A (Rojas et al., 2006).

The Icoja Tree is another potent ingredient in this nourishing, immunosupportive blend. Also known as Unonopsis floribunda Diels, this vibrant tree grows up to 20m tall in shaded areas near water. It is decorated with spherical white-yellow flower buds. This historically-adored tree has a solid and versatile history of curing disease in the Amazon: It’s been used to cure malaria, fevers and as a disinfectant in healing infected septic wounds. It was used specifically against Uta, a form of leprosy that was quite common in the Amazon historically. Additionally, It was used to fight an infectious disease called Pilagra in children. The bark is astringent in nature and is reported to help with arthritis, general inflammation as well as decreasing diarrhea. Although there are no scientific studies reported on this tree yet, the vast accounts of historical uses speak to the incredible healing power of this adored plant ally.

This brings us to a very powerful ingredient in this blend,  commonly known as the Sugar Fruit Tree. This beautiful canopy tree grows up to 20 meters tall, and the roots and trunk yield a yellow-reddish resin gum known as South American copal. It is decorated with bright green leaves and fruits known as ‘Stinking toe’ due to the smell and taste of the highly-medical fruit. Aside from its use in pre-Ayahuasca preparations, Brazilian folk medicine talks about this bark extract being used to treat anemia, kidney problems and sore throats. A study conducted to test the folk medicine claims of this bark showed a myorelaxant effects on trachea of rats, along with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (Bezerra 2013). Traditionally in the Brazilian Amazon, the resin of this tree has been used to treat coughs and bronchitis. The trees first-recorded use in America was in 1930 by Dr. J Monteiro Silva, who noticed an affinity for the urinary system. He recommended the plant for hematuria (the presence of blood in urine), bladder problems, diarrhea and gas. 

A medium sized Amazonian-tree that grows along rivers and streams, decorated with delicate white and pink flowers is known as Huacapurana (Campsiandra angustifolia). It is most commonly recorded as a historical antidote used against malaria fever. The bark is believed to contain anthocyanin, cyanogenic glucosides, heterosides, saponins and tannins; to this date however there is no published chemical analysis to back up such claims. Saponins are known to be immune supportive, while tannins have wide ranging antioxidant properties and are believed to be anti-cancerous due to their cell-damage prevention. Another common claim is that this plant can combat the affects of Lyme’s disease; there is even a product in the USA that claims to have such effects, but these claims cannot be backed up by published research. 

Murure or Brosimum acutifolium is a large Amazonian tree with various medicinal and esoteric historical uses. The large canopy tree is found in lower elevations of the Amazon Forest with a smooth, dark trunk bark. Ancient legends of the Shipibo-conibo Indians says that when a male ingests the white latex produced by puncturing the bark, the man will bear a white-skinned child. The Wayapi Indians, on the other hand, believe that ingesting the white, goopy latex will protect one against witchcraft and bad spells. As seems to be a common theme amongst these sacred Amazonian plants, South Americans traditionally use the root extract as a remedy for rheumatism and arthritis. In Peru, the bark extract is traditionally used as a pain reliever, blood cleanser and anti-inflammatory agent. One of the most astounding findings on this tree come from a study showing that the flavonoids found in the bark of this plant are cytotoxic against leukemia cells (Takashima, 2005), one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the United States. 

The final piece of this unique blend we will discuss is the aforementioned Chuchuhuashi. There have been many studies conducted to observe the properties of this well-studied Amazonian tree bark. A study conducted in 1982 attributed anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory properties of the root-bark extract to the phenoldenones and proanthocyanidins present in the bark (Gonzalez 1982). These findings confirm properties of the plant extract described by traditional medicine. “Chu chu huasi” literally translates into “trembling back”, and it was traditionally used as a muscle relaxant to treat intense back pain. It is believed to induce pleasant dreams if taken before bed, and it believed to be an immune-booster and energy-stimulator. For this reason, a commonly enjoyed drink amongst men in Peru is a rum soaked with the bark of this tall wonder tree. Another impressive study concluded that canophyllol found in the bark of the tree demonstrates the most effective anti-tumor effects (Nakagawa 2004). Some researchers claim that this tree is the most immune-supportive of all the trees in the Amazon Forest. 

Seven Roots Amazonian Blend is a traditionally-influenced product infused with strong medicinal uses as well as historical shamanic purposes. There is much history and research supporting the immune-stimulating, anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties within this blend. Additionally, many of the plants included are well-known pain relievers and energy builders. In summary, this blend is packed with plants that will typically leave one feeling nourished and energized. The deep-seeded, spiritual traditions nestled in the history of these plants leaves one with a feeling of tradition and trust while working with the blend. Evoke your curiosity and pick up a spagyric-preparation of Seven Roots Amazonian Blend at Evolved Alchemy today!

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 In efforts to keep low prices on our high-CBD hemp extracts, we've decided to start growing our own strains of hemp.

We will be growing two different strains called Otto II and BaOx from Centennial Seeds based in Lafayette, CO. These two strains are proven to be high in CBD and have good growth and production.

The plants are all on a timed top-feed drip system. The plants seem to be responding very well to the watering system and have been taking off in growth!

Above is a strain called BaOx from Centennial Seeds. Proven to be high in CBD, grows closer to the ground and doesnt grow as tall as Otto II.

Otto II from Centennial Seeds. Another proven high-CBD strain with good growth and production. This is by far the fastest and tallest growing strain.