Drinking ayahuasca tea can be an intense and life-changing experience, but should only be done with great caution, once you are familiar with its effects, both good and bad.
What is Ayahuasca Tea?
Ayahuasca tea is a traditional spiritual beverage made with the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, which primarily grows in South American countries like Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru. Also referred to as yage, ayahuasca tea has been a critical part of many religious and spiritual ceremonies in certain South American cultures, but its psychoactive effects have made its popularity spread throughout the rest of the world. Formal ayahuasca tea ceremonies are hosted deep in the jungle, with spiritual guides who facilitate the process. Use of this tea is unlike any other tea you may have used and is intended more for its mental effects than its physical ones.
How to Make Ayahuasca Tea?
Ayahuasca tea should be made with extreme caution, and only if you are trained in its preparation. The process also takes anywhere between 5 and 10 hours.
Ayahuasca Tea Ingredients
-200 ml of vinegar
-160 grams of shredded mimosa hostilis
-150 grams of Banisteriopsis caapi powder
- Heat 3 liters of water in a large pot until it is just below boiling, then reduce to medium heat.
- Add 50 mg of vinegar to the water.
- Add the 160 grams of mimosa hostilis and stir thoroughly.
- Cook this for 3 hours at low-medium heat. Do not boil!
- Filter all the liquid and press the shredded mimosa, getting as much liquid out as possible.
- Store the liquid in another pot and then repeat the entire process with fresh water and the same shredded mimosa.
- Repeat the process AGAIN, leaving you with 3 pots of mimosa-infused liquid.
- Combine all three pots of mimosa water and cook on medium heat, reducing to 1.5 Liters.
- Put the water in the fridge and cool overnight.
- Filter the liquid in the morning to remove any excess particulate matter.
- Warm the liquid on the stove again, but do not boil.
- Add the 150 grams of Banisteriopsis caapi powder and stir for 15-30 minutes on low heat.
- Serve the tea in small amounts.
Ayahuasca Tea Benefits & Uses
Ayahuasca tea is known to be a psychoactive beverage that has mind-expanding and spiritually stimulating effects. Many people use it for emotional healing, for guidance in life, or to achieve a new level of spiritual consciousness. While it is difficult to quantify the effects of ayahuasca tea, as every person will experience different hallucinations and mental journeys, it is known as one of the most powerful herbal substances in the world.
In some cases, this tea has also been linked to eliminating symptoms of PTSD, lowering cancer risk and curing people of depression. Ayahuasca tea has both a fascinating present and past, but it is critical that you fully understand and do your research before using this powerful substance.
Ayahuasca Tea Side Effects
There are a number of side effects of this tea that happen to almost everyone who consumes it. It has become an accepted part of the practice of drinking this tea. The side effects include nausea, vomiting, and sweating. The experience can be described as very unpleasant for a portion of your “journey”, followed by the visceral, spiritual, and psychoactive portion of the event.