Does anyone know the exact mixture for an ayahuasca tea?

Ayahuasca (aya-soul/dead, wasca-vine/rope) or Yage (ya-hey) are native Amazonian names for the jungle vine Banisteriopsis Caapi, and the medicinal tea prepared from it.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Ayahuasca tea is treated with respect and considered sacred among the Peruvian people. Here are a few recipes


    There are many permutations of the classic shamanic formula for the magical healing brew in the upper Amazon. Virtually every shaman and curandero has his or her personal recipe, often incorporating secret components. The nature and spirit of the various admixture plants brings undeniable healing versatility to the medicine, often enriching one's visionary communion with the plants.

    Here are the "recipes" of some ayahuasqueros we know here in the Iquitos region of Perú.

    Jose Padilla, Iquitos, Perú (52 years an ayahuasquero)

    1 kilogram of fresh ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) combined with 50 chacruna leaves (Psychotria viridis). These are boiled in 25-30 liters of water for 2 hours. The water is then poured into another container and more water is added to the original plant material for another extraction lasting 2 ½ hours. This process is repeated a third time then all the extracts are combined and evaporated on a low fire until 1 ½ liters of Ayahuasca tea remain. The entire process takes 12 hours.

    Norma Panduro, Iquitos, Perú (38 years a vegetalista curandera)

    3 ½ kilograms of fresh ayahuasca vine, ½ kilogram of chacruna leaves, 3 leaves of toé (Brugmansia suaveolens), 4 flowers of bobinzana (Calliandra angustifolia), 10-20 cigarros of mapacho tobacco (Nicotiana rustica). She also adds 5-10 drops of perfume. The preparation is boiled for 12 hours.

    Jhomber Davila, Requena, Perú (12 years an ayahuasquero)

    8 pieces of ayahuasca vine approximately 30 cm long and 10 cm in diameter , 1 ½ chacruna leaves, 12 leaves of chiric sanango (Brunfelsia grandiflora). Everything is combined and boiled n 40 liters of water for the entire day, reducing the liquid n to 1 ½ liters of Ayahuasca tea.

    Luis Culquiton, Manacamari, Nanay river, Perú (20 years palero curandero)

    3 kilograms of fresh ayahuasca vine, 1 kilogram of fresh chacruna leaves, 200 grams of fresh tahuari bark (Tabebuia sp.). The plants are boiled together for approximately 8 hours and then reduced to obtain 1 liter of Ayahuasca tea.

    Francisco Montes Shuña, Carretera Iquitos-Nauta, Perú (25 years an ayahuasquero)

    12 pieces of fresh ayahuasca vine are macerated and boiled together with 200 leaves of oco yagé aka huambisa, chaliponga, chagrapanga (Diplopterys cabrerana) for around 12 hours to produce 750ml of Ayahuasca tea.

    Ruperto Peña, Road Iquitos-Nauta, Perú (35 years an ayahuasquero)

    12 pieces of fresh ayahuasca vine are macerated and combined with 200 leaves of oco yagé , 4-5 leaves of Piñon colorado (Jatropha curcas) and 3 leaves of petaquina (Dieffenbachia sp). These ingredients are boiled together for 12 hours and then reduced to 750 ml of Ayahuasca tea.

    Solom Tello, Iquitos, Perú (50 years an ayahuasquero)

    30-40 pieces of ayahuasca vine, 200-300 chacruna leaves, a few leaves of ajo sacha (Mansoa alliasea), mucura (Petiveria alliacea) and guayusa (Ilex sp.). Three extractions are done which are reduced to 1 ½ liters of Ayahuasca tea.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Wow, an amazing list of well laid out list of Ayahuasca tea brew master ingredients. It is an accurate list of the genus types & the brewing proportions although well described the process, it is worth saying, making the tea is much more an art more than a recipe. It's a great answer to "how to".

    DMT is believed to be endogenous brain chemistry & the liver recognizes it, then deals with it very rapidly shunting out through the urine—thus the need for the MAOI in the vine for it to be orally active.

    There is also a awesome listing of other additives that play roles that the Shaman decides per intent of the ceremony, participants, psycho-pharmacological & these techniques go back 1000’s of years.

    As far "do you need a medicine man (shaman) for that?" assuming this is meaning making the preparation of "the Vine of the Soul"... I would say you should either do so 1st times anyways, with one & or make Ayahuasca with an experienced person, or shaman or otherwise, such as an experienced, ethnobotanist/herbologist at minimum, for the brewing of the tea, by even the very well done instructions, skillfully assembled above. I would only attempt it as an experienced person with direct experience in making it or other like brews to be sure you get it right.

    Outside the 'secret' ingredients, many additives from different regions etc vary in their psychoactive nature but here's a short list of a few:

    Coca leaf of the Erythroxylaceae family,

    Nicotiana tabacum & N. rustica of the Solanaceae fantstic family,

    Mescaline containing cacti like Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) also,

    San Pedro (Trichocereus pachanoi syn. Echinopsis pachanoi, Trichocereus peruvianus, syn. Echinopsis peruviana).

  • 1 decade ago

    Don't you need to go to the Amazon and find a medicine man to do that? You seem to know a lot about it, are you a medicine man? I'd like to try that some day!

    Way to go Quite New Here. I am totally impressed!

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