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Thevetia peruviana

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Camalonga is the Peruvian name for Yellow Oleander (Thevetia peruviana). An infusion containing Camalonga is commonly used along with Ayahuasca by Amazonian shamans in Ayahuasca ceremonies. Seeds identified as “macho” and “hembra” (male and female) are placed in a bottle of aguardiente (distilled sugar cane juice) along with camphor, garlic, and white onion. The resulting extraction is used externally as a pre-ceremonial ointment for protection, and an ounce or so is often drank immediately following the Ayahuasca drink. Camalonga has a most disagreeable taste requiring considerable will to drink it.

Camalonga has a moderate threshold of toxicity and should only be taken in the course of a shamanic diet (dieta) guided by an experienced maestro of Amazonian traditional medicine.

REFERENCES
Schultes, R.E. and R. A. Raffauf. 1995. The Healing Forest: Medicinal and Toxic Plants of the Northwest Amazonia. Dioscorides Press. Hong Kong.


Medicinal Plants of the Peruvian Amazon
Amazon’s Sacred Healing Plants


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