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Bobinsana and ayahuasca healing

Bobinsana (Calliandra angustifolia) is a sacred plant native to the Amazon rainforest. It holds a significant place in indigenous cultures and has been cherished for its medicinal, energetic, and spiritual properties.


Bobinsana has traditionally been used to address various ailments, such as respiratory conditions and rheumatism, and is believed to promote emotional healing and enhance empathy.


It is revered for its ability to open the heart chakra

and facilitate spiritual connection. 


Bobinsana is a small to medium-sized shrub that belongs to the Fabaceae (Legume) family. It features delicate pink to reddish flowers and slender, elongated leaves. It typically thrives in the floodplains and riverbanks of the Amazon basin, where it is exposed to abundant moisture and rich soil.


Bobinsana has been an integral part of the indigenous cultures of the Amazon for centuries. Indigenous communities, such as the Shipibo-Conibo, Asháninka, and Secoya, have long regarded Bobinsana as a sacred plant and a powerful botanical ally. They believe it holds spiritual wisdom and acts as a conduit for communication with the spiritual realm.


Bobinsana is esteemed for its energetic and spiritual properties. It is believed to open the heart chakra, promote emotional healing, and enhance empathy and compassion. Shamans and spiritual practitioners incorporate Bobinsana into their practices, using it to cleanse and harmonize energy fields and facilitate spiritual connection.

Bobinsana and ayahuasca healing


The traditional use of Bobinsana can provide man benefits, including but not limited to:


  • Emotional Support: Bobinsana is believed to have a calming and uplifting effect on the emotions. It is often used to support emotional well-being, alleviate stress, and promote a sense of relaxation and tranquility

  • Heart Opening and Compassion: Bobinsana is revered for its ability to open the heart chakra and enhance feelings of love, empathy, and compassion. It is often used in spiritual and energetic practices to foster emotional healing and deeper connections with oneself and others.

  • Anti-inflammatory Properties: Traditional uses of Bobinsana suggest that it may possess anti-inflammatory properties, making it potentially useful in addressing conditions characterized by inflammation, such as arthritis and rheumatism. Further scientific research is needed to explore its specific mechanisms and effectiveness.

  • Digestive Support: Bobinsana has traditionally been used to support digestive health. It is believed to possess digestive-stimulating properties, aiding in the digestion and absorption of nutrients. It may also help soothe digestive discomforts, such as bloating and cramping, and support overall gastrointestinal well-being.

  • Cleansing and Energetic Balance: In indigenous traditions, Bobinsana is considered a plant ally for cleansing and harmonizing energy fields. It is believed to clear negative or stagnant energies, promoting balance and alignment on an energetic level.

ayahuasca experience at modern ancient sanctuary in Iquitos, Peru


Preparing for a ceremony which involves the use of Bobinsana includes the following:

  • Intentions: Set clear intentions for working with Bobinsana. Reflect on what you hope to gain, heal, or explore during the ceremony. Clarify your goals and intentions for the experience.

  • Research and Education: Learn about the traditional uses, cultural significance, and spiritual aspects associated with Bobinsana. Understand its history, mythology, and the proper protocols for working with the plant.

  • Diet and Lifestyle: Some traditions may recommend adhering to specific dietary or lifestyle guidelines leading up to the ceremony. These guidelines may include avoiding certain foods, substances, or activities that are believed to interfere with the energetic and spiritual alignment with the plant medicine.

  • Hydration: Adequate Water Intake: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated before, during, and after working with Bobinsana. Proper hydration supports the body's cleansing and detoxification processes.

  • Mental and Emotional Preparation: Engage in practices that promote mental and emotional clarity, such as meditation, journaling, or spending time in nature. Cultivate a mindset of openness, receptivity, and reverence for the plant spirit of Bobinsana.

preparing for an ayahuasca ceremony at modern ancient sanctuary in Iquitos, Peru


The materials below provide some insight into Bobinasana, and although some are not directly related they provide a useful context in which to understand plant spirit healing.


  • "Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers" by Richard Evans Schultes, Albert Hofmann, and Christian Rätsch

  • "Sacred Plants and Their Medicinal Uses" by William Emboden

  • "The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo" by Pablo Amaringo and Howard G. Charing

  • "Ayahuasca: Soul Medicine of the Amazon Jungle" by Javier Regueiro

Documentaries/ Videos

  • "The Sacred Science" (2011) - Directed by Nicholas J. Polizzi, this documentary follows the journey of eight individuals as they embark on a healing retreat deep in the Amazon rainforest. While not specifically about Bobinsana, it offers insights into traditional healing practices and the use of various plant medicines, including Ayahuasca.

  • "Ayahuasca: Vine of the Soul" (2010) - Directed by Richard Meech, this documentary provides an exploration of Ayahuasca and its cultural and spiritual significance. It offers glimpses into traditional ceremonies and the use of plant medicines within indigenous contexts.

  • "The Jungle Prescription" (2011) - Directed by Christopher Hooke, this documentary delves into the work of a Canadian doctor who explores the potential healing properties of Ayahuasca and other plant medicines in the Amazon rainforest. It sheds light on the broader context of plant medicine practices and indigenous traditions.

  • "The Ayahuasca Diaries" (2019) - Directed by Oliver J. Linde, this documentary follows the personal journey of the filmmaker as he explores the healing potential of Ayahuasca and its associated plants. While not solely focused on Bobinsana, it provides insights into the use of various plant medicines and their significance within the Ayahuasca tradition.

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