(Sun Opener, Sinicuichi)
Hemia salicifolia is a flowering shrub that
grows from Mexico to Argentina and is widely cultivated
through its range.
Hemia salicifolia has a Shamanic tradition
dating to the Aztecs. The leaves were crushed, mixed
with water and allowed to ferment for a few days, making
a nice-tasting tea called Sinicuichi. The effect of
the Sinicuichi tea was a euphoriant and a brightening/yellowing
of vision, hence the name "Sun Opener." Sinicuichi
is also thought to give the ability to recall past events
with great clarity and has the unusual characteristic
of being an auditory hallucinogen.
Sinicuichi Seeds, Foliage: