is very new to most people. Native in Highlands from Mexico to Northern
Argentina, Sinicuichi is an interesting and ancient divination plant.
Scientifically it is know as Heimia salicifolia and the closely related
Heimia myrtifolia. Although many different use in folk medicine are
reported from widely separated parts of its range, only in Mexico,
as of yet, has the small shrub been valued as a Euphoric/shamanistic
herb. Some of the local vernacular names are suggestive of the biodynamic
properties of Heimia salicifolia, such as abre-o-sol (" sun opener
") and herva de la vida (" herb of life ") in Brazil. The name sinicuichi,
or derivatives of it such as sinicuilche and sinicuil, refer to other
plants in Mexico, all of which are, in one way or another, intoxicating.
Many people report back seeing golden(sun like) aura's or glows around
people after drinking sinicuichi brew.
The leaves of sinicuichi traditionally are crushed
in water and the juice is set in the sun to ferment for one day. The
resulting drink has mildly intoxicating properties, usually devoid
of unpleasant after-effects, with a slight feeling of giddiness followed
by euphoria characterized by a darkening of the partaker's surroundings,
a great shrinking in size of the world around, auditory hallucinations,
an altered sense of time and place, forgetfulness and a removal from
a state of reality. Sounds seem to come distorted from a great distance.This
plant typifies an hallucinogen of which the hallucinogenic characteristics
are mainly auditory, but some visual effects also. The natives believe
that sinicuichi has sacred or supernatural qualities, since they hold
that it helps them recall events which took place many years earlier
as if they had happened yesterday; others assert that they are able,
with sinicuichi, to remember pre-natal events.