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If this is your first time seeking at Ayahuasca Recipe, we’ve got a lot of content about ayahuasca for you.

Most Popular AYAHUASCA posts are:

  1. 10 Free Ayahuasca Sources on the Web–if you have a serious interest in ayahuasca, you would benefit by devoting a few hours to perusing these sites that we consider to be the best sources of ayahuasca information to be found on the web.
  2. The Gringo Shaman’s Ayahuasca Recipe the title says it all; short point-by-point ayawaska recipe ingredients and cooking description; contextualized by Bajaverde’s meandering quest to experience his first ayahuasca ceremony
  3. Ayahuasca TV–our latest project collecting the best in ayahuasca information in video format available on the web. Commentary, reviews, anthropology and more serve to highlight the ayahuasca related content in the videos. Stay tuned, updated frequently.
  4. Ayahuasca Cures Depression–a first-person account of how ayahuasca helped an English adventurer overcome his bout with depression.
  5.  How to Find Ayahuasca: 24-Hours in Ecuador–a hilarious and ill-advised sojourn brought to you by the New York based comedian Gabe Pacheco.

What’s Cooking in Ayahuasca Recipe’s Jungle Kitchen?

  • We will have a .pdf coming out soon about the best tested and proven ayahuasca recipes.
  • We are currently editing some short videos interviews with Amazonian Shamans and, of course, some video of Ayahuasca Cooking.
  • If you are traveling to South America for an authentic ayahuasca session, you’ll want to keep an eye on our Best Ayahuasca Retreats page for up-to-date verified ayahuasca facilitators. As this grows, we’ll compile an .pdf ayahuasca retreat resource.
  • And, our latest project, compiling the latest research for the best THC Detox.

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What is Ayahuasca?

Ayahuasca Recipe

Mural at Quistacocha Zoo, outside Iquitos, Peru. © Bajaverde

Those new to the realms of ayahuasca often encounter a confusing amount of seemingly contradictory information concerning what exactly constitutes an authentic ayahuasca brew.

Some of the confusion arises because, first, there are many terms and spellings, etymologically speaking, that refer to both the vine–ayahuasca (common botanical referent Banisteriopsis caapi; short form B. caapi)–and the brew ayahuasca that contains the vine and at least one other admixture, usually, but not always, a DMT containing plant such as chacruna (common botanical referent Psychotria viridis).

Yet, depending on the individual preparing the ayahuasca brew–and most notably, the tradition he or she became adept with the preparation of ayahuasca–the actual ayahuasca recipe ingredients may contain a plethora of other plants.

The other plants are added to the brew based on the desired healing effects an ayahuascero (someone who is trained to administer ayahuasca, often to referred to as a shaman) determines are necessary to treat or alleviate an illness, be that a psychic or physical illness.

“A shaman is a healer who sings.” –Anon

It would be fair to say that from thousands of accounts from anthropological and ethnobotanical studies there are two key ayahuasca recipe ingredients in any ayahuasca brew which work together in synergy to catalyze a subjective experience of altered consciousness for those who partake of the brew.

There are many adjuncts to what could be considered an ayahuasca potion or brew, but its base–essential ingredients, i.e. there are no psychoactive properties without these two essential ingredients–traditionally consist of, at a minimum, the following two ingredients:

Black Ayahuasca Vine

Black ayahuasca vine winding up a tree in Amazon, near Iquitos, Peru.
© Bajaverde

1. The ayahuasca vine, Banisteriopsis caapi (pictured right), and,

2. A DMT containing plant.

This is the basis of all traditional ayahuasca recipes as prepared by indigenous cultures in and around the areas of South America’s Amazon region.

With that said, from a purely clinical or scientific perspective, there are many other plants that could be mixed together to get an effect similar to the traditional brew that can be found in the Amazon.

For example Jonathan Ott has written a book, titled Ayahuasca Analogs, which details around 4000 potential plant combinations that, when brewed together, would result in an ayahuasca-like experience.

On the other hand, to keep true to the cultural and possibly spiritual foundation of ayahuasca, as far as encountering the “ayahuasca spirit” and all the legendary mythology associated with it, the definitive ingredient for any brew to be considered ayahuasca is Banisteriopsis caapi.

Without including Banisteriopsis caapi in an ostensible ayahuasca brew, you are not preparing or partaking in an experience that any indigenous ayahuascero (shaman) would consider to be ayahuasca–because, it is believed through thousands of years of use and handed-down experiences that the Banisteriopsis caapi  serves to connect those who ingest it with a spirit unique to the Banisteriopsis caapi vine; the spirit is thought to be a gatekeeper to another realm and is said to be responsible for miraculous healing, revelations of deep personal insight, protection, divination and a long list of other far-out things: Things which, even today, remain hard to prove in any accepted empirical manner according consensus and repeatability within scientific circles.

Ayahuasca Recipe Ingredients

Remains of shredded vine post cooking. © Bajaverde

In a perfect world, the ideal way to experience ayahuasca is with a reputable ayahuascero or shaman–both terms referring to individuals adept in the workings of the ayahuasca brew and the spirit of the ayahuasca vine.

If you are fortunate enough to be traveling to South America, is currently building a directory of reputable ayahuasceros and ayahuasca retreat centers in South America. If you would like to review a retreat center or you are associated with a retreat center and would like to have your  facility considered for inclusion  in our directory, please send an inquiry via the form available here, Contact Us.

If you are seeking to build a relationship with the ayahuasca vine, there are numerous online sources where you can buy ayahuasca ingredients.

Also, if you are traveling in South America, the ingredients necessary to brew your own–not recommended–ayahuasca via a basic ayahuasca recipe can be found in most open markets, such as the San Pedro Market in Cusco, Peru, pictured below, or in the witches alley of Iquitos’, Belen Market.

Ayahuasca Vine for sale (San Pedro Market--Cusco, Peru)

Ayahuasca, both the vine in the raw form and the prepared ayahuasca brew, available for purchase at the San Pedro Market in Cusco, Peru. Also of note is the entheogen, San Pedro, the green columnar cactus, also being sold–visiible in the background and also prepared for consumption as the green sludge in the Coca Cola bottles above the bottles marked ‘Ayahuasca prepared’. © D. Kristophari Madsen


Ayahuasca Vine for sale at Cusco's San Pedro Market

Ayahuasca, raw form, available for purchase at the San Pedro Market in Cusco, Peru. © D. Kristophari Madsen

*To get further basic info click either of these links to visit wikipedia’s Banisteriopsis caapi, or, ayahuasca pages.

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