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 Introduction to Heimia salicifolia (Sinicuichi)

Heimia salicifolia is also known as "Sun Opener", "Plant of the Yellow Vision" and "Herb of Life". Its leaves contain the potent tranquilizer sinicuichine, which relaxes muscles, relieves anxiety and stabilizes blood pressure. 

Traditionally, the leaves are removed and allowed to wilt a bit. Then they are crushed and combined with cold water and placed in the sun for a day to make a tea. If fresh material is not available, the dried herb may be steeped in hot water and allowed to sit in the sun for one day before drinking. 

Sinicuichi has been tested and proven to have euphoric, relaxant and anti-inflammatory properties, and also the following effects: 

  • general relaxation 
  • improvement of memory performance 
  • pleasant drowsiness 
  • skeletal muscle relaxation 
  • slight reduction of blood pressure 
  • cooling of body 
  • mild intoxication and giddiness 
  • darkening of vision 
  • auditory hallucinations 
  • a shrinking of the surrounding world 
  • altered time/space perception 

There are no reports of hangover or other undesirable side effects. The tea is an inebriant, euphoriant and hallucinogenic. Do not drive or operate machinery when under the influence of Sinicuichi. It is reported that sounds seem to come from a great distance. The natives hold Sinicuichi to be sacred and endowed with supernatural powers and that it helps them recall vividly the events of many years earlier. It is reported that even pre-natal events are remembered. Heimia salicifolia is 100% legal in the United States. It is all-natural and does not contain any controlled substances. 

Tea brewing tips: Sinicuichi is a mild, but very relaxing experience. Use two cups water with 1/4 of a 15g package. Steep using one cup hot water, strain the tea, then put another 1 cup into the leaves. Only steep for 5 or 10 minutes, each time. The amount of leaves/water/steeping time to use will vary from person to person, according to the individual's preference. The above is a good starting guide…adjust to your preference. Try mixing the Sinicuichi with a flavored tea (put the flavored tea bag in to steep along with the Sinicuichi). We use Celestial Seasonings Tension Tamer Extra or a Peppermint tea. Also add lots of honey & drink it as hot as possible. The tea is better served hot, rather than iced, as the bitterness seems to be stronger when the tea is cold. It will still taste bitter, but you get used to the flavor after awhile.


Mazatec Garden describes the common uses of many herbs. This is for informational purposes only, as we are not advising or prescribing herbs for any specific medical condition or for any specific use. Distribute this information freely.


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