In this exquisite Aztec historic collection, I have gathered seven of the sacred plants listed in the Badianus Manuscript and Florentine Codex, Book XI. These manuscripts are considered the oldest medical codexes from “The New World” and were written by Spanish explorers and academics in the mid to late 1500’s. It is from these two writings, that much of the historic use data has been derived. It is well known that the Nahuatl People had a very Earth and plant-centered civilization and this can be confirmed by how many sculptures and artifacts include depictions of flowers and plants alongside deities.
All seeds included in this collection are hand-selected and individually packaged and include growing instructions.
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Aztec Dream Herb
(Calea the zacatechichi syn. Calea ternifolia)
Packet of 10+ Seeds
This plant is still utilized by many indigenous people throughout Mexico and South America. Historically, the Aztecs referred to this dream herb as ‘zacatl chichic’ which is thought to translate to bitter herb. Aztec Dream Herb has been used in a ceremonial or religious sense to induce prophetic dreams and lucid dreaming. At times, it was taken by the ticitl (comparable to European witch doctor) to impart prophecies on the seeker of said information whilst at other times it was taken directly by the person wanting to ascertain their own future or visit with and/or make peace with the spirits of the past.
Packet of 50+ Seeds
The plant known as Aztec tobacco or Wild tobacco is a species of tobacco that has been used for millennia by various North and South American indigenous people and tribes to include, most famously, the Aztecs. Known as “picietl” in Nahuatl (the prevalent language of the Aztecs) it translates into ‘little perfume” which denotes the highly fragrant blooms of this species. Wild Tobacco was an important medicinal and ceremonial crop for the Aztecs and was used in the treatment of such ailments as headaches, snake and spider bites as well as gastric disorders. The Aztec goddess Cihuacoahuatl was depicted as having a body consisting of tobacco, and many Tlamacazqui wore tobacco gourds as a symbol of divinity whilst performing human sacrifices and other high profile rituals.
(Datura innoxia syn. Datura inoxia)
Packet of 5 Seeds
Of the sacred plants utilized by the Aztecs, this is was one of great preference. It was frequently used externally in the form of pain-relieving and inflammation-reducing poultice. This species of Datura was also taken internally to induce vision quests and it has been suggested that it was used as an anesthesia for resetting broken bones. Mass graves of human sacrifices also show evidence of the use of this herb and it has been suggested that some of the prisoners to be “sacrificed” were given seeds of this plant to be ingested just prior to being killed. Datura innoxia is still collected and used by many indigenous people of Mexico and Central America. Chicha is a corn-based beer mixed with D. innoxia and used to induce prophecies. Jugo de toloache is considered a love potion and is sold in folk markets as such.
Packet of 5 Seeds
Known as nexehuac or Atlinan by the Aztec (Nahuatl peoples), Torna loco “maddening plant’ is a rare and sacred plant that most likely was grown within the chināmitl or famous floating Aztec gardens AKA Chinampas. Datura ceratocaula is much rarer in worldwide cultivation and collection, and this is most likely due to this species overall lack of availability. It is a very aromatic plant with large 4″-7” blooms. Historically, it has been deduced that this water-loving sacred herb was reserved for special divinatory rites and only utilized by tlamacazqui. On a scientific note, this species is thought to be the bridge plant between brugmansias and daturas.
San Pedro Cactus AKA Huachuma
(Trichocereus pachanoi syn. Echinopsis pachanoi)
Packet of 10 Seeds
Whilst peyote was most notably the Nahuatl people’s standard go-to source for vision quests induced by mescaline alkaloids in Mexico and Central America, the current legal status prohibits distribution and growth of species here in the states. The San Pedro cactus was utilized as an Aztec alternative and as the Mayan go-to species. The night-blooming San Pedro cactus was utilized as a religious sacrament, healing medicine, and spiritual guide. In the Andes of Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia the natives call this tall, columnar cactus “aguacolla” or “giganton.” Modern-day use includes San Pedro cactus as the main constituent of an intoxicating drink called “cimora”. On a more decorative note, this cactus can be found throughout Mexico and Central America in the landscape. San Pedro Cactus’s ease of propagation via seeds or cuttings coupled with fast growth makes it an ideal specimen to use in “living fences”.
Sinicuichi AKA Sun Opener AKA Abre-o-Sol
Packet of 25+ Seeds
Sinicuichi has been identified as one of the flowers depicted on the statue of Xochipilli, the Aztec God known as the “Prince of Flowers”. Xochipilli’s realm was that of joy and happiness and he reigned over summer, flowers, pleasure, love, dancing, painting, feasting, creativity, and souls. Further investigation suggests that sinicuichi could be the Aztec plant tonatiuh yxiuh “the herb of the sun” from the Aztec Herbal of 1552. The nautil word tonatiuh means sun. The Aztec Herbal (1552) includes a recipe for a potion “to conquer fear”. It reads: “Let one who is fear-burdened take as a drink a potion made of the herb tonatiuh yxiuh which throws out the brightness of gold”. The current indigenous peoples of Mexico often report that ingestion of the tea made from sinicuichi adds a “golden halo” or “golden tinge” to the visual field when ingested, which is seen as bringing the sun into one’s life. By context, it would be safe to surmise that Heimia salicifolia may have been used as a rudimentary treatment for psychiatric conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Ololiuqui AKA Snake Plant
(Rivea corymbosa syn. Turbina corymbosa)
Packet of 10 Seeds
One of the few plants that is held on even par with peyote for question-specific divination, but this vine had achieved this standing within the Aztec Culture. Depicted in direct association with the Aztec rain god Tláloc. The seeds were utilized extensively in medicine as a constituent of an ointment used to treat a myriad of skin disorders and inflictions. Known by the Nahuatl peoples as “sacred flesh” this salve/ ointment was concocted from the ashes of burned insects, tobacco (Nicotiana rustica), and ololiuqui seeds (José de Acosta, Historia natural y moral de las Indias . . . , Seville 1590).
The flowers of Turbina corymbosa are the nectar source for kept bees which will produce psychoactive honey, most of which is still produced in modern-day Cuba.
Growing instructions are provided on each seed packet
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