Bobinsana~ From Help Healing Grief, Heartbreak and Pain to Shamanic Lucid Dreaming

by  | May 18, 2017

A relative of the mimosa tree, Bobinsana (Calliandra Angustifolia) is a water loving plant that belongs to the Pea family (Leguminosae). It grows around 4-6 meters high and is usually found alongside, rivers, streams, and bodies of water in the Amazon basin. It is found in regions of Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Brazil and Bolivia. It produces an abundance of gorgeous pink to reddish powder puff-like flowers.

Traditionally bobinsana is taken by tincture in an alcohol made from cane sugar called aguardiente or a strong tea (decoction). All parts of the plant are used for healing. The roots, bark, leaves and flowers.

Bobinsana is a well-known “plant teacher” sometimes used in conjunction with a psychedelic amazonian brew called “Ayahuasca”. While bobinsana alone is not hallucinogenic, it is considered a plant teacher or master plant and is sometimes added to ayahuasca recipes to help the shaman connect to and learn from the plants. The plant is typically taken on a special diet or during these shamanic ceremonies for opening and healing the heart, to enhance empathy, to deepen one’s connection to nature and provide grounding. According to many Ayahuasca curenderos “doctorcita bobinsana” as they say, is a very gentle healing plant spirit increasing clarity, focus, compassion and for addressing heartbreak, grief, and loss.

“According to many Ayahuasca curenderos “doctorcita bobinsana” as they say, is a very gentle healing plant spirit increasing clarity, focus, compassion and for addressing heartbreak, grief, and loss.

Many times in our lives we have experienced forms of heartbreak, sadness, sudden loss, emotional struggles. It’s human nature to experience these feelings. And it’s good to know that you can have support during those troubling times. This plant is just one of many that can hold our hand along the way, while we process our feelings and life experiences. The plant is also becoming very well known for producing profound lucid dreaming experiences, colorful shamanic visionary type dreams in which new insights about one’s life are found and healing can occur.

“profound lucid dreaming experiences, colorful shamanic visionary type dreams in which new insights about one’s life are found and healing can occur.”

Among other uses, the Shipibo Conibo people of the Ucayali area in Peru and other Amazonian indigenous tribes use the sacred plant to treat arthritis, bone pain, rheumatism, uterine cancer, edema, nasal congestion, fevers, colds, inflammation, and to purify the blood. They also bathe in the freshly grated bark to improve dexterity, increase resistance to illnesses and protect against colds and chills.

Now that we see how useful this plant can be. It’s a good thing to share the information and see if it’s the right herb for you, your family or your friends. Whether you or someone you know is experiencing grief, loss, pain or intense sadness, this sacred plant can be a gentle ally during the healing process. AND If you’re interested in having enhanced lucid dreams then this special plant is right up your ally! People can also use this for deepening their shamanic, meditation, dreaming or yogic practices. Which makes this herb one of a kind!

“People can also use this for deepening their shamanic, meditation, dreaming or yogic practices.”

As always I love to share the joy of being a herbalist and since this plant is very useful and quite rare it’s hard to find a good place to get it. So I’ve made a very potent 1:2 liquid extract tincture of ethically wild-harvested bark and leaves made with organic alcohol, organic honey, and Colorado mountain spring water. You can find it here>>> Bobinsana Tincture

Disclaimer~ Bobinsana is traditionally used as a contraceptive in Peru. While there is no research to confirm this possible action, those seeking to get pregnant should avoid this plant. Should not be used during pregnancy or lactation. If you take pharmaceutical drugs or have a medical condition please consult your doctor before using. Make sure to always do your research and talk with your medical advisor before adding any herbs to your diet. This post’s information is not approved by the FDA to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure any diseases. The information presented in this post is provided for informational purposes only.



The nectarine and plum trees outside my kitchen window are just starting to show the brilliant white and fuchsia blooms, harbingers of spring here in the foothills of the Bookcliff Mountains. We have lived here on this homestead for over 10 years now, and I still find myself anxiously awaiting the flowers of spring, which signal the beginning of days of tending the plants in the greenhouse, tilling fertile garden beds and singing awake the soil for the season of planting ahead.  The focus of our gardens and homestead is stewarding heirloom seeds of unique vegetables, flowers, and herbs.  From early spring until late fall, our 10-acre homestead is an exquisite expression of so many colorful flowers, which precede the swelling of seeds in their pods. The honeybees sing their buzzing paths across the land, in a timeless dance with the rainbow blossoms of apples, pears, tulsi basil, strawberries, zinnias, and so much more. Just like our pollinator allies,  days on our farm homestead are often very full with a diverse array of activities; homeschooling kids making art and science projects at the kitchen table, myself tending the new green seedlings or deep in thought and writing from the farm office.

As we all can relate, sometimes our lives get so busy, it’s easy to lose connection with that intuitive part of ourselves that is wise and centered. We have set our daily rhythms and lives in our family to live a bit closer to the earth, but the pace of this modern life still influences our days here, even at this homestead at the end of a dirt road.  Emails to respond to, appointments to run off to, kids activities to attend, meals to cook and schoolwork to finish.  It’s easy to feel as though our bandwidth is consistently stretched to its fullest, as we navigate the complexities of being alive in this expansive and stimulating era.

To honor myself and divine self-care needed to live each day to its fullest,  I have a simple ritual when I sit down to look ahead and plan my day each morning.  In addition to making my to-do list and schedule,  I consider the ways I want to feel and show up energetically in the day ahead, and then invoke the deep and subtle wisdom of my plant allies to support my intentions.  Flower and plant essences are my favorite way to realign with my creative center.  These essences are infused vibrational waters that can create the subtle but very recognizable shift in our energetic bodies, enabling us to meet each moment with openness, grace and ease.

Healing botanical medicine steeped in rich story and tradition.  This essence carries the medicine of reconciliation, forgiveness and ancestral healing as well as deep intuitive connection. In our extensive and diverse home gardens, I often spend many hours tending a diverse array of fragrant food, flower, and medicinal plants; listening deeply to their resilient messages I feel renewed and at peace. Caring for them with reverence in return for nourishing our family every day, I have found a deep kinship with these plants.  Slowing down and cultivating mindfulness, I have found that the plants themselves are such wise and caring teachers.

As a Mother and Grandmother, I call upon the subtle strength of these flower essences often as a part of our homestead apothecary. They support my own holistic health and well-being in the swirl of this active modern life.  More importantly, I find that our children respond vibrantly to these flower essences. They are a safe and versatile way to guide the children back into a place of emotional balance, which is often at the very core of their own inner medicine for wellbeing. We should never underestimate the profound potency of our own inner medicine for wellness.  In my experience, plant and flower essences have the intrinsic ability to guide us to this place of accessing our own inner healing.  Deep gratitude for all the plants continues to share with us.