The diet is generally undertaken for one of two reasons;
- To heal a specific physical, emotional or spiritual condition, or
- To learn about a particular plant, connect with its spirit, and learn how to use it in healing, or as a plant ally.
Different plants require different restrictions, however all dieta’s share these similarities;
- Restricted food intake
- Limited contact with others
- Restrictions on the use of electronics and chemical based products (soap, toothpaste etc)
At Phoenix Rose we will start most dietas with an Ojê diet. Ojê is used as both a purgative and an initiatory Dieta. It is one of the strictest diets.
Ojê is a latex like substance that is commonly used in the Amazon as a treatment for intestinal parasites. It effectively cleans the body while the strict diet ensures the body remains clean and gives the dieter time to clear energetic, and psychological blocks.This Dieta requires the person to remain silent and inactive for 5-7 days, lying on their bed or in a hammock. Preferably isolated from others, with no external stimulation, i.e no books, music or exercise, you may keep a journal.This sounds tough, and it is, but the results can be quite remarkable. During this Dieta Ayahuasca is drunk twice.
Other Plant Medicines
There are literally thousands of medicinal plants growing in the Amazon. Here are a few in common use in Shamanism in the Iquitos are.
Tobacco (Mapacho) Purges / Dietas:
There are few plants more important in South American shamanism than tobacco. It is regarded as a sacred plant and a master teacher. It is used as a purgative, to cleanse the body in preparation for ayahuasca. It is also used by the shaman to clean the maloca space, to cleanse the tools of ceremony and the medicine, and to clear the energies of the participants. It is often added to ayahuasca as an admixture.
The wild tobacco of the Amazon is called Mapacho. This natural and wild tobacco is what is used by the shamans (not a packet of Marlborough Lights!).
Toè Plant Baths:
Toê is considered one of the most powerful plants. It is a strong but quite dangerous plant. It is often added as an admixture to ayahuasca, but at Phoenix we use it for it’s protective quality, in plant baths.
Ajo Sacha Baths & Dietas:
Ajo sacha is a wild garlic plant. It’s a warm plant used to treat cold conditions such as arthritis or rheumatism. it is good for purifying the blood and helps the body get rid of toxins. It is a subtle plant that affects your dreams, making them strangely auditory. Ajo sacha is also known as the “stalking plant”, used traditionally by hunters to disguise their human scent. On an energetic level, this plant helps us to “stalk” ourselves and develop a deeper understanding of who we are. At Phoenix we use ajo sacha in cleansing baths, as a plant to diet, and as a treatment.
Chiricsanango causes chills and tingling in the extremities, lips, fingertips, toes, and is therefore considered a cold plant, used to treat hot conditions, fevers & inflammation. The flowers soaked overnight in water can help alleviate hot flashes associated with menopause. It is often added as an admixture to ayahuasca. It has strong healing and protective qualities. It enables people to open their hearts and to get in touch with their loving, sensitive selves, enhancing self esteem and developing a more healthy connection with the self.
Piri Piri Dieta:
There are many varieties of Piri Piri, we will talk about Piri Piri Paña. The roots of this plant are macerated in water and soaked for 24 hours, strained and drunk. It enhances positive energy, reduces anxiety and gives the dieter a broader perspective. It’s a strong subtle plant which helps us to look at our lives more objectively.