For centuries, the bobinsana has been considered a master plant by different indigenous peoples. This plant is said to root the person more deeply in the natural realm, bringing spiritual strength, gently supporting heart-opening qualities, and the ability to teach us Self-Love. The spirit of this plant comes from water and appears in the shape of a mermaid.

Bobinsana has been chosen as a natural stimulant,  decoction with its roots that gives strength and energy.

The Shipibo-Conibo people in the Ucayali area (Peru), prepare a tincture of its bark to treat the problems of rheumatism, arthritis, colds, uterine disorders, and edema (fluid retention).

It is also known to increase resistance to disease and to resist the cold and chills. Naturopathic healers use it to stay focused on the spiritual level, and to guide confused people.

It is also a popular local remedy for uterine cancer. 

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 probably avoid this plant.


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.

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  • Anti-Depressant/Anti-Degenerative Disease: Similar to Ayahuasca, the harmala alkaloids in this plant can stimulate the central nervous system by inhibiting the metabolism of monoamine compounds such as serotonin and norepinephrine.  The group of alkaloids in this plant can help to fight the progression of diseases like Parkinson’s, which affects neurons in the substantia nigra, an area of the brain responsible for producing dopamine.
  • Heart Opener: This plant has amazing spiritual properties to open the heart space to receive and give love, to enhance empathy, to deepen one’s connection to nature and provide grounding. Drink once-twice a day to open the heart space.
  • Empathy: 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.
  • Lucid Dreaming: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.
  • Induce Vomiting: The Shuar harvest the stem and allow it to macerate in water. Heat the liquid and drink a cup or as many necessary to create desired effect. Another technique is to create a decoction of the root and bark. This can be used to expunge the body of a toxin/poison, cleaning the lining of the stomach being potentially effective in treating gastritis.
  • Fortify Energy: Harvest germinating seeds and create an infusion with water. Drink this infusion to elevate levels of energy and strength in the body. 
  • Circulatory Issues: Harvest the bark of this plant and prepare a decoction to improve circulation in the body.
  • Respiratory IssuesAnother use is to bathe in the freshly grated bark to improve dexterity, increase resistance to illnesses and protect against colds and chills. Prepare boiling water and blanch 2-3 flowers each liter of water. Drink this tea up to 2 times a day to help alleviate chronic or temporary coughs.
  • Dysentery or Diarrhea: Prepare a tea of the leaves to help treat severe diarrhea.
  • Rheumatism:  Create a decoction of the bark and/or roots. Drink up to 2 times a day to help treat arthritis.
  • Detox/ Tone: The depurative action of the plant is powerful in toning the systems of the body and stimulating the kidneys and liver. This plant can be consumed as a tea to cleanse the body or maintain overall health.
  • Tooth Ache: The Kichwa prepare a mastication of the leaves and swish with the liquid to alleviate tooth aches.
  • Scrub Brush: Due to the texture of the wood, some indigenous tribes use the branches as scrub brushes for cleaning.
  • Prevent Erosion: This bush grows very well on river banks/water embankments. Its roots help prevent erosion and its flowers/fruit attract diversity to aquatic ecosystems.

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