Peganum harmala "Syrian Rue" 10x extract sold by the gram.
This extract was made from choice seeds freshly collected from a unique source. This product is superior to most others on the ethnobotanical market.
Peganum harmala has been used as an entheogen in the Middle East and in modern Western culture for its MonoAmine Oxidase Inhibiting properties, thus is commonly used as a substitute for Banisteriopsis caapi in Amazonian Shamanic decoctions.
In Turkey dried capsules from this plant are strung and hung in homes or vehicles to protect against "the evil eye".
In Iran, dried capsules are mixed with other ingredients - are burnt so as to produce a light, distinctly scented smoke or incense. It is used as an air as well as mind purifier - perhaps linked to its entheogenic properties - and mostly as a charm against "the evil eye". This Persian practice dates to pre-Islamic, Zoroastrian times.
It was the powerful effects of its bitter seeds that gained it esteem from Asia Minor, across to India and Northeast Tibet, as a medication and a love potion. According to one theory, Harmala was the base for the ''Drink of the Immortals'' in ancient times. Before Islam, the Harmala plant was worshipped by communities that lived along the caravan routes who associated it with the moon deity Asfand.
Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo both claimed that, owing to rue's metaphysical powers, their eyesight and creative inner vision had been improved. Branches of rue were used to sprinkle holy water before High Mass, and it was an important strewing herb and anti-plague plant. Today, it is used as a beautiful dye and is NOT sold for human consuption
This product was added to our catalog on Sunday June 05, 2011.