|What is Peyote?|
The Peyote - Lophophora williamsii, is a small, generally spineless cacti that is found primarily in the Chihuahuan desert of Mexico. They grow low to the ground and often form groups with numerous, crowded stems. Its common name comes from the Nahuatl language (known informally as modern Aztec) ' peyōtl', and is said to mean glisten or glistening.
|What is peyote?|
Some Native American tribes use Peyote for its curative properties, notably for treating such ailments as toothache, pain in childbirth, fever, breast pain, skin diseases, rheumatism, diabetes, colds, and blindness.
The stems contain are generally chewed, or boiled in water to produce a psychoactive tea.
Sadly the stems are extremely slow growing reaching only 2 cm in 4 years in the wild! Cultivated plants will grow perhaps twice as fast but even so will still need to be approximately 10cm wide before they are worth harvesting.
How to prepare Peyote
Remove any spines and wash thoroughly in clean water. Peel back the skin and cut slices around the core, but do not remove the core as this part is discarded.
The sections can be chewed, or ground down and added to water. They can also be frozen or dried and taken at a later date.
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