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““Schultes looked for guayusa when he came here in the forties, but he never found it,” Tim said.”
“In the lowlands of Ecuador, Jivaro warriors traditionally used infusions of guayusa to purify themselves and their families before shrinking the heads of their slain enemies.”
“J., “The Flowers of Ilex guayusa,” Botanical Museum Leaflets 275: 155-60, 1990.”
“To this day they employ guayusa as a ritual mouthwash before making curare or taking yagé.”
“The third and by far the most mysterious is Ilex guayusa.”
“For Schultes on guayusa, see “Ilex guayusa from 500 A.D. to the Present,” Etnologiska Studier 32: 115-38, Gothenburg, Sweden, 1972; “Discovery of an Ancient Guayusa Plantation in Colombia,” Botanical Museum Leaflets 275-6: 143-60, 1979.”
“When the Jesuits first contacted the tribe, they declared guayusa the “quintessence of evil.””
“Breakfasting on fried yucas, roasted plantains, fish, and guayusa, we set sail, arriving at Coca at 2 P.M. This little village, the last we shall see till we come within sight of the Amazon, is beautifully located on the right bank, twenty-five feet above the river, and opposite the confluence of the Rio Coca.”
“It is a singular fact, observes Dr. Jameson, that tea, coffee, cacao, maté, and guayusa contain the same alkaloid caffeine.”
“Their only stimulants are chicha, guayusa, and tobacco.”
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