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So why is kratom considered an ornamental tree? This is because plant material can be utilized for a wide variety of purposes. Curious ancestral knowledge: During earth-based rooted celebrations, women used to dance around kratom trees and the yellow flowers were collected as lucky charms. It is vital to point out that the colors of the leaves are affected by the time of the year, the season, and the region. The flowers have been used as decorations. It is beautiful to ponder on the mythology of kratom and how kratom has survived thousands of years and how these trees are in a way connected to Hinduism and the hymns of the Rig Veda.
Did you know that kratom can also be used as a natural dye for yarns and fabrics and as a way to paint Easter Eggs? On April have fun painting Easter eggs with kratom, coffee, or chocolate. Did you also know that kratom can be utilized to make fragrances, and massage oils/tinctures as well as natural facial masks? It is also so fascinating to know that natives of South East Asia utilize kratom leaves to protect wounds and to avoid infection. Kratom is not only a vessel of imagination, optimism, and vision, but it is also a conscious diplomatic movement. Kratom is a grassroot culture of the people for the people in the name of life itself.
There is no doubt that being creative in the kratom community is certainly a plus. If you are not an artist, kratom will make an artist of love out of you. That is, of course, if you approach kratom with an open mind, and a deep love for self-revolution. The more patience and creative you are, the greater and inspiring your experience will be with this marvelous, godsend botanical that thrives in the hot and wet jungles of Indonesia.
Kratom, also known as ketum or Mitragyna speciosa is a natural botanical from the Rubiaceae family (coffee) that has been around mother planet earth for thousands of years. Curiously, it is also related to a beautiful plant from the Rubiaceae family that grows in South America (Peru) known as Psychotria Viridis (also known in Quechua language as Chakruna). Kratom, a tree with humble roots produces yellow, globular flower heads. Mitragyna speciosa is known to be Monoecious, which means that it has both male and female flowers. These abundant trees grow in the wild, and they play a tremendous role in the economy of Indonesia and the United States. There are entire families of rural workers whose income solely relies on the agriculture and exportation of these trees. Banning kratom in the United States would not only affect low-income families in Indonesia but according to the American Kratom Association (AKA), anywhere between 5 to 15 million Americans would not have legal and safe access to these trees, which are usually purchased as either raw ground leaf powder or crushed leaf.
The FDA has been trying to ban kratom since 2016. Though they failed to ban kratom in 2016, they are back trying to dismantle kratom in America…all this during the COVID-19 pandemic as if the virus was not enough to keep citizens scared, confused, and for some even on the border of suicide. The timing could not be worse. People are already experiencing hardship. People are dying in this pandemic. Creating more fear among the kratom community during a global crisis is beyond despicable. This behavior is beyond disrespectful, merciless, cunning, unconscientious, unamerican, and unconstitutional. With people being commanded to stay home because of COVID-19, and kratom being threatened once more, it only makes sense for Americans to continue educating family, friends, and our government not only with love but also with patience and understanding.
Natives of places like Indonesia, including, the Dayak People, perceive kratom trees as trees with beautiful souls. For them, a tree is a child. For them, a tree is a member of their family. Kratom is not only a tree with a spirit from the humid jungles and forests; kratom is a tree of happiness, harmony, and serenity. Kratom is a tree of self-confidence. Kratom is a tree of family values that unites and connect us to the present as it also connects us to the wisdom of the ancient world that is still here with us, in our hearts. We are breathing the same air of our ancestors, the same air that vaporizes and allows kratom to grow and to flourish.
Kratom, a humble tree of creativity is also a dimensional tree of introspection. Kratom is sunshine. So, what exactly gives kratom its colors red, green, white, gold, and yellow? It is the curating process (drying method) and the soil where kratom trees grow what determines the name of the strains. With more and more people finding out about kratom not only across the nation but worldwide, the more the industry is growing, and so are the names that each store chooses to name their products. Even trees have veins. Kratom is the spirit of the earth. Even the soil is different from area to area. It is the soil, and the elements, and the care, and the curating process what truly allows kratom to thrive and to be able to have them in America as leaf powder or crushed stems and veins.
The spirit of yemanja, the goddess of the water and the spirit of the wise goddess of air are very present in these sacred trees. Kratom is the tree of autonomy. Kratom is the tree of liberty and emotions as it is the tree of strength and bravery. Kratom is the spirit of the hero. Kratom is mother Gaia’s natural creation, a gift of the earth’s soil for our hearts. When one connects to the creative source of the inner self, kratom has no limits. We are talking about trees that are fond of humidity. The more water vapor near them, the better and richer the leaves get. That’s is why they thrive so well growing in South East Asia, particularly in Borneo, West Kalimantan Indonesia, which is located right on the equator, and it also happens to be the third-largest island in the entire planet. For the Dayak People all trees are sacred, but they have special feelings for those majestic trees growing nearby bodies of water. And just for the sake of knowing, it is known that people in the past went as far as beheading anyone who cut those trees down.
Kratom trees can grow up to 80 feet tall. Although there are over 25 natural alkaloids found in these equatorial trees, the dominant alkaloids happen to be Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine. Kratom is worthy of being researched. Kratom grows in ancient biodiverse forests where wild orangutans and other animals thrive. In the many rivers of this providence, you may find natives on their canoes as they gather and harvest other natural botanicals like tongkat ali, blue lotus, cinnamon, turmeric, and other exotic botanicals like sarang semut. The ecology in this area is very rich and fertile. Most people live on the coastlines. Most of the terrain on the island is unhabitable due to the thick rainforests, humidity, swamps, and mountainsides.
Kratom is not a one-size-fits-all philosophy. Kratom, an equatorial tree can be a conscious and personalized path of self-care in the 21st century. In terms of Ayurveda, an ancient restorative modality of India known as the science of life, kratom is a holistic tree. There is no doubt that awareness is being mindful that our senses determine how we interpret aliveness. Kratom is a spiritual and an integral teaching botanical that when approached with respect, life can become a rainbow.
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After 4 years of kratom scientific research and personal exploration, our family has found the following items to be great for enriching the kratom spiritual experience when making hand-crafted soaps, home-made natural exfoliators, home-made facial masks, fragrances, incense, natural fabric dye, and massage oils and tinctures for decorative/ornamental purposes.
Akuamma Leaf Powder
Ruby Red Fresh Grapefruit
Ashawagandha + Flaxseed Oil
Virgin Coconut Oil
Rice/spring roll paper
Use natural rose clay petals and kratom for comfy bath bombs, homemade face masks, and homemade eye shadow. Have fun. Paint rainbows with kratom.
For further academic research on Kratom/Mitragyna speciosa, checkout the latest article from the Yale Tribune published on 6/12/2020.
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