Coca tea history
COCA TEA LEAF HISTORY
In indigenous religions of the Andes the leaves are offered to Pachamama (the Mother earth), Inti (the sun), or Apus (mountains) as a sacrament. Sundry native populations in the Andes use the numerous coca tea benefits while engaged in their daily labors.
The coca leaf has been entrenched in every part of Peruvian culture for as long as people have lived in this region of the world. It is a part of religious and spiritual ceremonies, business transaction and family celebration.
of coca leaves have been found in Peruvian mummies tracing back 3,000
years, and other evidence traces the practice of chewing coca with
lime to at least 5,000 years BC, around the same time as people first
arrived in the Andes after the retreat of the Ice Age glaciers.
A Quechuan and Aymaran legend tell how Khono, the god of snow and storm, burned the land of all vegetation in a fit of anger. The only plant left was the coca plant. The hungry Quechuan and Aymaran people ate it, and discovered that coca leaves also helped them to endure the cold.
After the Spanish conquest, many traditional uses of the coca leaf where replaced with more utilitarian uses, specifically the plants' seemingly ability to take away fatigue and ease hard labor. This change may have originally been encouraged by Spanish missionaries. Much later, a 1940 decree declared coca a basic article, an everyday necessity, and it was required that coca be available and sold in all Peru's mining and railroad towns.
However, the spiritual significance of the coca leaf remains. Coca Tea or Cocatea leaves are still used to give thanks for blessings or to make offerings to the gods. Farming communities gather together before starting work to share coca, drinks, and cigarettes. The owner of the farm pays special honor to the ancestors and to Mother Earth/PachaMama by burying some of the coca in the ground. Finally, all give thanks for the gift and chew coca Tea leaves together for celebrations of births, death, marriages and others ceremonies.
Coca tea Sacred Herb from The Incas
.."Coca leaves were sacred to the ancient Incas and remain a cherished part of the lives of millions of Peruvians and South American Indians today... "
Coca tea Leaf in its natural form is a useful stimulant with low abuse potential and a valuable herbal medicine , good for the treatment of many ailments. Also Coca tea for indigestion,gastritis,ulcers,hoaseness,sore in the mouth and other conditions. Beside, it contains many minerals and vitamins, including nutritionally significant amounts of vitamin C and E several B vitamins.... ( A gourmet Coca Taster's tour of Peru by Andrew Weil)
Traditional natural uses of coca tea as a stimulant( like coffee but Better) to overcome fatigue, hunger, and thirst. It is highly effective against altitude sickness. It also is used as an anesthetic for such ailments as headache, rheumatism, wounds and sores, etc. The coca tea leaf has been chewed and brewed for tea traditionally for centuries among its indigenous peoples in the Andean region. These forms of ingestion do not cause any harm and are beneficial to human health. Coca tea has many benefits: Energize, Stimulate Mental Alertness, Aid Weight Loss, Relieve Stress, Calm Allergies, Help the Immune System.
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