The coca plant is the representation of the female gender. Tearing off its leaves is a job that must be done carefully so as not to damage the plant. Usually this plant is used with tobacco in the mambeadero, the tobacco becomes monkfish or ambil. Tobacco represents the male gender. These two plants come together to acquire greater power and depth in the word.
Mambe is a green powder made from toasted coca leaves, mixed with Yarumo leaf ashes, macerated and sifted several times. Consuming mambe is a custom of the Amazonian trapeze that gives strength to work, removes laziness and accompanies in solitude.
Coca has nutritional properties such as potassium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, proteins, vitamins A, B1, B2, C and E, it has higher levels of calcium than cow's milk. In addition to this, due to the alkaloids it contains, it inhibits sleep and hunger, gives mental clarity, improves sensory activity, concentration and communication, regulates blood pressure, strengthens the nervous and muscular system, protects cells against aging. It is therapeutic, energetic and does not generate addiction. You could say that it is the plant of the future but no, it is the plant that the ancestral cultures of America have always used.
Sharing in a mambeadero is an experience worth living. Feeling the smell of toasted coca, listening to the sound of the pestle crushing, mambing and consuming ambil while the jungle and its sounds surround you is one of the magical moments that we have lived in this search for the sacred and ancestral.