Syrain Rue Seeds are hallucinogenic in their own right and considered sacred throughout the Middle East and Parts of Asia for centuries. The harmala alkaloids are found in a variety of plants, the most notorious of which is a vine native to the Amazon region that is used as an ingredient of a visionary brew. The most concentrated source of Harmala alkaloids is the seed of Peganum Harmala, commonly known as Syrian Rue. These seeds contain about 2% of mixed Harmala alkaloids. One of the most intriguing aspects of P. harmala used as a potentiating agent is that it seems to generate a sense of communicating with spirits.
As an anonymous individual quoted by D.M. Turner verifies: ‘I began to feel as though my room was filled with spirits of musicians, artists, and visionaries who genius had most strongly affected my life. And I felt as though I was amongst friends.’ This is one of many accounts of such sensations.” It was the powerful effects of its bitter seeds that gained it esteem from Asia Minor, across to India and Northeast Tibet, as a medication and a love potion. According to one theory, Harmala was the base for the “Drink of the Immortals” in ancient times. Before Islam, the Harmala plant was worshipped by communities that lived along the caravan routes who associated it with the moon deity Asfand. Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo both claimed that, owing to rue’s metaphysical powers, their eyesight and creative inner vision had been improved. Branches of rue were used to sprinkle holy water before High Mass, and it was an important strewing herb and anti-plague plant. Today, it is used as a beautiful dye.
Not for human consumption!