The Jiibie better known as Mambe and its consumption is very old in the indigenous cultures. This leaf is brought from the chagra, later it is roasted in an artisanal oven and mixed with the cetico ash, it is crushed until it is fine powder.
The Mambe is consumed by chewing one or two tablespoons, with the saliva a ball is formed that is placed inside the cheek, once you have the mambe in your mouth you can start a salivation process to obtain a chewable paste which will make easily release their substances with the beneficial properties of the mambe; Its consumption is particularly social because it is said that the Mambe means the word of life, the thought, where the power of the word arises.
The indigenous people of the Amazon use it for physical work, communication, ceremonial, healing and religious activities. For indigenous people, it is important to take into account the context in which is consumed because it is sacred and should avoid banalizing its consumption. Its consumption is associated with ways of life and a deep philosophy. That is to say, it is a cultural practice that is exercised with total freedom and autonomy.
This ancestral practice is carried out for spiritual and medicinal purposes by the indigenous people of the Amazon since time immemorial. When mambear, it usually involves all forms of consuming, in the sierra the whole leaf is consumed, mixed with lime obtained from the crushing in a poporo of sea shells. In countries like Peru and Bolivia it is consumed in tea or chewed with bleach, and in the Amazon it is ingested in powder with Ambil, usually the natives when they do not eat mambean.
Recommendations: use the mambe in small portions. So we invite you to enjoy the heritage of indigenous America!
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