Peyote Medicine

Peyote Medicine.

  • Peyote comes from a small, spineless cactus that produces the psychedelic compound, mescaline.
  • The Spanish word peyote translates into glistening.
  • In the Nahuatl language peyote means  Divine Messenger.
  • Native Americans have used peyote in their spiritual ceremonies for at least 5,500 years.
  • This cactus is native to Mexico and Southern Texas.
  • It blossoms from March – May, sometimes blooming into September.
  • The flowers are pink, white, yellowish, or reddish in color.
  • After blooming, a small pink fruit appears.  This is edible and contains black, pear-shaped seeds.
  • The plant produces little buttons that contain hallucinogenic properties.  These are chewed or boiled to make a bitter tea.
  • Native Americans also use peyote for medicinal purposes: fevers, tooth complaints, skin diseases, rheumatism, colds, diabetes, and to aid in childbirth.
  • During religious ceremonies this plant is said to induce a mystical experience, whereby the users feel a special connection to God – the Great Mystery.
  • Peyote is both a practical and a spiritual medicine.

Sources:, “Peyote,” at

Native American Churches, “The Sacrament (Peyote) Ceremony,” at

Wikipedia, “Peyote,” at

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WHITE is the color of mourning, with its promise of light, peace, and happiness.

It also represents winter and snow.

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