Salvia divinorum is a very rare and unique botanical species, with a very low reproduction rate in the wild. It rarely produce seeds. Salvia divinorum is cultivated from cuttings, so it depends on human interest to survive. Although it has spread across the world in recent years, we are concerned about the survival of the plant and its genetic variants, specially in Mexico, where it is endemic. Deforestation, soil pollution and loss of customs could be a threat to Salvia divinorum.
The conservation of the Mazatec knowledge about the traditional uses of Salvia divinorum is of utmost importance, because they know how to use the plant. Nowadays, Salvia divinorum is a very important and sacred plant for the Mazatecs, and it is an inseparable part of their world view. We owe Mazatecs and their care and interest in doing cuttings of Salvia divinorum for hundreds of generations that humanity can benefit from its medicinal properties.
The Mazatecs deserves our recognition, our respect, and our support so they can continue using their medicinal plants and performing their rituals and customs.
From Xka Pastora we promote ethnobotanical research and fieldwork that compile the native knowledge on Salvia divinorum, and we support Mazatec community to preserve their customs facing ecological and cultural pressures.