Sananga Sacred Eye Drops
Sananga is the name for medicinal eye drops made from the Tabernaemontana sananho plant, used by several Amazonian cultures. It is used to treat eye conditions, to improve visual perception, and as a shamanic cleanser.
Applying sananga drops to your eyes produces an intense stinging pain that lasts several minutes. Allowing this pain to move through your body can be a profound spiritual experience, leaving you feeling energized and cleansed. A sananga ceremony can be paired with breathing exercises and shamanic guidance to amplify the power of the experience.
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Sananga, made from Tabernaemontana sananho, is used by Amazonian cultures including the Matsés, Ticuna, Huni Kuin, and Yawanawá. Another similar eye medicine made from Tabernaemontana undulata is used by the Matsés and Huni Kuin, but is known as “becchete” and “mana heins” respectively.
Sananga has a wide range of traditional use in the Amazon forest. Sananga eye drops are used to treat eye problems including cataracts, glaucoma, astigmatism, and for preventing other eye diseases and ailments. For the Yawanawá tribe, sananga is a powerful medicine for relieving extremely painful headaches.
Traditionally used in medicinal ceremonies, sananga eye drops are said to quiet the mind and enhance focus. They are also used to sharpen one’s vision when hunting at night.
Beyond the physical and mental aspects, sananga is also believed to be a spiritual medicine. Its powerful detoxifying properties cleanse the spirit of negative energy and prevent what is known as “panema,” the spiritual accumulation of negative energy in the body that, when left untreated, can potentially lead to physical ailments. Sananga is revered as an essential medicine for the body, mind, and spirit.
How to Use Sananga
Keep your sananga in the fridge to retain its potency for as long as possible. Do not use sananga while wearing contact lenses, and don’t put in contact lenses in the 24 hours after using sananga. If you have an eye condition, check with your healthcare provider before using sananga.
To use sananga, prepare yourself as you would for any plant medicine ceremony – perhaps with some breathing exercises, or a statement of intention, or a small ritual to thank the origins of the plant.
Remove any makeup or contact lenses. Prepare a bowl of water or saline to wash your eyes with in case the sananga is too painful. Lay on your back in a comfortable place, close your eyes, and drop a single drop of sananga into the corner of each eye, keeping your lids closed. You can lean the dropper against the inside of your nose if you find this difficult to do with your eyes closed.
Blink your eyes quickly so the sananga spreads across your eyes. It will be painful, but breathe through the experience and try to feel how the pain moves through your whole body. The pain may last for several minutes.
It can be useful to meditate or perform some more breathing exercises after a sananga experience. Your eyes may look red for the rest of the day, but if you have any symptoms that last longer than this, see your doctor.
Do not use sananga more than once per day, and don’t use it regularly. We have no evidence that repeated long-term use is safe.